Which car colors are easiest to maintain?

Useful advice on exterior paint
by Ferman Lao | Dec 29, 2015
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One of the most common questions we get from our readers is this: Which car color is the best when it comes to ease of maintenance? In other words, the shade of paint that doesn’t easily look dirty or doesn’t easily show off scratches.

Before answering that question, allow us to acknowledge that some cars look absolutely stunning no matter what color they come in, while others look good only in certain colors. Personally, I’d avoid the more far-out colors, as they tend to be faddish. Some years down the line, units with these paint jobs command a lower resale value than those with classic hues.

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You can’t go wrong with white, silver, shades of gray, and other light colors. They are the easiest to take care of. Days to weeks of dust hardly show up unless you happen to get rained on. On the other hand, black, red and some shades of pearl and metallic paint are the most difficult to keep clean. These shades need attention every few days at the very least. Swirl marks and light scratches are also more evident on these colors. That said, there are also very specific cars that look cool in these colors.

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In a country where dust, mud and grime are ever-present, it’s best to choose a car color that won’t require a wash every other day. Not only is this more budget-friendly, it also saves a lot of your precious time.

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