Chameleon Paint - 2008 Buick Enclave Long-Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave: Chameleon Paint

January 08, 2008



Crystal Metallic?

Getting out of our 2008 Buick Enclave in the parking garage this morning, I saw a distinct pearlescent shimmer in the paint that got me thinking that maybe, just maybe,the color differences depicted in the various photos I've taken of the Enclave weren't entirely the result of my shoddy amateur blogtography.

Generally, shots taken under clear skies show the Buick to be a lightish metallic blue color. In the low-angled sunlight just before sundown in the desert near Vegas, however, itunmistakeably took on the golden tone ofthe surroundings. And in Oregon, under low cloud cover thick with mist, the Enclave looked for all the world like it's painted a rich steely gray.

I just pulled the file on our Enclave andam now lookingat the window sticker. The paint color name is... Blue-Gold Crystal Metallic. Yep. That makes sense.

OK, this isn't a full-blown color-changing paint like you might see at a car show or a racetrack -the kind that changes color as it wraps itself around the contours ofa car. The effect is much more subtle here. Still, you get at least three hues for the price of one - depending on the weather and time of day, of course.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 9,348 miles

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