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#4614844 - 12/26/17 04:06 PM Best paint color for car store outside in sun
007 Offline


Registered: 06/19/14
Posts: 389
Loc: Clermont, Fl
What paint color would hold up best on a vehicle stored outside all the time in sunny Florida? This considering it was properly cleaned and waxed on a regular basis.

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#4614867 - 12/26/17 04:20 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
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Registered: 06/23/14
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In terms of longevity and durability, color is fairly low on the totem pole.. Maintenance, upkeep, and protection are by far the most important factors..

This is my 2010 Fusion - It pretty much sits outside 24/7 in Phoenix weather. I wash it frequently and apply wax and/or sealant a few times per year, with a spray wax after roughly every 2nd wash. As you can see, the paint is looking awesome, even after 7+ years.

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#4614872 - 12/26/17 04:23 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
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Registered: 01/14/11
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Loc: PV Az
That's nice work, red had the rep for fading fast. Here in Az at least 50% of vehicles are white, justified or not who knows.
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#4614883 - 12/26/17 04:31 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
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Registered: 05/27/02
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I'd have to say white, that's why you see so many white cars in Florida (although in the past couple of years I've noticed a huge number of metallic red cars there)

Pretty much any light color will hold up better in the hot sun than a dark color though. But don't let that dictate your choice, get the color you like best and just take care of it.
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#4614913 - 12/26/17 04:57 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
slowrench Offline


Registered: 11/14/15
Posts: 24
Loc: california
There was a study done on this,i think. White was the winner,because its the most reflective.I have a 1977 Mercedes with original white paint,still looks good,but I don't know the complete history of its parking situation.

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#4614931 - 12/26/17 05:19 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
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Registered: 09/25/09
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White, especially a non-metallic single stage white like Honda Taffeta White.
While this paint will never show a wet-look shine, it won't age badly with exposure and less than OCD care.
I once did OCD paint maintenance but have better things to do these days.
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#4614932 - 12/26/17 05:20 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
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How are all the black plastic mouldings,etc holding up?
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#4615004 - 12/26/17 06:19 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: fdcg27]
Ethan1 Offline


Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 1632
Loc: 'murica
Originally Posted By: fdcg27
White, especially a non-metallic single stage white like Honda Taffeta White.


Are you trolling? Taffeta White is famous for fading severely, even in the North.

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#4615006 - 12/26/17 06:20 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: aquariuscsm]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5257
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
+1 on the preventative maintenance.

DEFINITELY any "flat" color will last longer than a metallic color with clear coat.

The paint on my Mom's 1991 Taurus GL in "titanium" (putty) shone perfectly with only occasional waxing with Nu-Finish (cheap stuff). The other non-metallic beauty in my life was my 1976 Nova in "apricot whip".

Today the choices are white, sometimes a fire engine red, sometimes a navy blue and maybe a saged green. I believe some of Subaru's wacky colors are non-metallic.

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#4615030 - 12/26/17 06:51 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
Ducked Offline


Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4382
Loc: Taiwan
Any colour you like as long as its got patches of primer showing through.

Then you can skip that "As long as its cleaned and waxed on a regular basis" jive.



Edited by Ducked (12/26/17 06:53 PM)

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#4615044 - 12/26/17 07:04 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: Ethan1]
fdcg27 Online   content


Registered: 09/25/09
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Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: Ethan1
Originally Posted By: fdcg27
White, especially a non-metallic single stage white like Honda Taffeta White.


Are you trolling? Taffeta White is famous for fading severely, even in the North.


Please explain how a non-metallic single-stage white can fade at all.
It would fade to white?
There may be a troll here, but it doesn't appear to be me.
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#4615121 - 12/26/17 07:57 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: fdcg27]
Ethan1 Offline


Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 1632
Loc: 'murica
It turns chalky stooges

Now you can go ahead and explain how clearcoat and metallics would make a car fade faster crackmeup

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#4615178 - 12/26/17 09:01 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
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Loc: New Zealand
Red fades the most...those pink cars started out red.
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#4615235 - 12/26/17 10:16 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: Silk]
vavavroom Offline


Registered: 10/31/17
Posts: 148
Loc: California
Agreed, red fades the most. There's an early 2000's Celica parked outside. Once red, it now borders on pink. Silver seems to age well.

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#4615260 - 12/26/17 10:52 PM Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007]
pcoxe Offline


Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 445
Loc: South Carolina
I've read that it's the UV rays that destroy paint. Metallic coatings are more susceptible to damage because they get burned twice by the UV: once coming in, and again on being reflected back out. Maybe MythBusters can verify this.

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