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Signature color choices & other interesting finishes

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by ggr, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29

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    My wife (who is supposedly going to own the Model S Sig) hates the four signature colors. Or, since color science people insist that shades of gray are not colors, there's really only one color. I inquired about paying for a custom color, and was told that the automation won't allow for it. Does anyone know if it's possible to get the non-sig colors on a Sig, without downgrading and losing the place in line? I forgot to ask. What about getting a different and unique color after it is delivered, does anyone know about cost or problems with doing that? I was once told that it was a bad idea, but can't remember the reasoning.

    George, if you're listening, there's a strong groundswell of people who like blue, according to my sales contact.
     
  2. Beavis

    Beavis Signature 991

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    There have been many posts on the restricted Sig color palette. As of today, if you want a color (or pigment) other than those offered, you have to downgrade.
     
  3. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    As for post-delivery, a vinyl wrap can be a great alternative

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  4. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    #4 Trnsl8r, Jan 7, 2012
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    Sorry to state the obvious, but I'm sure there are many companies around at would love to take your money for repainting the car...

    Edit: or vinyl wrap... Couldn't remember the word for it and outsider beat me to it....
     
  5. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    My wife's hooked on the Signature Red, so maybe I'm lucky. Having driven a Roadster for 8 months now I can tell you that 99% of the comments, amazement, staring and photos have been about it being a very cool EV and nothing to do with the color. I fully expect the same reaction with the Model S, at least until it becomes everyday common to see one!. :wink:
     
  6. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    My dad, who is also a Sig reservation holder, has asked Tesla about the possibility of having his car in either the green or blue. The email reply was very polite, but made it very clear that other colors were not an option. I'm sure that there are production limitations involved. The multi-coat colors may require a separate paint "booth" for each coat; stopping the Signature Red production might free up several booths.

    If you can afford a Signature Model S, you can probably afford to have it repainted after the fact. Whether or not you should have to do so in order to get the color you want is a whole other can of worms. All I will say is that, in 10 years, I expect that Tesla will be able to deliver a car in almost any color you'd like, but for now they've got their hands full just getting the Model S out the door.

    If you are going to repaint, keep that in mind when you pick out your interior colors.
     
  7. Mycroft

    Mycroft Life happens

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    In my opinion, if you want a color other than the four Sig colors, then that's an excellent reason for downgrading to a general production car. True, you'll have to wait a few extra months for the car, but you'll get the color you want *and* you'll save a few thousand bucks in the process!
     
  8. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    And if you know the person at the top of the waiting list, he/she might be willing to convince you with cash. :p
     
  9. Laurent

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    #9 Laurent, Jan 7, 2012
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    I don't think I've ever seen a vinyl wrap in person. Isn't it obvious that it's not real paint? If it looks good, I might consider doing a blue metallic paint wrap (if that exists).
     
  10. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Spotted this vinyl wrapped Nissan GT-R in my wife's company lot this morning:

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    Not sure if the photo does justice, but, it looked pretty slick!
     
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    an other blue one

    i guess 100's of colors possible!
     
  13. Kevin Harney

    Kevin Harney Active Member

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    Does anyone know if wrapping causes any damage to the paint underneath or if removal can cause damage ?
     
  14. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Part of me cringes at the idea of wrapping, but a practical part of me says that this is very sensible in avoiding paint chips, door dings, etc.
     
  15. Kevin Harney

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    Exactly my thought or even cover up chips that you might already have....
     
  16. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    jcstp Active Member

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    They use transparant vinyl wraps on off-road cars to protect the paint!

    Vinyl is very easy to remove without hurting underlying paints

    I am no expert, but a company that installs publicity on cars usualy wraps too, they will give info with no problem I guess

    Saw a thread of an owner of a bmw once, and after he removed his vinyl, that he installed himself, discovered an immaculate paint under it!
     
  18. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Probably this one? Am playing TEG's role here and Googling away to glory! :smile:
     
  19. Mycroft

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    If you're taking a long road trip and want to protect your leading paint surfaces, Griot's offers a nifty idea:

    Surface Protection Film Roll

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  20. Kevin Harney

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    I was wondering if Clear Bra was actually a form of vinyl wrap as well ? I guess so....
     

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