TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

PSA: keycard can scratch the piano-black console

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by CarbonFree, Mar 17, 2018.

Tags:
  1. CarbonFree

    CarbonFree Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    186
    Location:
    Seattle
    My wife wasn't sure where to place her keycard, so she tried the piano black portion of the center console. To my horror, it scratched up the console quite a bit. Yes, the keycard. So, don't do that! Or touch it with anything else, for that matter.
     
  2. patrick40363

    patrick40363 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2014
    Messages:
    1,148
    Location:
    Cali
    It scratches just like my S.
     
    • Like x 1
  3. slipnslider

    slipnslider Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2016
    Messages:
    786
    Location:
    los angeles, ca
    Horrible material choice for that part of the car. Really makes you wonder what goes through the heads at tesla sometimes.
     
    • Like x 2
  4. run-the-joules

    run-the-joules Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    Messages:
    3,392
    Location:
    SF Bay
    Anyone who owned an iPhone 3G or 3GS can tell you that farting within 50 yards can scratch that idiotic material.
     
    • Funny x 1
  5. CiCi

    CiCi Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2018
    Messages:
    10
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Good to know! Just got my 3 2 days ago. Have an S. I purchased a "Valet Buddy" from RPMTesla.com Basically a clear card pocket with a cable and ring attached. It has the T logo in your car's color, supposedly making it easier for the valet to find by ID'ing it by the color of your car first...sure I could've spent $2 and made one myself but I was already ordering stuff, and it had the logo :)
    They advise keeping the empty Buddy in the car and placing the keycard in when you valet--I'll do that when I need to use keycard as well to avoid scratching!
     
  6. eye.surgeon

    eye.surgeon Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2014
    Messages:
    1,368
    Location:
    California
    Piano black needs to die as a car interior choice. In addition to being indistinguishable from black plastic, it scratches like crazy and gets fingerprint marks with the slightest touch. I can't understand why manufacturers use it other than it's presumably dirt cheap.
     
    • Like x 2
  7. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2016
    Messages:
    5,599
    Location:
    Palmdale, CA
    Glad I had mine wrapped. I did it to reduce fingerprints, but scratch prevention will be another bonus.
     
  8. Jimmy 1

    Jimmy 1 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2016
    Messages:
    874
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL
    I bought a Soft Carbon Card case from Evamped, the card works in the case and is sticky so it wont slide around. Great option to not lose it.
     
  9. AustinPowers

    AustinPowers Total Smeghead

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    2,063
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Depends on the manufacturer. Check this out to see how to properly make a wooden and/or piano black car interior/dash:



    :)
     
    • Like x 1
  10. Rockster

    Rockster Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2013
    Messages:
    2,993
    Location:
    McKinney, TX
    Same.
     
    • Like x 1
  11. eye.surgeon

    eye.surgeon Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2014
    Messages:
    1,368
    Location:
    California
    I had piano black trim in my Range Rover supercharged, a car that cost over twice a loaded model 3. It looked like black plastic, and showed every spec of dust and every fingerprint. It was several thousand dollars worth of wood that was visually indistinguishable from injection molded plastic. Never again.
     

Share This Page

  • 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