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

Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007] #4614867
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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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Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007] #4614872
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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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Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007] #4614883
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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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Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007] #4614913
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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.

Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007] #4614931
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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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Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007] #4614932
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How are all the black plastic mouldings,etc holding up?


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Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: fdcg27] #4615004
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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.

Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: aquariuscsm] #4615006
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+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.

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


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Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: Ethan1] #4615044
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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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Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: fdcg27] #4615121
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It turns chalky stooges

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

Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: 007] #4615178
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Red fades the most...those pink cars started out red.


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Re: Best paint color for car store outside in sun [Re: Silk] #4615235
12/26/17 10:16 PM
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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.

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