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  1. N

    Where Do Rock Chips Impact the M3 the Most?

    Hey guys, my M3 got delivered recently and I've been reading all these opinions on PPF ever since. I have a white M3 and I'm worried about PPF discoloration in the future (~5 years) and the fact that it's supposed to be basically taken off at some point (5-10 years) and reapplied (pain in the...
  2. S

    Model Y - Read doors chips damage - Repair

    After 20k miles Model Y rear doors look like that: A bit too late, but decided to install Model Y Paint Protection Film (Model Y Paint Protection Film), but first I had to do something with damaged paint. In attempt of avoiding expensive door re-painting tried Tesla paint repair kit ($55...
  3. Mm2021

    Tesla Heathrow Service Center Detailers Experience

    Hi everyone, So I collected my Tesla model 3 just over a week ago, took it straight to a detailers for PPF and the detailer found multiple etch marks from bird droppings and two deep scratches amongst many other paint defects that my untrained eyes failed to spot in the rain on collection day. I...
  4. C

    Model 3 Paint Quality Issues?

    I have had my car just over 2.5 weeks now, and have noticed an issue with the paint on the bonnet/frunk lid. I have what appears to be a faded patch / fault in the paint. I have asked a detailer to record the paint depths, and have attached pictures and their recordings to this post. I'd be...
  5. D

    Blue Paint, Model Y

    Hi all, Just moved over here from the now inactive Tesla forums. I looked over Tesla's new "Engage" site, but there doesn't seem to be much "there" there. Look forward to participating in this community! I took delivery of my MY in November 2020. In short, love the car. However, I'm...
  6. D

    Paint protection film

    Hey guys! Just ordered my model 3 and i can’t wait to recueve it! That being said, i want to protect it as much as possible. Any recommendation on clear protection films from amazon or company? Im from Montreal (Quebec, Canada) also, what would be the most important areas to protect? thanks!
  7. T

    2021 Model 3 Problems

    First off, I want to love my M3P. This is my first Tesla, and I took delivery of it on 23 Dec. Upon delivery, there were a couple issues. Minor scratch/gouge on front bumper, spoiler wasn't stuck on well, and after getting home, realized there was some type of overspray on all of the glass...
  8. T

    Model 3 Paint (Ice Scraper Damage)

    Hey all, just trying to get a real sense of how I should feel after I damaged the paint on my Tesla Model 3 Performance (2021)... Saved up for 7 years just to give it scratches all over in the first blizzard :'D. Has missing paint inside the doors, underneath the frunk (hidden) etc. I love the...
  9. S

    Deer damage - D+V in sterling va?

    Anyone have any input on D+V as an autobody repair place in sterling va? An entire family of deer ran into the passenger side of my car and damaged just about every panel from front to back including scratching the frunk. Major dents in both front and rear quarter panels and the passenger...
  10. TheFuturist

    To PPF or not to PPF my M3P

    Hi all, So owing to the paint quality we have come to expect with Tesla’s (some of which I have read on this forum with Model 3s) I am seriously considering getting full PPF (Xpel) done on the vehicle. I have been quoted £3650+Vat for the full vehicle which includes full detail and ceramic...
  11. CoastalCruiser

    Has anyone taken delivery who ordered BLACK paint when BLACK was the base color?

    Just curious if Tesla honored the black color at no charge. Or did they offer you only white at no charge? Or did you have the option to take B or W at no charge? Sorry if this has been asked and answered. Kind of a hard question to search on!
  12. A

    Recommended Paint & Body shops in Upstate New York

    I've been scouring Google trying to find a body shop to take my M3 to, to have the chrome deleted with paint rather than a vinyl solution. With COVID, a few businesses are either closed right now or haven't responded via email/phone. Thanks!
  13. Reeler

    Delivery Today with 8 Paint Issues

    On the gap issues only three were worth noting: Right tail light not installed properly at delivery. Right rear door misalignment. Hood not aligned with bumper. Various paint defects at delivery including: Near front driver and passenger hinges on body Around driver door striker plate...
  14. Diamond Hills

    Vendor Diamond Hills Collision Center

    Diamond Hills Collision Center Tesla Approved Body Shop https://www.diamondhillscollision.com/ Who We Are: Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at our thread, everyone! We're excited to become a vendor on TMC and are looking forward to interacting with the community. We are Diamond...
  15. P

    Exterior Paint Flaws

    Anyone else have problems with the Model Y paint job? I have a red AWD and it has several circular/oval spots that seem fainter than the rest as if they missed those spots when applying a second coat. Anyone have experience trying to get Tesla to fix it? I plan to address it once the stay in...
  16. andymac

    Delivery Rejection - At least 18 issues found

    Hi all. First post. Wish it was a more positive one. Looking for advice / suggestions on what to do.... I had to reject collecting my Performance Model 3 yesterday because I found 18 issues with the car and they couldn't confirm they would fix them before I drove away. After asking around it...
  17. O

    Corner paint is peeling on '19 M3

    Got my M3 in September 2019 and mostly work from home so I don't drive my car much. I got the front bumper wrapped PPF'ed and hand wash about 2xs/month so I consider myself aware of the car's condition. Just noticed the paint on the corner of my lower bumper is peeling. If you've ever had gel...
  18. srs5694

    Beware: Check paint repair kit color!

    A couple weeks ago, I had a little accident unloading some bulky cargo through my rear-seat door and chipped the paint on the door frame. It's not visible when the door is closed, but it was deep enough that I thought it best to paint it to protect it from the elements, so I ordered a paint...
  19. B

    Model 3 Clear Coat Curing Time & PPF Install?

    Hello - New to the forum and awaiting delivery of my Long Range Model 3! Happy to be part of the community and making my first post today. I was told recently by a Tesla advisor that from the delivery date, the clear coat won't be fully cured for ~ 60 days. No one at Tesla has since been...
  20. massonron192

    Black or white model 3?

    Recently ordered a performance model 3 with black exterior. However, I’m thinking about switching over to white now. Was wondering if anyone had inputs on the black vs white paint. I’m worried about black getting scratched and with the white, worried about looking bad 2-3 years later when the...
  21. M

    Discoloration spots on frunk

    Hey, has anyone seen this before? I started noticing these sort of spots of discoloration around where I press to close the frunk. I just washed the car hoping they would disappear but they are still there. Know of anything that could remove these? tried ONR, which is what I’ve been washing the...
  22. J

    Brake Caliper Paint?

    I've been doing some research and have decided to paint my own brake calipers. Although it seems like a simple undertaking, the color that I'm trying to achieve is challenging (photobelow). I want to paint my brake calipers a super bright neon yellow and have only found it available in regular...
  23. Socalautoart

    Vendor Socalautoart - Brake caliper paint at your home 4 hour job 300$

    Socal Auto Art - Instagram, Facebook, Yelp, Gmail Text - 909-687-5230 for appointment gmail - [email protected] Schedule an appointment for as soon as tomorrow Message me for any questions or concerns Ask for Johnny Mobile Service Will come to you! Home. Driveway, Garage, Street, Parking...
  24. F

    Front Bumper Paint Issues on 9/Day Old TM3—Stealth(Sleeper)

    I'm looking into doing an XPEL Stealth PPF and want to know will/should I get this handled by Tesla Body Shops before I do. I noticed this today while walking around my Tesla in the SUN. Issues are circled in "red" 1. A weird dull spot in the paint 2. Paint bubbling/pealing by light and a...
  25. rdskill

    4 1/2 month old 3, paint bubbled appeared in right rear

    Was cleaning up the car after a 2-3 weeks of not washing it when I noticed a ragged looking area the size of a 50 cent coin. Its was by the right rear window on the upper flair part. Took it into the Tesla store/service center. When I talked to the service rep later on he said it was the...
  26. J

    CPO delivery delayed - paint issue?

    hey guys! Need your advice on how we can make Tesla compensate some of our losses because of their negligence... We purchased a 2018 model 3 CPOa month ago. The car was at our local delivery center. Our delivery contact said there was a paint issue that they need to work on three weeks ago and...
  27. IchDochNicht

    Paint issue getting worse on 2016 Model S

    In recent months, my car developed paint issues in two areas of the hood. When it first started, I asked Tesla Service whether this is covered by warranty, and they said it is not. However, it has gotten worse since. What could cause the paint to develop these grooves that almost look like...
  28. J

    Exterior paint protection in South Florida

    Hi everyone, this is my first post, and I’m just looking for some recommendations. I’m waiting on delivery of my Model 3 (delayed due to Hurricane Dorian )... I’m interested in protecting the paint of course, and I’m considering wrapping the front and/or ceramic coating. I’ve read about some...
  29. P

    New Owner in Hawaii. Any tips?

    Hello Tesla owners! I just put my order in for my Midnight Silver LR Model 3 here in Hawaii. My car is still on a ship heading to Oahu where it will stay for 5 days and then it'll ship out to me on Maui :D So I've been waiting years and years to get a Tesla and I thought that this was the time...
  30. M

    Vancouver brake caliper/rim painting

    Hey all, New to the forum, ordered white sr+ 3 days ago in vancouver bc. This place is an awesome resource and so glad to join :) first ever nice car I've owned and me and the wife keep looking up mods and stuff we can do and the cars not even here yet. Anyways looking to paint the...
  31. S

    Pearl White Multi-Coat Paint

    Love my Pearl White Multi-Coat Model 3. Since not everyone has a nearby Store to visit and maybe not the opportunity to see this paint color in person otherwise, thought I’d try to show a close up of the paint. White is hard to photo but think the light is good in this shot. Definitely not a...
  32. D

    Bad Wrap Job?

    White Model 3 wrapped in Xpel recently and then ceramic on the full car. $3000 dollar job all in. The wrap was full front, rocker, and door edges. We got it back, and within the first 2 weeks I now have many new dirt line accents. Trying to determine whether it was just a bad application...
  33. P

    My Model 3 was damaged. What is the best thing to do? PICs

    Hi, This is my first post. The other day I found out that my Pearl White Model 3 has been damaged! Reviewed the Sentry footages but no luck. Damages: Front bumper - looks like someone bumped into the car very lightly and left an impression and some clear coat cracking (scratches) Right side...
  34. S

    Touchup paint

    I have a tiny scrape on my rear bumper...maybe about 1mm x 8mm. Too small to get the elaborate official Tesla touch up kit. I could probably just use red fingernail polish to fix it...just need to find the closest color. Any other solutions that are about as cheap?
  35. jebinc

    "Group buy opportunity" for reasonably priced Mud Flaps (Model 3)

    Hello everyone. As evidenced by several "Mud Flaps" threads, many of you have been searching for a reasonably priced, not unattractive, no drilling required, alternative to the outrageously priced ones discussed at length in this forum. I believe I found a viable solution here... Tesla Parts...
  36. S

    Model 3 Scratches All Over And What Tesla's Tech Said

    Im sending these pics about a new model 3 thats been purchases 6 months ago. I had a Kia Soul for 10 years and when I sold it the paint was in better condition than my current Model 3. Im curious if you guys experience a similar situation. The strange this is that the tech in Tesla mtl...
  37. Jazz_MIII

    Bird Doo Doo Boo Boo Finally Got Me!

    Guys...it finally happened...last Friday...a bird left a clear 1" sized doo doo boo boo on my hood...and now I cannot remove the smudgy feeling remnants of the ghosted dropping that shows up matte against the shine of the car...what the heck do I DO?! I tried washing + detailing the car but no...
  38. L

    Are these paint / chips issues acceptable for a new car?

    I looked at the paint of my model 3 yesterday when I got home from delivery. I found lots of touched up spots, scratches and a chip in the windshield. See pictures below, is it acceptable? Are your model 3’s like mine? I will ask them to fix it. Im wondering if my car is the exception.
  39. kpedraja

    PPF vs Ceramic coating - help a noob out

    So, my M3 is currently having some repainting done due to some pitting that I got from driving it over the Cascade passes this past winter. (More detail here: Model 3 paint wearing off). I'm considering whether to have PPF or ceramic coating (as well as chrome delete) applied when it's finally...
  40. B

    Do ceramic coatings have a reliable bond with paint protection film (PPF)?

    "The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection." --ExclusiveDetail.com "The new coating bonds with the molecular structure of your car’s paint" --AvalonKing.com Bonding with urethane film is chemically very different from bonding with paint. How...
  41. L

    How does a full wrap make sense?

    I take delivery of my M3P Wednesday. I drive 100m/day average and previous cars acquire notable road debris chips in the front end within a year. I had a bumper 3M clear bra applied on a car 7y ago and I felt it was a waste of $500. Within a few months it had a rock gouge through the film and...
  42. F

    Possible Class Action Suit - Please Read

    I'm looking for several owners that are having issues with paint and interior issues with cars that are out of warranty. My car a 2015 Model S (even though garaged 100% of the time when not in use) has paint just peeling off the top of the driver side mirror. Additionally my dashboard looks...
  43. M

    Paint Issues After Some Time

    Has anyone else had this problem on their Tesla's paint? I bought the car just over 5 months ago and picked it up on 12/22/18. Recently I noticed, in two specific spots on my car (the hood and the passenger front door), there are these areas where it seems there is a fog / scuff in the clear...
  44. GolanB

    Battery Marriage Residual Torque Measurements - Engineering Study

    I got my Tesla back from the service center today after having some work done, and noticed this: Note the Correction (Paint Repair/Refinish) - I wonder if this study required retouching paint - and if so, where? Does anyone have any idea what this may be about?
  45. R

    Paint defect or something else?

    Has anyone else seen this? They are circular smudges, almost represent what a fingerprint would look like. Two were present on my rear right passenger door, and now there is a new one that appeared. Is this a defect in the paint or something else entirely? -All in the same area of the car -will...
  46. Reeler

    Did you have a delivery issue and did Tesla put the issue in writing?

    Of the 7 Tesla's I purchased, three of them had issues. Two had very small dent and one had excessive scratches in the paint. Tesla would not write up a Due Bill on the two most recent incidents in the last year. When I asked for an e-mail at least, no luck either. Bizarre as this is...
  47. Rogue Synapse

    Why are all car paint colors so boring?

    This is not unique to Tesla. Paint colors have gotten so boring. I've been more attuned to colors ever since starting to seriously shop for a Model S. This made me take notice that on my drive to work today, other than my car, virtually every car I saw had absolutely no color. Every car was...
  48. M

    Seeing paint flakes in trunk - anyone else?

    I'm seeing some occasional paint flakes in the trunk. They appear to only be on one side of the trunk, and oddly they are red (color of the car). Most of the underside of the panels that I've seen in there are not painted (except for some overspray). It's hard to see in there (stupid...
  49. W

    3 Days Rule - Tesla QA not doing their job

    I have owned a Model S and a Model X, and I can share that my experiences have been vastly different so far. My Model S experience (started Nov 2015 in Southern California) was amazing. My Model X experience (December 2018 in Boston Area) has been horrific. I am only going to talk about one...
  50. A

    Is my rear quarter panel repairable?

    hello all, I backed into a concrete support beam at work, I’m trying to work out the best way to repair my issue The first two body shops I received estimates from do not include a rear quarter panel replacement, they both saw the car in person too Tesla’s body shop in Maryland suggested a...

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