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    Report: Finnish spraying reindeer antlers with glow-in-the-dark paint to curb accidents [w/video]
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    Drivers throughout the US are familiar with the dangers of deer crossing the road, especially at night. A 2012 report from State Farm Insurance found that from 2011-2012, there were 1.23 million deer/vehicle collisions in the US, and the stakes are even higher for those in areas with larger ...

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    Exclusive: How Edward Snowden could influence the color of your next car
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    Jeep calls the rust-colored paint that adorns its 2014 Wrangler Sahara "Copperhead Pearl." Ford has named a similar blend of reddish-brown hues on its Escape Titanium its "Sunset Metallic." Land Rover, displaying a near-identical color on its Range Rover Sport has named the shade "Chili ...

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    Official: 2014 Scion xD's available two-tone paint says 'I'm still here!'
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    As we said in the title, the news here isn't a new, two-tone paint job for the Scion xD – it's that Scion is still building the oddly proportioned hatchback. For 2014, the xD will be available in two different color combinations, which will be split at the car's beltline. The first combo, ...

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    Video: Check out this R33 Nissan Skyline and its crazy heat-sensitive paint
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    We aren't really sure what to make of this. Here, we see an R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R, which aside from its forbidden fruit factor, isn't particularly special. This car, though, has a kind of heat-sensitive paint that has left us sitting, mouth agape, for the past ten minutes wondering how the heck ...

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    Video: Ford cleans up painting process with cameras
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    Knowing how the bacon gets made rarely entices us and, in the same vein, the same usually goes for knowing about how new cars get painted. But in both instances, however, quality – or a lack thereof – is instantly obvious. In terms of the latter, Ford is showing off its new paint ...

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    Study: Greens gaining ground among car colors
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    BASF has released its latest forecast of color trends, and there's a bit of a shake up. The green color range is gaining in popularity, which is a welcome sign if you're tired of the dominance of blacks, whites and silvers. According to Mark Gutjahr, BASF's head of European design, "With new ...

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    ETC: Ford Explorer Jackson Pollock Edition results in trip to hospital
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    Among the many useful pieces of driving advice we've taken to heart over the years, "Safely secure all cargo" is etched pretty high on our personal stone tablets. We've had a couple of frustrating moments over the years (numerous wonky cupholders and too-tall lidded cups; a radar detector that ...

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    Video: See how SRT cooks up new paint colors in its 'kitchen'
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    Paint colors are a big deal for any automaker, and choosing hues for a specific brand can take as much fretting and focus as nearly any other aspect of vehicle design. For SRT, that means finding colors that cooperate with everything from the high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT8 SUV and the ...

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    Video: Why a Florida field is important to your car's paint
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    If you've ever wondered how automakers know their paints will stand up to the test of time, a field in Florida may have your answer. Manufacturers routinely turn to Q-Lab, a facility situated on a 20-acre open field just outside of Homestead, Florida for durability testing. There, the company's ...

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    Study: White remains world's most popular car paint color, copper and bronze rising
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    When it came to paint colors on new cars, for ten years, silver was the one hue to rule them all, not just extending its lead through 2009 and 2010 but doing so in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The revolution came in 2011, when white took over as the top color in the States and black claimed the ...

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    Teased: Third Mazda6 teaser released, has us seeing red
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    Mazda is only giving us tapas-sized video bites of its upcoming Mazda6, but at least each bite comes quickly. Just days after the second teaser came out, our third view of the sedan reveals some unexpected inspiration from the Takeri concept: its paint. The Takeri show car was a deep, lustrous ...

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    Bumper company to make auto paint booths from shipping containers?
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    To the imaginative, the average shipping container holds a wealth of possibilities. Cheap, expansive and readily available, the boxes can be used for anything from storage to habitation. One French company is looking to turn spent containers into mobile paint stations for the manufacturer's ...

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    Report: DuPont to sell $4B auto paint business?
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    Even though DuPont's automotive paints, or "performance coating," division brought in 12.1 percent of the firm's 2010 revenue, the pretax operating-profit margin was only seven percent, said to be about "half the corporate average." With the highly diversified firm making plays in more lucrative ...

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    Study: White ousts silver as America's favorite automotive paint color
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    When it comes to tastes in automobiles, Europeans and Americans tend to be on opposite sides of the spectrum. Small trumps big. Manual over automatic. Car against truck. Black versus white. That's right, automotive paint supplier PPG says 20% of new cars in North America were white in 2011, ...

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    Fewer Ferrari buyers are seeing red these days
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    Back in the early 1990s, an impressive 85 percent of all Ferrari models were dressed in red paint. While we can understand that Ferrari and red go together like peanut butter and jelly (or red white and... green), it's tough to understand how 85 percent of all customers could buy such a rare ...

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    Study: Bird poo does not destroy your car's paint... at least not by itself
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    Every summer we're stuck with the same dilemma. We can park the car out in the sun, which will inevitably will lead to scorching hot interior temperatures. The alternative is to park under a shady tree, where birds will undoubtedly poop all over our freshly washed ride. We usually opt for the sun ...

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    PPG study says silver continues nine-year reign as most popular auto paint color
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    Silver just won't give up its nine-year choke hold as the most popular color choice for cars and trucks, both in the United States and abroad. In fact, the silver and gray category actually picked up an additional five percent on the rest of the field with a market share of roughly 25 percent in ...

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    FOLLOW UP: CARB says "Just kidding about banning black paint..."
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    To be completely fair, the California Air Resources Board never intended to ban black paint -- or any color of paint, for that matter. When devising ways to implement the Cool Cars Initiative, CARB couldn't find any dark paints that passed the 20% solar reflectivity test, which others took to mean ...

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    California to reduce carbon emissions by... banning black cars?!
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    In a move that will likely get California's consumers in a huff, impending legislation may soon restrict the paint color options for Golden State residents looking for their next new vehicle. The specific colors that are currently on the chopping block are all dark hues, with the worst offender ...

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    Researchers develop self-repairing paint powered by the sun
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    In another case of Nature to the Rescue, scientists have come up with a polyurethane coating that repairs itself in the sun. The secret ingredient: chitosan, which comes from the shells of crustaceans and is also used for water filtration, blood clotting and as a diet aid. The common principle ...

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