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If I pay extra for a premium color, can I expect it to be more durable? Or is it just that the extra mica flakes raise the costs of production or something?

Any paint or color expers able to weigh in?

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I think it's the same reason cruise control is not available on the XL. Profit. How options are packaged is driven by profit, not customer convenience. That said, I'm sure those paints cost a little bit more to manufacture, and possibly a little more to apply. But not THAT much.
 

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Metallic base + (multiple) tinted clearcoat layers and extra production time is going to cost more. Really $4-500 more isn't too bad; quality automotive paint isn't cheap.
 

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Metallic base + (multiple) tinted clearcoat layers and extra production time is going to cost more. Really $4-500 more isn't too bad; quality automotive paint isn't cheap.
The cost of a premium color shouldn't be more then $100 bucks . Because Ford's not buying it by the gal their buying it in 55 gal drums . And there's a very little difference in spaying paints when you do it for a living. It's just what they know they can charge by using the word premium. But is it a premium paint a premium color or JUST a premium price ?
 

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Money grab. When I was a young driver the Big 3 did not charge for any paint colors. The exception was tri-coat pearl due to its multi-coat application.

Today, solid colors are free, metallic is an upcharge. Other manufacturer's do this also. Porsche has paint colors that are several thousand dollars. Easy money.
 
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