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Cars in White

By SYF77 on 24 Jul 2011

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My family has owned 2 white family cars so far - a Mark 5 Jetta which we are currently driving now and an FD Civic. Incidentally, going for a Pearl White Civic back then was not our favourite decision. Thatís the only colour left in the coming shipment or we will have to wait for several months for our preferred colour to be shipped. However, we did not regret our decision and went on to purchase a Candy White Jetta 3.5 years later. In this post, I would like to share with the readers the joys and pains of owning a white coloured drive.

Joys
1.) Scratch marks and swirls marks are less noticeable, unless upon close inspection.
2.) White makes a car look elegant, classy and larger than its actual dimensions. It accentuates the nice contours of the automobile. A case in point is the Audi A7, which is featured at the bottom of the blog.
3.) Dents are not obvious as white is not a highly reflective colour.
4.) White cars require less frequent polishing to look good as compared to the dark coloured ones.
5.) Pride of keeping a white car white! This point is subjective though but I feel good after giving my ride a thorough wash, and keeping it as white as PAPís uniform.
6.) White does not absorb heat as much. This is essential in a tropical country like Singapore and for those who park in open air car parks.
7.) Water spots do not show up that easily.

Pains
1.) During waxing, it is hard to ensure that all the wax is removed as the colour of the wax blends in with the body colour.
2.) Any dust that is non-white can be seen clearly on the car.
3.) Bird droppings are harder to spot on a white car for similar reason stated in point 1. Delayed removal can be detrimental to the paintwork.
4.) White is harder to match during re-painting of body panels. Any slight mismatch will show up easily. I had to bear with the eyesore of a different-toned door panel during the ownership of the Civic.
5.) Over time, contaminants get embedded onto the car body, resulting in unsightly black dots on a white base.

Any readers would like to share their ownership experience of a black ride ? [:)]

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SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Eugn86 Jul 25 2011 01:45 PM
I have a white car and I adore it. Yes I have to wash it more often than our other electric blue car but that sense of pride after a wash is indescribable.
Ilmw Jul 26 2011 01:30 AM
dust is an interesting thing; on a white car, u can see black/grey dust. on a black car, u can see white/grey dust.

depending on the color of yr car, dust will change color to make sure it'll cause u the most anguish.
Sunburnsam Jul 26 2011 02:03 AM
My car was black and I sprayed in white (using lexus pearl white) and it was beautiful :) Love white too. Black was cool but white was something else.....sleek. And best of all......the car is so much cooler :) So u got another white car lover here.
Carmour Jul 26 2011 10:04 AM
"Dents are not obvious as white is not a highly reflective colour."
Care to clarify on this point?
SYF77 Jul 26 2011 12:48 PM
Hi Carmour, take for example black colour, which is highly reflective - u can see your own image more clearly on a black car as compared to a white car. A dent on a black car is more obvious. Hope this clarifies.
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