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Pearl White Multi-Coat Paint

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by SMAlset, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. SMAlset

    SMAlset Well-Known Member

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    Love my Pearl White Multi-Coat Model 3. Since not everyone has a nearby Store to visit and maybe not the opportunity to see this paint color in person otherwise, thought I’d try to show a close up of the paint. White is hard to photo but think the light is good in this shot. Definitely not a flat white, boring paint color. With pearl white being the current “no upcharge” color selection maybe this will help someone out deciding what paint color to order for their car.

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    Lol looks like I have some bee poop to remove. Anyway this photo is with Xpel and ceramic pro on it and the iridescence still shines through nicely.
     
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  2. Rachmaninov

    Rachmaninov Supporting Member

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    I’ve seen some Pearl white 3’s where the bumper color / finish doesn’t match the surrounding body. Is this a common issue because of different materials being used for the bumpers?
     
  3. CharleyBC

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    We chose Pearl White sight unseen just for temperature reasons here in hot Sacramento. I really wanted blue. But as shown welll above, it turns out to be gorgeous in bright light! The pearlescent sparkle is hard to describe.

    As for the bumper color mismatch, they fixed that a long time ago, around VIN 20000, if I recall. Ours is 44xxx, and the bumpers match fine.
     
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  4. WilliamG

    WilliamG Active Member

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    Pearl white on bumpers never looks right to me. The only color of any of the existing that fully matches from metal to plastic is the solid black (and of course, black has its own issues to deal with!).

    While pearl white is the "free" color, currently, it's a PITA to match if you have a scrape on one panel. Expensive to fix, - almost always involves blending etc etc. Just bear in mind, because for some of you it's sort of a pay later or pay now scenario.
     
  5. Mrcarcrazy

    Mrcarcrazy Many Leather bound books.

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    Exact same experience here. Hotter than hell, white is the most logical color. I had a hard time between red, white, and blue. Hopelessly patriotic? Ha.


    My bumpers match perfectly to my eyes.

    Op, great shot of the paint, I didn’t know what to expect when I bought the car, but really like the white paint.
     
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  6. jkoya

    jkoya NA2 NSX

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    The Pearl White Multi-Coat also looks nice with Xpel Stealth PPF...
     
  7. RScottyL

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    Kudos to Tesla for them going to a premium paint color (Pearl White) for the free color, as opposed to a lesser one, such as the black!
     
  8. BJD3388

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    All Tesla Model 3's have the same black/glass roof so does the body color really affect interior temperatures? Sure, the hood and trunk may be a source of some heat entering the cabin, but I thought the bulk of heat came from the car's roof.

    Just wondering if anyone has any real world insight.
     
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  9. dmurphy

    dmurphy Woof.

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    Love my Pearl White Multicoat ... I would be curious what the underlying paint actually *is*... because it looks dang near identical in person to the "White Frost Tricoat" on our Buick Enclave, which was the same as the "White Diamond Tricoat" on my prior Cadillac.... (Same GM paint code.)

    You can say we have a style. ;-)

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  10. jebinc

    jebinc M3 LR AWD w/FSD and white premium interior

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    And "Crystal White Pearl" on a Subaru! ;)
     
  11. CharleyBC

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    Yeah, I think that's a very valid point. As I said above, we chose white for heat reasons. But as you said, the passenger compartment is more about glass than body color. Really only the doors directly apply.

    We need a bunch of Tesla friends with different colors to all park simultaneously in the same lot on a hot day, free of any shadows. Turn off overheat protection, and sit back and watch. The app gives interior temp, so it's easy.
     
  12. XLR82XS

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    Yes. Pearl whites will not be 100% exact color match when applied to metal vs. plastic/urethane. Even with a high-quality paint job the color will still be slightly off.
     
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  13. Scott7

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    #13 Scott7, Aug 7, 2019
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    My pearl white with 185K VIN has a slight mis-match between the front bumper cover and the body. I don't notice it unless looking for it. The rear bumper cover is a near perfect match.

    What I do notice is how well the white hides dirt. It still looks clean to me, even when I know it's dirty and can turn my finger black by brushing it over the paint. It's also excellent at hiding scratches/swirls. I cannot see any even under a bright light. I still use microfiber, etc, but I don't have to be especially careful when hand washing like I would with a dark color.

    I agree with the above comment that it will probably be more difficult to use touch up paint on the pearl. White is also less forgiving towards things like panel gaps, especially the hood line. I had to make a small adjustment to my hood latch so that gap was even.
     
  14. SunTek

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    Definitely a great color, love the pearl!
     
  15. Rachmaninov

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    Does PPF accentuate, minimize, or have no effect on the potential bumper to body paint color variation?
     
  16. Mrcarcrazy

    Mrcarcrazy Many Leather bound books.

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    I’ll be able to answer that Sunday. Getting frontal PPF Saturday. (I imagine zero effect).

    I also may be a terrible judge as my vision is what is often called “terrible”.
     
  17. SunTek

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    Great question, PPF is essentially a thick glossy urethane so it can add a visual depth to paint, it should not negate any pearl/flake in paint. If there is an existing bumper to body paint variation I would expect PPF to have no effect - if it is visually apparent now it likely will be post PPF as well. Does that help?
     
  18. Glamisduner

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    White paint will likely last the longest. It was an extra $1500 option for me so I might be biased.
     
  19. P3Orion

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    Does anyone know the Plastidip color that would be the closest match to the pearl white multi-coat. I would like to use it to do a chrome delete.
     
  20. Jefsla

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    I’m def biased, but I think PWMC looks the best. image.jpg

    Ps. I desperately need a drop but I’m afraid of messing up ground clearance if I go the 1-inch with T-Sportline springs.
     

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