SEMA Show: Matte Is This Year's Black

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Among custom jobs at SEMA this year, the matte-black finish is an unmistakable theme. Despite its humble origins among rodders without the cash to indulge in metal flake kandy koatings, the flat finish can cost upward of $10,000 to render properly (we've heard up to $30,000 for the Mercedes CLS on display here). Of course, it attracts fingerprints like a slot machine attracts chain-smoking rubes, so while it looks somewhat slick, it's not exactly the best solution to finding the new minimalism. [Gallery]


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God damn that Sport Compact Car magazine and their flat black Nissan 240, Subaru STi and Mini.

As much as I really liked the the rattle-can paint job on the 240sx I cringed when they described taking 120 grit to the spankin' new Subaru's WRBlue paint.