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Does anyone know how to remove a bird dropping mark on the paint?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Sacrament055, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Sacrament055

    Sacrament055 Member

    May 11, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    I've got a mark that's not so obvious when looking directly at it but when looking at the reflection of the car I can see a mark where a bird dropping must have hit the car (It's been there since the car was delivered in May). Just wondered if anyone knows how to correct this.
  2. DrDave

    DrDave Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    Take it to a service center and have them polish it out. But be careful, if the person is not skilled they could leave swirls that are worse than the not-so-obvious mark.
  3. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Skaneateles, NY
    it's probably not bird dropping but factory paint defect. The ones that are on the aluminum framing they might be able to get out if they are know what they are doing with polishing (if they don't, they could mess up the paint job seriously).

    I actually have half a dozen of these are least, probably more. However, almost all of mine are located on the black trim pieces around the windows (the piller areas and the wider area in between the windshield and the start of the pano roof). I showed these to the guys are the Queens service center yesterday and he said those pieces are not painted by Tesla - those come directly painted by a third party supplier. These ones cannot be polished out. They would need to cut out the entire pano roof areas to replace that part. They said they would replace those under warranty but they said they dont recommend doing it because it involves cutting a lot of things and tearing the entire roof off essentially. I honestly don't really care to make a big deal about this and I'm not comfortable with them cutting things and dissembling the entire roof just to replace those black panels so I opted not to do anything about it. There are more important things in life than complaining about a few paint spots on my car, seriously. Just rotate my tires and give me some windshield wiper fluid and let me on my way ;)
  4. MoeMistry

    MoeMistry Local Vendor - SoCal

    Jul 31, 2013
    Southern California
    Bird droppings are very acidic depending on geographic location and the type of bird. When left on, every time water is put on the bird droppings, it reactivates the acids and they etch the surface further more.

    They can however be eliminated. Depending on severity, polishing will most likely do the trick. If further in the clear, sanding/compounding will be required.

    Find a reputable detailer in your area and show him the spots.

    Next time, you should carry a mirofiber towel and a detail spray. Whenever you see bird droppings or insect poop, just spray the area right away and wipe clean with mf towel.

    Hope this helps.

    - - - Updated - - -

    We have successfully taken buffer marks, from the factory, and light scratches out of the black areas you've mentioned. They just need to be done by a skilled professional.
  5. Brett

    Brett Member

    Jul 10, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I had the same issue when I took delivery of my car. Fremont really needs to figure something out, maybe building a canopy for waiting cars. Under fluorescent lights it was obviously a bird dropping. San Rafael Service ended up taking it to a detailer to buff it out.

    Photo of my splat
  6. gregincal

    gregincal Active Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Interestingly I had a bird dropping on the front hood that got left on for a while. I don't see anything on the paint, but it definitely etched the plastic nose cone.
  7. JPP

    JPP Active Member

    Feb 4, 2013
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Bird droppings really can etch the paint. Maybe once your detailer gets the mark out, consider some kind of paint protection (film/wrap, OptiCoat).
  8. First Impression

    First Impression Local Vendor - Florida

    May 2, 2013
    Serving Tampa, Sarasota & Southwest Florida
    Like MoeMistry said...Find a REPUTABLE professional detailer and have him take care of the issue

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