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Are speed yellow colors hard to maintain and keep clean? I think the dirt is more visible on darker colors than on lighter. I am not sure though.
 

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You are absolutely right. Speed yellow is for this reason very easy to maintain.

It's not only for the visability that yellow cabs are yellow... they are very easy to keep tidy.
 

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            you make the yellow so attractive[/b]

That's what I like. I want people to see mazda6 speed yellow going 120 MPH. :D
 

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I havent seen anyone post any pictures of any Speed Yellow 6's it doesnt seem to be too popular of a color. I hope its still around by the time the hatch comes out in the states.
 

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I think people are worried that their speed yellow will turn into canary yellow after a few years in the sun ;)

I almost got a yellow one, but then decided it wasn't worth it because of the extra insurance and the danger of ripping off body kits (I like a high ride because I have a tendency to scrape anything remotely lower :p)
 

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You really think it will fade that bad? Mine would be Garage kept, and I work nights so when my car is outside in the parkinglot its dark out LOL
 

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I think the reason people don't buy yellow is that it is yellow :) It sure is a nice color, but it only fits the hatch, and might be a little TOO provocative for people. The 6 styling makes it stand out enough for most people, having it in yellow might be just too much.

But I hardly think they will remove the color. It's "the" Mazda 6 color. Together with classic red and one of the blue metallics (don't know which one). At least in Europe. In USA it seems Silver its "the" Color ("the color" = standard color used in ads, marketing ect).
 

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I looked first at the Speed Yellow but actually it was too pale of a yellow for me. Needed just a tad more red IMHO. Classic Red would have been my first pick but it's not available here in the US.
 

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Red is out of the question for me...my Truck is Fire Engine Red, so I need a new color, I like silver, but my first car (a P.O.S. 1980 Chevy Malibu) was silver, then I had an 84 Honda Accord DX hatch that was a real dark grey, darker then the steel grey on the 6, and a god awful 94 escort that was metallic bronze...I wanted the dark green one, but couldnt afford it....and the only other car on the lot i could afford was that REAL horrid sea mist green ford came out with in the early 90's and I was just so sick of Teal and the like on cars. It seemed like every car in the early 90's here in the states was Teal...yuck.

As for the 6....right now my top choices for color are (in no particular order) Speed Yellow, Onyx Black, Steel Grey, or Silver (although the silver seems rather boring now.)
 

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Oh....and i dont really know what the difference between MICA paint and non MICA paint.?
 

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At first I didn't want the yellow, though I thought it was a cool color.
Now, I really like it. It's a sharp color and plays well with the sport styling of the 6s with sport package.
My order of what I like; yellow, blue, silver, dark grey.
The order of what I likely get; silver, blue, dark grey, yellow.

I was hoping for a pearl white. If they had pearl white the choice would have been clear fo me.

Tome
 

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            Oh....and i dont really know what the difference between MICA paint and non MICA paint.?[/b]
MICA doesn't fade in the sun and Nonmica fades in the sun.
 

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Well thats the general idea I got from the post....what I wanna know is why will non mica fade and mica not fade.... whats the difference between the two?
 

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            Well thats the general idea I got from the post....what I wanna know is why will non mica fade and mica not fade.... whats the difference between the two?[/b]
The short answer is that mica is inorganic and 'non-mica' is typically organic. Inorganic materials are more stable chemically than organic materials and therefore resist breakdown when exposed to sunlight better. Also, mica pigment particles tend to 'plate out' (that means to spread out like a flat plates rather than to stack up or agglomerate) in a paint so they reflect the sunlight back and protect the organic pigments in the paint from deteriorating.

The light and weather fastness of paint is determined mainly by the paint resin (also known as 'binder' and by the type of pigment used. Virtually all automotive paints use very high end aliphatic polyurethane resins that are extremely resistance to chalking or fading in the sunlight. That leaves the pigments. There are many, many different types of pigment chemistries. I believe that there are well over 200 different types of yellow pigments alone(that is 200 specific yellow pigment chemical compositions). Typically, there are several manufacturers of each of the pigment types.

Very generally speaking, more complicated the pigment molecule (ie the chemical bonds it has); the more resistant it is to weathering. Also, inorganic molecules such as mica and lead chromate tend to have much better light fastness than organic pigments. Again, very simply, inorganic materials are more stable chemically than organics and therefore give better resistance to weathering, typically.

Sorry for the long drawn out answer .
 

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Wow toluidine!


Thanks for the answer thats exactly what I wanted to hear!
 

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Originally posted by Fuzzbear  Oh....and i dont really know what the difference between MICA paint and non MICA paint.?[/b]
Check out this MICA manufacturer for MICA information. MICA is a mineral with unique properties. It has been used for centuries for various applications from window panes to insulation under power transistors. It absorbs UV (thus protects the paint) and has great reflective power. Here is a link to MICA information:

http://www.micamafco.com/micapaints.asp?nm=micronised

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If only they'd brought back the Evolution Orange from the Miata... One of the only non-fugly orange car colors I've seen.

Plus then I could have kept my license plate. (GR8PMKN) :)
 
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