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What is this on my paint?? Brand new P3D+

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by skrtskrt, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. skrtskrt

    skrtskrt Member

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    Hi guys, I got my brand P3D+ about two months ago and today I found this. I tried using polish compound with elbow grease and it didn't even do anything. I detail my car every week, not sure what this could be? It feels smooth.


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  2. Glamisduner

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    maybe something under the clearcoat?
     
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    Try and catch a finger nail on the mark. If you can, it's through the clear and into the base coat.
    If you can't catch a nail on it, it's in the base coat and was cleared over.
     
  4. skrtskrt

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    It's literally smooth. So maybe in the base coat. Do you guys think I can bring this to Tesla and have them fix this? I know you're suppose to show them any issues within 2 days of delivery but with this situation I couldn't have done this on my own.
     
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    Yes talk to service department. If it's under the clear coat, they'll fix it for you.
     
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    It looks like paint defect, but how’d you only see it til now?
     
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    Are you saying this defect wasn't there when you got it and now it suddenly appeared?
     
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    That's exactly the kind of endearing comment I've come to expect from some around here ...
     
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    #9 TeeEmCee, Jan 13, 2019
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    Here's my guess, based on what I've seen on my factory visit:

    Tesla make their own body panels at the Fremont factory. They don't seem to have the best of presses, dies and die specialists and subsequently there's a lot of rework performed on the body panels. Defects/issues are marked on the panels with a blue/purple marker and there were huge stacks of these marked panels all over the place.

    To me, your photo looks like one of these marks showing through from under a too-thin coat of paint. I may be wrong, but whatever that is seems to be under the paint layer, not just under the clearcoat.
     
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    I’m not sure what the heck that’s supposed to mean.

    But I was thinking that there could be chemistry going on with say dissimilar metals under the paint. Some sort of corrosion. Or perhaps like you mentioned the marker they used maybe has taken time to work through or react with the paint layer and wasn’t apparent 2 months ago and is now.

    Or perhaps the OP just missed it and it was always there.

    I would like to know and I have no idea what your response meant. I got the impression that based on the comments by the OP that he detailed his car regularly that this is something that has developed over time.
     
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    It sounded like one of those overly frequent shoot-the-messenger replies. Apologies if that was not the spirit!
     
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    It's very easy to miss some of these defects in the sunlight, it's not like the cars are even clean all the way when you get them... Then an LED or cooler light at night catches the paint defect and you see it later.

    I'm not sure I would bother having this redone but it's up to the op. I'm not sure how big it obvious this is?
    If it bugs you get it redone.

    I'd just be afraid of them making the problem worse or the paint will sightly not match on the white. I'm mostly happy with the repairs i had done but by bumper is a sightly different color and i can see the different color overspray on my hood if i look really closer so it's not just the "plastic bumpers are a different color" thing going on.

    White and red are the hardest colors to get paint matched right now.
     
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    Looks like you were the one shooting the messenger ;)

    It was a genuine question/concern.

    BTW the difference of he just missed it vs he’s sure it developed over time is rather huge. Regardless of the root cause.

    This could be just the beginning if it’s just starting reveal itself.
     
  14. skrtskrt

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    Got a mobile serviceman come today and he said it'll have to be sent to the shop to get it sand and buffed out..
     
  15. Glamisduner

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    If it's under the clear you can't buff it out without destroying the paint.
     
  16. skrtskrt

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    I believe it is under the clear
     
  17. Glamisduner

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    It will need to be repainted then.
     

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