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Paint correction - polish recommendations


Jan 26, 2021
I'm looking to polish out some light swirls and scratches on my Tesla's paint from improper washing. I've done paint correction on previous vehicles, but everyone says Tesla's are notorious/finnicky to work with because of the soft clear coat. I also have a black Tesla so trying to get a haze free finish!

For anyone that has done their own detailing at home, can you recommend products that you've had success with?

Some combos I've gathered from other threads/videos are:
  • Sonax Perfect finish
  • Meguiars M210
  • Optimum Hyper Polish
  • 3D One
  • And the new Rupes system, specifically Rupes DA fine + Rupes Uno Pure

I realize there are a lot of other variables to high quality paint correction (pads, pressure, technique, etc.), but I figure I'd just start with the liquid and use a Rupes yellow and/or white foam pad to be the least aggressive.


Jan 12, 2019
Of that list I have only used 3D One on Tesla paint. It had good cut but I found it too aggressive to get a crisp finish and had to follow up with a finer polish.


Active Member
Dec 16, 2018
The Woodlands, TX

Matt's car is white, but he used Rupes Yellow pad with Sonax Perfect Finish and one-stepped it and was very happy.

Here's what he did on soft black paint if the black on the Tesla is too soft. This was VERY soft paint.

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Jul 14, 2018
Bay Area, CA
I use Carpro Essence with Lake Country green pad on my Model 3. It's not very aggressive and finishes down nice. I haven't found the need to compound. Polishing gets me to ~90% where I want the car.


Jason Barker
Jan 11, 2018
Beaverton, Oregon
I use Optimum Hyper Polish and the yellow 6.5" Rupes foam pad on about 90% of the black Tesla's I polish in my business. Take it slow with little pressure, and go 4 passes per section and you'll achieve a very good finish. Sounds like you have some experience on this so you can expect really good results.
Also remember to expect different results based on the lighting you use. Direct sunlight, and overcast skies diffused light are what really show your skills. Don't get discouraged while polishing under fluorescent or other typical shop lighting. Pull it outside to see how it's really coming out.

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