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Best/Worst Colors for hiding scratches and dirt

I'm leaning towards getting a black outback but my only concern is it showing scratches, dings and dirt. I'm not as concerned about dirt, but i anticipate some scratches from loading my bikes, paddleboards, boats, baby gear, etc.

So what are the best and worst colors for hiding scratches, dirt and dings? Also, does it cost a lot to get scratches and dings fixed up?

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lighter colors especially metallic hide scuff and minor chips the best. to get them fixed will depend on how bad they are.

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A black car is the worst for hiding scratches & dirt. White or silver usually work best.

Scratches can be fixed inexpensively if you take the time to deal with them immediately. If you let them go, it's harder to fix, costs more- especially if the scratch is deep and salt is used as a winter road treatment in your area.


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My White Frost Pearl hides scratches and swirl marks like a charm...but leave it unwashed for a couple weeks and it turns different shades of white before your very eyes!

My Deep Sapphire Pearl showed every scratch, ding and swirl mark it had, but it hid the dirt and road grime pretty well.

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all above is true but silver color is boring... I was quite happy when I had sage greenish colors in the past...didn't notice that much dirt, scratches or alike....a neighbor has this beige Lexus (ugly color IMHO) and although I hate the color, I haven't noticed any dirt on it for a while....

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I have the Tungsten Metallic because it is good at hiding dirt and it stays cooler on the inside due to the lighter color.
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Besides scratches don't forget the heat absorption factor with darker colors. Lighter colors are also visually safer. Prolly why there are no black school buses and few black civilian airplanes..

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I currently own a black car. I will never own another black car. They are beautiful when clean, but it only lasts until it is moved.
1. Swirl marks: care must be taken at ever wash. New clean soft microfiber cloth minimizes the swirls, but doesn't eliminate them.
2. Water spots: We have a well. The car must be washed early AM or late PM. Washing in sunlight is almost impossible. If the water sits on the car more than a few minutes it causes water stains from the well water. Early morning washes tends to control the evaporation and allow me to get a microfiber drying cloth to pick up all the excess water before it evaporates.
3. Sunlight: The car is normally garaged and only used as a pleasure vehicle. On rare occasions I leave it in the hot southern sun for a few hours. With or without windshield sunshade, it is hot as Hades inside when I return and remains that way for a long time after I begin driving it.

Disclaimer: I do have other vehicles, three white and one silver. Never experience the same issues with these cars. The other cars get waxed yearly or maybe even every other year. The black car gets the full swirl removal and wax treatment at least twice a year and could use it monthly if I was so inclined.
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Our carbide gray Forester shows EVERYTHING.

The OB is Venetian Red. It seems to hide minor scratches and swirl marks very well. But light colored dirt/mud/salt is a different story, it shows easily.

Lighter colors are gonna be better. Same is true of interiors. Never understood those who want the black interior to hide dirt. Now, I have a black interior on the OB and it's beautiful. But hiding dirt is not it's strong suit, ivory is much better for that. The counter to this is mental, i.e. with a black interior I NOTICE the dirt more, and hence keep it cleaner, lol.
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Our carbide gray Forester shows EVERYTHING.

The OB is Venetian Red. It seems to hide minor scratches and swirl marks very well. But light colored dirt/mud/salt is a different story, it shows easily.

Lighter colors are gonna be better. Same is true of interiors. Never understood those who want the black interior to hide dirt. Now, I have a black interior on the OB and it's beautiful. But hiding dirt is not it's strong suit, ivory is much better for that. The counter to this is mental, i.e. with a black interior I NOTICE the dirt more, and hence keep it cleaner, lol.
I picked black interior simply for the fact that you can't see dark stains (dirt from shoes, etc.) on black.

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