Detailing solid black colors
Everybody loves the way a freshly detailed black car looks. I don’t think there is another color that comes anywhere near to how beautiful black can look. No wonder there are some many of them out there. When brand new, I love black. Brand new, meaning the dealership has not washed it or god forbid detailed it yet. Once they are washed, the chances are huge, that one will see swirl marks in the paint. As the saying goes: Black is a part time job. Indeed it is.
Look at how easy it is to see dirt on black! After one rain.
Some colors, I can correct pretty much 100% in 8 – 10 hours. Some. On the other hand, to my standards, I have never detailed a solid black (Jet Black) under 30 hours. If you think about it, that is a tremendous difference. In fact, nowadays if anyone calls for a full paint correction with a non metallic black car, I do my best to talk them out of trying to go for “perfection”. My reasoning is simple. 1 – I don’t want to spend 3-5 days stressing over trying to get every single deep scratch out of the paint. 2 – I know very well, that after the very first wash the vehicle gets light swirls marks. And while the paint will look very very good to most untrained eyes, it is a downhill after that. The gloss will remain, especially if you continue applying wax to the finish, but imperfections will show up with each pass, whether you wash the car, or dry it.
I often see people asking on detailing forums about what products to use on their soon to be delivered new non metallic black cars. They are asking, because they are “perfectionists” according to their posts and want the best products to keep the cars in top shape. I feel for them. They will be so disappointed. In fact I had a client once that couldn’t deal with not being able to dry his car without marring it every time he washed it so he sold it after about a year and got a white one. Someone might think that it is a bit extreme what my client did, but I will guess, that since you are reading this, you are aware about car care.
So, if you are thinking about buying a black colored car, make sure that you know what you are getting into. My opinion is to go with something light. Metallic if possible. You will enjoy your ride a lot better for years to come. Be smart and learn from other people’s mistakes. Try not to learn from your own mistakes. After all, it could be a pretty expansive mistake.
Very beautiful when CLEAN, but at what cost?
If you still decide to get black, make sure to special order it and DO NOT let the dealership prep or wash your exterior.