Tesla Model 3 Factory Paint Defects

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With the large number of Model 3’s coming through our shop, we have started to notice a few common issues with the condition of the paint from the factory. That being said, the majority of these defects can be removed in our standard paint correction process. On the other hand, there are a few paint defects that can only be removed through some invasive techniques. This post is absolutely not a knock to Tesla’s build quality, but is more or less information that you should be aware of when taking paint correction into consideration.

DA Sand Scratches

These particular defects are commonly removed during our standard paint correction process. This is very common when cars leave the any OE manufacturer. The only reason Tesla owners are encountering these first hand is because there isn’t a detail department to finish the car before hitting “the showroom floor”. The majority of large dealerships from other manufacturers have to cut and polish cars before they hit the lot.

Paint Debris

These defects require a much more invasive approach and is most of the time better to leave alone. We recommend that these defects shouldn’t always be removed due to the softness and thickness of the factory clear coat. For the most part we have found that Tesla’s have a thinner layer of clear than most factory paint jobs. That being said, we want to make sure to leave as much clear on the surface before any method of paint protection and do not always recommend removing these.

As I said before this is not a post bashing Tesla or the quality of their cars. This post is meant to bring awareness to potential customers about the condition of their paint before entering our shop. We also want you to be informed as to what should and shouldn’t (not can and cannot) be removed in a paint correction.

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