Matte paint is now available for the 2016 Dodge Viper

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 24, 2015

Matte-finish exterior paint will be available for the 2016 Dodge Viper, contributing to the over 50 million unique configurations for this model. The Viper has over 16,000 distinct paint color options. Its stripe combinations total over 48,000 varieties. Dodge has always made it a point to broaden the production elements to the Viper model.

The matte paint choices will be offered starting with the production of the 2016 model year version. Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT brands, FCA US, said that this Anodized Carbon Viper marks the first time for the FCA to use metallic matte exterior color. He added that by doing so, Dodge is fueling the trend to offer automotive matte finish exteriors directly from the plant.

He said that Dodge’s 8,000 new matte finish options for its high-end, hand-built hand-painted super car makes it the leader of the matte paint trend as well as give each Viper a look that’s “even more unique.” Dodge dealerships will start taking orders for the new matte finish equipped Vipers this July. These people, who paint the Dodge Viper by hand, are very talented artists.

Because of the hand-painted process, the Viper is very flexible in delivering custom paint options that are the first in the industry with their utmost personalization while still keeping to the durability standards. For every Viper, a very high quality level paint finish that’s known as one of the industry’s best is used. Prepping and hand-painting the body panels of the Viper take as long as 145 to 160 man hours.

Applying the exterior paint is highly intricate and detailed, taking about eight hours before completion. After the base color coat is applied, the car then gets a clear finish. After this, the body panel has to be manually sanded smooth using 1,000 grit paper. It is then polished until it almost looks like a mirror. For this new matte finish, the body panel has to be sanded for a second time before applying the matte clear paint.

Every coat application gives additional depth and it also emphasizes the Viper’s curvature. Stripes are available for the entire range of 2016 Dodge Viper models. ‘GTS’ stripes that run the length of the coupe from the front to rear fascia are available to the GT, GTC, GTS and ACR models as an option. Buyers may have their SRT and GTC models painted with ‘SRT’ stripes that begin on the clamshell hood and go up to the roof and end on the rear hatch.

Meanwhile, the Viper GTC and ACR models come with the ACR center band and driver’s side stripe. Even the nose up to the tail stripes are also hand painted and finished beneath the clear coat or matte clear finish coat. This is different from cars that use decals. As a result, the surface gets no obvious edges to its stripe. The stripe alone extends the paint process by 18 hours. The stripes are applied before the main body color.

After the paint is cured, that’s when a final coat is applied to make sure that the stripes are an integral part of the finished product. The exterior stripes come in any of the following: Black Venom, Billet Silver, Bright White, Gunmetal Pearl and Adrenaline Red.

It may also come from the custom “1 of 1” color palette. A personalized instrument panel badge is placed on every “1 of 1” GTC model Viper. The name of the buyer is stamped on the badge to commemorate its unique design, satin chrome or satin black badging and fuel filler door to achieve an appearance that’s even more menacing.

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