Link to Q: Do Falcon 9s get a thorough wash or a fresh coat of paint (they look clean pre-reflight)?

It was voted leave open the first time, but it was closed, and the reopen review was also 3x leave closed.

I made a clear edit once someone found the possible dupe explaining why it is not. The linked photo that prompted the question does show a clean Falcon 9, and a perfect explanation was given. Further, the duplicate does not ask about washing, only painting.

I'd also argue the newer question presents the problem better, and the answers are more thorough. Given that, I'd recommend reopening, and then closing the older question as dupe of the newer per the consensus on the main Meta:

If the new question is a better question or has better answers, then vote to close the old one as a duplicate of the new one.
Should I vote to close a duplicate question, even though it's much newer, and has more up to date answers?

Regardless of a second closure/merging, the newer one is not a duplicate of the older one IMO, which I explained in an edit to the question, and is apparent from the answers.

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    $\begingroup$ There is some "inertial thinking" that newer must be closed as dupe of older and when it results in a bad outcome resorting to meta is necessary. That said, I never make much headway with "my question is better" :-) Can you demonstrate that the answers on the newer question better answer both questions than those on the old one for example? Since Stack Exchange is all about answers, I think that that argument is going to be helpful if not necessary to flip the polarity of a community induced duplicate close. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 23:13
  • $\begingroup$ Different but somewhat similar situation Are these two similar questions ripe for merging? I may have had others in the past as well. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 23:15


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