Owning a Black Car. The Pros and Cons.

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“Black isn’t a color, it’s a part time job”.  So goes the saying. Let’s look at the pros and cons and why I believe black cars are better and have advantages and aren’t that hard to keep clean.

The truth is, nothing beats a black car.  Especially a shining black car.  

On the flip side.  Nothing is as disgusting as a dirty black car.

Black vehicles look most amazing in the showroom.  They just draw you in. You instantly imagine yourself driving it and feeling badass.

The bat mobile was black.  Can you imagine it being any other color?  No!

That’s because black cars are totally badass.

You feel more alive when you drive one.  You feel powerful.

But wait a second, black cars are hard to keep clean right?  

A simple anti-static detailer spray will make life bearable for black car owners.  Just mist on to your car paint, glass and plastic and wipe of with a microfibre towel.

You could see a drop of 75% on the level of dust due to the anti static properties of these products.  The spray can last 6 months, put the towel in the laundry after each application.

READ : Best Detail Spray for Black Cars

Birds like to poop on black cars

It shows up more on black cars.  But that detailer spray can come to the rescue here too.  Keep it in the car so you can use it when out and about. Let it soak in for a few minutes to soften the poop.  Having a layer or spray wax underneath makes it much easier to remove the poop.

Read : Best Pressure Washer for Washing Cars with Foam.

They lose their new car shine very fast, don’t they?

They lose their shine if you don’t learn the correct way of washing and drying.  Of course it’s best to wash by hand. Taking your car to a car wash will cause your shine to fade more quickly.  But of course you can take your car to a detailer or find a mobile detailer to call to you.

You can apply a ceramic coating to your car that will protect the shine for longer.  There are some consumer grade ceramic coatings available to buy that you can apply yourself.  Or you can get a pro detailer to do it every two years or so.

Black cars show up scratches

This is true.  But there are some great all in one scratch removes like Autoglym Super Resin Polish or Meguiars 3 in 1 wax that can be applied by hand to the scratch.  These work great for like scratches and swirl marks. You can apply these with a polishing machine too for even better results.

What black car owners need to know

It costs more time and money to take care of a black car.  With modern products it is possible to keep it looking good for years. But you can save some money by getting a black car detailing kit like these.

Do you need to wax a black car every weekend

Modern waxes are very different to the old paste waxes.  Now you use a spray wax while drying your car and your done.  These are synthetic polymer sealants and will make your car easier to wash because they prevent dirt from bonding to the paint. Here is a list of Spray Waxes that are popular with Black Car Owners

Can you take a black car to a car wash?

Usually these will scratch and marr your paint.  So it’s definitely better if you can learn the proper technique to wash your car yourself.  Get yourself a pressure washer if you can.

It’s true that you need to wash a black car more often than any other color.  And as mentioned above, an automatic car wash will cause your shine to disappear very fast.  But if you have no choice, you could take these steps to minimise scratching.

  • Apply a ceramic coating yourself or have a pro detailer do it.
  • Don’t let anyone touch your car with a brush or sponge.
  • Don’t let anyone dry your car with a water squeegee.
  • Apply a spray wax immediately after the wash.

Use a good detailer spray or waterless car wash to remove light dust and dirt.

Get your car professionally detailed a couple of times a year.

If you don’t like to do the work yourself, use a professional detailer.  They can restore shine and apply protection to paint, plastic and glass.

A ceramic coating will protect your car from light scratches and make your car easier to wash due to the way it forms a hard shell on your paint.  It also has hydrophobic properties that will cause water to run off your car and prevents dirt from sticking.

How do I clean my car without water?

You can also wash your car without water.  Check out products like these…

  • Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All.
  • Meguiars Waterless Wash.
  • Optimum No Rinse (ONR).

Will a pressure washer damage black car paint?

No.  A pressure washer is a fantastic tool for washing cars.  Especially with a foam gun. It will remove a huge amount of abrasive dirt before you touch your car.  And that will prevent scratches when you do start using the wash mitts.

The foam cannon attachment can be used to blanket your car in thick suds that will soften dirt and dissolve grease and oil from the road.  If I have limited time to wash my car I will use only the foam and water pressure and then dry it with a leaf blower or car dryer.

Black cars get very hot

Studies have shown that this is true unfortunately.  The different is relatively small but noticeable. Do the obvious things like getting a sunshade and dash cover.  These make all the difference. And park in the shade if you can. But not under a tree because the sap from the tree could rain down on your car.  The sap acts like glue to dust and dirt needs to be washed off.

In winter time this heat trapping is a bonus. Your car will be warmer than a white car would be because of this effect. Every cloud has a silver lining.

A black car will get more water spots

They are more visible on black cars.  Dry your car after each wash with a large plush microfibre drying towel to prevent water spots forming after washing.  

After a light shower or rain you could also have water spots.  Whatever you do, don’t dry wipe your car. Use a waterless wash product as mentioned above to remove the dirt and dust.


Be the same, be normal, don’t try to stand out, buy a white car.  Or buy a black car and live the life you want. We’ll all be dead eventually anyway.  

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