2013 chicago auto show

fletch09

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last sat. myself ,wife and oldest daughter took a walk around the Chicago auto show.
thought i'd share a few pics.
flat paint was the rage. surface was not rough, it was as smooth as a baby's bottom
1) vw bug lt blue flat
2) daughter in drk blue metalic bug. loved the reflection on this one
3) Chicago Blackhawks camaro conv.
4) shift lever of camaro, hockey puck
5) chrysler 300 in flat copper
6) new Silverado
7) chevy turbo malibu in drk blue flat
8) close up of white flat on chevy sonic
9) chevy sonic in flat white
enjoy
 

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willn513

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Thanks for sharing fletch! Always cool to see what's new and coming out. I look forward every year to the Cincinnati 'Auto Expo'. It's coming up 2/20-2/24
 

mikeinDE

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Very nice pics. Love the Turbo Malibu!! So I wonder if auto manufacturers are gonna start putting out the flat paintjobs on production cars or are these just for shows??? :undecided: (Forgive me if they already are and I haven't noticed)
 

amweaver47

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I believe that's the first kinda cool Malibu I've ever seen (In the fwd platform at least). I'm a sucker for a mid 60s SS 396 myself but the body work on this looks pretty sharp. As for the flat paints, I doubt they will make it to production for maintenance reasons. Unless somebody makes a revolutionary flat paint that isn't a pain to keep nice. It's not like you can just buff scratches out of it and could you imagine being a body man trying to match the finish?
 

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mikeinDE

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amweaver47 said:
As for the flat paints, I doubt they will make it to production for maintenance reasons. Unless somebody makes a revolutionary flat paint that isn't a pain to keep nice. It's not like you can just buff scratches out of it and could you imagine being a body man trying to match the finish?

Ahhhh I see, totally understood :thumbsup:
 

amweaver47

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mikeinDE said:
Ahhhh I see, totally understood :thumbsup:

I mean I'm no body man but that was just what came to my mind. Most matte paints are made from either having no clear coat or a special clear coat that dries without gloss. As far as I know, the only maintenance you can do is wash it with a gentle soap. I'm not sure if anyone makes a wax or protectant that will maintain the flat appearance. Any polishing compound used on it will only make it glossy.

BTW what wheels are on your TrailBlazer? Are they a full size bolt pattern?
 

mikeinDE

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amweaver47 said:
I mean I'm no body man but that was just what came to my mind. Most matte paints are made from either having no clear coat or a special clear coat that dries without gloss. As far as I know, the only maintenance you can do is wash it with a gentle soap. I'm not sure if anyone makes a wax or protectant that will maintain the flat appearance. Any polishing compound used on it will only make it glossy.

BTW what wheels are on your TrailBlazer? Are they a full size bolt pattern?



My wheels are American Racing "Marin". They are stock bolt pattern, I'm not running any spacers....
 

amweaver47

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mikeinDE said:
My wheels are American Racing "Marin". They are stock bolt pattern, I'm not running any spacers....

They look pretty good. Not very many good looking wheels in our bolt pattern. Unfortunately there are quite a few things that fall on the list before new rims for me.

Edit: Sorry to rob the thread BTW. Back to the Auto Show!
 

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