When purchasing a new car, many people spend a great deal of time deciding between the various colors available. However, rather than considering the ramifications this color choice will have on the care and maintenance of the car's finish, most people only worry about picking out the most eye-popping color.
This is a mistake that often leads to significant headaches down the road. Some car colors are easier to maintain than others are. Accordingly, it is important to consider the following factors that are unique to different finish colors.
Black finishes are very popular, and they undoubtedly look good when freshly detailed, but black finishes make minor imperfections – dents, scratches and dings – stand out. Additionally, dust shows up very well on a black finish, necessitating that you wash your car more frequently than if it were another color.
Additionally, while it doesn't cause any aesthetic differences, black car finishes absorb the sun's rays and heat up quickly on summer days, making the interior of your car quite uncomfortable.
Red, like black, finishes look amazing when freshly detailed, and few car colors draw the eye as well as red does. Imperfections are visible on red cars, but not as much so as they are on black-finished vehicles. Don't worry about your new red car attracting attention from the police; this oft-repeated tale is nothing more than a myth.
White cars don't display dust as obviously as black cars do, and they usually continue to look good for longer than black cars following being detailed. However, some things, such as dead bugs and dark debris kicked up from the road, will show up very distinctly, particularly around the bottom of the car. Additionally, if you live in an area with numerous trees, the spring pollen may turn your car yellow until you wash it off.
Silver, Bronze, and Other Metallic Finishes
Bronze, silver, and similar finishes offer a happy medium between light and dark colors – perhaps this is why they are often among the most popular color choices. Dust is rarely a problem with bronze cars, which means you can get away with washing it less frequently. However, this means that they won't look as amazing after being washed as some other cars do.
There are a number of different blue tones used for car finishes, and they vary in their tendency to display dirt and imperfections. Darker blues exhibit characteristics that are similar to black finishes, in that they heat up quickly in the sun and show dust very well. Light blues, on the other hand, tend to look better for longer after being detailed, and they don't soak up as many of the sun's rays.
Talk to a professional detailer like those at Detail Lex for tips on how to keep your particular color of car looking great.