Protection du cadre de vélo : mat ou lustré ? - BIKESHIELD PROTECTION

Bicycle frame protection finish: matte or glossy?

Bike frames are often very susceptible to scratches and other imperfections, which can affect the overall appearance of the bike. One way to protect your bike frame from various damages is to use a protective film or bike shield on your bike. This will create a barrier between the frame and any potential hazards, preventing scratches and other marks. Whether the protective film is a matte or gloss finish, both will help protect your frame from the elements.

La différence entre les finitions brillantes et mates pour nos housses de protection pour vélos.

What is the best BIKESHIELD PROTECTION film finish for your bike

There are two main types of bike frame protection film finishes: matte and gloss. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to choose the finish that best suits your needs. We strongly recommend sticking with the original look of the frame, which is a gloss finish protective film for glossy bike finishes and a matte finish protective film for bikes with matte paints.

The facts:

Matte Finish:

  1. A matte finish reflects less light and is less conspicuous than a gloss finish.
  2. Matte finish paints make bikes difficult to wash because they trap more dust and dirt. The matte finish protective film makes it much easier to wash and maintain your bike.
  3. The finish of a matte film is most likely to be satin. Although a satin finish reflects less light than a gloss finish, it still reflects more light than a matte finish.
  4. While we strongly recommend choosing a protective film of the same finish as the bike's original paint, the matte finish can be applied to both matte and glossy bike frames.

Gloss Finish:

  1. A gloss finish reflects more light, allowing your bike to stand out and look flashier. 
  2. A glossy finish is more likely to show dirt and scratches than a matte finish, but it can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth and let's not forget the film's self-healing properties that make scratches disappear on their own.
  3. A glossy protective film can enhance the appearance of a raw matte carbon bike. 
  4. While we strongly recommend choosing a film that matches the original paint finish of the bike, the gloss finish can be applied to both matte and glossy bike frames.

Both finishes benefit:

  1. There's a reason self-healing materials are such a hot topic in the bike world right now: they have the potential to keep your frame looking like new for a long time, even if it gets dropped. So if you scratch your frame, don't worry! The mark will probably heal itself over time. Just be sure to store your bike in a warm place when not in use.
  2. Frame protection can be a great way to keep your bike looking like new, no matter what the finish. There are several types of bike frame protection on the market, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
  3. It helps prevent paint chips and scratches by keeping your bike looking like new longer.

If a matte film is applied to a matte bike.

We recommend a matte film to preserve the original matte finish of your bike. The film we use is not as dull as a "true" matte finish. Our film has a bit more of a satin look than a true matte finish. It adds saturation and vibrancy to your bike's paint without making it shine like a glossy finish. Let's think of our matte finish as more of a satin finish.

A glossy bike covered with a matte protective film

Want your glossy bike to be matte? Choose our matte finish protective film instead. You can transform your bike's appearance this way. The shine of a glossy paint job is softened by our matte film, giving your bike a more discreet appearance. Keep in mind, however, that the gaps left bare between the film panels will retain their original appearance and therefore, will retain their original glossy appearance. Depending on the bike and the installation of the film, these gaps may be very apparent and remember that some areas will remain glossy. 

Glossy protection film on a matte bike

Many bikes have a nice original matte paint job and this is something we see quite often. Glossy protective film tends to bring out the color of the bike frame. A glossy film will bring out the pigments and depth of your raw carbon bike (you can see a carbon weave) and give it an interesting texture. Keep in mind, however, that the gaps left bare between the film panels will keep their original appearance and therefore will keep their original matte appearance. Depending on the bike and the installation of the film, these gaps may be very apparent and remember that some areas will remain matte

Glossy film on glossy bike

We generally recommend that you respect the original finish of the bike. Our gloss film enhances the original gloss, much like a second coat of varnish on paint. Since our film is self-healing, it keeps its appearance much longer than the manufacturer's paint.

Conclusion:

While some riders may want to venture out and change the look of their bike's original finish, we strongly recommend sticking with the original finish on your bike. Not sure which kit to choose? Don't hesitate to contact us for more information! With the right bike shield kit, you can be sure that your bike will stay safe and protected from scratches and other damages. Thanks for reading!

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