Plenty to go wrong - this article is about SEAT but is not atypical of the automaker paint process.I would have thought the painting was all done by robots, so you'd expect more consistency wouldn't you?
This was our exact experience on a M3P - looked OK'ish on casual inspection but when we took it in for detailing the guy showed us all manner of defects under the lights. He also compared to other cars in his workshop, not all top brands, and the Tesla paint was pretty poor in comparison. Soft, uneven and also surface imperfections. The other issue was uneven panel edge finishes as though there's something not quite right with their stamping and metal prep.Well our solid black 3 went into the detailers to be prepped and ceramic coated this week. After all the cleaning and initial preparation we had a call from the company to come and see the vehicle as they had serious concerns. They confirmed that the paint is extremely soft (cheap) and the thickness varies from 50 microns upwards and is very inconsistent. This does not give them enough leeway to fully buff down the marks prior to coating, and therefore the final finish may not be as good as they would expect. In addition because the paint is soft the protection offered by the coating will not be as strong as it would be on a hard paint finish.
In addition the SC had already replaced the front bumper due to imperfections when we collected the car. The new bumper has a lot of marks, but in addition the paint has been damaged by the bubble-wrap the bumper was shipped in! Hopefully these can be buffed out.
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And when I called about something else I asked and they said that for them it was acceptable. Not sure I agree and will be bringing it up with them when my appointment comes around in early DecemberThe door shuts are not finished in the same colour as the car on the model 3 but are protected from the elements.
My Model 3 in Multi-coat Pearl White seems a pretty good finish from both a paint and build perspective.Doing a little research because our next car will be an EV, had my eye on a M3 for some time now. The Paint issues are my main concern, has anyone heard if the QC has got any better at all and if there are any new cases here in the UK of dodgy paint? Would it be worth getting a PPF wrap from delivery to stop chips/wear etc?
Same here, also on pearl white, delivered in mid September. I did a paintwork detail a couple of days after collection and only found one paint blemish, which I was able to buff out by hand with some polish.My Model 3 in Multi-coat Pearl White seems a pretty good finish from both a paint and build perspective.
I do feel that the earlier cars are the ones to watch out for, my VIN is in the 500xxx range.