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Solid Black vs. Obsidian Black Metallic

Discussion in 'Model X: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Driveinstylex, May 4, 2017.

  1. Driveinstylex

    Driveinstylex Member

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    Any input on Solid black vs. Obsidian Black Metallic. In the process of ordering the Model X.

    Thanks!
     
  2. carteriii

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    I went with obsidian black because I subjectively felt it had a bit more depth to it, and I thought it reflected other colors better. For example, in this picture, it looks almost purple in places because it's picking up some of the blue of the sky, and the reflection of the trees on the hood felt "better" than what I saw with the solid black:

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    Of course this could all be my imagination so definitely try to see samples of both to decide for yourself.

    I also liked that it was 4 layers vs 2 layers (I think that's right but not 100% positive), but I've since put XPEL on it so perhaps that doesn't matter so much now.
     
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  3. Mike M

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    Definitely go Obsidian Black. My detailer thanked me that I went Obsidian. He sees a lot of Tesla's and for the finish upkeep alone he said the standard black is much harder to keep looking good and tells everyone to choose Obsidian. The plain black shows swirls and even small scratches much more than the Obsidian. I love the depth in our Obsidian as well. 18156018_1140939746017629_9093207986061718689_o.jpg
     
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    When we ordered my wife's 2015 S70D, we ordered the 'regular' black, but had heard some rumors about a new black 'coming soon'. Once we saw the color sample for Obsidian, we made the switch. Could not be happier. Nice complex metallic texture--really changes with the light. Go for it.
     
  5. Driveinstylex

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    Unfortunately my car was confirmed and went into production. The sales person pushed me to get solid black when I put my deposit. All good points about Obsidian Black Metallic. Does anyone have solid black or pics?
     
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    No it's not unfortunate, geez, congrats you've got a new car coming!!!! Yes, they are all good points, as is your choice of solid black. I have solid black, for the reason opposite of the choices above. I wanted no other color than deep, lustrous black. There is tremendous depth and shine in a well maintained black car, including obsidian and solid black. Find a reputable detailer that uses quality carnuba and you'll never regret your decision. Car Wax - Carnauba Waxes- Pinnacle Carnauba Car waxes, P21s Concours Carnauba car wax. Congratulations, now don't look back!! :)

    PS - sorry I'm out of town and this is the only pic I have left on my phone......you will be happy.
     
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  7. cruiserlarry

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    My father in law an I purchased virtually identical S90Ds a week apart - he got Obsidian Black, and I got the Solid Black. I am very happy with my decision. The metallic compounds in the Obsidian make it look much lighter in color when they are side by side, and do absorb other colors visually which detracts from the black IMO (this is definitely a subjective subject). I disagree with some of the previous posters - I think the Solid looks much deeper and darker, but it does take more work to keep marks off. Frankly, most of the Tesla paint is a little lacking from a quality point of view (I have several Toyotas whose paint quality is light years superior to the Tesla), so I expect it will be a lot of work to keep it up regardless of the color. Unfortunately, I can't afford the high-end paint protection options many here use - but I would recommend that you do use one if you can.
     
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    The previous several posters are absolutely right. As my post & picture above points out, the obsidian "black" is more likely to take on a blue or purple or other tint. That's not for everyone, and even I occasionally tilt my head and think to myself, "Purple???". The standard black is absolutely beautiful to everyone who sees it. No one should ever have regrets over the difference between "two shades of black".
     
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  9. Driveinstylex

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    I believe I made the right choice since I am looking for a straight black color look. It will definitely require much more work and maintenance to keep clean. I have Russell Speeder's Car wash next door who are really good. They offer hand car wash but also have unlimited automated wash package for 14.99 per month that has pretty updated technology, brushes etc. I am not a big fan of having the brushes hit against my car. They also offer special waxing using some state of the art products. Just in case I can always do it myself :) I am planning to keep this car for a really long time something I have not been able to do in the past.
     
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    Beautiful car @NikeWings. I think you are right, you really can't go wrong either black. Just make sure to protect it with a wrap, ceramic coating or regular waxing (the real stuff, not the spray on stuff from the car wash)!
     
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    Yes, not everyone likes the color changes of the Obsidian. Same day, different angles get you different colors. I personally like it, but I know may others aren't fans. Sometimes it even appears like a dark metallic gunmetal grey depending on the light as you can see from mine today: IMG_8870.jpg
     
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