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So I currently have a 2017 BE that looks fantastic in black.

The problem is, as we all know, that a black truck is impossible to keep clean especially in the snow belts where there is salt and crap on the roads for months on end. ...but clean 馃枻馃枻馃枻

I've ordered a '22 Touring (one down from the BE) in Modern Steel Metallic (MSM) and currently waiting for delivery. ETA end of August. Well as it turns out, there are two of these vehicles within 1hr of my house so I went and had a look in person. My first reaction in person? Meh. It just didn't grab my wallet and say take me home.

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I've considered the other RL colours but keep coming back to the MSM for various reasons.

So, what can I do to add a little pizzazz to the MSM RL? I ain't buying wheels but open to pin stripes or something to give a bit of flash.

Photos? Suggestions?

Thanks.
 

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So I currently have a 2017 BE that looks fantastic in black.

The problem is, as we all know, that a black truck is impossible to keep clean especially in the snow belts where there is salt and crap on the roads for months on end. ...but clean 馃枻馃枻馃枻

I've ordered a '22 Touring (one down from the BE) in Modern Steel Metallic (MSM) and currently waiting for delivery. ETA end of August. Well as it turns out, there are two of these vehicles within 1hr of my house so I went and had a look in person. My first reaction in person? Meh. It just didn't grab my wallet and say take me home.

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I've considered the other RL colours but keep coming back to the MSM for various reasons.

So, what can I do to add a little pizzazz to the MSM RL? I ain't buying wheels but open to pin stripes or something to give a bit of flash.

Photos? Suggestions?

Thanks.
I had a ceramic coating put on mine. You would not believe it the difference.
 

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To me, conservative colors like MSM (I had an Accord in that color) and Lunar Silver always look good whether clean or dirty but they never pop like Black White or Red. To make it yours the areas that most folks go after are the wheels, dipping, tinting and maybe some lighting accents in the grille but it's tough to make it all work tastefully without making it look boy-racer. Stance can totally change the look of a vehicle but again that's not easy to pull off and I believe the RL's had the wheels pushed out a little for the 21's? It's funny how some colors look better on some vehicles more than others.
 

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I don't have any good ideas to make it less meh... but.... the advantage of meh, is you do end up caring less about the road grime accents from winter weather! It's the silver lining to a boring car.
 

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I just got my 22 rtl in msm and love it. I haven鈥檛 done anything crazy to it yet. Exterior wise just a hefty graphene sealant and every surface shy of the undercarriage and headliner are coated. Rain visors and I had the front windows tinted a few weeks ago. My only gripe is the chrome. I don鈥檛 like it and never will. Here鈥檚 a shot after I just washed it a few hours ago.
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Silver and Greys to me have always been dead emotionally TO ME... Im an off white kind of guy.. I judge a color by its emotion it gives me.. Do I like it when I first wake up? Do i like it when I dont feel good? If its nice then, its nice when I feel great! The off white Honda has for this G2 is gorgeous.. I would be very happy with that.
 

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Ditto. I texted my wife while I was looking at 'the truck and told her the chrome had to go...
 
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I will tell you though... if they would make a METALLIC Black instead of the hideous piano black that they seem to be stuck on, that would be another color choice.. The beauty of black without the horrendous upkeep of piano smudge scratch magnet black
 

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I love that color. It always looks sophisticated and classy, especially in the moonlight. We have owned plenty of dark gray vehicles, so I chose another color.
 
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I will tell you though... if they would make a METALLIC Black instead of the hideous piano black that they seem to be stuck on, that would be another color choice.. The beauty of black without the horrendous upkeep of piano smudge scratch magnet black
Honda has that fancy black in the BE.
 

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My first reaction in person? Meh... So, what can I do to add a little pizzazz to the MSM RL? I ain't buying wheels but open to pin stripes or something to give a bit of flash.
It's subjective. There are a lot of people that like MSM (it's a grey color that takes on slightly different hues in different lighting). There are a lot of people that hate pinstripes and thinks they're outdated and belong in the 70's. I fall into both these categories.

So given you don't like MSM but do like pinstripes, you don't want to take advice from me. It sounds like you might be more suited to a nice beige colored truck with nice dark brown pinstripes. Pair that with a nice pair of flares and you'll be all set :).
 

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To me it's like gray skies. Okay for awhile but then it gets old. However, lime green pin stripes and naked lady mud flaps would give it some pizzazz.
 

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Not a fan of msm, also meh on it. You could always wrap it and give it a totally different color. Just a thought.
@$60k Canadian I'm not looking to spend a lot to change the look. At this point I'm leaning towards vinyl wrapping the chrome black. I did some research and yellow if you can believe Is suppose to be an accent color for grey... That ain't going to happen.
 
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I had a 鈥21 CRV in this color. I initially liked it, until I realized it looked purple in certain light. I鈥檝e always been more of a fan of red. I got used to it, but took advantage of the current trade in values and am much happier with red again. To each their own, but it wasn鈥檛 for me. For what it鈥檚 worth, the chrome on the MSM didn鈥檛 bother me as much as it did on my red truck. I had no choice but to remove all of it.
 

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MY 2017 was Modern Steel Metallic, because I couldn't find a black RTL-E that wasn't a black edition, and Metallic paint jobs hide a lot of scratches, the problem was/is Honda's metallic paints aren't very metallic so they don't pop and in turn kind of look ho-hum. I lived with it for a little over 3 years and really didn't think much of it until I got my 2020 in the black I wanted, which still isn't a great black, but I love it so much more, especially when it's clean.

I have no idea why most of Honda's colors are kind of lack luster but they are, even something as basic as black or white can make a huge difference, ever notice some manufacture's paint colors just pop and others look boring. Anyway, yes the Modern Steel isn't a head turner in my opinion but it's not offensive either.

as an aside, The best head turning combo (in my opinion) is a red RTL-E that has all the chrome replaced with black, but I do love my black with chrome to give it some contrast

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