This “suede”, “satin”, “flat”, or quite simply the matte paint look is the non-glossy type of paint that certain traditionalists seem to favor. To others, it, just sort of looks like you’re driving around in a primer, AKA the base of paint you have before you fully coat your car. This silly fad is becoming weirdly popular and has been adopted by 4 wheelers, tuners, and racers.
The look was once something only sported by hot rods in the ’50s or ’60s. Cars such as Ferrari, Mercedes, and BMW are all offering matte paint alternatives. In fact, it feels like these days it’s harder to spot a car with a shiny finish at a high-end car show.
The Tent Car
Kind of practical? Maybe. Incredibly dorky? Definitely! Attaching a giant tent to your car just really paints a different camping image. We like to venture off into the wild when we camp. Maybe even hike into a secluded area and leave the car in the garage. Driving into a camping spot and in a way, living out the comfort of a car just ruins the magic.
If you're having trouble truly being in the outdoors then just be honest with yourself and stay indoors.
You get "hopped up" cars and you then get "lowered cars." This Sothern California type of look involves the removal of leafs, the heating, compressing, or the cutting of springs. Essentially, whatever you can do to lower a car as much as possible while not cutting half of it off. In the 90s, folks realized that they could take the air suspension from a semi-truck or bus and modify it to fit a car.
While the engineering behind it might be pretty nifty, the result doesn't actually look great. This chunky thing that stands an inch from the ground just looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
Showy Side Skirts
Racing teams have been using spoilers and side skirts to heighten performance for decades. The technology later on filtered down to streetcars and so on and so forth. As production increased, these additions weren't really getting tested in wind tunnels anymore.
If these things have any effect on the car, it's likely that they're making cars slower. What's worse, these skirts hang dubiously low to the ground, so a speed bump will easily tear off the whole thing altogether.
Painting Your Own Calipers
Colorful calipers were a thing in the late 1980s. With their large diameters, the breaks were way more visible to the eye, so the paint gave the car a vibrant little splash of color. Often these were painted red or green like on the Porsche's Cayenne Turbo S models. Of course, like most trends, they tend to filter down to the masses, even when it's not always suitable.
The colorful caliper look spawned a DIY paint craze. And it doesn't look great. By painting these things yourself, not only are you making yourself look cheap, but you are also attracting attention to your very tiny breaks, making the whole thing look a little ridiculous. This trend is up there with fake car logos.