Item # 15992ZP Rat Rod Matte Clear BRAND: Eastwood

Eastwood 4:1 Rat Rod Matte Clear for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon +

Create a rat rod look with a matte car paint finish.
Create a rat rod look with a matte car paint finish.
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Create a rat rod look with a matte car paint finish.

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Eastwood 4:1 Rat Rod Matte Clear for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon +

Product Overview:


Eastwood's premium Rat Rod Matte Clear Single-Stage Acrylic Urethane Topcoat provides exceptional long-lasting beauty and durability.

  • Catalyzed urethane for unsurpassed durability
  • Highly resistant to UV rays, chemicals, chips
  • Superior to acrylic, alkyd and lacquer coatings
  • Gloss level Approximately 8-10%

Some project rods just won't look finished until you've put on that distinctive, matte car paint finish. Our Rat Rod paint is the only way to go! This premium 2-component topcoat system is blended with top-quality raw materials and advanced composition coatings technology. Superior to acrylic, alkyd and lacquer coatings. Eastwood's single-stage urethane paints hold their gloss longer and won't yellow.

Sure, some like to "drive her in primer", or opt for a quick "rattle-can" paint job, but this activated, single-step acrylic urethane Rat Rod car paint is a smarter and much longer-lasting choice! Mix 4:1 with activator; no further reduction required.

Use this kit with Eastwood's premium single-stage urethane paints or other manufacturer's base-coat systems. May even be used over factory finishes in good condition. Rat Rod Matte Clear is also ideal for interior parts, underhood components, hobbies and crafts.

Customer Testimonial

Hi! I'm T. C. Penick with Bayone Customs.

I have been building customs cars for 30 years. I have used Eastwood's Rat Rod Matte clear on several builds including my 2015 SEMA project known as Overstacked and had great results.
Matte topcoats are a little more reactive to application, product, and atmosphere therefore I try to always use the following guidelines when spraying a matte topcoat finish.

*Humidity needs to stay below 30% to avoid hazing and streaking due to trapping of flattening agent.
*Gun tip must stay parallel to the surface in order to avoid streaking.
*Use the slowest reducer possible to help even the out gas of the flattening agent. Also turning the booth off when done spraying will help for an even out gas *Reduce enough to get wide wet pattern.

Using the above guidelines paired with Eastwood products, I am confident you will have great results.

T. C. Penick


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(Q) How much paint do I need?
(A) Typically one gallon per car. If you are also painting jambs, under the hood, or the trunk, use 2 gallons. For large cars and pickup trucks, use 2 gallons. Number of coats, prep and application methods will affect the amount of paint required.

In the Box


1 Gallon (128 Ounces) Eastwood Rat Rod Matte Clear
Requires 15993ZP activator

Guides & Accessories


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Safety Information

Always wear proper personal safety equipment when working with paints and chemicals. Always work in a well ventilated area.


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Application Tips

Clean surfaces of all contaminants. Abrade surface to be painted with a minimum of 320-grit sandpaper, working up to a 600-grit for maximum adhesion. Re-clean surface. After shaking paint, mix 4 parts paint with 1 part activator. Use caution mixing materials as paint may begin to gel after 2 hours at 70°F. HVLP gun setting: 28-32 PSI, with a 1.4mm-1.8mm tip. This color is formulated to give complete coverage in 2-3 coats. Allow 10 minutes flash time between coats; should be tack-free in 45-60 minutes, with full cure in 18 hours.


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Questions & Answers


Asked by: CHUCKY
Yes, and I would top coat the Epoxy primer with Chassis Black note: Epoxy Primer needs to cure 3-4 day before spraying anything on top. Also Scuff the Primer with Scotch Guard Pad (red) and clean with Paint Prep before continuing.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2023-09-15

For Rat Rod Matte, is slow activator available?

Asked by: Rustifarian
Unfortunately, this clear only has a medium speed option.
Answered by: Kelly H
Date published: 2022-10-04

What is minimum wait time after applying single stage paint

Asked by: Shane
It really depends on the color being applied and whether its metallic, pearl or solid color. As a general rule of thumb I would typically recommend about 45 minutes to an hour to be safe.
Answered by: Kelly H
Date published: 2022-06-27

Should this be reduced for better flow out? If so what do I use for reducer? 

Asked by: Adam
Reducing this product can help it flow better. We recommend using a Urethane Reducer such as this one.
Answered by: ZachC
Date published: 2022-06-16
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Eastwood 4:1 Rat Rod Matte Clear for Automotive Car Paint - Gallon +

Starting at$240.98

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