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Hello. I'm at the dealership to get a black Sport but I'm sooooo worried about scratches and them being extra noticeable because it's black vs the meteorite grey option. How do I deal with this? Mentally and physically? I'm very OCD. I'm tempted to go with the meteorite greh because I'm worrying that much. Should I just go with the black and tell myself in the grand scheme of life a few scratches don't matter that much?
 

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@Ajames if you are willing to spend the money and time, you will want to get some sort of paint protection done by a professional right after taking delivery. Then follow that up with regular appointments with a detailer. You can even do some or all of this on you own but it's best left to the pros.

Then in between all of that you'll need to a good wash method. You can cheat with touchless car washes...but I hear the chemicals are too harsh.

 

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@Ajames if you are willing to spend the money and time, you will want to get some sort of paint protection done by a professional right after taking delivery. Then follow that up with regular appointments with a detailer. You can even do some or all of this on you own but it's best left to the pros.

Then in between all of that you'll need to a good wash method. You can cheat with touchless car washes...but I hear the chemicals are too harsh.

Not sure what chemicals at a car wash would be too harsh for a clearcoat? Removing swirls is easily done with a little elbow grease or rotary buffer. Learning the proper way to use one is not difficult.
 

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No matter what color you chose, in a few months minor scratches might appear. You can spend half of your life buffing them and only way to avoid them is to park your car in your living room and wrap it in plastic.
Black might be 'cool' but I would never chose it. Silver is the best for hiding dirt, dust, scratches. Neighbor has new Prius in dark grayish color (I call it 'dead rat' color) and already has thin long (~25cm) scratch on the door. It is visible all right as below every paint is white primer or whatever you call it. If you have silver paint it is not that visible, if at all.
 

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No matter what color you chose, in a few months minor scratches might appear. You can spend half of your life buffing them and only way to avoid them is to park your car in your living room and wrap it in plastic.
Black might be 'cool' but I would never chose it. Silver is the best for hiding dirt, dust, scratches. Neighbor has new Prius in dark grayish color (I call it 'dead rat' color) and already has thin long (~25cm) scratch on the door. It is visible all right as below every paint is white primer or whatever you call it. If you have silver paint it is not that visible, if at all.
People say silver is boring but in addition to looking clean it really shows off the lines of the car.
 

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Thank you for your help. I went with the black! My amazing salesman actually took me back to the detail area and I pointed out a few things and they took care of it. Seeing how easy it was put my mind at ease a bit. I still worry but it looks good! My salesman kept mentioning to step back and look at it from 5 feet away and not with my face practical touching it. That's stuck in my head now so we'll see how it goes.

I don't know if this is allowed but if you're near the Houston, TX area I highly recommend Zane Pruett at John Eagle Honda. Not pushy and so very very patient.
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Thank you for your help. I went with the black! My amazing salesman actually took me back to the detail area and I pointed out a few things and they took care of it. Seeing how easy it was put my mind at ease a bit. I still worry but it looks good! My salesman kept mentioning to step back and look at it from 5 feet away and not with my face practical touching it. That's stuck in my head now so we'll see how it goes.

I don't know if this is allowed but if you're near the Houston, TX area I highly recommend Zane Pruett at John Eagle Honda. Not pushy and so very very patient. View attachment 2443
Congrats @Ajames.

Add your Civic to The 2022+ 11th Gen Civic Owners Registry :)

The new Civic looks excellent in black and I think you made an excellent choice! I suggest reading and watching content from professional automotive detailers to better understand how to keep your car looking like new. Ammo NYC is among the best of them:

 

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Thank you for your help. I went with the black! My amazing salesman actually took me back to the detail area and I pointed out a few things and they took care of it. Seeing how easy it was put my mind at ease a bit. I still worry but it looks good! My salesman kept mentioning to step back and look at it from 5 feet away and not with my face practical touching it. That's stuck in my head now so we'll see how it goes.

I don't know if this is allowed but if you're near the Houston, TX area I highly recommend Zane Pruett at John Eagle Honda. Not pushy and so very very patient. View attachment 2443
Thats great that your dealer was able to touch up some areas before taking it off the lot. Congrats @Ajames! How are you enjoying your Sport so far?
 

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That looks amazing in all Black! Nice choice on the sport trim. I once owned a black car and was worried about scratches and keeping it clean so I know how you feel lol One thing that helped me keep it looking nice was to never dry it with a microfiber or regular cloth. I used this squeegee thing called a California water blade. But I only used it if I had hand washed my car and didn't have any dirty water or spots I missed. That kept it from getting water spots & from creating swirls in the paint. But honestly its going to get scratches and rock chips eventually. Most people wont notice little stuff like that unless you point it out to them.
 

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Thank you for your help. I went with the black! My amazing salesman actually took me back to the detail area and I pointed out a few things and they took care of it. Seeing how easy it was put my mind at ease a bit. I still worry but it looks good! My salesman kept mentioning to step back and look at it from 5 feet away and not with my face practical touching it. That's stuck in my head now so we'll see how it goes.

I don't know if this is allowed but if you're near the Houston, TX area I highly recommend Zane Pruett at John Eagle Honda. Not pushy and so very very patient. View attachment 2443
You better watch out for the paint quality. I bought a black one in sport and yesterday was my first time washing it and as soon I got home I noticed that there are patches of faded paint all over the side and pillars of the car. I contacted the dealership and still waiting for their response. Paint quality is very poor and there's nothing you can do about it except have your car ceramic coated like about 5 layers just to try to keep your paint in shape but it'll cost you a grand or two
 

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Car looks great. I wouldn’t worry about scratches. I bet your current car has a bunch even if you don’t see them. Remember nobody will notice little scratches except you. Everyone else will think it looks like a great new car.
 

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I traded my black 2022 civic lx as soon as I bought it I saw it had a deep scratch when the light shone on the front. I live in a humid state of California everytime I would sit in that car the black would make me tired even if the windows were tinted. Honestly, the car will be damaged or scratched and with black it will be noticeable however that was not the main reason I traded the car in. The reason was the poor fuel mileage but my my white sport one has the same low mpg, and the root cause is the low pressure denso fuel pump which I did not expect on the sports model.
 

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Not sure what chemicals at a car wash would be too harsh for a clearcoat? Removing swirls is easily done with a little elbow grease or rotary buffer. Learning the proper way to use one is not difficult.
The carwash soap is actually very harsh on paint. It's has to be in order to allow it to be touchless. That's why there are quite a bit of consumer products saying they are ph balanced or neutral. The carwash soaps can be acidic and rinsing off doesn't change the residue that's left. I try to steer clear of them and wash with a single bucket with a bunch of microfiber cloths in it and only use one cloth per panel and never double dip in the clean soap bucket. Works great
 
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