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painted my truck best way to clean flat paint

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1948stude, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. 1948stude
    Joined: Feb 14, 2011
    Posts: 161


    here are a couple of pics. I also did try and search for this but was not finding anything...... web search showed some stuff but mostly people trying to sell products....It is PPG paint with flat clear 2 stage paint Thanks!

    Joined: Jul 27, 2007
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  3. Cerberus
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,392


    For the past five years, I only use water, squegee, spounge, chamois, new beach towels.

    Great job on the truck!!
  4. Rob Paul
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,273

    Rob Paul

    I tried tons of stuff. Nothing worked. Mine was PPG flexed and flat clear. Couldnt clean up fingerprints and smudges. I made it shiny once I got sick of trying to clean the flat finish. (crazy right??)

    Ive head guys using everything from windex to pledge, spray detailer and everything in between. Gotta try a few and see what works for you.

    Good luck.


  5. kyvetteman
    Joined: May 13, 2012
    Posts: 760


    I haven't tried this yet on mine, but someone told me they use powdered Ajax and water and it keeps the finish looking "flat". Said it buffs the finish without being too abrasive. Mine is getting shiny in places like where my arm lays on the window sill.
  6. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,257


    On my satin black I use spray detailer to remove hand and finger prints.
  7. Old Heap
    Joined: Oct 10, 2010
    Posts: 281

    Old Heap

    I use Lucas Quick Detailer on my Hot Rod Flatz paint job, works well.
  8. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,321


    Heard of guys using Windex on their factory 'denim' painted motorsickles.

    posted using a tin-can & fishin' line, tied to a pole out by the road
  9. cobra_4
    Joined: Sep 5, 2012
    Posts: 233


    I've never found anything that really works good. Awesome truck though!
  10. ronk16
    Joined: Mar 27, 2010
    Posts: 351


    i use Castle glass cleaner and a micro fiber cloth. thats it nothing else. i paint for a living and use it to pre clean all my cars prior to prep for paint. the stuff just works. I clean my flat metalic black t-bird with it also , try it and you wont need anything else.
  11. 1948stude
    Joined: Feb 14, 2011
    Posts: 161


  12. I used Windex on my truck paint is 5 years old. Still looks good.
  13. wallyringo
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 709


    my thoughts too, im burnt out on my flat satin paint, your truck is awesome.
  14. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,727


    This is a base coat without a clear coat. I use "Adams" detail spray once week.
  15. On my flat forty, I us mainly soap and water, for bad spots I use foaming window cleaner. But over all, what a pain in the ass to keep clean, I'd never do a flat colour again---al least I don't think so!

    BTW, your truck looks great!
  16. ronk16
    Joined: Mar 27, 2010
    Posts: 351


    exactly the same as i have , one can lasts quite a long time. you dont have to sause it up just mist and wipe.
  17. I don`t have a solution but I like that Truck! The paint looks great.
  18. no55mad
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 1,939


    Water wipe down then Lemon Pledge.

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  19. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    I did the same thing on my roadster--Lemon Pledge smelled good ,too!

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  20. the boogieman
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 33

    the boogieman

    i use all serface pledge on my hot rodz flatpaint works great!
  21. the boogieman
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 33

    the boogieman

    i use all serface pledge on my hot rodz flat paint and it works great.

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  22. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Mequiars Tech 2.0 wax and a microfiber towel. I wouldn't have believed it, but someone posted that on here one time and I tried it on my SEM Hot Rod Black paint job. It made it look like the day we painted it, not shiny, just fresh. It also repels water and dirt really well. I have also dripped gasoline when filling up and a little more wax and the mark comes right actually protects the finish.

    Not cheap, about $20, but a bottle lasts forever and you only need to do the car maybe every 3-6 months, or less. It is also the very best chrome polish I have ever used, gives the chrome a deep look, and no abrasives to damage the plating.

    Here is the stuff I am talking about.


  23. ratman
    Joined: Jun 15, 2006
    Posts: 423


    I use glass cleaner never had any problems.
  24. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,356


    Some nice tips there, should keep the
    Stude lookin real nice. Great job on the p.u., very cool! ~sololobo~
  25. 1badnov
    Joined: Sep 28, 2007
    Posts: 553

    from South Bay

    I used PPG flexed and flat clear on my 65' & its been sitting out side for 6years now. I have never had any problems with fading or cleaning it. You can also try this

  26. terry48435
    Joined: Jun 23, 2010
    Posts: 477


    I know Harley Davidson makes a cleaner for their bikes that have the factory satin colors.
  27. 1931modela
    Joined: Nov 4, 2011
    Posts: 262

    from montana

    foaming window cleane in the can. non amonia.. clean lint free rag. nothing else or better
  28. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,516


    Your truck looks great,,saved yourself a lot of grief using a quality paint and getting the flat clear on. Easy to clean,,just like the shiny ones. I also used the flat clear just not ppg paint

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  29. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 6,391

    Staff Member

    see below

    If you ever plan on painting that truck - DO NOT use PLEDGE - ever - not even once.
    Yes it makes it look great as far as clean and a little liqourish shine, but you will have to blast that primer off and respray the primer and then your top paint coat.
    PLEDGE has oil/ wax in it and it will seep into the pores of the paint. Body shop wax and grease remover will not romove all it so if you paint the truck, it will look good in the paint booth regardless of paint brand UNTIL you get it out into the sun and heat from the sun will leech out the oil/wax of the body pores and your paint job will react and won't be nice.
    TRUST ME - don't use Pledge if you ever plan to put paint over ANY primer or you will have to strip it and reprimer prior to painting.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012
  30. 1949 caddyman
    Joined: Jun 30, 2010
    Posts: 225

    1949 caddyman
    from arizona

    I had SEM hot rod black on my 32. I used spray detailer and micro fiber towels. Worked good, the paint was single stage with hardener.

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