Car color: Fact or Fiction?

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  1. Howard Williams

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    I'm finally gonna take the plunge and get a new/used car. The verdict is in and the winner is a 1997-1999 Mercedes Benz S420. As for the color, I heard and generally accepted that black on black cars are hotter (temperature wise) inside than other color cars. Is this really true to a significant degree?

    I've also heard that gold and silver go dull fast because of Ultra Violet rays from the sun. Is that true?

    My last car (1990 Maxima)was black on black (hence the nickname:"Blaxima") and I swore I would never buy this combination again as it shows dirt, dings and streaks very easily. But that color combo seems to be the most impressive and powerful overall, at least for this model.

    I know white is suppose to be the easiest to keep clean. I told myself the exterior had to be white but white on black misses the mark for me. White and Tan looks kinda nice but throw in chrome wheels and black trim, you've got enough colors for a rainbow, almost.

    I perfer the interior to match the extertior to keep the color scheme to a minimum i.e. Based on all this, I leaning towards Black/Black or Grey/Grey.

    I know some people that swear by Teflon Coating and others say it is the biggest money maker for the dealers and biggest waste of money for the buyer. Someone else told me that clear coat paint makes teflon coating unnecessary. Which is true?

    Any input is appreciated.
     
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    Well, since black absorbs heat the most, and white reflects the heat, it would make sense a black car would be hotter than a white one...
     
  3. Philip_G

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    a clean perfect black car looks the best, ALWAYS.
    problem is they stay clean and perfect for about 30 seconds [​IMG]
    I'd never own another black car again. I've never had or seen a problem with silver fading.
     
  4. Peter_A

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    Black cars look good on the lot. After a couple washes though, the swirl marks become very evident. It always looks crappy seeing a black car on a sunny day with the light catching all the scratches and swirls. Ughhh! Would drive me nuts if I owned one!
     
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    Black absorbs heat, so yeah, it stands to reason that a black car would get hotter sitting in the sun than some other color. But unless you plan to sit on the hood while you're driving, I doubt the exterior color is going to make all that much of a difference. It is the interior where you'll feel it. As for white being the easiest to keep clean - spoken like a man who has never owned a white car. They show every speck of dirt - at least as badly as a black car. If you want to hide dirt, you're much better off with a neutral shade - something in the tan, silver or grey area.

    As for which colors do worst in the sun - I live in the sunshine state and I can tell you what I see around me. Metallic anything gets destroyed. Not worth it. Red seems to be the color that gets sun-blasted the worst. I can't tell you how many formerly red cars I see in parking lots that are a half-shade from primer color and just as flat. (And no, they aren't covered with primer.) I've had three Saturns in the last 12 years, white, gold and silver-grey. I've only had a garage for the past two years. None of them took any sun damage.

    You might want to think about a black exterior and a grey interior. Smart-looking combination, and the grey will be cooler - especially if you go with fabric rather than leather or vinyl.

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    Having said all of this, black is the classic colour for a Mercedes, particularly the S class.
     
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    A goal of mine is to find a '74-'78 Chrysler (C-body) 2 door and install ALL the period options from '73-'78 and make it quadruple black (body, top, trim, interior) with a 440 TNT under the hood
     
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    I've owned both white and black cars. White is the cleanest, but black isn't that bad provided you keep the finish in good condition.

    Black on black is nice, but might look too boring on some cars. In this case, I recommend tan/beige interior for black cars. I'd avoid grey interior/black exterior (too boring). If you go black on black, you can get your windows tinted to offset the interior heat somewhat.

    Silver looks good on Mercedes and might be your best choice if you're reluctant to get another black car. White and silver shouldn't be fitted with chrome rims though.

    Cars need wax, not telfon coating.
     
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    Yeah, but if you buy a black S-class Benz, you have to put those little flags on the quarter panels in the front and have Clint Eastwood run beside you as an escort. Oh and then you can't drive that fast.

    I think silver/grey cars hide the best of everything (except the bird sh*t that's purple). Winter stuff is normally whitish and dirt doesn't show up, neither do water stains, etc...

    Jay
     
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    I don't know if it's the same in the States, but in the UK, you usually get less when trading in a white car. Apparently they are harder to sell (I don't know why).
     
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    The only paint that fades in sun is paint that is not maintained properly. Keep a good coat of wax on your car, and keep it clean. You will never have a problem. German cars in general have very tough paint.

    Black exterior does look the best when clean, but requires at least twice as much upkeep. Wash it 2x weekly, instead of once. Wax more often, and you will have to use some type of polish to keep swirls at a minimum (Malco Plum Crazy has been recommended highly to me by a detailer).

    White is definitly easier to maintain. Swirls barely show, and most dust is not readily visible. I have a "Topaz" blue car myself. On a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being hardest to keep clean), it is a 7.

    Jared
     
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    Black gets A LOT hotter. I used to paint aircraft and had chip sample book from Dupont with a heat index for each color. White on a 100F day will reach about 120F surface temp while black will reach about 250F surface temp. A lot of this heat will make it inside the car.
    White is the best, but silver isn't too bad for heat rejection. Silver looks good on a MB too.
    Also, regular car wax will bake in these temps and reduce UV protection. Take a look at Zaino for good protection and no swirl marks. This finish will make a black car look awsome.
     
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    Silver is hard to match touch up paint with, so beware of that if the dealer can't get you a bottle of touchup paint.
    I've got a metallic red on my Mustang, with tan leather interior and tan canvas convertable top. I think it looks nice. Pictures Here
     
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    I am on my 2nd blk/blk car, and I think I have had enough. Don't get me wrong, it looks great!!! but I rather spend the time making it beautiful driving it than pampering it.

    I think if you are looking for best color combo for maintenance, is silver ext/black int, least maintenance required for both int/ext. A friend bought a 2001 I30t w/ silver/black combo, it looks great, and drives great also.
     
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    I am of the opinion that red/burgungy or blue interior looks best with silver exterior. Black interior/silver exterior looks good, but might be too boring on certain cars (and especially avoid white interior/silver exterior).

     
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    I have no statistics or facts to back up my statement, but I remember hearing that red cars are more commonly stopped for speeding than any other color of vehicle. I believe that grey/silver cars are the least stopped.

    Apparently, the color red always 'appears' to travel faster.

    Joseph
     
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    10-20 years ago - Silver used to fade a little. Clear coating has fixed a lot of the paint fading problems.

    Black is the classic Benz color.

    The lighter the car the less dirt shows.
     
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    Well I personally think the cars that are coming out with the new coppery brown color look good. Note, this is not the 1999 Camry brown, but a new deeper, more metalic brown that is showing up on some new cars in the last year or two.
     

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