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Paint Chips

Andyb5

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Jun 15, 2021
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Hi All

Really loving my Model 3 LR (2021 MIC), but have one frustration that is worrying me....

I'm only 3,000 miles into my ownership of the vehicle and already have 4 stone chips on the Frunk. They are only small but are deep enough to expose a white undercoat (See attached photo). My worry is what will the car be like by the end of the 4yr PCP.

I know in the past there were issues with paint on Tesla's but by all accounts the MIC models have better paint. The paint on the remainder of the car seems to be in good condition and isn't picking up stone chips.

My question to you all is, is this normal? Could I for some reason have weaker paint on the Frunk?

Do you think I should ask Tesla to check and consider a fixing under warranty?

I've never had a car pick up so many stone chips but I guess the Frunk is low down and a sloping surface that may be prone to this issue.

Any advice would be gratefully received.
 

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Durzel

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Jul 17, 2019
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If it doesn't bother you then I wouldn't worry about it until closer to the end of your PCP period, otherwise you're going to be chasing around every new one with a touch up stick.

I don't know if MIC paint is any more resilient than Fremont paint was.
 
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Mr_Dave

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Aug 9, 2021
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All cars get paint chips. The only way to prevent them is to not drive the car. You could get it wrapped but your PCP deal will include the provision for wear and tear anyway, including stone chip damage. And I doubt Tesla Warranty will cover the cost of repair given it’s highly unlikely they’d accept it’s a manufacturing flaw.
I’d just use some spot repair paint in the matching colour and touch them up. I’d be willing to bet no one else would even notice them without close inspection.
You can also get insurance policies that cover minor chips and scrapes for a just a few hundred quid if you’re really that bothered.
just an example (I have a GAP policy through them).

 

impee

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May 8, 2021
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London
Hi All

Really loving my Model 3 LR (2021 MIC), but have one frustration that is worrying me....

I'm only 3,000 miles into my ownership of the vehicle and already have 4 stone chips on the Frunk. They are only small but are deep enough to expose a white undercoat (See attached photo). My worry is what will the car be like by the end of the 4yr PCP.

I know in the past there were issues with paint on Tesla's but by all accounts the MIC models have better paint. The paint on the remainder of the car seems to be in good condition and isn't picking up stone chips.

My question to you all is, is this normal? Could I for some reason have weaker paint on the Frunk?

Do you think I should ask Tesla to check and consider a fixing under warranty?

I've never had a car pick up so many stone chips but I guess the Frunk is low down and a sloping surface that may be prone to this issue.

Any advice would be gratefully received.

"My worry is what will the car be like by the end of the 4yr PCP."

My last car was a BMW 3 Series whose paint was very tough, but kid you not, after 5 years of ownership, the front black bumper looked grey, as if repeatedly shot with a small calibre shot gun!

I've had my M3 for 3 months, 10k miles and the front bumper is starting to look a bit rough (plus the bonnet), and this is whilst me keeping a 3 car gap when on the motorway...so there seems to be no escape!

As Mr_Dave said, if you drive it, it will get chipped.

However, I now have a new best friend, its the touch up paint bottle I bought from Chipex :)
 

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