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White paint discoloration

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by pkalhan, May 1, 2018.

  1. pkalhan

    pkalhan Member

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    HI Everyone,

    This may be me being overly paranoid, but for any Model 3 owners that have the pearl white paint (the color I was wanting to get), have any of you seen some discoloration in the rear bumper as compared to the rest of the car? I only ask because on twitter there are some owners of pearl white model 3s that say the white on the rear bumper is a different white than the rest of the car. Some of the reasons given if that paint on plastic will look different than paint on metal. I have not had any experience with this so I wanted to see if someone has. I am not trying to start trouble or anything just wanted to know if this has happened to any owners on the forum. If this is true, I may have to start thinking about another color.

    Thanks All,

    Pkalhan
     

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  2. voip-ninja

    voip-ninja Give me some sugar baby

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    Eh... that's not good.

    I had an A4 that was dolphin grey that had a similar issue where the plastic painted rear bumper looked noticeably different than the rest of the car body.

    I talked to a body shop about it and they indicated that the plastic parts are often painted separately and that paint 'flop' can look different if they don't match up the paints used correctly.
     
  3. pkalhan

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    Were they able to correct the A4 or is there nothing that can be done? I wonder if ceramic coating the car before this happens would prevent it from happening.
     
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    Every car I've ever owned has had shading differences when switching the backing material, especially when in bright sunlight. Even very expensive ones.
     
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  5. voip-ninja

    voip-ninja Give me some sugar baby

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    Ceramic coating won’t fix it. It is due to how the paint lays on the part which affects its reflectivity when you look at it. Kind of like if you use a different primer on different parts.

    I never had the A4 fixed, I just learned to live with it.
     
  6. voip-ninja

    voip-ninja Give me some sugar baby

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    Here’s a photo of the Audi problem (not mine but pretty similar). It’s worth noting that Audi eventually fixed this problem, most photos you will see of this color and body style in subsequent years look fine.

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  7. Vistan

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    I've had a white 3 for three months and have seen no hint of any discoloration between the plastic and aluminum (steel) panels on the car.

    Vistan
     
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  8. alseTrick

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    #8 alseTrick, May 1, 2018
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    I've noticed this exact off coloring on essentially every pic of every white 3 I've ever seen (that showed the rear).

    Since i never saw anyone else mention it, i assumed it was just the angle.

    I wanted the white, but i will have to pass if this is an actual issue on all white 3's.

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  9. pipplo

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    Yep similar here. Some are way worse than others, and it's very dependent on the lighting

    White Photos

     
  10. pipplo

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    I do have to say that now I see this difference on a lot white cars (even non tesla) I've seen. It's pretty annoying that I can't unsee it now.
     
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  11. voip-ninja

    voip-ninja Give me some sugar baby

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    My current ride is white and does not have this issue.

    I was debating white again since I'm not wowed with any of the other color choices.
     
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    voip-ninja Give me some sugar baby

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    This Wikipedia article explains one of the reasons this happens;

     
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  13. pkalhan

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    Great! Now I am back to deciding between black or red. Leaning towards red.
     
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    Yeah I'm not saying they all do but it's just way more prevalent than I ever realized before.
     
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    There's another thread on this in the Interior/Exterior area. It might be just certain batches as mine (VIN: 17xxx) doesnt have this issue.

    White Paint Bumper mismatch
     
  16. AWDtsla

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    Try adding more light and angle.
     
  17. T-Will

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    This looks like one of the very early test models, notice the massive panel gaps and silver edge on the Aero wheels.
     
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  18. Venomized

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    I just configured two days ago and chose pearl white. This has me a little worried and debating if I should go black. Can I still change colors? My $2500 deposit still showing as pending.
     
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    Red is stunning. :)
     
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    Forums: where you learn about problems you never knew were problems.
     
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