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After being away from my MS for a week, strange residue on interior hard plastics.

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Argelius, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Argelius

    Argelius Member

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    I was on vacation for a week and this morning when I entered my MS for the first time, I noticed all of the hard black plastic interior trim pieces (primarily lower door panels and back of seats) were covered with a mottled shiny residue. I haven't had an opportunity to formally try to clean it, but it looks like it's easily "buffed out" with a cloth.

    The car was inside of a garage for the week (and I'm guessing the average temperature in there was around 25ºF. (I confirmed that there wasn't any containers of liquid inside the car that might have exploded...).

    Anyway, just curious if anyone else has run into this?

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  2. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    No, I haven't seen this before. Have you shared that photo with Tesla yet? I'd be interested to know what they make of it.
     
  3. efusco

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    wow, weird and no, never seen that...does it wipe off? Have you tried cleaning it at all?
     
  4. JVC

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    I've seen similar spotting when certain cleaning products are used on that leather. IIRC, Quick detailer leaves a similar blotchyness. Maybe due to cold there was condensation that froze?
     
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    I'd heat up the cabin and see if it changes prior to wiping it off as I'm guessing it's just cold.
     
  6. jamtek

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    I suspect it is most likely residue from a cleaning product or protectant used to clean, "condition," or prep the interior. Probably the cold temperature caused the product to partially solidify or come out of solution. I have seen this before in "show cars" that are frequently prepped for display. Usually wipes right off using fresh product. You might try 303 Protectant or 303 Cleaner to wipe it off.
     
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    I think this is the most plausible explanation - especially as related to temperature. I have gone on 3-week trips and have not seen this on my return - but I am in Florida.
     
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    I saw that same type of stuff on my corvette, cleaned up with soap and water and it never came back. I think it was some kind of cleaner or leather preservative over spray.
     
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    Mold... take a sample..
     
  10. Argelius

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    Thanks, all. I haven't had a chance to try cleaning it up yet, but will report back when I do.
     
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    Lol!
    You don't give up do you?
     
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    Thanks, will be interesting to hear.
     
  13. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    I'm going to assume you just forgot the smilie because this post was hilarious.

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    + 1

    I'll buy Argelius lunch at TMC Connect if I'm incorrect on this one.
     
  14. kevincwelch

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    It looks like overspray from a cleaner or some kind of air freshener. Alternately, it could be moisture on an area that was sprayed but not completely buffed.

    I agree with the APC and then treating it with a vinyl protectant.

    Not. Mold.
     
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    Did you try calling Ghostbusters?
     
  16. Oyvind.H

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    The picture looks like some kind of soap/leather care product.

    However, mold has been discovered around the pano-roof on norwegian cars (something to do with a pano creek foam piece solution). So there is already a mold problem in the Model S :(
     
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    Egon, your mucus.
     
  18. huntjo

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    There are *some people that have discovered mold in their model S. It is not universal. Those people need to get this fixed and stop the leakage.
     
  19. Argelius

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    Just checking back (as the original poster)...

    As some previously suggested, the strange "residue" must have arose as a result of some combination of whatever "conditioner" was applied at the factory, along with our very cold temps and the fact that my car sat unused for 8 days.

    While the residue did easily "buff out" (with a microfiber cloth), I found that the strange phenomenon largely disappeared on it's own (with, perhaps, a combination of warmer temps and re-engaging of the HVAC system in the car)...
     
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    "Some" is almost one out of four according to a recent poll. And the source of the mold is a fix Tesla has applied for pano creek (piece of cloth). Not sure where you got leakage from?
     

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