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Old 21st September 2009, 23:46   #1
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Default black or white alloys? which is easier to maintain?

what colored alloy wheels are easier to maintain. black or white?

by 'easier to maintain' i mean which among the two can hide scratches and paint chip offs etc more effectively and also can be kept clean easily.
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Old 22nd September 2009, 00:22   #2
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Black or white, both need equal cleaning.

The only way for more effective cleaning is getting wheels with lesser spokes and also black wheels dont shows stains on the paint as well as break pad powder.
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Both are same i beleive ,

Also Brand matters for Black or White - because the quality of finish , on low quality alloys , by timely cleaning they would fade up and look crap , so reputed brands always retain the polished surface / look neat for long time.
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what about scratches? on what colored alloy wheels would scratches be more visible?

while coming to color of cars, black colored car is hard to maintain because each and every scratch would be clearly visible. i assume it is the same with alloy wheels. but i have seen so many white alloy wheels where scratches are very much visible. so i'm a bit confused.
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White any day. It is closer to the natural colour of the alloy. Black is invariably a coating and will thus get damaged, and show up.
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White will always show muck and mud stains easily. Ask my car cleaner who goes insane washing my white car during monsoons. Although scratches will be more visible on black. White when scratched has a silver alloy behind which merges better with white than black.
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The biggest problem cleaning any wheel is with brake dust, especially in bigger cars its a lot.
White wheels are a nightmare for this kind of cars.
Black wheels don't show up the brake dust show much even if it's not so clean.

When it comes to getting dirty daily, they both need attention.
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Black , I have chrome and black alloys and dirt and muck show up on the chrome portion whereas black looks clean.

Chipping I am not sure but I guess your tyre sidewall will take the hit before anything can chip the alloy.
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Few more points u also need to consider is :

Vehicle colour ( white goes excellent with white , black is OK -- scratches etc gets blended with the colour ) ,
usage and cleaning ( if u have some one for cleaning daily then no issues @ all) .

in between for which car u want the alloys ?
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i have both black and white alloys on different cars....cleaning and maintaince both are the same...just buy a rim with less spokes which will be very easy to clean
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White any day. It is closer to the natural colour of the alloy. Black is invariably a coating and will thus get damaged, and show up.
you mean to say that white will hide scratches better. if so, i'll go for white alloy wheels.

it's for a white i10.
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The biggest problem cleaning any wheel is with brake dust, especially in bigger cars its a lot.
Tell me about it! I'm having tough time keeping my white rims clean.

Can anybody tell me where in Bangalore I can get a regular supply of brake dust (spray can type) cleaner?
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Tell me about it! I'm having tough time keeping my white rims clean.

Can anybody tell me where in Bangalore I can get a regular supply of brake dust (spray can type) cleaner?
Spar Hypermarket Koramangla you can get Formula 1 wheel Gold spray cleaner. Available quite regularly since last 1 year or so did not purchase and tried myself.
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Spar Hypermarket Koramangla you can get Formula 1 wheel Gold spray cleaner. Available quite regularly since last 1 year or so did not purchase and tried myself.
When did you see that last? I know that brand but it's not available regularly everywhere. But of course I didn't know about this shop. Thanks for that info.
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When did you see that last? I know that brand but it's not available regularly everywhere. But of course I didn't know about this shop. Thanks for that info.
Last Friday ( 18/09/2009) I stay at a stones throw from this place so visit multiple times in a week.I am seeing this product regularly since the time this mall opened.

If you have not been there before Spar hypermarket is at the 3ed floor of Oasis centre ( Lifestyle) on Inner ring road just before Sony world that is 80 feet road and 100 feet road junction in Koramangla.

They have a multilevel car parking so parking is not an issue.
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