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2016 Vipers to get Matte Paints

by David Zatz on

Beginning with the 2016 Dodge Vipers, buyers can order matte-finish paint on every color.  The “Anodized Carbon” Viper, sent to major car shows, was the first test of this matte finish.

Vipers are painted by hand, with 145 to 160 man-hours taken to prepare and paint the body panels, and eight hours to apply the exterior paint. After paint and clear coat, every Viper body panel is sanded smooth by hand with 1,000 grit paper and polished to a near mirror finish. To create the new matte finish, each body panel is also sanded for a second time before the matte clear paint is applied.

2016 Dodge Viper with matte paint

Ordering will begin in July.

All 2016 Dodge Viper models are available with optional painted stripes. GT, GTC, GTS and ACR can get stripes from front to rear. The SRT and GTC can get stripes from hood to rear hatch, over the hood. Viper GTC and ACR models can get an ACR center band and driver’s side stripe. Colors for the stripes are black, silver, white, gray, and red, with the Viper GTC having more colors.

Nose to tail stripes are also hand painted and finished underneath the clear coat or matte clear finish coat so there are no discernable edges, a process which adds 18 hours to the paint process.

The new matte exterior paint options will be available to view on the GTC Customizer beginning in the third quarter. The GTC is only for customer orders, not dealer stock, and limits each configuration to one per model year.

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