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      09-02-2020 09:28 AM #76
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      09-02-2020 01:23 PM #77
      Does this count? Cactus Gray on the Bronco.


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      09-02-2020 05:46 PM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Veedubya View Post
      Does this count? Cactus Gray on the Bronco.
      Absolutely and that's the color I would want my Bronco in for sure haha
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      09-16-2020 10:12 AM #79
      I think what the OP was getting at was not just that these colors are non-metallic, but they look even more unusual because they are in earthy tones, and I absolutely dig it.

      I noticed that most of the time when they use these colors, they seem to work well with the grille and trim blacked out.

      Besides the Audi below, are there many examples of these non-metallic earth tones combined with chrome trim around the windows and such?


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      I joined this club, as well. VW Pure Grey. Love the transitions from sunlight to no sunlight








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      09-16-2020 11:02 AM #81
      Quote Originally Posted by oidoglr View Post
      I agree. They look dreadful to me. I can't fathom spending $50k or $100k on a car and picking a finish like this. I wonder if sports cars with these finishes will hold their value after this trend comes and goes, or seem very passé in 10 years.
      That's the way I feel about most metallics. A good looking car that has interesting shapes doesn't need glitter to stand out. The form does it by itself. Got a Golf? Yeah, that needs something to make it stand out since it's basically a box. A 911? Not so much. I feel that anything that has really nice lines from a new F-Type to a Karmann Ghia doesn't need adornment in that way. In fact if it's overdone it can start to look like the automotive equivalent of Dame Edna.
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      09-16-2020 11:36 AM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      In fact if it's overdone it can start to look like the automotive equivalent of Dame Edna.
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      09-16-2020 11:40 AM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      That's the way I feel about most metallics. A good looking car that has interesting shapes doesn't need glitter to stand out. The form does it by itself. Got a Golf? Yeah, that needs something to make it stand out since it's basically a box. A 911? Not so much. I feel that anything that has really nice lines from a new F-Type to a Karmann Ghia doesn't need adornment in that way. In fact if it's overdone it can start to look like the automotive equivalent of Dame Edna.
      I'm just the opposite, I dislike how bland the non-metallics look in most cases. I love how the light plays with the car when the finish is a fine metallic or pearlescent.



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      09-16-2020 11:50 AM #84
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Veedubya View Post
      Does this count? Cactus Gray on the Bronco.
      In all the highly touched up press release photos/videos this color combo looks a little too effeminate like an XC40 in Amazon Blue w/white roof, but in this real world not-touched-up picture it looks good and the black matches nicely.
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      09-16-2020 01:51 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      That's the way I feel about most metallics. A good looking car that has interesting shapes doesn't need glitter to stand out. The form does it by itself. Got a Golf? Yeah, that needs something to make it stand out since it's basically a box. A 911? Not so much. I feel that anything that has really nice lines from a new F-Type to a Karmann Ghia doesn't need adornment in that way. In fact if it's overdone it can start to look like the automotive equivalent of Dame Edna.
      I think the main thing I resent with the newer "chalk" finishes is that they're mostly variations on greyscale, not even that they're nonmetallic/pearl. I mind them far less when they're a hue. Grey/silver is already boring AF, and now you're making it flatter? No thanks.

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      09-16-2020 04:49 PM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post
      I'm just the opposite, I dislike how bland the non-metallics look in most cases. I love how the light plays with the car when the finish is a fine metallic or pearlescent.

      *pic of what is presumably Dame Edna's BMW
      That car, while handsome and a car I like quite a bit, is exactly what I'm talking about. It's a fairly boxy sedan. A curvy car like an Alfa 4C or Jaguar F Type would have the light playing off of the complex curves, and that just doesn't happen so much on a sedan.

      That said, I prefer solids on most sedans, too. I'm all about form. I like fairly simple sculpture for similar reasons. See: Brancusi. Note that even though it's made of metal, it isn't "metallic".




      Quote Originally Posted by oidoglr View Post
      I think the main thing I resent with the newer "chalk" finishes is that they're mostly variations on greyscale, not even that they're nonmetallic/pearl. I mind them far less when they're a hue. Grey/silver is already boring AF, and now you're making it flatter? No thanks.
      To me silver or gray is almost a wash, but I'll take gray over most silvers. There are exceptions to every rule, however.
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      09-16-2020 05:00 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post

      That car, while handsome and a car I like quite a bit, is exactly what I'm talking about. It's a fairly boxy sedan. A curvy car like an Alfa 4C or Jaguar F Type would have the light playing off of the complex curves, and that just doesn't happen so much on a sedan.
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      the white was pearlescent, too.

      The metallic plays off the curves in the light and really makes the car 3 dimensional.

      It's like the metallic on this car makes the curves pop and gives the bodywork added depth:

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      09-16-2020 05:20 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post

      It's like the metallic on this car makes the curves pop and gives the bodywork added depth:

      This color really is amazing in person. Mazda got it right.

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