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    Is Phantom Black better than Ebony?

    My old 2005SB was Ebony black, and would show every little defect like it was lit up with a neon sign. Is Phantom any better/resilient especially to bird sh1te & swirling?

    I'm also considering Mauritious (sp) Blue as an alternative...

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    I had Ebony, now have Phantom. It looks identical to me and I see no reason why it'd be any different in terms of showing up marks or resisting bird poo.

    As for swirls, all dark coloured cars will show these up, you just have to wash it right to try and minimise them. Red seems to show them pretty badly too for some reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertigo1
    I had Ebony, now have Phantom. It looks identical to me and I see no reason why it'd be any different in terms of showing up marks or resisting bird poo.

    As for swirls, all dark coloured cars will show these up, you just have to wash it right to try and minimise them. Red seems to show them pretty badly too for some reason.
    I think its because they have a thick clear coat. Mine has them bad too, i'm gonna clay the car and buff them out come summer I think.
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    I went for Moro Blue, from certain angles it looks black,and others blue, also think black is becming common these days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by giblets46
    I went for Moro Blue, from certain angles it looks black,and others blue, also think black is becming common these days!
    Thats cos it looks the best when its clean
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    More to do with 'fashion' I think. Everyone wants a black car because it's different - except now it's not - it's common.
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    Bit like silver was....

    I don't think black is different at all, after all it was the first colour to ever be painted on a car. In fact its probably the most common colour in car history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr
    More to do with 'fashion' I think. Everyone wants a black car because it's different - except now it's not - it's common.
    Is black more popular than silver nowadays?
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    I seriously doubt it. Whilst black seems a lot more common on A3s than silver, overall silver (in all it's various hues) is probably the most common car colour out there.
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    Consider Lava Grey (like mine) which is off-black rather than grey silver. Does show the dirt as much as black but still shines after a polish See my gallery.
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    Hehe... If I could get Imola I would go for that, without a shadow of doubt. I have always loved yellow cars. i wanted Toucan originally, but now I have seen a few in the flesh it seems a little wishy washy to me....

    Time will tell.... I have been told that I can't order it until March anyway :o(
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    Is black more popular than silver nowadays?
    According to Audi, Yes. They say they sell more black cars than silver in the UK. My dealer agrees. He says he takes more orders for black than silver at the moment. No doubt it will all change again soon.
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