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Model S Body Work and Garaging

Pete Taft

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Nov 22, 2015
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Hopewelll, NJ
Hello All:

Forgive any ineptitude as I've never been part of a Forum before. Two questions: (1) I have a couple small dings on my Model S (2015). Do I need to take it to a Tesla-approved shop, or can any shop work on the dents? (2) I live in the country, four very different seasons (New Jersey). No garage. Use a cover, or ignore? Smart MIT friend says all car paints are quite durable not to worry (he's also a builder, so would do well if I built a garage!). Also thinks effect on battery minimal.

Thoughts? Thanks.
 

JeffS

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Oct 7, 2015
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Wisconsin
Every small ding is worth a magical attempt at diy fix. Heat the area with the ding until it is hot to the touch. Hot hair dryer is what I use. Heat the metal for a ling time. Hot...like it was sitting in the sun in Phoenix all day. Then, hold a can of compressed air (computer dusting air can) upside down and spray it on the ding. They frequently pop right out. Like magic.

The rest of the questions...I an a nube, so I will let others chime in.

The dent trick though, I have done it 1/2 dozen times and it works about 1/2 the time. Worth trying as first order repair.
 

Dborn

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Aug 26, 2011
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Sydney, Australia
If you are talking about really small localised dents without paint damage, then I see no reason to go to a body shop. Let your local ding goes guy do the job. The tools they use are highly specialised and do the job well. A body shop will charge you two arms and a leg, will want to paint the entire panel and maybe the adjacent ones as well, " so that the color blends in".
 

CHG-ON

Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
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636
Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
Do you know if it works on aluminum?

Every small ding is worth a magical attempt at diy fix. Heat the area with the ding until it is hot to the touch. Hot hair dryer is what I use. Heat the metal for a ling time. Hot...like it was sitting in the sun in Phoenix all day. Then, hold a can of compressed air (computer dusting air can) upside down and spray it on the ding. They frequently pop right out. Like magic.

The rest of the questions...I an a nube, so I will let others chime in.

The dent trick though, I have done it 1/2 dozen times and it works about 1/2 the time. Worth trying as first order repair.
 

artsci

Sponsor
May 10, 2012
6,260
3,248
Timonium, Maryland
Hello All:

Forgive any ineptitude as I've never been part of a Forum before. Two questions: (1) I have a couple small dings on my Model S (2015). Do I need to take it to a Tesla-approved shop, or can any shop work on the dents? (2) I live in the country, four very different seasons (New Jersey). No garage. Use a cover, or ignore? Smart MIT friend says all car paints are quite durable not to worry (he's also a builder, so would do well if I built a garage!). Also thinks effect on battery minimal.

Thoughts? Thanks.

I don't garage my car but do cover it now and then (only when clean). It's 2 1/2 years old but looks new. It's washed every week and detailed about every 4 months. Maintenance of the exterior on a regular basis is what counts. Way more than garaging the car.
 

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