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Old 11-25-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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So the time is just about here where I trade in my 2010 v6 for a 14 5.0 I'm looking at 2 roush stage 1s and think that's what I'm probably going to get. The question is, is white or black harder to keep clean. I live in Virginia but go to college in Florida so It will mainly be in Florida for the majority of the year. Which do you all think would be easier to maintain and look the best. Thanks
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white is less likely to show dirt over black IMO but how do you afford a roush while your in college and what's the price of those cars? I'm jus curious...and quite jealous.
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Not sure about maintaining but I'm voting for black
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Not sure about maintaining but I'm voting for black
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white is less likely to show dirt over black IMO but how do you afford a roush while your in college and what's the price of those cars? I'm jus curious...and quite jealous.
I'm doing ROTC which is paying for school
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I had a black 07 gt vert and loved it. Very hard to keep clean. but looked good when it was. I would go with the white>
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Which do you all think would be easier to maintain and look the best.
Maintain and look best are almost polar opposites in this situation. Black is definitely going to look better (IMO) and white is definitely going to be easier to maintain (you could go for weeks without washing).

Stop being a baby (no offense) and take the whole 'maintaining' thing out of the equation. All of us with shiny new or new-ish paint jobs (that want them to stay that way) have to put in at least 2-3 hours every 1-2 weeks to keep them shining. It's just part of owning a nice vehicle.

If you need tips on products and how to make maintaining most efficient, then I have lots.
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Maintain and look best are almost polar opposites in this situation. Black is definitely going to look better (IMO) and white is definitely going to be easier to maintain (you could go for weeks without washing). Stop being a baby (no offense) and take the whole 'maintaining' thing out of the equation. All of us with shiny new or new-ish paint jobs (that want them to stay that way) have to put in at least 2-3 hours every 1-2 weeks to keep them shining. It's just part of owning a nice vehicle. If you need tips on products and how to make maintaining most efficient, then I have lots.
I mean I would wash it at least once a week no matter what.
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Black. That maintenance is the bummer though.
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The other concerns with the black is the infamous swirls that seem to be on almost all black cars. So frustrating
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I have a black 14 v6.
I would go with the white one. I wash my car weekly and each time I wash it or seems like there's a few new minute scratches. I hate seeing those scratches. If I could have a do over I would go white. I've seen a white gt/cs with a few cosmetic upgrades and it is the best looking mustang I've ever seen, so white can definitely be good looking.
Also someone mentioned the swirl marks. Mine has them and its never been through an automatic car wash.
Either one will look great though and I am very jealous!
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Any car will get swirls, just black will show them better. You have to use the right products and methods when washing a vehicle.
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I was shopping for a white one too.
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The white cars I've had have been easy to keep looking clean, I think the white shows the body lines better to, the black just kind of runs everything together. Personally I don't see the Roush thing though, I'd take the difference between the RS1 and a nice GT to personalize the GT. Have you looked at the new vettes?
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White! So much easier to clean and stay clean. Black is a pain in the *** to wash, sucks on a hot day, Plus black you can see all the swirls in the paint.
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So the time is just about here where I trade in my 2010 v6 for a 14 5.0 I'm looking at 2 roush stage 1s and think that's what I'm probably going to get. The question is, is white or black harder to keep clean. I live in Virginia but go to college in Florida so It will mainly be in Florida for the majority of the year. Which do you all think would be easier to maintain and look the best. Thanks
Mines Black. I wash it once a week and it's dirty 2 hours later.
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Any car will get swirls, just black will show them better. You have to use the right products and methods when washing a vehicle.
This is the problem with black vehicles. You will need more time with them to keep them gleaming. Black is certainly a pristeen color, right after the wash and shine, and parked in the garage. As soon as it's backed out for the drive, it looses that luster much faster than other colors.

Be honest with yourself. Is the black car going to get the attention it needs with frequent washings at the college dorm or apartment you'll be at? If not, then consider another color that will require less exterior maintenance.

After college, you can then always step to the black color.
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Get the white one

Then add blue stripes and you will have a great looking Mustang that everybody will notice. It is way easier to keep clean and the Florida sun won't fade it as fast as a black one if you don't keep it in a garage.

http://www.americanmuscle.com/blue-1...ipes-0512.html

Ain't much better then A White Mustang with the two blue stripes going ove it.
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So the time is just about here where I trade in my 2010 v6 for a 14 5.0 I'm looking at 2 roush stage 1s and think that's what I'm probably going to get. The question is, is white or black harder to keep clean. I live in Virginia but go to college in Florida so It will mainly be in Florida for the majority of the year. Which do you all think would be easier to maintain and look the best. Thanks
In all honesty both are equally terrible to maintain.
Whitelightning was blessed with both colors...
I will say that black looks better when it's clean.
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I guess I'm just very meticulous when it comes to washing my vehicles. I use the two bucket method and only let microfiber towels touch my paint. I just had a permanent coating that enhances gloss and depth along with 3x more scratch resistance applied on my GT and it stays clean and is much easier to clean as well.
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In Florida, I would go with white, get a good solar tint on the windows, you need all the help keep the interior cool you can get.

but then I just came from a Sapphire Black Metallic BMW 3 series to my 14 GT and would take anything over black after maintaining that color for the last 3 years. Ok well not "gotta have it green" (no offense to the people that love it, it just isn't myfor me.
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Having been an owner of a black car and now a white mustang I can tell you that white is much less bothersome if it's going to be your daily driver. Also, you're in Florida so a white car with a nice tint will look sick.
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Such a serious dilemma this is....a black or white Roush stage 1 Mustang to buy....

If they all could be such a serious dilemma.
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I guess I'm just very meticulous when it comes to washing my vehicles. I use the two bucket method and only let microfiber towels touch my paint. I just had a permanent coating that enhances gloss and depth along with 3x more scratch resistance applied on my GT and it stays clean and is much easier to clean as well.
That is what I do as well, but my grabber blue has swirls you can see "if you look at it just right". Not anywhere near as bad as black however. But I have had the TST teflon coating treatment on all my cars and trucks and when I take it back to them to detail, they remove the the swirles. Only higher cost micro fiber towels see my paint and if they ever hit the ground, they are given to the neighbors dog to play with or used as oil rags. The ones I find best feel soft to the touch, some cheap microfiber cloths will take the loose skin off your fingers and stick to your skin.

Between dual bucket washes, I use the spray detailer wipe off products, been using Turtle wax detailer left paint looking better than some of the other ones. But the swirls do come back with time. So what spray on wipe off detailer do you use? I might want to try it.

I vote White with grabber blue stripes for your choice
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White. I hated detailing black cars when I worked at a dealership.
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That is what I do as well, but my grabber blue has swirls you can see "if you look at it just right". Not anywhere near as bad as black however. But I have had the TST teflon coating treatment on all my cars and trucks and when I take it back to them to detail, they remove the the swirles. Only higher cost micro fiber towels see my paint and if they ever hit the ground, they are given to the neighbors dog to play with or used as oil rags. The ones I find best feel soft to the touch, some cheap microfiber cloths will take the loose skin off your fingers and stick to your skin.

Between dual bucket washes, I use the spray detailer wipe off products, been using Turtle wax detailer left paint looking better than some of the other ones. But the swirls do come back with time. So what spray on wipe off detailer do you use? I might want to try it.

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I think I know what you're talking about. Very, very light circular swirl marks that you can only see at 4:37 PM on a perfectly sunny day (by that I mean very hard to see)? I'm not quite sure.

As regards to maintenance washing and marring, with the products I use, I haven't seen any marring I've done to the paint myself. Just to confirm, these are the products I use:

Two 5gal buckets with Grit Guards
Chemical Guys Citrus Wash & Gloss
Microfiber Zero Cuff Chenille Wash Mitt
Chemical Guys Synthetic Quick Detailer
Microfiber All Purpose Towels

I've read that 'quick detailing' can be the culprit of fine swirls and marring, so I only use my quick detailer directly after a wash or when I absolutely need to. I don't need to apply or remove wax or sealants, so that may be where your swirls are coming from.

The coating that I had applied to my car is a CCC (ceramic clear coating). It's called OptiCoat 2.0 and from my what my detailer told me, it's the best on the market at the moment (and relatively new as well).
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