Well, I have made the deal and am supposed to pick up my Sonata in a day or
We chose "Deepwater Blue", and we're having second thoughts.
This paint has a large flake, and the flake looks very unusual at that. I'm
afraid a fender bender would be a disaster unless I could find a body shop
that's experienced with that particular paint.
Also, I have notices that dark colored paint with a big flake seems to dull
faster over time than solid colors. Or is that just my imagination?
Should I get a more conservative color? I could probably live with anything
but the gray.
Precisely the kind of question that should never be asked Bob. Car color is
an individual thing. Ask me and I think you should have bought black. Ask
my wife or any one of a hundred people and you'll get different answers.
Large flake is making a comeback in some cars. Painters have been spraying
large and small flake for decades. Don't sweat it. Colors with large flake
don't fade any faster than small flake. Hand rub your clear coat every year
or two, depending on its clarity and then sit back and admire it over a
beer. Or better yet - have the wife do the hand rub while you sit back with
a beer and admire her.
Oh yea, I know!
Thing is, I have seen 3 year old cars that already look cheesy because of
the color. Most of the time, the color is "unusual", like the one we chose.
Any color called "champagne" for example looks cheap after 3 years.
(Champagne may be a variant of red, green, blue, brown, or yellow).
I am trading in a black car that's 11 years old, and we were warned against
getting black. Well, we never regretted it, and it still looks good today.
My instincts are to go with black again, but we were quite taken with the
Oh well, thanks for the advice, and I will let you know how the color holds
up against the fashion standards of 2010. :)
I do know what you mean Bob. There are some blues that looked chalky -
no... like puke(!) in a very short time. These typically are not color
problems though, as much as they are paint problems. Though we do spot
those colors when they are problematic, you have to remember that there are
a ton of blue cars out there that exhibited no problem. The issues with a
given color is more associated with a period of time, and the paint formulas
than it is with anything else.
The glaring exception to my generalization - and there's always an
exception, is red. Red is the fasted color to oxidize. These days with
clear coat finishes, it's not near the problem it was with enamels and
lacquers. Today the hazing problems are much more an issue of the clear
coat being affected by the elements.
Hell Bob - take that new car and enjoy the "unusual" color. At least you
won't look like every other one out there.
Champagne shouldn't even be a color in my opinion. Talk about puke...
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