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rayward

posted on 16/2/09 at 09:40 PM Reply With Quote
black tintop: your opinions

the wifes getting a new car, and she wants a black one, i;ve always steered clear of black cars in the past as they always tended to look tatty (swirls in the paintwork chips etc)

anyone gott a black car?, would you have another

cheers
Ray

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nick205

posted on 16/2/09 at 09:43 PM Reply With Quote
Had a black leon cupra - looked spanking....for a few months Never looked properly clean and the slightest chip, scratch etc exposes the light grey primer underneath.

Now have a bright red passat which TBH isn't much better, but better than black.

Sister's has a black fiesta and brother in-law has a black (new) leon cupra - same story applies.






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jos

posted on 16/2/09 at 09:43 PM Reply With Quote
Yup - got one one, had another in the past too. Porbably have another one too. Either thant or a dark metallic blue. Black does look awsome (when clean, but its a bugger to keep clean)





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DavidW

posted on 16/2/09 at 09:45 PM Reply With Quote
I've had a couple.

As others have said, really tough to keep looking clean.

Current silver car look clean longer.

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JamJah

posted on 16/2/09 at 09:47 PM Reply With Quote
Depends if you want a show winning car or a car that people just see bluring past in lane 3.
Not saying it will go faster but just how many cars look perfect parked up?





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JamJah

posted on 16/2/09 at 09:47 PM Reply With Quote
Oh and yes, Black Puma and yes if that model looked good in it.





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Marcus

posted on 16/2/09 at 09:48 PM Reply With Quote
Had a couple of black cars (Locost included) If you wash with clean water, no soaps or waxes, the properly waxed shine lasts for ages!! I'd have another black car, that's my current fave colour - even the wife likes it (her MGTF was black).





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ChrisGamlin

posted on 16/2/09 at 09:58 PM Reply With Quote
Ive always steered clear of black cars in the past, mainly for the "always look dirty" issue apart from when freshly washed, but when I bought my 123d last month, one came up that was the right spec at the right price, so i took the plunge.

So far its been Ok, I dont actually think my car looks worse than other colours when mucky (and much better than the in-vogue white), you just notice it more once you've cleaned it.

Paint swirls could be an issue but if you take care when washing it then it shouldnt be too much of a problem. Stone chips are harder to avoid and even though mine is only a year old and 10k miles, it already has a few, but they don't show up unless you really look. I guess it depends on paint quality and what undercoat colour they use though.

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Worzey

posted on 16/2/09 at 10:09 PM Reply With Quote
I have a metallic black A3 - looks stunning when clean.........for 5 minutes.

However, I still think its the best colour for the car.

Some colours suits some cars and not others.

(that doesn't help much does it?)





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rusty nuts

posted on 16/2/09 at 10:32 PM Reply With Quote
Black cars also tend to be unbearably hot in the sun , air con works overtime if it fitted.
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smart51

posted on 16/2/09 at 10:37 PM Reply With Quote
Think of solar gain. There are solar heaters. There are solar ovens. There are solar furnaces and then there was my dad's Mk1 Escort after a summer's afternoon in an open car park. The vinyl seats would peel the flesh clean off the legs of a 7 year old in shorts. I developed a technique of pushing up with the palm of my hands to make an air gap between legs and seats. I'd steer clear.
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rayward

posted on 17/2/09 at 12:27 AM Reply With Quote
thanks fellas,

pretty much as i thought, reckon we'll steer clear

Ray

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james h

posted on 17/2/09 at 12:47 AM Reply With Quote
My mum used to have a black rx8 - it looked sh1t hot parked up and in motion, but you must have the right car with the right lines.

Think of the mk 1 golf gti, in black with the red grill trim, it looked fantastic. Some say that its because the combination of mainly black and the little bit of red reminded people subconciously of a gun with it's safety catch, very mean and purposeful

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JamJah

posted on 17/2/09 at 12:53 AM Reply With Quote
Remember black is the new white...






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Thinking about it

posted on 17/2/09 at 01:01 AM Reply With Quote
I have always liked black cars but avoided them due to the high milage I do (Clean for 5 mins).
Decided to take the plunge this time with a Black SAAB 93 and the colour suits it.
Black cars do look scruffy as they get older. I washed it yesterday and was quite supprised to see the number of tiny stone chips on the front edge of the bonnet after 9 months. They are small and if the car were silver or like they would not show as they are only in the laquer. But the gritters have been out in force this winter on the motorways.

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stevebubs

posted on 17/2/09 at 12:42 PM Reply With Quote
Metallic Black Mondy estate delivered Nov.

Not that much trouble to keep clean. Tend to do it every other Saturday after taking my daughter swimming.

Normally takes about 30 minutes to clean up and after 4,5k miles still looks spanking

Don't think it shows the dirt that badly either when compared with other cars in the street.

Braved the car wash for the first time yesterday but only cos it was free. Doubt I'll use it again.

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britishtrident

posted on 17/2/09 at 01:07 PM Reply With Quote
As long as it isn't a small hatchback

Black small hatches tend to be driven by merkins





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MikeRJ

posted on 17/2/09 at 02:22 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by smart51
Think of solar gain. There are solar heaters. There are solar ovens. There are solar furnaces and then there was my dad's Mk1 Escort after a summer's afternoon in an open car park. The vinyl seats would peel the flesh clean off the legs of a 7 year old in shorts.


True, I remember this even on non-black cars, but how many modern cars can you think of that come with vinyl seats these days?

Black is a great looking colour for most cars IMO, but there's no doubt it requires more maintenance.

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mistergrumpy

posted on 17/2/09 at 06:05 PM Reply With Quote
Before you just said you'd steer clear there it was about even with people saying yes get it and people saying no leave it. So I would go out on a limb and please don't take offence as none is meant but I reckon yoy were subconciously thinking steer clear and were just looking for a bit of support in that direction? If that's the case then just leave it as I don't think you'd ever be happy with it and would always be noticing things.
Just as a matter of fact I picked up a black hatchback on Friday, a new shaped Astra and I love it. Just spent about 3 hours claying it and washing it. Had quite a few "nice car" comments already.
Signed "Merkin"
P.S. isn't a merkin a pubic wig?






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