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White Paint Bumper mismatch

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by pipplo, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. KenF

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    If done right, I want white...but this thread is concerning.

    Maybe I should switch to silver or the classier but higher maintenance MSM...
     
  2. Thunder7ga

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    The white looks so nice too, its crazy t
    I wanted white but the ongoing issues concerned me. I went to a SC and looked at more recent VINs and they all had the issue. That made my mind up and I switched to Silver on my order. I still love the white when it matches.
     
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    Why does MSM need higher maintenance?
     
  4. KenF

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    Based on what I’ve observed with the model S, maintenance-wise, MSM isn’t as bad as black, but, similar to deep blue metallic, it is dark enough to show light colored dirt, pollen, water spots, paint swirls, and minor scratches that are largely invisible on silver metallic and white.

    I was initially sold on white a few weeks back after a Tesla maintenance worker (Vienna, VA location) showed me MSM and white M3s with large gashes/scratches. The scratch on the MSM M3 was obvious from 5 feet away whereas I could only see the scratch on the white M3 from about 5 inches away and only from certain angles when the sun hit the car just right.
     
  5. CuriousM3

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    #105 CuriousM3, Jul 6, 2018
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    Wow that is really off, the bumper has a blue hue push, like the white is not as solid as the rest of the car. Are they gonna blend it? Not really a good option on a new car to blend into the rear quarter panels but I can’t see them matching it without blending

    With VIN at 29XXX I would have hoped they fixed it by then
     
  6. CuriousM3

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    Here is my buddies white M3 Vin in the 19XXX
     

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    That would annoy the hell out of me.
     
  8. CuriousM3

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    I wish someone would post the ones that do match if they are out in the wild , like I said before I have seen Model S match but yet to see a Model 3 match , some of it has a lot to do with the flop on the pearl paint not being painted in the same direction as the body , and being painted apart from the body doesn’t help either
     
  9. KenF

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    Same here.

    How many pearl white M3s do we think exhibit the paint mismatch? 10%? 20%? 30%? More?
     
  10. ergela

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    They didn't blend mine, just painted the bumper and it turned out good.
     
  11. CuriousM3

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    Can you post pictures when you get a chance?
     
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    Went to pick this up today and it looked much better, but unfortunately they had some overspray that peeled the paint when they tried to remove it. They get to keep it a few more days to remedy and I get to continue driving the yacht rental (dodge charger) I was given :mad:
     
  14. OutofPocket

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    Brought my car into Burlingame to fix A/C. Seems a mouse had made its way to the top front near the passenger air intake just behind the frunk and had chewed through the A/C control wires. New car, no idea where a mouse would come from and how it could do that much damage. Unfortunately, not covered by warrantee.

    While I was there, mentioned I have the bumper color mismatch issue. Tesla said they had two body shops they trust and they would send the car to one of them. It came back in a few days with exactly the same bumper color. I bodyshop swears they painted both bumpers but it's clear that they didn't touch it. Thinking about next steps, perhaps try the other bodyshop. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    In addition, my wife noticed some crumbs on my seat and I notice my nav was programed for In-N-Out Burger…come on you service guys, really?

    I absolutely love my M3. Elon & crew did a fantastic job. Obviously the bodyshop support is a weak link.

    BTW, Tesla service gave me a 2014 p85 loaner. My first drive in a S. It is as if that car was made by an entirely different company…the p85 is an amazingly nice car to drive.
     
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    So this thread teaches us not to order white?
     
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  16. CuriousM3

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    I think you're can still but expect a possible repaint once they figure it out. Was watching a tsportline video with the model S front bumper refresh and pearl white matches with no blending, so it is possible.

    Also model S and model X pearl i have seen also matches, so might get lucky. Someone posted a video on you tube today at costa mesa delivery center and it looks good, but the other 2 pearl white i saw on youtube, youngtesla and the guy in NC was definitely off.
     
  17. Faustic

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    I finally took delivery this past Saturday. Bumper looks great...don't really notice anything wrong (both indoors or in the sun light).

    Glad I picked pearl white...it's certainly a beautiful car!
     

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    Has anyone else had issues with bumper mismatch? (New vin)
     
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  19. sperkin

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    Every single one I've seen in SoCal has this issue even in the pictures shared by Faustic. This is not just with Teslas. This issue is also on Fords and American made Toyotas.
     
  20. OmahaG8

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    Welcome to the world of pearlescent white. Look at most any white Lexus sometime and you’ll see the same, to varying degrees, unfortunately. It’s painted on a different base layer (plastic vs metal) and as a result the paint reflects and holds differently.

    True for any color most likely. Especially true of white.
     

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