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FWD paint vs. rest of the car

Discussion in 'Model X' started by Yoonoo, Aug 8, 2017.

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  1. Yoonoo

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    Anyone knows if the falcon wing doors are painted at the same time as the rest of the car body. Under some lighting conditions, the white on my driver side rear quarter panel appears to be slightly different from the FWD. I know that the pearl white is unforgiving and can look totally different if sprayed at a different angle or environmental conditions. But if the entire car is painted at the same time, in the same booth this shouldn't happen.

    The white on the bumpers appears to be quite different too, but that's more understandable since those parts I believe come pre-painted from the supplier.
     

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    bumpers can be off color because its a different material.

    not sure on the doors but i wouldnt be surprised if they are painted separately and assembled

    pearl white is a hard color to match perfectly, if i look close enough, all the panels on my car is a different white
     
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  3. TOBASH

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    find out if at any point your car required touchup and repainting prior to delivery.
     
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  4. Yoonoo

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    Went back and checked some of the older pictures. Looks worse than I thought. Problem is, getting this fixed may end-up looking even worse or introduce new problems, so I'm tempted to just leave it as is.

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  5. outie

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    My midnight silver is also like that. It almost looked like the FWD was repainted when inside my garage. Otherwise it's not that noticeable.
     
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  6. HappyHappy

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    I believe in the factory tour, they mentioned it being painted at the same time and matched with a specific car. That said, my memory sucks.
     
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    Haha, well now I'm going to notice this every time I approach my car.

    If you trust your local Service Center, I'd get that fixed.

    I know where I live, the service center will redo their work until I'm satisfied.
     
  8. rainforest

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    That looks like the panel was repainted. Definitely not right, but pearl would be hard to match even if you repainted it.
     
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  9. kev1n

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    generally speaking, as long as it looks ok from 5 feet away. i think that is acceptable.

    if you really are inclined, you can try to buff the more yellow side to try to get a better match but i wouldnt waste effort trying to repaint the panel.
     
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    just did the tour. Everything is painted at once. they are separated from the car during the build but follow the car through the factory back to reassembly - each set of doors being married to a specific car.
     
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  11. rainforest

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    Check out this flaw I noticed after 4 months. Paint isn't even on the top of my FWD.

    Quality control still needs work....

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  12. shokunin

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    Do you have Paint Protection Film (PPF) on the falcon wing doors but not on the rear quarter panel? PPF is not perfectly clear and can alter the shade when the film is applied, especially on white.
     
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    No. PPF only on the front.
     
  14. Yoonoo

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    Just an update on this issue. Tesla has offered to take the car to a certified body shop to have them repaint the quarter panel, however they said that this would only work if they blend the paint with adjacent panels (FWD). I was really hoping to avoid painting other panels, but it looks like there's no way around that.

    At this point I'm torn between leaving it as-is or having them go ahead with the repaint and risk the color coming out worse as well as the possibility of FWD sensor issues due to the new paint.
     
  15. myblubu

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    Isn’t there something about the paint thickness on the FWD that’s critical due to the sensors in the doors? One of the reasons Tesla didn’t recommend adding PPF to the FWDs? Just wondering if ‘blending’ (adding paint to) the FWDs will impact the sensors? And isn’t that White a 3 stage paint, requiring 3 coats? Just wondering if adding thickness to the surface will cause any issues.
     
  16. Xtek

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    When I picked up my June 2017 53xxx Model X in Phoenix I noticed the rear bumper looks like it was only painted with one thin layer of paint. You could see the substrate surface underneath the paint.
     
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    This, just did the tour and they follow the car
     

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