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Wood strip maintenance?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by insaneoctane, May 29, 2018.

  1. insaneoctane

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    Since it is open pore and not slathered in plastic, is the wood strip going to hold up baking in the sun day after day? What products are recommended to keep it protected and looking new?
     
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    Once every 6 car washes (so every 12 weeks), I give the figured ash in my S a dose of old school lemon oil.

    Anti-lemon voodoo, if you will.

    Wipe on, wipe off.

    If I had a 3, I’d do the same. Haven’t found anything better for grained veneers than lemon oil.

    I liked the unvarnished obeche in the last car, missed out on the lacewood, and am pleased that there are still options for exposed wood that do not involve their glossy overcoats.

    There’s a theme there somewhere.
     
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    Shellac is pretty but not very hardy. It can be damaged by alcohol, water, oils, and probably sun. For a finish, you might need to go urethane or tung oil (but I don’t know much about it). I’m considering the lemon oil. It has worked for years on an unfinished chest of drawers.
     
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    I don’t think that it would need and protection, but if you did I would use a matte wipe-on polyurethane. beware that even a clear urethane will most likely darken the panel a bit.

    For cleaning, naphtha is the pro’s choice for untreated, open-grain wood, and won’t harm polyurethane or vinyl either.

    That said, I have no idea if there’s any treatment on the veneered dash panel, but I wouldn’t hesitate to test it on one of the ends by the a-pillars.
     
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    If you look at the pleated corners on the Model 3's wood dash, the wood appears to be paper thin. I'd be afraid that any wood treatment would penetrate the wood, dissolve the adhesive, and cause the wood to delaminate.
     
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    The stuff you use to treat and condition wood salad bowls.
     
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    I'm planning to do nothing to the wood.
     
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    Hmm, I was thinking of mineral oil but having second thoughts based on @Nikola's comment. I'm not worried about it....if it starts looking bad I'm sure Tesla will replace or by then there will be tons of aftermarket options for replacement or existing wraps.
     
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    Mine was cracked at delivery, waiting on a replacement...
     
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    #14 gilscales, Feb 7, 2019
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    Do NOT use a polyurethane as this is for interior use.

    I used to build custom cabinets back in the day and used many different types of finishes in the past, if you choose to do this I would use something that is a marine grade product, matte finish for sure and has to have UV inhibitors, check out this one, very good rep, some of the other finishes I have used in the past that are the most durable contained some tung oil.

    https://www.amazon.com/Epifanes-Wood-Finish-Matte-1000/dp/B005ADX8XI/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1549529427&sr=1-2&keywords=epifanes+matte&th=1&psc=1

    If you really want to do a crazy good job then get the high gloss and the thiner as well as the matte, take the unit out and give it a light sand down to at least 320, thin the gloss 50/50 with the thinner and put several very thin coats (5 or 6) sanding very lightly with the 320 in between coats, follow up with a couple of coats of the matte thinned maybe 25% thinner to 75% matte. should look like Buddah when done.
     

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