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Flat White vs Pearl White side by side - pictures

At the end of this weekend's Palo Alto event I asked the TM folks to get the Pearl car from inside and put it next to the flat white car both to see Pearl in the sun, and to compare against the flat. There are half a dozen pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickjhowe/sets/72157631023465302/

And here is one of them:
Flat White Pearl White 1

Thanks for the pictures, hard to tell them side by side in a photo however. The closeup of the Pearl White shows the metallic effect. This by they way is my configuration, Pearl White with the dark 21"

Which witch is which? Flat left/pearl right? Or versa vice?
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Seems like right w/pano = Pearl

I am voting the one on the right is Pearl.
If I have guessed wrong I might just get white then :-)

I agree with pearl on the rigth side. (Just hope I'm right.)

Yup. You got it. The Pearl is on the right. In some lights (and especially in through the camera lens) the colours are nearly identical. But in some lights the difference is striking. The Pearl definitely shows of the lines better, and gives the car a more 'luxury' look (IMHO). It absolutely confirmed my decision to go for Pearl.

One comment from a senior TM guy there was that they are recommending that the paint protector film is NOT applied to either white colour because it is so obvious. They are even removing the film from the rear quarter panel on these cars because it looks so bad.

nickjhowe, really appreciate the side-by-side comparison between white and pearl colors. I'm trying to decide which color option to go with and really like both flavors of "white." After looking at the pictures, however, I'm still undecided :-(

@mike - it really is a tough choice. There is something quite intangible about the pearl that just appeals. Saying that it makes the flat white look "cheap" is an over statement, but the fascinating thing was the number of TM employees who just flat out said the pearl is absolutely their favorite color - especially when paired with the dark wheels. (I was asking folks for their color choice)

"One comment from a senior TM guy there was that they are recommending that the paint protector film is NOT applied to either white colour because it is so obvious. They are even removing the film from the rear quarter panel on these cars because it looks so bad."

Seriously? Should I cancel my film order? I have it on my black car and can't notice it all. I really like that stuff though!!

Also, I am getting white performance. I say if you get dark rims then go white. Silver rims go pearl. I like the contrast of dark with stark white personally. You can only tell the difference up close and in the sun, but the pearl is easier to see the bumps in the car and the white looks more uniform and flush where the parts meet.

@Michael23 - re the film - make sure you check it out before you commit. It is VERY obvious on some places on the car and in some lights.

I think I'm going to go with after market film in front of the rear wheels, and maybe on the lower part of the nose, but that's it. I really don't like the line across the middle of the hood.

I'm looking to go full body film, no lines because its ALL covered!

BYT;
Don't do it! Your skin needs to breathe sweat. Remember Forget Goldfinger (and Bedlam)!

I was thinking full wrap too like the white r8s. I'm just scared not to have protection as both my cars have film now and I can see lots of indents in the film up really close that would have been obvious scratches without it. I have dark cara though.

@Michael23 I'm currently configured with the pearl color AND the paint protector film. The comment made to you by the Tesla rep. is making me rethink getting the film. I have e-mailed my customer service rep. to inquire if Tesla is really now recommending against getting the film with the Pearl paint. I'll let you know what the reply is.

Has anyone seen the film on a pearl white car? If so, what were your impressions?

I saw the film on the pearl model in DC and I decided against pearl because of it. I need the film. The front of my BMW is all scarred up from highway driving and this car will need the film. I decided to go with black (it was a toss up between the two).

The film looks almost yellow on the pearl white. Plus dirt collects on the edge of the film and on the pearl, it clearly outlines the film, and the yellow color becomes painfully obvious.

I didn't see white with the film, so I can't comment on it. But trust me, the pearl with the film is a bad choice.

@Brian H

"Nothing touches this body but silk" another movie reference but alas, nothing beats a good Bond flick!

Haha at Brian. I too asked tesla because I may have to change my order I placed. Maybe touch ups won't be too expensive yearly for the s since I'm getting flat white.

Based on this thread I emailed Tesla and asked them if they recommended the paint protection on pearl white. The email back was unequivocal... they do NOT recommend the paint protection on pearl white. So I canceled it off mine...

OK thanks. I will cancel. They just told me it is noticeable, but still good to have.

I think there is a lot more to the question than what is being addressed here. First of all, the Pearl White is a Multi Coat/3 stage paint. Very rich in depth perception, but there are many things outside of this to consider. First of all, enamel paints are in fact the most durable by far (i.e. Reg White or Black). The regular White is by no means a flat color. It has a lot of gloss, and very easy to work with, and buffer friendly. The paint will stand up to the elements much better than any metallic paint. Another very important point to mention is that metallic paints, when in need of repair, have to be blended. That is to say, if you scratched a fender, you can not simply paint that fender. You have to blend or paint into the surrounding panels. For instance, scratch the front fender, and plan on painting into the door as well to blend them so as not to see a paint differential. Also consider that it takes a much more talented painter to work with a multi coat finish. For ease of ownership, the Enamel White is the way for many. If your Tesla will be a garage baby, than shop with your eyes. They are both beautiful cars to look at, and they look the same from the drivers seat at 90 mph.

@tinoferrulli: very helpful commentary, thanks!

I've heard nightmare stories about repairs on the pearl white, but I didn't know that information about metallics in general, or the difference in durability.

First of all, enamel paints are in fact the most durable by far (i.e. Reg White or Black). [...] The paint will stand up to the elements much better than any metallic paint. (tinoferrulli)

That's interesting. I understand that a non-metallic/single-coat color is far easier to repair than a metallic and/or multi-coat color. Seems obvious.

On the other hand, it is my understanding that there are two benefits to metallic colors: They look more interesting, and they are more resistant at the same time. Actually, the latter would be an important argument for me to go with the pearl white rather than the plain white.

I know that I don't know anything about car colors, so can someone shed some light on this, possibly providing sources/links? Apart from the looks -- which colors are likely to be more durable/resistant than others?

Michael23 | AUGUST 13, 2012 NEW
Also, I am getting white performance. I say if you get dark rims then go white. Silver rims go pearl. I like the contrast of dark with stark white personally. You can only tell the difference up close and in the sun, but the pearl is easier to see the bumps in the car and the white looks more uniform and flush where the parts meet.

Michael, I agree with you.I was torn between white & pearl. Decided on Pearl performance with silver wheels. I think it looks more elegant that way - like a Jag or similar classy car. The dark wheels and spoiler give it a sporty look but take away the elegance in my opinion.


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