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Has anyone scraped their Model 3 yet? I feel like I need a support group

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by drewbaumann, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. drewbaumann

    drewbaumann Member

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    Last night I made the mistake of taking a corner too sharply at a drive through. Unfortunately, this left some damage on the body under the driver's side door. I have ceramic coating and suntek on it so there are no scrapes to the paint, but I can feel the difference. The once smooth section has bumps I can feel. The crisp line down there is now marred.

    I'm sure most people passing my car won't even notice, but I do and it sucks. As lame as it sounds I had trouble sleeping last night over the stress and shame of that mistake. I might get an estimate from a bodyshop to see how much it would cost to fix, but I imagine it would probably be more than I want to spend.

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    You said it caught the PPF and didnt damage the paint, but I guess I dont see the part that you said is not smooth anymore?

    But dont worry, there are already a fair amount of used Model 3 parts on eBay. Give it a few months and you'll probably be able to find that lower skirt piece in MSM and in clean condition. I wouldnt bother with the "body work" (hell, it may even come out worse from not matching 100%).. it really doesnt seem like it needs anything, unless I'm missing it.
     
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    I need to take a photo in better light to illustrate the surface. I don't even know what a Tesla certified shop would do. Smooth it out and repaint it? From what I can tell it is not a separate piece that could be replaced, but I may be mistaken.
     
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    So you're saying under the crumpled PPF, the paint is a little rough now? It looks like the PPF took all/most of the damage?
     
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    Perhaps it did simply crumple and I lucked out. In that case it paid for itself. I haven't peeled it back because then I would be stuck reapplying the PPF and ceramic. As for replacing the part in the future it looks like I would need this whole section:

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    yeah, you're right.. I thought there was an extra lower trim piece, but that doesnt appear to be the case..

    I guess I'm failing at trying to make you feel better. I'll see myself out. :oops:
     
  8. drewbaumann

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    Ha. The detailer thinks you might be right. I have my doubts, but lets I'll see what they say once they have a closer look.
     
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    Just remove the PPF. It might actually be smooth under it. You could cut just that section out if you are careful.
     
  10. drewbaumann

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    Turns out it was imprinted. So theres no damage to the paint, but you can feel it. Could be a lot worse. They are going to wrap over that part and I don't think it will be noticeable. I did notice I marred the tire though as well and that bothers me. I usually take great pride in not having these issues.
     
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    I won't be going through any drive-thru's anymore when I get mine. lol
     
  12. drewbaumann

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    Yeah. I regret it.
     
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    At least it’s in an inconspicuous place, and appears to be just damaged plastic trim.
     

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