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Old 07-23-2007
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Anyone with a red truck, are you afraid of the color fading in the sun? Is there any way to stop it if it a real concern of happening?

Do you guys think that it really attracts more attention from anyone-especially law inforcement?
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Idk, havent had this truck long, but i would assume if u wash and wax enough that it would keep the fade from coming.

I went to Niagara Falls a couple of years ago and saw a early 90s cavalier on the side of an celebrity car museum half in the building and noticed that the part that got sun every day looked faded while the part that didnt looked fine. So i guess if not taken care of it can fade after years of abuse.

As of the cops, ive heard they look red vehicles the most (up for debate) but slow down when you see them, worked for me so far. if they are looking at you there gonna get you no matter what color your vehicle is.
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Anything going 75 in a 30 is gonna attract attention. Just drive like a sane man and you won't have a problem. As far as the paint fading, just keep it clean with a good coat of wax on it and you should be fine.
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I always worried about my red paint in the Arizona sun. I just wax and wash it regularly and hopefully it won't fade or anyhting.

People who say red vehicles get more tickets are full of

Maybe they do happen to get a few more tickets on one set of stats but that means jack crap.

As stated above, drive like a law abiding citizen, follow the rules of the road and you won't be ticketed.
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When I got my 91 Ranger about ten years ago, it came up from florida, and the truck was pretty much all pink. The sun had kicked its ****, and it showed. Alot of white in the paint from all the color fading. I used a couple different stages of mequirs with a buffing wheel, and then caked on the polish and wax and never had another problem with it. Long as I waxed it every couple months it stayed nice and shinny.
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I have two rangers different shades of red(one bright, one maroon) and neither has showed any fading at all.
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Fading is not a problem with the newer vehicles with clear coat on them. Most older vehicles from up until early to mid 90s dont have clear coat on them, which is why if you see one faded/lack of shine, it most likely doesn't have clear on it. You really wont notice fading on the newer vehicles, and if it does fade, it will be minor, and you wouldn't be able to tell, unless you took a pinstripe off or something like that that has been on it since new, but even then, your not very likely to see it. And it isn't critical that you keep wax on the paint, because the clear coat provides the most protection against the sun, the wax would just give a little added protection.
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No fading here and mines 10 years old
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Old 07-25-2007
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Take care of your vehicle and the only fading you will see is the plastic.

As far as more tickets, sure red vehicles get more tickets and accidents. That's what they said when I was in high school back in the 60s. Oh yeah, they forgot to tell us that 75% of ALL vehicles are registered as RED. Heck, my raspberry S-10 was registered as Red. Isn't doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out but it does take a dip**** to not get all the facts.
Back in the Air Force in the early 70s some dip**** officer got the bright idea of putting a sign on the BX of the most accidents and tickets per squadron. You have a question of why my squadron was ALWAYS number one on both lists? We were transportation and had 95% of all the vehicles on the base.
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I have an orange truck, and I haven't gotten a ticket yet, i've had it for about year now. As long as you dont speed (fast enough thats its obvious) and drive recklessly around cops, you wont get a ticket. One thing bad about having a vehicle that is one of a kind, meaning theres not another one like it, and can easily be spotted, is that if you do something wrong or whatever, everybody knows who it is.
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