steve, thanks for stating that. I do know Kurt was giving my car some recognition too. It would be nice to get the site updated for those doing black SS 396 car restorations, survivor judging, etc. 2 survivor cars vs no other survivor cars proving otherwise (I would love to know where one of those cars are), seems to make a strong case for an update. With 2% of the SS 396s being black, it is going to be rare to find another data point.
I did put myself in the painters position, and did look at this another way. How would I know the paint is really flat or not? Its in a gun. All I know is its tail panel paint for SS396 cars. But by being the painter, I had to maintain the gun to paint tail panels, I would know it would be a different paint, or has the flattening agent in it. So there is the easy answer, that painter knew it had a flattening agent in it, and thus it is different that the 100% gloss tuxedo black body. We all may have been looking at this from a finished product perspective, but you have to put yourself in the painters position to come to what really happened. He knew that tail panel paint has some flattening aspect to it. No doubt in my mind.