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How hard is it to keep your Tacoma Clean?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by zul, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Jul 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM
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    zul

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    We all know black paint shows dirt and scratches very well and white paint, for the most part, hides it. But not all Tacomas are black and white.

    So what color is your Taco, and how hard is it to keep it clean?

    I'm specifically wondering which color shows dirt less between these three: Magnetic Gray Metallic, Pyrite Mica, and Timberland Mica. I like earth tones :D
     
  2. Jul 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM
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    dwalden2 Your mom goes to college

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    Mine's white and it's ridiculously hard to keep clean. Mainly because I live on a dirt road. It doesn't help that my tires stick out past the fenders by about an inch so they sling crap all over it.
     
  3. Jul 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM
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    Try having a black truck and being parked only about 20 yards from the road, with people that drive at least 40mph plus... :mad:
    Last time I washed it really good, and it only lasted about 3 days.
     
  4. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM
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    dwalden2 Your mom goes to college

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    My first car was a black Prelude, and my car before the Taco was a black Accord...I know exactly how ya feel. I live .4 of a mile out a dirt road. It wasn't fun.

     
  5. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    Mhm, I think I'm gonna wash mine again Tuesday and try to just wash the dust off every few days... We'll see how this pans out :rolleyes:
     
  6. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM
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    Love those colors too. It's a coin toss btwn Pyrite and Magnetic with Timberland a very close 2nd. I would guess among the three colors they would be similar in paint maintenance with the Magnetic showing the most scratches b/c it is a darker color. They will not be as easy as silver to keep clean and scratch-free. Mine is black and a pain to keep clean. Previous owner really didn't take care of the paint. Bugs that were kept on the front bumper for yrs delaminated the clear coat. Plus plenty of scratches. I did do a full detail but still drives me nuts that it isn't perfect. Funny thing is I am seriously considering trading it in for a new taco in Pyrite or Magnetic just because of the paint condition.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM
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    I don't keep the truck clean. I let the rain wash all the crap off the truck..
     
  8. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:07 PM
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    I have owned my last black vehicle....

    Silver is the easiest I have ever owned.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM
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    SIlver Tacomas FTW
     
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    Anyone (including me) that buys black, and other dark colors, should expect more frequent washings. It's worth it to me to own a black. My 4Runner is also black.
     
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    speed way blue. Dirt is minimial, but scratches! It seems like I find a new one everyday?!
     
  12. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM
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    Once you go black you never go back... lol
     
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    Did this for about 5 months before I put on my lift... :D
     
  14. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM
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    The first couple years I would wash it every week... Now I am always lazy to wash and vacuum it...
     
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    :laughing:
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    (Insert "That's racist" .GIF here)
     
  16. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM
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    See this is why I want a truck. I dont like washing my car every week to keep it looking like what it's worth (i.e. not a piece of shit). I go months at a time on my current car and I feel horrible - like I'm abusing her or something :(

    I want a truck so that I can go 4 months without a wash and not beat myself up about it. But still have it look good! It's finding that balance that's the hard part :D
     
  17. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM
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    Hahahaha. :rofl:
     
  18. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM
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    Same here, wash twice a year max after serious winter grunge. it's a truck.
     
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    You going to buy a 2nd gen or 1st gen tacoma?
     
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    Oh my interior is horrible right now, went to a mud run back in the beginning of June and rode around all day with the windows down (friend also opened the door while stuck in a mud hole and the door went into the mud about 5 inches...) I've even got mud on my shifters somehow? Haha
     
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