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Obsidian Black versus Jet Black? Metallic vs. Premium?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Roger Brent, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. Roger Brent

    Roger Brent New Member

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    Dear Fellow forum members,

    Hoping for an opinion about body color. There are two kinds of black.
    To my eye, the "Obsidian Black", which is metallic, looks better, but
    there is a "Jet Black" that is said to be "premium". Turns out that
    metallic paints require two coats, premiums, three. Question for
    forum members. Is there any disadvantage to metallic colors over
    premium colors in terms of longevity/ durability?

    With thanks for any help or opinions.
     
  2. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Personally I think the metallic looks better too.
    In many vehicles, the metallic paints are the ones that cost more.
    Sorry, not sure about durability issues.

    More coats tend to result in a glossier look. Also seams and creases have a less defined edge which makes the vehicle look more like plastic and less like metal. (Or more like candy). 3 coats isn't a huge amount. Show cars (concours, etc.) tend to have a lot more coats. Among other things it hides any little imperfections.
     
  3. JoelG

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    I was advised that the obsidian black car hides dirt/imperfections better than the jet black, and will therefore look better when not in a showroom. I asked a lot of people their opinions on color. Of course this is all about personal preference. Assuming I am able to soon purchase a Roadster, I am really leaning towards obsidian black with black interior. I also like the Radiant Red.... hmmmm.
     
  4. mpt

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    I like the premium finishes the best. They give the surface a glass like feel with a lot of depth. I have the silver finish and it has a real depth to it, especially after being waxed. I don't know the engineering behind these finishes but I wonder if there is a fine metallic flake in the clear coat? It seems like there is reflectivity of light before it hits the silver metallic layer.
     
  5. benji4

    benji4 Roadster 2.5 #0476

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    I have an obsidian black car with black interior and black wheels, it's pretty stunning (gradually adding CF parts to it from CarbonOne to enhance it further). I thought about jet black as well, but even a display car at the showroom that was jet black showed lots of tiny scratches and looked hard to take care of. The dealer actually took it out of the showroom and put it back in storage because it was so hard to keep looking new they said. Also, despite the fact that jet black has no sparkle in it like the metallic looking obsidian black, it's a more expensive color. Not sure why that is.
     
  6. zack

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    I have a jet black Roadster and it always looks dirty and scratched. And it's only 3 weeks old!
     
  7. erichmond

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    I've never been fond of black cars, but when it comes to resale of sports cars "triple black" (black interior, exterior and top) is the best. Any thoughts?
     
  8. zack

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    That's what I got. Black paint and top, black wheels and interior black with grey.
     
  9. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Knight Rider?
     
  10. jcstp

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    #10 jcstp, Mar 28, 2011
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    You could carwrap it!
    Cheaper then repaint!
    You can choose any color you want, and remove it when you are tired of it, or want an other color!



     
  11. vfx

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    Nothing is more beautiful than a clean black car.
    Nothing gets dirty faster than a clean black car.
     
  12. mpt

    mpt Electrics are back

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    That applies to the wheels too; I just sprung for the black sport forged alloy wheels.

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    {this reply has nothing to do with me wanting to show off my new wheels}
     
  13. Doug_G

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    You'd be surprised just how little a white car shows the dirt. Way better than black.
     
  14. erichmond

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    Wow! Pretty Amazing.
     
  15. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    I have seen all of the paint colors on the cars and in person. I would suggest metallic black if you are considering black at all. The metallic will hide swirls and light scratches as they will inevitably develop.

    Jet Black in a premium color because it shows everything! It is hard to make perfect and takes more time to get to showroom condition than the other colors. This means that you as an owner will be spending more time with it on a regular basis making it "perfect".

    I would go with Thunder Gray or Metallic Black if you are interested in the dark colors...
     

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