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  1. joebruin77

    Any recommendations to help make an automated car wash a less stressful experience?

    Thanks for sharing your opinion and for the link to the blog post. I am certainly open minded to learning something new and/or learning I was incorrect. I searched the blog post and I did not see anything specifically about curing time. I understand older paints may have been more durable...
  2. joebruin77

    Any recommendations to help make an automated car wash a less stressful experience?

    I am pretty sure that is outdated advice. That used to be the case for cars manufactured 20 or 30 years ago. But with today's more advanced paints, the paint is fully cured shortly after it leaves the factory. IMO, there are reasons to avoid car washes and to choose to do a hand wash yourself...
  3. joebruin77

    Do Tesla SC's apply window tint?

    I would suggest contacting your local Tesla retail store or Service Center and ask them for a referral to a local tint vendor. That is what I did and they referred me to a shop with a ton of experience tinting Teslas. There are two benefits. First, you will likely be referred to a competent...
  4. joebruin77

    First Time EV Buyer (Help...)

    My wife and I both drive EV’s and will never drive an ICE car again. In addition to having a home EVSE, I also recommend making sure there is a Tesla Service Center relatively close to you. I personally would not buy a Tesla if I lived more than 30-45 minutes from the nearest Service Center.
  5. joebruin77

    Questions on battery percentage and mileage.

    Do you need Sentry mode engaged while parked at home? If possible, shut off Sentry mode and you will cut your energy loss nearly in half.
  6. joebruin77

    Where and where not to apply wax

    I've heard really good things about Bill Hamber products. Are you using the Bill Hamber Double Speed Wax? I bet it is a great wax. In case you are curious, I found the Safety Data Sheet for this wax. If I am reading it correctly, this wax is 30-50% hydrocarbons. I think it is similar in that...
  7. joebruin77

    Where and where not to apply wax

    I am familiar with that Youtube detailing expert Jimbo. He has done some very helpful and informative videos. Many of his videos focus on doing a "torture test" of applying various chemicals to the paint. These tests do a good job of evaluating the chemical resistance properties of waxes...
  8. joebruin77

    Where and where not to apply wax

    The only paint protection product on the market that offers any meaningful protection from rock chips is PPF. It's not 100% effective, but it definitely helps and the self-healing properties of PPF are pretty amazing. That said, ceramic coatings do offer more protection compared to waxes and...
  9. joebruin77

    Where and where not to apply wax

    IMO, you can use wax on glass. Just make sure to buff it off completely so that no residue is left behind. As for putting wax on black trim, it really depends on the specific wax you are using. I suggest you check with the manufacturer and see if they approve applying your particular wax on...
  10. joebruin77

    Skipping/Chattering wipers.. Tried and true remedy?

    Has anyone had their wiper blades simply replaced by Tesla Mobile Service? How much was the total cost? Thank you, Joe
  11. joebruin77

    front camera fog frustration

    I don't remember if the seal is around all the edges or only some of them. Also, I don't know if you can see and inspect the seal without taking the cover off. I am pretty sure the mobile tech had to remove the cover around the camera to be able to view and inspect the seal. I recommend having...
  12. joebruin77

    front camera fog frustration

    I had a similar issue and, at least for my situation, the Tesla mobile tech was able to correctly identify and fix the problem. Over the front camera, there is a cover or "hood". There is a rubber seal that runs around the edges of this hood that is designed to keep out condensation. After...
  13. joebruin77

    In my case, is having a pro do a ceramic coating worth it?

    The OP said that the front of his car had PPF, which I am assuming means his car has a partial PPF. So depending on the condition of the non-PPF covered paint, some prep work might still be needed. Although there are some PPF's on the market that have a hydrophobic layer built in, most regular...
  14. joebruin77

    In my case, is having a pro do a ceramic coating worth it?

    Armour Detail Supply also makes a ceramic detail spray too called Amplify and would probably be a more equivalent "apples to apples" comparison to TEC 582. I have tried Amplify and, like TEC 582, it increases gloss and feels super slick under the towel as you wipe it off. I would be curious for...
  15. joebruin77

    In my case, is having a pro do a ceramic coating worth it?

    I had one other suggestion. Although TEC 582 is a great product, it is marketed as a ceramic detail spray. Although it can be used as a ceramic sealant (and some people claim it is mislabeled and should be considered more of a ceramic sealant), it is not as durable as other ceramic spray...
  16. joebruin77

    Paint-less Dent repair on quarter panel?

    A good place to get a good PDR referral is from a local reputable PPF installer. Before getting PPF installed, most people want to get their car's paint as near perfect as possible. So a reputable PPF shop will frequently use PDR to fix a car's paint before they install PPF. I needed a PDR...
  17. joebruin77

    In my case, is having a pro do a ceramic coating worth it?

    Personally, I think the answer depends on how important is maximum paint appearance and protection to you and whether or not you have the time or interest in doing a ceramic coating yourself. Applying a ceramic coating is relatively easy. The "hard work" is the prep work. If the professional...
  18. joebruin77

    Rocker panels gone beige on my M3 AWD white new may 23.

    I have seen several threads over the years about this PPF-like film over the rocker panels. I don't know if it is an actual self-healing PPF or some cheaper clear plastic film. I think checking with Tesla is the right thing to do. If Tesla doesn't give you helpful info, I personally would try...
  19. joebruin77

    Dead 12V Battery with a bunch of codes.

    Thanks for letting me know. Not sure if you have already seen it or if you would find it informative, but here is an interesting post I started quite a while ago discussing whether or not it is a good idea to proactively replace the 12v battery. Personally, I think it is "cheap insurance" to...
  20. joebruin77

    Dead 12V Battery with a bunch of codes.

    I'm sorry you had to deal with this. I see you have a 2018 M3P like me. Just curious, have you previously replaced the 12v battery or is this the original 12v battery? If you have previously replaced it, how long ago was that?
  21. joebruin77

    Anyone repair/repaint faded clearcoat on the carbon fiber rear spoiler?

    As Adam3 said, the spoiler is covered under warranty but my Tesla is 5 years old and out of warranty. Plus, my spoiler was installed on top of PPF. Back in 2018, when I took delivery, the spoilers were in short supply and I had to wait several months for mine. So I had to install it on top of my...
  22. joebruin77

    Anyone repair/repaint faded clearcoat on the carbon fiber rear spoiler?

    Quick update. I successfully removed my old, delaminated spoiler using GreenHokie's suggestion of 20 lbs fishing line, and installed a new replacement spoiler (see before and after pics below). Removing the spoiler was relatively easy. The hardest part was removing the old adhesive (see first...
  23. joebruin77

    Model 3 Performance Range Recovery... Simple Fix!!!

    Thank you to the OP for this informative post. I may give this a try. According to the Stats for Tesla app, my 5 year old P3D with 44K miles shows a maximum range of 282 miles, which is about 9 percent degradation. That said, I have an even simpler "fix". Just change your battery status...
  24. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    When I took the Model S for a test drive, the signal buttons on the steering wheel were my only concern. I did not mind the gear shift being on the screen at all. That was very easy and intuitive. As for the signal buttons, I could see getting used to them fairly quickly. To me it would make...
  25. joebruin77

    2018 Model 3 Heating Issues

    Unless they installed a bad heater, the problem could be due to a faulty interior temperature sensor. The car may not be sensing the cold temperature and prematurely shutting off the heater. When the car is super cold, have you tried taking out your app and seeing if the interior temperature...
  26. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    Yes, I am definitely going to test drive a Model 3 Highland. It isn't available here in the US yet. I specifically want to drive the performance trim. I read somewhere that when the car is released in the US, they will offer both the LR and the Performance. The Performance is rumored to be...
  27. joebruin77

    Anyone repair/repaint faded clearcoat on the carbon fiber rear spoiler?

    Thank you so much for the helpful post. I remember you posted about replacing the spoiler several months ago. You brought up some really good points about why replacement is better than repair. I’ll definitely pm you if I have any other questions. Thanks again and happy new year! Joe
  28. joebruin77

    Anyone repair/repaint faded clearcoat on the carbon fiber rear spoiler?

    It is OEM. The car is parked outside 24/7. I think the extreme heat and sun of 5 SoCal summers has taken its toll.
  29. joebruin77

    Anyone repair/repaint faded clearcoat on the carbon fiber rear spoiler?

    The clearcoat on my 2018 P3D's carbon fiber spoiler is failing and looks really bad. My first thought was to replace it with a new spoiler, but the original spoiler was placed on top of PPF. If I remove the spoiler, there is a chance I might pull up the PPF along with it. Below are a couple...
  30. joebruin77

    Removing tiny spots from a pearl white M3

    BTW, shortly after reading your original post, I visited my favorite car detailing website Autogeekonline.net . Coincidentally, there was a post on there that talks about a professional detailer who had to clean "Whiskey fungus" off of a white truck. The fungus comes from the wood used to make...
  31. joebruin77

    Removing tiny spots from a pearl white M3

    If you try google searching "how to remove tree fungus from car paint", you will find helpful suggestions. For example, this is from an article published by "Miami Mold Specialists": How to Remove Tree Mold from Car Paint? Tree Mold causes the same patches on car paint as it causes on the...
  32. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    Actually, I just saw a video on Youtube filmed at the recent Polestar Day event. They revealed the Polestar 5, which is scheduled to come out in 2025. I don't know if I can afford it, but man that is a very cool and unique car.
  33. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    Thanks again to everyone who replied. I wanted to share this quick important update. Today I took a new Model S long range for a test drive. It was black with the white interior (and had a steering wheel, not the yoke). Overall, I was very impressed with the car. It definitely has a more...
  34. joebruin77

    If you have reoccurring condensation on the INSIDE of your front camera, read this

    Just in case anyone else runs into this problem with condensation forming inside the front camera, Tesla service came out today. Yes, my quad cover has a small crack in it and needs to be replaced. But the technician discovered another contributing problem. There is a rubber seal that is a...
  35. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    I just want to thank everyone for your input. All the information you have provided to me has been very helpful. Although I am still scheduled to take a Model S for a test drive this coming weekend, I am 95% sure I will keep my 2018 P3D. The reality is the car has relatively low mileage for a 5...
  36. joebruin77

    how to remove this from my car's paint?

    It's hard to tell from the pic what exactly it is. Is it possible that it is tree sap? If so, a professional detailer shared his secret to get rid of tree sap. Get some alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Apply a very liberal amount of the hand sanitizer all over the tree sap. Be sure to apply when...
  37. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    I realize no one has a crystal ball and there are multiple unpredictable factors that can affect resale value. But if Tesla offered me $24,700 for my 2018 P3D now, any rough guess on what I could get for the car if I keep it for 2 more years and try to sell it when it is 7 years old? The car...
  38. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    Also keep in mind the Saudis are bankrolling Lucid. Unless the Saudis pull their financial backing, I think Lucid will be around for a while.
  39. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    Thanks for your detailed reply. Lots for me to think over. I have indeed considered the Lucid Air and think it is a great car. But there are two reasons why I would not want a Lucid Air. First, the nearest Lucid Service Center is probably a 45-50 minute drive from my home. Not horrible, but...
  40. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    I agree with you that the Model 3 is sportier and more engaging than the Model S. The reason I am drawn to the Model S is because I like the idea of having more space, a more refined cabin, and air suspension. I do find the ride of my 2018 P3D to have a stiff, sporty suspension. That is great...
  41. joebruin77

    Should I keep or trade in my 2018 Tesla P3D for either a Model S (or when available a Highland Model 3)?

    I have a 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance with Enhanced Autopilot that has about 43K miles. The car is in very good shape with no major issues. As I approach 5 years of ownership, I am debating whether to keep this car or trade it in to Tesla and get a new car. Tesla quoted me a trade in value of...
  42. joebruin77

    If you have reoccurring condensation on the INSIDE of your front camera, read this

    I have had a reoccurring problem of condensation forming on the inside of the cover over my front camera. The condensation then causes my front camera to have trouble seeing clearly and I would get frequent "front camera is blocked" error messages. As a result, I can't use my enhanced...
  43. joebruin77

    Do new Tesla Model S's still have the camber / tire issue?

    Thanks for the info!
  44. joebruin77

    Do new Tesla Model S's still have the camber / tire issue?

    Thanks for the reply. It looks like there are two sizes available, 21 inch and 19 inch. I would be inclined to get the 19 inch. Which size tends to have the issue? If I get 19 inch wheels, how often would I have to get a new set of tires?
  45. joebruin77

    Do new Tesla Model S's still have the camber / tire issue?

    I have owned a Model 3 Perf for the past 5 years. I am considering selling it and buying a new Model S. I saw a video on Youtube posted by the Model S owner who has experienced the camber problem that causes the interior wall of his tires to prematurely wear out every 5,000 miles. Is this still...
  46. joebruin77

    Traffic Visualization suddenly not working

    As mentioned above, be sure to check the INSIDE of the clear plastic casing over the front camera. Look at it from different angels in bright light and see if there is any condensation or film inside the camera. This could be causing the problem. If so, you just need to have the INSIDE of the...
  47. joebruin77

    Mobile Connector vs. Wall Charger - Renting a House

    One other factor to consider. Go to the website of the power utility that provides electricity to the house you are renting. See if they are offering any rebates for the purchase and installation of an EVSE. When I bought my Tesla back in 2018, my power company gave me a $500 rebate towards the...
  48. joebruin77

    Detailing experts - what is this film and can a jetwash lift it?

    I am not familiar with JetWash. I am guessing it is a touchless car wash that uses pressure washers to spray traffic film remover, soap, and water on your car to clean it without actually touching the paint? If that is the case, then I am guessing that what you are seeing is how touchless car...
  49. joebruin77

    Ceramic coating protects again scratches

    I also agree that there is no way their ceramic coating protects from scratches as well as PPF. Xpel PPF Ultimate Plus is 10 Mil thick, which is the equivalent of 254 microns. A typical ceramic coating is 10-20 microns thick. Unless their ceramic coating defies the laws of physics, there is no...
  50. joebruin77

    Anyone know how to remove this stain on my seat?

    A professional car detailer said that the key to removing sunscreen off of a carseat is to use a degreaser. You can try a household degreaser/cleaner such as 409 spray. There are also automotive all purpose cleaners and degreasers such as Optimum PowerClean. If you use something like...