Yes, that's Silver Contrail all right. When I bought the car I also had a "blind date" experience in regards to the body color, but now I'm happy 'cos it's one of the few colors that look good with clear taillights.Originally posted by Steve 6er
I ordered a new Mazda6 hatch in the beginning of july. Won't get it until october, though. I ordered it in what was called "Silver contrail" color. But I didn't get to see that color in real life, so to say. Only color samples.
Anyone has any pics of that (Is Sigvards 6 that color?)[/b]
As far as I understand, this is a matter not of painting tech, but rather of the surface's ability to reflect light. A very smooth surface reflects more light, and a rougher surface less - hence it seems darker painted.Evidently, the painting technology depends on the surface painted which leads to the problem in question.[/b]
I totally agree that the reflections depend on the roughness of the surface and that is in fact the reason for the problem. However, in this case when you look closely at the surfaces in question, you see that it has nothing to do with roughness of the plastic but rather the roughness of the metallic paint itself (I mean the actual paint layer beneath the clearcoat). The paint is actually smoother on the plastic (!). My best quess is that they use electrostatic painting on the metal parts and conventional spray painting on plastic - hence the difference in roughness of the paint layer. And the bumpers do not always seem darker (or lighter). It is dependent on the lighting conditions and the angle at which you look at the car (compare the pictures above and photos of the same car in "Rims issue" topic).Originally posted by Steve 6er
As far as I understand, this is a matter not of painting tech, but rather of the surface's ability to reflect light. A very smooth surface reflects more light, and a rougher surface less - hence it seems darker painted.
The plastic on the bumper has a rougher surface that reflects less light, that's why it seems darker. When using darker colors this becomes less apparent due to the logarithmic approach of men's eyes.
You are probably right about that part. Cars are nowadays being electrostaticly painted. Which is a good thing since it gives a smooth paintjob all over. Although the paint gets thinner in corners and inside angles etc. making it more fragile when polishing. My car dealer told me he had a couple of cars (new!) destroyed by Tidy Car because they polished all the way through the paint in some corners. <g>My best quess is that they use electrostatic painting on the metal parts and conventional spray painting on plastic[/b]
I have 1,8 (120hp). Would have prefered the 2,0 for obvious reasons: price +3%, fuel consumption +2%, hp +17%, torque +10%. Simple mathematics But I needed the car right away and could not wait for two or three months. It was either that or something like new Primera, Laguna or Mondeo. No regrets though. The 1,8 is completely adequate and should I need more power, I'll go for the 2,3 AWD wagon in december.Originally posted by Steve 6er
Anyway, I chose the 2.0 hatch. Your engine?[/b]
Thanks. Yes, it is our first. It's exciting as [fill in the blank], and I'm really enjoying the ride. I'm 35 and think it was about time. My wife is six years younger, but she's not getting any younger either. Strange thing.Originally posted by kenoka
Congrats on becoming a father Steve! Is this your first?[/b]