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Painting exterior trim

Discussion in 'Model X' started by Dr. Lovitz, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Dr. Lovitz

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    I've seen a couple Model X's that have the black plastic exterior trim painted to the body color of the car. I've reached out to @Tsportline about this and their quote to paint this was not only timely, but outrageously high.

    My brother in law owns a body shop, but has never worked on any Tesla's. Could this be done?

    Does the plastic trim need to be taken off in order to sand/primer/paint or can it be done while its still on the car?
    Will the paint interfere with any fwd sensors?

    We both understand that we run the risk of it chipping, but I figured it would be a good idea to put ppf on the trim parts after they are painted. Perhaps that would protect the paint and have it last for a long time

    Please let me know if you know any reliable body shops who have done this before in the southern california area.
    Thank you!
     
  2. jtdiddy

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    maybe it's me but i sort of like the black plastic trim.

    anyway, yea i would think to do it right, the trim would need to be removed, sanded down, primed and then painted.
     
  3. P85_DA

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    There is are several pics on a wheels thread which shows painted plastic trims on Xs ...it looks good on certain colors only ..but I would not do on my white ..Jacks autobody in palm desert is an approved Tesla reiair shop that has great prices and does excellent work ...in the OC area shops are to busy and overcharge ..
     
  4. Xminus6

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    I don’t think there’s anything special about the plastic used for the lower body trim. So if your BIL is familiar with painting any sort of plastic on other cars (ie bumper covers), I imagine it’s just the same. You’d probably want to sand it and put some sort of plastic-specific primer on it.

    You should be able to prep it on the car with some good masking of the painted metal parts I would think. I mean, if your BIL owns a body shop, seems like he would know how to prep panels that are still on the car.
     
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    +1 i like the black trim with my pearl white ;) ...
     
  6. Bigriver

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    Has anyone had a problem with the black plastic trim prematurely drying out? We got our Model X in November 2017 and immediately got Opticoat Pro put on the paint. Within a month I noticed the first spot on the plastic trim. It almost looked like someone took sandpaper to it. More worn/dried out patches continue to develop on the body molding. I have only used Opticoat products to wash it. I hate to have to start using trim reconditioner on a car that is less than a year old. I’d really like to know whether others are having this problem or if there are any suggestions on what I should do. Attaching some pictures.
    D5F33487-388D-407C-A8CD-65E395D8E59E.jpeg 641B2ACB-396D-4695-9FAA-11B72A1D1BCB.jpeg FD2ED465-D942-4CB1-B083-59E2956B4A7E.jpeg 8CF30571-657D-4B22-A28F-BF86D9A87B8E.jpeg
     
  7. Seattle Tom

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    I’ve had nothing like the drying out in the pic above, but plastic never looks good for long IMO. It always fades with the combo of sun, rain, and abuse.

    Buy a can of Wipe New. Your trim will look new and it should last a solid year - it’s serious stuff for making plastic trim look new. One bottle (which is pretty small) will be enough for all the trim on the X. I bought my X last June and just did the Wipe New refresh this past weekend!
     
  8. P85_DA

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    Hmm ..haven’t seen that ..maybe your opticoat had bad chem reaction with your plastic ???:(
     
  9. bbcoach51

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    A8F6DA9F-A10B-474D-A5E4-7B8D88768E22.jpeg FFA181F9-0A52-49E7-8F48-9E6CEECA7FB1.jpeg I had my trim painted at Chris Amato’s Body Werks in Oceanside Ca. It is a Tesla authorized body shop. They did remove all the trim including the front and rear trim, rocker panels, and wheel trim. It was sanded, primed, and then painted to match. On mine it was a three stage paint for the Pearl White. Chris was great to work with and really knows Tesla’s. No problems with the sensors in the doors.
     
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  10. outie

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    No, I've had my 2016 for 1.5yr before it's gone and it never had that kind of issue. If opticoat is the only product you used then well, that's probably it.
     
  11. P100DHG.

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    How much did this set you back?
     
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    It was around $3800. I had some other work at the same time from an accident so hard to say exactly.
     
  13. travwill

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    That just looks like wax/polymer residue. Always turns the plastic white a bit. Hard to avoid getting some on it at times. You can get some plastic trim restorer and should help. I use this stuff (actually all their products) about 2 or so times a year on the black molding around car all over and makes a big difference.

    https://www.amazon.com/TriNova-Plastic-Trim-Restorer-Motorcycles/dp/B01AAZ1OAE/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1531247154&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=auto+platic+restore
     
  14. NHK X

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    No whitening on our x but noticed a fair amount of pockmarks in front of the rear wheels, from pebbles thrown from the front wheel during winter snow months.

    Have thought about PPF, but after seeing results from plastidip may give that a shot since it’s minimal cost solution and can be easily removed if with poor result. Overall should protect the plastic from UV and small chip damage. Will be interesting to test durability.

    Going to go with flat black and see how it looks.
     
  15. Ethan_976

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    Nicely done. I just ordered my Tesla X P100D and planned to do the same. How did you get that low profile look? Was it a setting on the air suspension?
     
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    I have this same issue on a couple pieces of trim. Did you ever get it removed? If so, what did you do to remove it?
     
  18. Seattle Tom

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    @Bigriver @negotiator50 Before I owned my X, I had a Chevy Avalanche (still likely my favorite vehicle of all time). As you may know, it has a sh*t ton of trim - and it was known for drying out.

    Chevy eventually issued a Technical Service Bulletin to address it and there were products to deal with it (Gatorback I think?). But I used a product called Wipe New. I know you’ve likely seen it on an As Seen on TV special, but the stuff does work. It will make your trim look new and it will last a solid year, if not multiple years, depending on your weather, abuse, etc.

    You can buy it on Amazon and probably even at a local Target, but I highly recommend it for restoring trim if you want to use a very easy DIY solution. Of course you can get serious by removing trim and doing some serious reconditioning, but this is far easier and cheaper. IMO, it works great. Good luck!
     
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  19. Bigriver

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    Yes, it is back looking much better now. This did the trick:

    Mothers 06141 Back-to-Black Heavy... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZLMEDO?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

    I am not 100% sure what caused the problem, but my leading suspicion is that I was using Optimum Opti-Clean in the garage during the winter. Although it says it needs no water and is safe for all surfaces, I think the plastic trim has just enough texture to it that I wasn’t getting it wiped off well enough. This winter I plan to try Optimum No Rinse instead.
     

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