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If you've ever hung out on a car detailing forum, you know they warn you away from black. Because it shows swirls in your paint and dirt like pollen so much easier.

But what do regular people say? Who aren't freaks about keeping their cars clean like auto detailers are.

Note that if you park your car in a garage every night, you're not going to have as much trouble if you park it outside every day.

I'm looking at buying a RAV4. And I'm looking at the black. How wary should I be?
 

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I've never owned a black vehicle, but my silver RAV4 doesn't show the dirt. Many times people have complimented me on how nice and clean it is, even when I know it's filthy.
 

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Toyota paint is already on the soft side, and black is even softer. yeah it looks good after I polish it every spring, but it doesn't stay like that for very long. my next car will not be black for sure!
 

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A black car is a full time job not just a color. It's not that it's hard to keep clean but that it shows every single imperfection and swirl mark. As Octane said the paint is soft and improper washing techniques can mar it easily. A tunnel wash with brushes is a big no no.

Octane still details cars and I did for many years so we speak with some authority.

Oh, also make sure that the air conditioner is up to the task. Black cars get mighty hot inside and out especially in the south.
 

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It don't care anymore, I just wash it once a week or every too weeks apply armor all on the interior and turtle wax clean and shine on the exterior.
 

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I had a black car years ago, biggest car color mistake I've ever made especially since I lived on a rural, graveled road. Impossible to keep clean . . .probably would be much easier in a setting with entirely paved roads and no or little dust or smoke in the atmosphere. My current RAV doesn't show dirt or dust until it becomes overwhelming.
 

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It don't care anymore, I just wash it once a week or every too weeks apply armor all on the interior and turtle wax clean and shine on the exterior.
WHAT? Where is my universal translator when I need it?
 

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Black cars tend to show swirl marks easier.
 

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I might buy a black used car if price is right. New car, I'd choose a easier to maintain color.
 

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I had a black 06 Tacoma X- Runner and it looked nice for about 5 mins after I washed it that was about it. It showed everything, I will never buy another black vehicle again.

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I had a black Honda Civic Si once upon a time...as someone in this thread said earlier, it looked AMAZING when it was clean...better than any car out there. But it only lasted a day or two. If you have the time and energy to keep a black car clean, go for it. If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, buy white. I bought a white Rav recently and could not be happier with the color choice.

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I had a black Honda Civic Si once upon a time...as someone in this thread said earlier, it looked AMAZING when it was clean...better than any car out there. But it only lasted a day or two. If you have the time and energy to keep a black car clean, go for it. If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, buy white. I bought a white Rav recently and could not be happier with the color choice.

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I too had a black Civic Si many years ago (2000). Great little car at the time but annoying to keep clean. And the sheet metal was so thin.
My last car was a white 435i and it looked clean most of the time, although the rear would get soot from the exhaust. The M3 before that was dark grey and was by far the best at hiding dirt and swirls.
 

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I have a Black Forest Pearl RAV and live on a gravel country road. I have to use a California Car Duster to keep it clean after every trip which takes about 10 minutes. Applying Turtle Wax Ice Paste Wax once a year makes the dust come off pretty easy. I bought it used and got a good deal but I wouldn't buy a black vehicle if I had a choice.
 

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I have a Black Forest Pearl RAV and live on a gravel country road. I have to use a California Car Duster to keep it clean after every trip which takes about 10 minutes. Applying Turtle Wax Ice Paste Wax once a year makes the dust come off pretty easy. I bought it used and got a good deal but I wouldn't buy a black vehicle if I had a choice.
The car duster was great but during the strong pollen season all it did was smear the pollen.
 

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Yeah, it's a pain keeping a black car clean, but when it is, nothing beats it IMO.
 

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I've never owned a black vehicle, but my silver RAV4 doesn't show the dirt. Many times people have complimented me on how nice and clean it is, even when I know it's filthy.
^this... so much this! Love silver cars, but had to move to a red used Rav4 since the price and add-ons were just right! No complaints so far though!

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I love black on some cars. Have had a few. A little more work, but with the hybrid waxes and polymers swrils are almost none. Just got a great deal on a 2015 xle. So far we love it. Going to get the turtle wax black kit. It will be in our garage mostly, only 15 miles to work and a garage there also.
 

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I love black on some cars. Have had a few. A little more work, but with the hybrid waxes and polymers swrils are almost none. Just got a great deal on a 2015 xle. So far we love it. Going to get the turtle wax black kit. It will be in our garage mostly, only 15 miles to work and a garage there also.
I'm one of the "crazies" who bought Electric Storm Blue (2017 Hybrid Limited) :), but I can't even stand a hint of dust on it, lol! I have been putting it through the expensive car wash near us at least once a week - might have to join their "unlimited wash club" soon!! Seriously though, my boyfriend had a black Prius and that thing looked gorgeous when it was all washed, but 2 days later just looked a dull matte dark gray what with all the dirt. I like my cars looking super bright and shiny - so much so that I'm willing to spend the money and effort.
 
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