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Old 01-15-2018, 10:46 PM
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Anyone here have strong opinions on Black or Jet Black paint?

Caring for for both will be a challenge. Is one more durable over the other?

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Old 01-15-2018, 11:05 PM
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I have never been a fan of any metallic black (just me). Neither is more durable over the other. Non-metallic colors are always easier to touch up and easier to match if a body panel needs to be repainted.

Just my .02, good luck with whatever you go with.
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One is free. That’s what I ordered.

Easier to touch up a non-metallic Black, but metallic black hides swirls a bit better.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:14 AM
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Originally Posted by ducstar View Post
Anyone here have strong opinions on Black or Jet Black paint?

Caring for for both will be a challenge. Is one more durable over the other?

thoughts?

thanks.


Black is not a colour... It's job!!!!!

That said most of the cars are I've owned are black.
So as someone whom has had decades of experience with self-imposed suffering....
GET METALLIC BLACK!!!!

Seriously, I've had all kinds of Porsche black, as much as the non metallic black looks good when it's clean... it stays clean for like 30 minutes!
Also Porsche clear coat is very, very soft so it shows swirl marks like crazy.
Not to mention metallic black does give an extra dimension.
Right now I've got both Porsche Basalt and Jet black in my garage.
The Jet Black is actually a very nice color, it has more of a blue-ish tinted sparkle in it, really nice and "deep" (basalt is gold-ish).
Do yourself a favor...g et the Jet Black!!!
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:33 AM
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I currently own one of each . (Macan GTS is Jet Black and 911 Turbo is Black ) . The metallic is easier to keep clean and doesnt show the swirls as easily . However , when clean the regular black is beautiful . If you park the car outside it's a no brainer . If you live in a dry or dusty area also jet black.
In the past I did not like the former "Basalt Black" . It looked gray and always looked dirty to me . The current metallic is beautiful though .
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:42 AM
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i went with metallic black after considering jet black for a long time. the consensus seems that metallic hides swirls alot better than jet black and hence easier to manage. and considering i park my car in an apartment garage with limited access to full car wash facilities (i use express wash spray and microfiber towels most days to wash and a full car wash maybe once a month), i went with metallic black and am very happy with my choice.

with that said i've also heard that side by side jet black looks much better over metallic. so its really up to your own personal preference and your access to easy car cleaning.

one thing to note, i also did full PPF to my car. it give me more peace of mind in terms of cleaning, but my car looks almost dark blue many times rather than completely black, i think due to the PPF. not complaining though
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:00 AM
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Originally Posted by usccharles View Post
i went with metallic black after considering jet black for a long time. the consensus seems that metallic hides swirls alot better than jet black and hence easier to manage. and considering i park my car in an apartment garage with limited access to full car wash facilities (i use express wash spray and microfiber towels most days to wash and a full car wash maybe once a month), i went with metallic black and am very happy with my choice.

with that said i've also heard that side by side jet black looks much better over metallic. so its really up to your own personal preference and your access to easy car cleaning.

one thing to note, i also did full PPF to my car. it give me more peace of mind in terms of cleaning, but my car looks almost dark blue many times rather than completely black, i think due to the PPF. not complaining though
I concur with everything you said.
Just a heads up though, the current metallic black is actually Jet Black, the non metallic is just "Black".
Cheers!

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Old 01-16-2018, 09:42 AM
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I've had one of each (well, Basalt Black, not Jet Black, but close!)

Black looked the best when it was 100 percent clean.
Metallic black looked better than black, when both were 90 percent clean or worse

Both are great colors and look fantastic. I had more complements on my Basalt Black than on Black, though...people noticed the metal flakes and went out of their way to comment on how much they loved the color.
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by yrralis1 View Post
I currently own one of each . (Macan GTS is Jet Black and 911 Turbo is Black ) . The metallic is easier to keep clean and doesnt show the swirls as easily . However , when clean the regular black is beautiful . If you park the car outside it's a no brainer . If you live in a dry or dusty area also jet black.
In the past I did not like the former "Basalt Black" . It looked gray and always looked dirty to me . The current metallic is beautiful though .
Agreed on regular black looking the best when clean.

Avoiding swirl marks can become a deep seeded obsession so be careful if you go down that route...
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by tse View Post
Agreed on regular black looking the best when clean.

Avoiding swirl marks can become a deep seeded obsession so be careful if you go down that route...
Agree with that. A few hours on Youtube and you can really understand what behaviors contribute to swirls and how you can adapt to minimize them. It's not that hard, just hold back on some of your obsessive routines (dust removal with a dry cloth in my case which causes little scratches, which brings out some other product which causes swirls......la la la!).

Black is a fabulous color. It takes different behavior to keep it pristine, rather than more work which many will claim.
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:59 AM
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Once you go non-metallic you may never go back. If you value a crisp, deep, glossy, mirror-like finish, non-metallic might be the way to go.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by spiderv6 View Post
Agree with that. A few hours on Youtube and you can really understand what behaviors contribute to swirls and how you can adapt to minimize them. It's not that hard, just hold back on some of your obsessive routines (dust removal with a dry cloth in my case which causes little scratches, which brings out some other product which causes swirls......la la la!).

Black is a fabulous color. It takes different behavior to keep it pristine, rather than more work which many will claim.
And don't get me going on the art of removing bird crap...
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by bluehorseshoe View Post
Once you go non-metallic you may never go back. If you value a crisp, deep, glossy, mirror-like finish, non-metallic might be the way to go.
Now that's what I'm talkin' about...
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:12 PM
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Its hilarious how many of us complain about keeping black clean yet keep buying them.......... my 911 is GR but truck is Mythos Black....like my last few cars. Really not sure that either metallic or black is easier. Metallic looks amazing in the sun when black shows its swirls. Both gorgeous when clean.
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:26 PM
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With amazing coatings on the market, Black is certainly easier to maintain. I go weeks between washes and marvel at how shiny the car remains. Even through rain.

Also, I no longer touch my car to wash. Rinse, foam, rinse and blow dry. This is everything in maintaining nice paint. Never perfect but nice.
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