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Touch-up paint

RosalieeeV

Member
Dec 1, 2020
9
7
Los Angeles
Does anyone know where one can buy touch-up paint in person? Apparently Tesla service no longer sells it’s at their locations and I’m having the car Xpeled early next week.. (small rock chip I want them to touch up before applying the Xpel)
 

Carol525

Member
May 27, 2019
81
42
Chula Vista, CA
Last week I asked the body shop for a small bottle of the paint for my M3, Midnight Silver Metallic. They told me it would just wash off since Tesla uses water-based paint. They said when Teslas are painted, they "bake" the paint on, so it doesn't wash off.
 

RealAutoBody

Local Vendor - SoCal
Mar 26, 2021
10
4
SoCal
Don't bother unless you have a solid color. When you try to apply touchup paint to a metallic color the metallic in the paint concentrates and causes the color to look darker. No matter how nicely it is applied it will look like a 3 year old tried to do it with nail polish.

Most times even on a solid color you are better off leaving the small chip then have a touched-up chip stick out. I always tell people that touchup paint is more for corrosion protection than looks.
 

Randy Spencer

Active Member
Mar 31, 2016
3,206
3,116
Alameda, CA
+1. My 20 y/o (last month) Honda Insight has chips all over the front of it's beautiful metallic green paint job. Fortunately the whole car is made of aluminum so I don't have to worry about corrosion. Wish that was true of my 15 y/o Dodge Sprinter RV. I understand why modern cars all come with plastic front and rear pieces.
 
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