The black isn't a "true" black. It's got some metallic flakes to it.
However, it is still very dark....so it IS very hard to keep clean (esp. in Vancouver weather). A week after I clean it, it needs a through washing again.....this is with a few days of rain and a few days of sunshine.
Swirl marks are a bitch too. But that's a given with any dark coloured car.
YES! Any car up north, darker than white, will look dirty throughout the winter. Especially here in MD where salt is used excessively. There is a fairly deep metallic to it, whihc is the reason I chose the Black Mica. THe metallic appears blue and gold and makes the car look dark charcoal when clean in the sun. I think the mica will help to mask swirls, however, you will still see some with any dark color.
Honestly, silver was definately last years color, and I would guess that 40% of cars currently on the road are silver. Go take a trip through your local parking lot. I think the black mica is a nice, rich looking color.
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