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      05-17-2013, 09:25 PM   #1
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Sapphire Black = Gloss Black

Hi,

Is oem sapphire black paint, close enough to gloss black?

Is there a big difference to the eye?

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      05-17-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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Hi,

Is oem sapphire black paint, close enough to gloss black?

Is there a big difference to the eye?

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sapphire black is a metallic paint i believe and gloss black is not.
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In the sun then you would notice the difference....
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I have sapphire black. It looks like gloss black until the sun hits it, and you can see the silver/gray metal flakes in the paint.
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I have sapphire black. It looks like gloss black until the sun hits it, and you can see the silver/gray metal flakes in the paint.
I also have Sapphire Black and can definitely see the flakes
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      05-18-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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So it's only in the sun you can see the difference.... which is silver flakes in! I'm guessing its only close up you'll notice it as well!?

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I don't know the reason for your question but, if this helps, the non-metallic paint BMW use is called jet black and is the same depth of black as sapphire black but minus the metallic flake obviously.

Jet black is a pig to clean and to shine in comparison with sapphire black which also needs attention to keep looking good plus the benefit of not looking too bad when very wet.

If you are touching up a sapphire black car with gloss black paint, I have no clue if that will work.
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"gloss" i.e. "reflective finish" is usually a term used with decorative paints not car paint.

All car finishes are gloss, except the special frozen/matte finishes.

Do you mean non-metallic?
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"gloss" i.e. "reflective finish" is usually a term used with decorative paints not car paint.

All car finishes are gloss, except the special frozen/matte finishes.

Do you mean non-metallic?
Agreed as all most colours are coated with lacquer that gives the gloss appearance of any colour discounting the matt or frozen options.
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      05-19-2013, 04:30 PM   #10
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I just purchased a sapphire black performance diffuser! I was going to get mine painted gloss black but cos its virtually the same & the sun won't really shine on it.... I got it!

Cheers for the help!
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