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Finally trying to nail down my colour choice. It is between Volcano Red, Fire Black, & Mclaren Orange. A very difficult choice - I oscillate between all of them. VR & MO are wow colours, whilst FB is a bit more stealthy but with sparkle in the sun.

Does anyone regret their colour choice? Too much attention (VR & MO)? Too much maintenance (FB)?
 

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I think deep down in your heart you know what you want. (Assuming you saw them all in person--if not, PLEASE see them in person--no photo will ever really capture the real color).

I went carbon black, do not regret it, but had I seen the ice silver color, I may have broken my streak of all black cars.

For what it's worth, you have a super car. "Too much" on a super car has to go a lot further than McLaren orange. :) I love MO for what it's worth. Car would look great in pink polkadots; you can't mess this up. :)
 

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Color choices are a very personal choice. Only you can decide what you want to get. I have always liked MO so that was the only choice for me.
 

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I had two pearl paint Lambos. They looked wonderful but the thought of paint repair issues always worried me. MO looks great and is low maintenance so I'm happy.
 

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Have you gone to the dealers and see the swatches?

One thing I'll say about colors is that they never look the same. What looks amazing on and overcast days looks terrible in the bright sun, or vice versa. What looks awful in the showroom looks great outside. There is no color that always looks the best IMO. Different surrounding/reflections make cars look totally different as well.

What I'd suggest doing if you can't see all the colors in person is go to YouTube and search for videos of cars in all the different colors and locations. Find as many videos as you can of the colors you like. They may not capture the pearl very well, as that is very hard to capture, but I think it gives you a very good ideas still and much better that photos.

DO NOT TRUST PHOTOS! Photos are very often either processed or exposed incorrectly. Videos don't have amazing dynamic range necessarily either, but I find that videos are much more realistic in that no processing is being done and the cameras are constantly adjusting giving you more of an average look at the car.

The one color I advise against getting, unless it's the pearl version, is white. I think you can wrap a car in white and have it look really nice, thus you always have that option. I thought about getting white, but then figured I might as well get a normal color and then I can always wrap matte white. No need to commit to white.



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I think that as a professional photographer I've managed to do a good job of getting the colors of my subjects pretty accurate but it's also the monitor that you view them on that could be calibrated wrong and such. I agree, the best way to see how a car actually looks in person is to go see it. :)
 

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Atomic, your photos rock. That said, I don't think I've seen a single shot that does volcano orange justice. In most photos, it looks like rusty orange poop. In some HDR shots, it starts to look a bit more dynamic and alive. But still a big meh. In person, it's way way nicer (not my favorite color, but really nice). I'm curious if you're happy of your own shots of VO cars ( I havent seen any of yours of VO).
 

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Thanks John...I have a few photos of VO. I'd say that this one comes pretty close. This one was taken with my DSLR


And this one with my iPhone when I was out on the test drive.
 

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Oddly the iPhone shot seems to show a bit more range, just by the nature of the shot. It's one of the better shots actually.
 

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That was my thought as well...I think that was the most accurate representative of VO. It truly is a spectacular color but hard to capture faithfully. MO is the easiest as long as you use a DSLR. All the photos I took with my iPhone made it look yellowish.
 

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Just snapped a few photos of my VO 12C last week; here are a few of them which I think portray the dynamic nature of the volcano paints pretty well. Though strangely, the colors don't seem to render properly in Chrome vs Preview on my local computer. Hmmm. You can still see in most of the photos, as in atomic80's in the direct sun, that you get all sorts of shades of orange which I find particular interesting; I've always been a sucker for dynamic paint, keeps the car even more interesting I suppose when you can make it look so different based on the light + angle!





 

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I've seen all these colors in person. Volcano Red is the way to go. It's a darker red than Ferrari's but is far more appealing and a bit less flashy. Best color on any supercar. In fact, my custom bike is getting colorways that are as close to Volcano Red as the company can produce.
 

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I find the most deceiving thing about the colors in photos is the contrast. Way too many photos have a contrast that is simply unrealistic and makes paints look deeper than they are. The gloss and reflections just aren't usually what they seem to be in photos.

The volcano orange I saw looked nothing remotely as smooth or as deep as in the photos. I didn't like it at all, but that's just me.

Beware the contrast!







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That was WAY WAY overdone...the contrast and clarity level. You're right about that.

VO is definitely a difficult color to capture accurately since it changes in so many ways from sunny to overcast days. MO looks absolutely brilliant on sunny days but much more muted in overcast days too. My favorite is the metallic version of MO. Only ONE "HS" model was produced in that color and I LOVE it!!!!
 

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I have VO and love it,but its a bitch to match should you get a problem, so its a must to wrap,but that's no guarantee ,If I had my time again I would go for MO as its presence is just as good and as a usable finish its a lot easier in the long run,and as this car is so usable that has to be the right decision if you intend on using her as I do :)
 

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FB here and I could kick myself - while it is true that in bright sunlight the color is stunning, the maintenance required and propensity to show even the faintest swirl marks can drive you mad.........or at least make you cry, good thing I am an old fart with rapidly fading eyesight....lol
 

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FB here and I could kick myself - while it is true that in bright sunlight the color is stunning, the maintenance required and propensity to show even the faintest swirl marks can drive you mad.........or at least make you cry, good thing I am an old fart with rapidly fading eyesight....lol
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Got to say, that Xpel stuff is basically invisible to my eye. I'm sure those that are more exacting may have some issue, but the car looks great. Great benefit is I don't feel like I need to send it out to a detail specialist to wash, can just have the guys in my garage wash it down without worry. (I wrapped my entire car though).
 
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