Discussion in 'Detailing & Cleaning' started by SpeedyGee, Tuesday 3rd Feb, 2015.
How hard is black paint to maintain ?
What do you have to do keep it looking good ?
Depends on where the car will be I guess, because of my work the Mazda was a nightmare but when polished up black looks amazing I think.
A quality wax or sealant definitely helps when it comes to the regular washes allowing the dirt to slide off easily.
It can be a bit of a nighmare if I am honest to the point where I probably won't buy a black car again.
You can spend hours cleaning it and then just the slightest trip down the road, and you can see it getting dirty again, however, it does look stunning when it is all cleaned up. I maintain my paintwork by giving it 2 yearly buffs. So, I clay it twice a year, then use iron x on it, then a bit of cutting if necessary, followed by poor boys black sealant and a good wax with decent stuff. She shines like a gem, but its hard to keep her clean
Getting a new car @SpeedyGee
Let's call it window shopping for now
Its hard to keep it looking really clean, but it looks fantastic when you do.
Look forward to see pictures of those "windows" you are looking at.
I'd say that if you are a perfectionist when it comes to your car, and if it is a car for everyday use, avoid black (and other very dark colours).
They do look great when prepared and sorted properly, but they also show every mark, swirl and speck of dust and dirt. If you can live with that, and the extra maintenance to keep it looking good, then go for it, but go in with your eyes open!!!
Personally I couldn't live with it - would drive me crazy - so my last 5 regular use cars have been silver, with the sixth a very light metallic blue.
Black is the most rewarding colour once prepped and cleaned up. Yes it's a pain to keep clean but at least it gives me the excuse to wash it all the time lol
I don't really think it's any harder to look after. It does however need cleaning more often.
If you have your pressure sprayer and cleaning things set up and ready to go, it doesn't take long to wash and dry. That's assuming the paintwork has been sealed and waxed to start with.
Been looking at black cars on the road, it does seem like dirty black ones stands out more as being dirty. Whilst with other colours it's not as obvious.
Conversely, a clean black car looks great.
Agreed, a clean, well kept, black car looks stunning.
Indeed it does, stand back and admire your hard work
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