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Which is more whiter? Arctic or Diamond White

I am ordering a 2013 GL. The car goes into production in a few weeks. I was wondering if anyone can tell me which is whiter looking between Arctic white and Diamond white? Right now my order is for Arctic white but I can change the color still if i wanted to. I first thought arctic white was more whiter but some how when some of the pictures I see online between the two colors, the Diamond white seem more whiter. Please chime in your experience and knowledge on this two color. Thank you very much.
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Arctic White without a doubt is the "whitest" of the two.

I have a Diamond White Metallic SLK built and awaiting a ship for delivery. I spent a lot of time looking at the two colors in person on a dealer's lot in different lighting conditions. Online pictures will not be able to show you what is going on. Color chips in brochures look nearly the same (Diamond has a bit more gray perhaps), and most MBZ iOS apps I've stared at for hours don't even attempt to change the color between the two.

In real life, Diamond White has some gold, perhaps silver, metallic flakes that sparkle in the sun, yet looks almost matte -- an "off white" or "cream" (the color of milk, NOT tan) if you will -- in the shade. If you're worried about too much bling, the sparkle of the MBZ Diamond White is not as great as what most Lexus have in their standard metallic finishes, certainly not as much as I loved in one of my past pearl white rides. I did not see any noticable increase in orange peel with the Diamond White compared to Arctic White (unlike what I had on my previous BMW). Beyond the premium price uplift of Diamond White (at least on the SLK here in the US), when I read about this color across the net and people in multiple countries chiming in, the "off white" look is what some people didn't like compared to the traditional Arctic White. IMO, Arctic White is just "plain white" no matter what sort of light you view it in -- it's also a base color with no price uplift if that is a consideration.

According to DuPont, 24% of all NA cars were white last year -- the most popular color once again, so I'm excited to soon have Diamond White Metallic and be just a little different, with a bit of bling compared to most on the road. My suggestion? You need to see both colors in person. No online pictures or descriptions are going to do this subject justice. Good luck with your GL decision!

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Arctic White without a doubt is the "whitest" of the two.

I have a Diamond White Metallic SLK built and awaiting a ship for delivery. I spent a lot of time looking at the two colors in person on a dealer's lot in different lighting conditions. Online pictures will not be able to show you what is going on. Color chips in brochures look nearly the same (Diamond has a bit more gray perhaps), and most MBZ iOS apps I've stared at for hours don't even attempt to change the color between the two.

In real life, Diamond White has some gold, perhaps silver, metallic flakes that sparkle in the sun, yet looks almost matte -- an "off white" or "cream" (the color of milk, NOT tan) if you will -- in the shade. If you're worried about too much bling, the sparkle of the MBZ Diamond White is not as great as what most Lexus have in their standard metallic finishes, certainly not as much as I loved in one of my past pearl white rides. I did not see any noticable increase in orange peel with the Diamond White compared to Arctic White (unlike what I had on my previous BMW). Beyond the premium price uplift of Diamond White (at least on the SLK here in the US), when I read about this color across the net and people in multiple countries chiming in, the "off white" look is what some people didn't like compared to the traditional Arctic White. IMO, Arctic White is just "plain white" no matter what sort of light you view it in -- it's also a base color with no price uplift if that is a consideration.

According to DuPont, 24% of all NA cars were white last year -- the most popular color once again, so I'm excited to soon have Diamond White Metallic and be just a little different, with a bit of bling compared to most on the road. My suggestion? You need to see both colors in person. No online pictures or descriptions are going to do this subject justice. Good luck with your GL decision!
Thank you so much for this very informative infos! I wanted to have a pure white look and the sale guy told me Arctic white is whiter than Diamond white. Some how when I look at both car even with it being side by side I couldn't really tell. Not sure if I'm color blind, lol. Thank you again for your chime in!
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I have always favored the Diamond White. It is a bit pearlized and not so hard nor stark as Artic White.
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I always liked white colors and white was main reason why California dealer hold me for full year on delivery of ML320. Probably fact that I did not want any gadgets like sunroof or $4000 trip computer was another reason.
I did not own Diamond white, but you need to understand that it is not the color alone that you compare here, but totally different technology and spectrum.
While Arctic white is white paint and is white no matter the time of the day, Diamond is pearl or whatever else paint, that is having microscopic bodies inserted that make the color kaleidoscope changing with time of the day and light.
When pearl and metallic paints do have good look when maintained well, plain white paint is the most practical color IMHO not changing a lot with age and dirt accumulation.
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