Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Paint Mismatch Survey

stan23

Member
Aug 10, 2017
352
393
Santa Clara, CA
My car was built in 6/20. Unsure of the exact date, but based on the delivery text messages, I gather on or around June 12th. VIN was proven to be non-sequential, but mine is in the 13,XXX range.
 

Kelr316

Member
Apr 20, 2019
215
154
Bridgeville PA
Back off! Pearl white is a very special color. My last mineral white BMW had mismatching paint!!!!!
.... Now that I remember it. I had an accident, so the front had to be painted. Even then, it looked 100 times better than the Model Y I rejected last week.

View attachment 557235 View attachment 557236
More forgiving when the plastic bumpers are slightly different than the metal parts but there is no excuse for the doors to be different shades.
 

azentropy

Member
Mar 26, 2018
182
108
Surprise, AZ
Just easy question: what are the conditions on Model 3, Model S, and Model X with white color?

If they do not have obvious mismatch issue, why Y???

I don't think it is just the Y, I've seen it on the the S, X and 3 as well. Just did a google on Pearl White Tesla Model 3 and quite a few of them if you are looking for it it looks like the doors are a bit off color. You can really notice how the different angels affect it in some of the walk around videos.

Again not saying they are perfect and some are definitely worse than others and aren't acceptable IMO, but that color in general plays tricks on the eyes sometimes depending on the angles, the sun etc. It reminds me of some of those color tricks where they ask you which color is darker etc., but they are all really the same. I think the prominence of the gap in between the panels, and even the black door handles and the reflection off them makes a difference. That is one reason the post above when they cover the gap between the front and back door the contrast goes away.

Anyway, I would have got the light Silver Metallic like I have on my 3 if they still offered it! :)
 

glide

Active Member
Jun 6, 2018
2,870
2,877
USA
I just had a mobile service and asked the guy about the the paint mismatch. He said it’s within spec. I have another service scheduled at a SC. I will ask them again to see what they say. I still like the car so much even with this paint mismatch.
“Within spec” is Tesla-speak for “F-you, we have your money and your return window has closed”
 

AZKoby

Member
Mar 23, 2020
98
38
Mesa, AZ
looks like the front is still a shade darker than the rear door. have other pics? still, doesnt seem as bad as others
I see it too. I wonder if they used different primer, front door has a shade of blue where as the back door is a cream. I have this on my Y and they are repainting.
 

Picasso

kllkkjlk
May 8, 2009
218
113
Was also told I was in spec with a door and bumper not matching, also trying my luck at a SC for things mobile couldn't do.
 

jjs1

Member
Jun 22, 2020
141
90
Orange County, CA
looks like the front is still a shade darker than the rear door. have other pics? still, doesnt seem as bad as others

Here's two more.
85F1B440-1C2A-40C2-9683-BBA04B0D6A70.jpeg
F358B91B-5774-4584-97B8-3CEDD43BFFB2.jpeg
 

jimmym1981

Member
Oct 15, 2019
242
164
Chicago
This was ours we rejected yesterday. When the clouds came, it was 10x more noticeable. It was an inventory car $500 discount with 5 miles so I suspect someone else rejected prior.
 

Attachments

  • A0B0C71B-A0AC-400C-9147-A184519C12C9.jpeg
    A0B0C71B-A0AC-400C-9147-A184519C12C9.jpeg
    495.7 KB · Views: 105
  • 46823FCA-4220-458D-A026-9F184D64CF33.jpeg
    46823FCA-4220-458D-A026-9F184D64CF33.jpeg
    817 KB · Views: 102

KL_68

Member
Apr 27, 2020
57
60
Los Angeles
This was ours we rejected yesterday. When the clouds came, it was 10x more noticeable. It was an inventory car $500 discount with 5 miles so I suspect someone else rejected prior.

Looks to me like the two doors don't match each other and they also don't match the front and rear quarter panels.
 

SusanB.

Member
Jul 4, 2020
5
3
Atlanta
Took Delivery on Friday, inspection was done inside. Now that I have looked at the the paint in the daylight it appears that the doors and rear 1/4 quarter panel do not match. Am I seeing things that aren’t really there. Thanks for your opinions

View attachment 554745
Took Delivery on Friday, inspection was done inside. Now that I have looked at the the paint in the daylight it appears that the doors and rear 1/4 quarter panel do not match. Am I seeing things that aren’t really there. Thanks for your opinions

View attachment 554745
i am having the same issue with the paint not matching on BOTH of the front doors of my 2020 Model Y AWD FSD that I took delivery of a week ago. It looks to me like the front doors did not get enough coats of paint, and it’s kind of splotchy looking. Similar to If you had a red wall and are painting it white and only put one coat of paint on it versus two coats of paint. I have alerted my service deartment and they said they are waiting to hear what the resolution is.
6EEFD532-4E2A-4621-B138-89A7ADE97A12.jpeg
718F8B22-2D5A-436A-B847-01BC14EDE534.jpeg
718F8B22-2D5A-436A-B847-01BC14EDE534.jpeg
718F8B22-2D5A-436A-B847-01BC14EDE534.jpeg
At a supercharger, another tesla owner asked me if I had been in an accident because the paint was mismatched!
 
  • Informative
Reactions: kevin1

MacZ

Member
Jun 14, 2020
100
40
Toronto
i am having the same issue with the paint not matching on BOTH of the front doors of my 2020 Model Y AWD FSD that I took delivery of a week ago. It looks to me like the front doors did not get enough coats of paint, and it’s kind of splotchy looking. Similar to If you had a red wall and are painting it white and only put one coat of paint on it versus two coats of paint. I have alerted my service deartment and they said they are waiting to hear what the resolution is.
View attachment 560389 View attachment 560390 View attachment 560390 View attachment 560390 At a supercharger, another tesla owner asked me if I had been in an accident because the paint was mismatched!

I saw so many Youtubers posted Videos on their deliveries of White MY with the same color mismatch issue, but nobody bother to mention it except just focusing on fit & finish issues which are minor for me comparing with the color mismatch.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ba2yev

sherlockw

Member
Jun 13, 2020
95
38
Atlanta
i am having the same issue with the paint not matching on BOTH of the front doors of my 2020 Model Y AWD FSD that I took delivery of a week ago. It looks to me like the front doors did not get enough coats of paint, and it’s kind of splotchy looking. Similar to If you had a red wall and are painting it white and only put one coat of paint on it versus two coats of paint. I have alerted my service deartment and they said they are waiting to hear what the resolution is.
View attachment 560389 View attachment 560390 View attachment 560390 View attachment 560390 At a supercharger, another tesla owner asked me if I had been in an accident because the paint was mismatched!

Have you talked to service center about it? Can you still return it?
 

raggedy

Member
Apr 3, 2020
312
239
Peninsula CA
I'm able to accept a couple of panel gap issues, but no way would I accept mismatched paint. That isn't even debatable for me to purchase a car with mismatching paint. If I even see splotchy paint on my white MY when I'm ready to take delivery, I'll reject it.
 

SusanB.

Member
Jul 4, 2020
5
3
Atlanta
Have you talked to service center about it? Can you still return it?
I have been talking and emailing them photos and while they are being Very professional and courteous, they have to check in with people above them as to what the solution is and that seems to be taking some time... I even took it to the Marietta, GA location which is the TESLA body shop, and they noticed the paint variation and said they’ll have to look into what the fix is.
 

jhams

Member
Mar 15, 2020
134
20
california
I also have a the front door paint mismatch. Spoke with my local service center and sent photos. They see it also and said they will take care of it. They have an in house painter now.
 

MacZ

Member
Jun 14, 2020
100
40
Toronto
Just wondering how are the latest white Y? Is the paint mismatch still there among door panels?

Did anyone receive 2nd delivery after refusing the 1st one?
 

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top