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Don't order the White Leather - color transfer

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by Nocturnal, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Member

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    After having the car a few weeks I'm pretty disappointed to see some color transfer. I wear jeans to work and despite all of my work jeans being very well worn and having been washed dozens and dozens of times I'm seeing some light blue transfer. I knew to avoid brand new jeans etc. but this is really disheartening.
    Does anyone know of any product that can be applied to leather to decrease stain transfer?
     
  2. Krash

    Krash Data Technician

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    If your car is new the seats aren't leather. All new car's interiors are synthetic, except for the steering wheel.
     
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    Yes. CarPro Cquartz Leather. Or other similar. I used Gyeon Leather Shield. It should make any transfer easier to clean.
     
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  4. Nocturnal

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    I'll give it a shot. I may have to go back to wearing dress pants to work. :/ White definitely looks gorgeous. I was worried about the kids, not me!
     
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    Ha ha ha ha ha. After a month of calling Tesla repeatedly to find out why my email change to Premium White interior still has not been reflected in my account, I finally bit the bullet and made the change on line through the back door edit (my edit button has been gone for months). Change now shows on my account and the first post I see when I click “New Posts” is “don’t get the White interior”!

    Oh my, isn’t it ironic.
     
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  6. Nocturnal

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    To be fair so far I will say "don't wear jeans" in it. It is possible that the color may come off easily, but TBD. I did proactively buy a seat cover (one that doesn't wrap so it won't interfere with air bags) that I may wind up using on daily drives. The white is gorgeous, but I was worried about stains. Can't do a black interior, so darn hot.
     
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    There is a popular Tesla YouTuber by the name of Bjørn Nyland who had the exact same issue. My recollection is it cleaned up fairly easily.

    Here is a good video from Brian, owner of Peachstate Detail, cleaning up ultra white seats with ONR. Having seen him on the LikeTesla channel and knowing the amount of experience he has with Teslas (he is a Model X owner), I would endorse his suggestions for cleaning them up.

     
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    #8 Nocturnal, Sep 4, 2018
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    I noticed on my way into work this AM. I'll give it a light cleaning tonight. Hopefully I report back that I was worried about nothing. Will check out the ONR stuff for sure.
     
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    Another one for you to look at; Derik runs the TeslaInventory.com site and makes a ton of YT videos. In this one he actually wore new, unwashed blue jeans for a couple months in order to intentionally stain his seats. Uses three different cleaners and they all seemed to work well (though I think dish soap would def dry out your seats too much IMO.) I'd still go with Optimum No Rinse your seats should clean up well no matter method you employ.

     
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    Thanks guys, feeling a lot better. On my last car (Toyota highlander) I did wear unwashed raw jeans quite a bit and wound up with a lot of transfer on the tan leather seats. I was able to get most of it off eventually but they also weren't white. :)
     
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    I will be using ONR. I also just ordered a bottle of wipes on Amazon 70%/30% Isopropyl alcohol and water, Tesla recommends.
     
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    Good to know. I've been keeping baby wipes in the car for quick cleanups but if alcohol is ok that will surely work better.
     
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    +1 on CQuartz Leather. I too am a jeans guy and haven't had any color transfer on my white seats. I applied CQuartz Leather shortly after I got the car a couple months ago. Glad I did. :)

    Be sure to get a leather cleaner on there first to get rid of the blue. No sense coating your leather if you're going to be protecting in the wrong color!
     
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    No transfer wearing cargo shorts and flip flps.

    Cargo shorts + flip flops + Tesla is 3 essential items in the douchebag kit. 4 items if you got a pumpkin space latte in your cup holder. ;)

    Baby wipes, I have been told does an amazing job on keeping the white seats clean.

    I'll see how it goes as I'm switching to jeans from cargo shorts with fall around the corner.
     
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    I meant to update. After trying a few things I'm feeling much better about the white. I think it might just be as stain resistant as some claim.
     
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    I was surprised at this thread because we haven’t had any issues with staining and discoloration of the white interior in our X that we’ve had for more than 2.5 years. It’s very easy to clean and maintain and is one of the main reasons why I got the white interior in my 3.

    Glad to hear your impression of the white interior is changing positively.
     
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    Model 3 white is definitely stain proof/resistant. I spilled coffee in my seat last night when getting out of the car and didnt notice. it was pooled when I found it this afternoon and dried in places. with water and a microfiber it wiped right off
     
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    Isopropyl alcohol
     
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    Um, hmm, ok thanks rofl. The sky is bright when the sun is out also. Just wanted to let you know. I prefer black seats :)
     
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    That fixes everything. Hurts like hell though when applied to a wound.

    I get it ready whenever I hear "Hold my beer".
     
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