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

Paint Stained

jebinc

M3 LR AWD w/FSD and white premium interior
Jun 19, 2019
3,412
1,687
Seattle area
LOL! Now do not get me started!



Makes sense. I will try the diluted vinegar. I am sure I have some in the house somewhere.

Best of luck - Let us all know what ended up working as some of us might soon find ourselves in the same predicament!
 

T-Eleanor

Member
Jul 18, 2019
9
1
Burlington, Ontario
Honestly save your money, just use meguiars ultimate compound and an applicator pad. It will take you approx 5-10 just need to do the area that is stained. then apply a quick wax in a spray form. total time should be 10-15 min and a lot cheaper then $700-1000
 

Skunis

Member
Apr 27, 2019
173
73
New Jersey
Honestly save your money, just use meguiars ultimate compound and an applicator pad. It will take you approx 5-10 just need to do the area that is stained. then apply a quick wax in a spray form. total time should be 10-15 min and a lot cheaper then $700-1000

Thanks. I am going to try the white vinegar solution first and see if that works. If that does not work I will think about using some compound.

I will probably need to was with either solution.
 

joebruin77

Active Member
Dec 23, 2018
1,068
920
Encino, CA
It's important to keep in mind how the particular product you are using actually works and the effect it has on your clear coat. Polishes and compounds remove stains etched into your clear coat by actually removing a very tiny layer of the clear coat. The more abrasive the product, the more clear coat it removes. That is why you want to start out with the least abrasive product first and then work your way up. So I think something like vinegar or a paint cleanser is great to start with and hopefully that would remove the stain. But if that doesn't work, I would then next try a polish, and then only if these did not work would I use a compound.

It also speaks to the value of regularly protecting your paint with sealants, waxes, ceramic coatings, etc so that you can reduce the need to polish and compound as much as possible in the future.

Please do let us know what product actually worked to remove the stain. I am really curious in case I run into a similar situation.
 

Skunis

Member
Apr 27, 2019
173
73
New Jersey
It's important to keep in mind how the particular product you are using actually works and the effect it has on your clear coat. Polishes and compounds remove stains etched into your clear coat by actually removing a very tiny layer of the clear coat. The more abrasive the product, the more clear coat it removes. That is why you want to start out with the least abrasive product first and then work your way up. So I think something like vinegar or a paint cleanser is great to start with and hopefully that would remove the stain. But if that doesn't work, I would then next try a polish, and then only if these did not work would I use a compound.

It also speaks to the value of regularly protecting your paint with sealants, waxes, ceramic coatings, etc so that you can reduce the need to polish and compound as much as possible in the future.

Please do let us know what product actually worked to remove the stain. I am really curious in case I run into a similar situation.

Thanks. I think people use compound sometimes to mean polishing compound. I have used both rubbing compound and polishing compound on previous cars but am hesitant with the Tesla knowing the history with thin/soft paint.

I will definitely report back if the vinegar solution works. I have read about the paint cleansers and may try that as well.
 

jebinc

M3 LR AWD w/FSD and white premium interior
Jun 19, 2019
3,412
1,687
Seattle area
Thanks. I think people use compound sometimes to mean polishing compound. I have used both rubbing compound and polishing compound on previous cars but am hesitant with the Tesla knowing the history with thin/soft paint.

I will definitely report back if the vinegar solution works. I have read about the paint cleansers and may try that as well.

When are you going to get to it already?! ;):p
 
  • Funny
Reactions: KenC

Bill Foster

I'm going home!
Mar 6, 2019
901
749
Nashville
I am going to try the vinegar first as that is what I have in the house to try this tomorrow. If that doesn't work I can try Optimum MDR or a paint cleanser.
MDR is also great for water spots and stuff. Its cheap (like 6 bucks) and the bottle will last forever. Not a bad idea to keep in your detailing supplies
 

Skunis

Member
Apr 27, 2019
173
73
New Jersey
Well, the vinegar solution worked! I took a bit of elbow grease where the big stain was but it all came off. The water beaded afterwards but I still put a coat of the Turtle Wax Seal and Shine on the hood. I figured it couldn't hurt.

My guess is that if the stain was thicker this would have taken a bit longer or not worked at all. Lucky I caught it when it was light.

Thanks to all for the advice and encouragement!

20190824_074239.jpg
 

joebruin77

Active Member
Dec 23, 2018
1,068
920
Encino, CA
So glad to hear the vinegar worked and that you were able to remove the stain without having to remove any of your clear coat with a compound.

I would definitely suggest you protect all of your car's paint. There is a Youtube detailer I like named Jimbo and he said his favorite current regimen is Turtle Wax Seal and Shine every 3 or 4 months and Technicians Choice Ceramic Detail Spray after every wash or two. Both products are very durable, provide nearly unbeatable protection, and are very inexpensive.

Again, really happy to hear the stain came out with vinegar!
 

Skunis

Member
Apr 27, 2019
173
73
New Jersey
So glad to hear the vinegar worked and that you were able to remove the stain without having to remove any of your clear coat with a compound.

I would definitely suggest you protect all of your car's paint. There is a Youtube detailer I like named Jimbo and he said his favorite current regimen is Turtle Wax Seal and Shine every 3 or 4 months and Technicians Choice Ceramic Detail Spray after every wash or two. Both products are very durable, provide nearly unbeatable protection, and are very inexpensive.

Again, really happy to hear the stain came out with vinegar!

Thanks and thanks for the advice!
 

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