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I recently purchased a blue cube. My brother-in-law is shopping for a new car and has been looking at the Nissan Versa and Cube. His first choice in color is white (number one color on this forum as well).

I don't get it. My wife and I both had white cars in the past. I would not choose that color again. Sure it looks great right after it is washed and waxed; but after a few weeks black streaks would form under the door handle, door openings, etc. Plus dark blotches would form; especially on the sides of the car.

We stopped at the local Nissan dealer yesterday to check out a white cube. We both were surprised to see a bad paint job on a cube. The color of the rear bumper was a different shade than the door panels. The bumper was a cream white while the rear door was a plain white. It almost looked like the bumper had a pearl coat a the side of the car had a clear coat. In addition, there were black streaks! None of the other eight cubes (all the other colors except red were in the lot) had the black streaks.

Below are low-quality cell phone pictures. However, you can see the different shades of white between the rear bumper and rear door (the contrast is much higher than the photo shows). You can also see black streaks under the door handle and bottom panel under the door.





Is this typical for a white cube to look this bad?
 

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The only advantage I can see for the white Cube is the increased prominence of the assymetrical design features. I find the colour itself to be reminiscent of dull teeth. Not attractive at all, imo. Apologies to those who have them, but there it is . . .
 

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Dull teeth eh?

I wouldn't have picked any other color. Can't wait for my white Cube to arrive at the dealer in a few months. ;D
 

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Make sure you check to see if the color of the bumpers match the body before you sign the agreement of sale.
 

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schtebie said:
Dull teeth eh?

I wouldn't have picked any other color. Can't wait for my white Cube to arrive at the dealer in a few months. ;D
Sorry, it was all I could think of . . . it's not that it's "bad" so much as it it just looks "off" to me. Not bright enough, I guess, almost like it's a semi-gloss or some such. I don't know . . . all I know for sure is that I look at it, and it seems odd somehow.

Trivia question for non-car painters: What colour would you add to the white paint, to get it to "pop" more?

Answer later, if no one gets it first . . .
 

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Milo said:
schtebie said:
Dull teeth eh?

I wouldn't have picked any other color. Can't wait for my white Cube to arrive at the dealer in a few months. ;D
Sorry, it was all I could think of . . . it's not that it's "bad" so much as it it just looks "off" to me. Not bright enough, I guess, almost like it's a semi-gloss or some such. I don't know . . . all I know for sure is that I look at it, and it seems odd somehow.

Trivia question for non-car painters: What colour would you add to the white paint, to get it to "pop" more?

Answer later, if no one gets it first . . .
The Pearl White on the Cube is a bit on the yellowish side. It's essentially the same color used on the Infiniti G Sedan and Coupe.
 

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The answer, believe it or not, is:


BLACK


Got this from my brother-in-law, who used to have his own paint shop, and still does work on the side. I do not understand it, but that is what he swears to . . .
 

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FWIW -- what I've consistenly heard is that black is the absolute worst for showing dirt. However, a seriously clean black car looks seriously nice :)!
 

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had black car till this cube......I like the white sure it could have more "pop" but works for me. It is especially cooler (obviously) than black. I have had no problem after its first car wash.
 

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Well my first choice was pearl white but I ended up with black, no regrets cause I love black cars. It's the upkeep that sucks...LOL

By the look of your photos I think the car you see has a bad paint job. I've seen other cars (not the cube) with the same paint and they look pretty consistant from panel to panel. Have you ever heard of the old saying " your car must have been built on Monday or Friday".

This refers back to the day's when cars were built on an assembly line by people. Cars built on Monday were assembled by workers who've returned to the plant with hangovers after just spending their paychecks from the prior Friday.

Cars built on Friday's were assembled by workers who are in a hurry to get off work to spend these Friday checks.

Either scenario indicates that Monday and Friday cars were less then perfect. But that's just a rumor....wink...wink.

But the truth of the matter is that today's cars are built on assembly lines not using the good ol boy hands on method, they're now built by robots. They’re painted the same way. So robot’s don’t make mistakes ….do they. Well maybe not, since they’re programmed by humans. But if the sprayer were to run low on paint, then the output wouldn’t be optimal, because although the spary pattern etc. is pre programmed, what if the person putting in the pigment f’ed up. Robot failure…..human cause…LOL

Just something to think about. - Dan
 

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Square1 said:
Have you ever heard of the old saying " your car must have been built on Monday or Friday".

This refers back to the day's when cars were built on an assembly line by people. Cars built on Monday were assembled by workers who've returned to the plant with hangovers after just spending their paychecks from the prior Friday.

Cars built on Friday's were assembled by workers who are in a hurry to get off work to spend these Friday checks.

Either scenario indicates that Monday and Friday cars were less then perfect. But that's just a rumor....wink...wink.
I live in an ex-Chrysler town and what you are saying was certainly seconded by the workers. When an individual worker was buying a car, they would actually follow it down the assembly line to make sure it was done right (at least, so I'm told by a worker). As you say, workers no longer build cars, robots do, and so the whole game has changed.

Can't imagine why one vehicle today would have noticably different paint from another, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. As said, people are still involved.
 

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Most likely the dealership was irresponsible & messed up the bumper, then repainted it. Of course they would never admit to such a thing...

My first choice was white, but now I actually prefer Moss Green or my Chocolate.
 

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I had one metallic black car along with a couple of motorcycles and nothing, and I mean, nothing shines up better but yup nothing shows dirt/dust better either!





One company I worked for had white Honda civic's for company cars. They sat outside 24/7, were occasionally washed at automated brush car washes, and never, ever hand waxed. They never shined and the finish just got duller and duller over the years but I thought it was a great color choice for that environment/care. I don't think it's a coincidence that most manufacturers who sell "work or fleet" models use white.
 

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Solid white is easy & cheap to repair with a spray can, stays cooler (for the non-air conditioned work vehicles) and can be seen better by traffic than black.
 

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Milo said:
schtebie said:
Dull teeth eh?

I wouldn't have picked any other color. Can't wait for my white Cube to arrive at the dealer in a few months. ;D
Sorry, it was all I could think of . . . it's not that it's "bad" so much as it it just looks "off" to me. Not bright enough, I guess, almost like it's a semi-gloss or some such. I don't know . . . all I know for sure is that I look at it, and it seems odd somehow.

Trivia question for non-car painters: What colour would you add to the white paint, to get it to "pop" more?

Answer later, if no one gets it first . . .

Blue makes white pop. At least thats my experience from a different industry.
 

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Most likely the dealership was irresponsible & messed up the bumper, then repainted it. Of course they would never admit to such a thing...
that was the first thing i thought of when i saw the photo...the white cube i test drove didn't have any paint inconsistencies. in fact, i love how the white looks in person! (but blue is still better, heh heh)
 

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My Vube is white as well and liked it a lot, I like when small cars are white because it makes htem look bigger. as for the rear bumper, mine shows to be a different shade as well, I looked for any signs of damage but couldn't find any, to me it all boils down to the shape and mmaybe the additives are usedd to paint over a plastic surface because paint need to be more flexible on a bumper.
 

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Milo,

interesting; I used to work in a body shop as a detailer and I mixed paint for the touchup bottles (*everyone go WOOOOOH*)

How would adding black to white pop it more? curious to know...
 

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I got a white cube and it gets those black streaks only when it rains. Otherwise they go away if you keep up with your car. A nice plus for white cars is after you clean them and wax them they really show a difference. A little wax will keep the car from getting more black streaks.
 

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My black CUBE looks great when clean and polished. However, swirls and scratches really show. Next time anything but black. My Harley Sportster is black also; go figure :roll:

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