Everyone should own a black car, at least once.

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by F1Ace, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. F1Ace

    F1Ace F1 Rookie

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    Can you guess why?

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  3. mw575

    mw575 F1 Rookie

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    Duh! Do tell us- I love guessing games!
  4. TigerAce

    TigerAce Formula 3

    May 29, 2003
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    Black car needs to be cleaned constantly to appear good. If you drive other colors, you'll appreciate how less of cleaning/washing it requires.
  5. M.James

    M.James F1 Rookie

    Jun 6, 2003
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    Because they're a pain in the ass to keep clean and dust/lint/dirt free? Because they absorb the sun's rays more, and will be hotter in the summer (or anytime you have daylight)? Because the interiors dry out faster? Because its more difficult for other people to see you in low-light conditions?

    Oh, and did I mention that Black is DEAD-SEXY?
  6. tbakowsky

    tbakowsky F1 World Champ
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  8. WJHMH

    WJHMH Two Time F1 World Champ
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    The only black car I've owned was a BMW 633 CSI. All I can say is I learned about the proper techniques of automotive deatiling.
  9. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

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    It needs black rims and black out the front emblem too.
  10. Norm512TR

    Norm512TR Formula Junior

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    I few years back I had a triple black Porsche 911, I always said that the only time it wasn't getting dirty was when I was getting water in my shoes washing the thing.

    Black cars are so much more work, but when they're clean they look better than any other color.
  11. Adrift

    Adrift Formula Junior

    Aug 30, 2004
    Dallas area
    Ditto. :D Been there, done that, once was enough!
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  13. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    Im done witcha!

  14. parkerfe

    parkerfe F1 World Champ

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    That's just mean. I owned a black 328GTS and swore I would never own another black car. I now have a black M5 as my daily driver and again swear I will never own another black car...I really mean it this time too!
  15. dwhite

    dwhite F1 Rookie

    My guess, because, black is beautiful. Right on, groovy, cool. Yep my 1985 black Firebird looks great when washed and waxed, too bad it's been over a year since that happened and its been outside.
  16. F1Ace

    F1Ace F1 Rookie

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    Well this is why:

    When I was planning to get my black 328 I knew it was going to be more work, but I thought I'd handle the dust issue with the ol' California Duster. When I read about what it would do to that perfect black shine, and even saw for myself when I tested it, it was clear that I could not use it on black or I would have swirl marks to 'beat the band'.

    Even using the (bath)towels I used on my other cars (which I thought had a good shine) was not going to work out and I had to (gleefully) switch to microfibre towels was a discovery for me.

    Trying various waxes on black also revealed which was best, knowledge I can take to other colors now.

    After all is said and done, be it towel dropplets or streaks, black shows you exactly what your're doing to your paint. If I had a white or red car imagine the degradation I would have subjected my car to. And what if that was a Ferrari? It wouldn't catch up to me that fast, but I know now so much more about paint care that yes, I am the resident expert now.

    So in summary, owning a black car will teach you things you can take to whatever car you own, and will help you maintain whatever color much better.

    Who knew?

  17. venusone

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  18. The Mad Hatter

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    Like EVERY week...I spend more time washing my ride than driving it :D (just kidding of course). It does get dirty FAST though...

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  19. Exoticbro

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    So True!!!!!

    The next time you wax it, do it under a very bright fluorescent light and you will learn even more.
    Black is definitely beautiful but it is a lot of work.
  20. RacerX_GTO

    RacerX_GTO F1 World Champ
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    Owners or silver and white cars trying to educate the masses on detailing have not seen the pain caused by their efforts.

    Black also reveals a horrific quality detail shop. After the carnuba evaporates off, the even circular swirls of the machine buffer come through exposing the fact that the detailer 'burned' a little too much on the surface and/or used the wrong buffing bonnet to apply the product.

    If you can master black, you can rejouvinate most any car surface to the deepest gloss possible.
  21. Kevallino

    Kevallino Formula 3

    Feb 10, 2004
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    Did mine in 1979 - triple black 1970 Thunderbird - serious pimpin'. World-class PITA to keep clean and bloody HUGE!!

    Curved back seat, though, with plenty of room.

  22. dmcgill

    dmcgill Formula 3

    Apr 16, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    Black cars just look so brutal...and stealthy. I will always own at least one black car for the rest of my life.
  23. jsa330

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    We had a black 2001 VW Beetle for 1 1/2 years--my first and last black car; I dont need to elaborate.

    The college age girl who bought it from us wanted only one color: black, and it was an instant sale. A relative was buying his HS senior daughter a used SUV about the same time and she only wanted black.

    I would have taken black on my Ferrari--turquoise would have been OK as long as everything else was good. I ended up with silver and bland as it is it's very easy to maintain.
  24. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

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    Even though i already have that picture, my knees got weak (and i'm sitting!) when i saw it, 'cause i wasn't expecting it... Thank you for posting it... :)
  25. JaguarXJ6

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    Feb 12, 2003
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    Detailing the Beast

    Reflection off the trunk lid of a Ebony XJR owned by a friend I put 11 hours into to restore a couple months ago.

    Recent beauty shot of my hood on my Anthracite XJ6.

    Two older hood shots of my Anthracite XJ6 a year and a half ago.

    Its daily driven (112k miles, 7+ years old.. suck on that Jimmy!). Its wiped down as much as it needs it. Its cared for lovingly. Its covered daily. Its babied endlessly. Its so much work.

    Its soooo damn worth it.

    Ryan, David, Ron.. I haven't forgot about you. I'm just so burnt from work and when weekends roll around, well you know. I'm either working, detailing my car, or tiring from the g/f ;). I want to do it, but you have to make me do it.

  26. LAfun2

    LAfun2 F1 Veteran

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    Rock on brotha! :D

    No sweat. I have Oct 28-Nov 1st avail, or the Thanksgiving weekend.
  27. darth550

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    Oh, COME ON ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    ps. who loves ya?
  28. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

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    Mrs. Darth. :)

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