Opinion about paint issue

Opinion about paint issue

After taking my M3 home, I noticed the paint on the trunk lid was uneven. I believe it looks like some mottling, which can happen with improper paint application of metallic paints. Its most apparent under fluorescent lights in my garage. In regular sunlight, its not that apparent unless you know its there. Debating about whether or not to have this fixed or not.

I read that the fix if it shows up after clear coat application is to sand and repaint. I'm worried that attempting to fix it would result in an even larger section that looks off. Any advice from people with more paint knowledge is much appreciated.

Some pics: (Starts from right about the Tesla T and moves to the right) (Visible as a darker circle)

gillies | 09. August 2018

If you get it fixed they will completely repaint the trunk. I don't think they will do a half-assed job of repainting only part of the trunk or trying to modify existing paint layers - that's just not how paint body shops work. If they fix it the job will be done by a 3rd party body shop - not by Tesla. If you can take it to a service center and park it somewhere (in the shade?) and convince the rep that there is a problem, I think you can then ask them what can be done. Good luck!

dt22cc | 09. August 2018

Yeah, I'm don't know if I want to risk an even larger area being mismatched. Painting the whole trunk and blending would mean about 1/4 of my car being repainted. If they don't do a perfect job then it could look even worse than just having this small spot.

I have a bunch of other things that need fixing so I will see when I visit the service center or a ranger comes to visit me. My wheel wells are missing the speed nuts that hold the black wheel well lining to the body, plus my rear seat is not attached and I can lift it up and see the battery underneath lol.

N8778204151 | 09. August 2018

I have same issues with my Blue Tesla 3, noticed at delivery time.
I spoke to manager, they asked me to wait 1 hour to fix it. it looks better therefore I took my car home.
Few days later, I noticed it has many spots that are easilt seen under the light in my garage. I sent tesla customer service email, they sent an email back stated that they will schedule a maintenance and fix it. my car is 1500 miles so far, i guess they will schedule the service when I reach 5000 miles.

cfcubed | 10. August 2018

I'm struggling with same type decision for tiny clear-coated paint bubbles on my TM3:
Local SC assures me the Tesla-approved shop they'll send it to will do a good job re-painting the entire piece.

Was tempted to get Tesla paint repair kit & try to properly level/clean/touch-up the spots rather than "risk" full re-paint of the piece. But will likely go with SC's offered re-paint for potential resale reasons at least.

These cars are so new it *should* be no problem for shops to use factory paint to match, e.g. no fading to worry about yet.

Note: Lots of reports of small "dull" areas in paint around. I had some, looked like rubbing compound was hastily used & not followed by polishing compound, which easily polished out prior to wax. Guess pushing these out/posting sale-throughs/getting $$s now is trumping spending a bit more time doing it "right" the first time. Though seems those with paint issues are in the minority.

Carl Thompson | 10. August 2018

"My wheel wells are missing the speed nuts that hold the black wheel well lining to the body, plus my rear seat is not attached and I can lift it up and see the battery underneath lol."


dgcan75 | 10. August 2018

If Tesla is willing to fix it at their cost, I would definitely have them do it. They are not doing to cheap out and do some half baked job - they will make this right for you

dt22cc | 10. August 2018

Yeah, I have an appointment with SC on 8/21 to see what they say.

tsdobbs | 11. August 2018

At delivery 7/30, we noticed and could feel by touch three places where specks of dirt were under the paint on the trunk and rear doors. They took pics and authorized repair. Of course we noticed more tiny spots around the car, 8 total, and marked them with painters tape before taking it in yesterday. Service guy said they will sand and paint and assured us it will look great. The whole process means 2-3 weeks without the car. Hopefully we are doing the right thing...

Magic 8 Ball | 11. August 2018

Social media is turning the public into paint nazis.

Getting absolutely perfect paint on high volume cars is near impossible. I grew up in a family run auto body shop and our bread and butter business was to "fix" flaws in brand new cars. The dealers had their own shops but there was enough overflow to keep a community of independents busy. If you listen to folks that restore to "factory" specs the will paint in overspray patterns and most will admit to do it right they should throw in a bit of dirt, hair, lint, etc. into the paint pot.

Be picky if you wish but be aware that you will be putting your car into a re-work environment and situation if you chose to have them "fix" it. I have had a few "show" cars over the years and even some of those had paint flaws that just were not worth the trouble.

lilbean | 11. August 2018

I agree @Magic 8.

shawncordell | 11. August 2018

“Getting absolutely perfect paint on high volume cars is near impossible”

What does that even mean? Is the paint process different depending on volume?

shawncordell | 11. August 2018

"My wheel wells are missing the speed nuts that hold the black wheel well lining to the body, plus my rear seat is not attached and I can lift it up and see the battery underneath lol."


dt22cc | 11. August 2018

@mos, yes no car is 100% perfect paint. It’s a goal to strive for but probably not achievable. I would say cars I’ve had in the past had minor paint imperfections, like scratches that could be polished out. However, paint imperfections requiring 1-2 weeks of work/resprays is not acceptable imo. Even if only 5% of cars have this issue, they should be getting caught during QC. That’s just my expectation as a customer based on past experiences.

@shawncordell, I actually fixed my rear seat myself after watching a YouTube video about rear seat removal. Apparently, there are just little sliding hooks that hold the seat in place. Pretty simple to DIY actually.

jefjes | 11. August 2018

We found a scratch about 3" long above the right rear door during our delivery walk around. They did something to it while we were doing the paperwork and we couldn't see it anymore so thought no problem. Now it seems to have come back for whatever reason. I will probably just live with it since it's only noticeable if I point it out and you're looking for it. Nothing stays new forever and it's inevitable that a daily driven car will get a few dings over time but is annoying when the car is brand new. I'm not going to drive the 4-hour round trip to have the service center do whatever they did before and have it come back anyway and I for sure don't want to be without my car to have it repainted over such a small scratch.

RL5555 | 11. August 2018

I have similar quality issue with my pearl white paint on the front hood discovered on day of delivery (two weeks ago) and made service appointment on the spot.
Took the car in yesterday and service tech advice "color sand" by Tesla's contracted body shop. He also advice against repaint the hood because it will devalue the car.
The whole process should take 1 to 2 weeks and they gave me a P85D loaner car.
I kept my fingers crossed and will see how it goes.

lanstars | 11. August 2018

I visited the Pasadena CA showroom last week and was surprised to see the M3 on display with noticable orange peel paint characteristics on the entire body. It looked similar to the finish I get on my home improvement projects using a hand held can of spray paint.

dt22cc | 21. August 2018


Dropped off my car this morning at the SC. I was the first customer of the day. Everyone was friendly and helpful and I didn't feel rushed. They noted down all my concerns and gave me an estimate of 1-2 weeks to fix my paint issue, depending on how bad the body shop is backed up. I think all my other issues would have been fixed same day if not for paint.

Anyway, they gave me a red MS P90D as a loaner so can complain there.

Magic 8 Ball | 22. Oktober 2018

Screw CBD, 22% THC and you won't feel a thing : 0

Stand by for the flags.

andy.connor.e | 22. Oktober 2018

25% THC and you will stop caring about the paint.

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Quangsinh1996 | 12. Juni 2019

Hello, can I have a comment?

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Joni.Savolainen | 29. August 2019

We have been gathering the problematic cases to facebook on here:

Mr. Spacely | 29. August 2019

So 750,000 Teslas on the road and you found a couple hundred with paint issues?

Magic 8 Ball | 29. August 2019

So all I have to do is post a shocking photo on facebook and get people to join to whine, what a great concept! Dang!

in7 | 29. August 2019

Some people have suggested that getting a wrap done is a good option. This would make the color appear even.

82bert | 29. August 2019

Lot of necrobumps. They’re in full force.

djsdivinity | 09. Oktober 2019

nice info thanks

Scrannel | 10. Oktober 2019

dt22cc, getting back to your paint issue. Hard to see but of you have a "mottled" look on top of trunk, usually due to bad prep. And yes, if in the metallic, sand, prep and repaint. I would not be afraid of this, you should be able to get it done so not noticeable.

AWDTesla | 10. Oktober 2019

``Social media is turning the public into paint nazis.``

Paint is missing in some areas. Never mind bad quality. The paint is fucking MISSING. When you don`t bother covering the primer, that`s just shitty craftsmanship.` If thats the kind of work you think is okay, and fine for your family business to pump out, I would love to know the name so I can give everyone a heads up about your shitty shop.

andy.connor.e | 10. Oktober 2019


Or its an automation error. Calm down dude.

AWDTesla | 10. Oktober 2019

i talk hard, cool as a cucumber here. just sick of m8b's tesla can do no wrong bs.

andy.connor.e | 10. Oktober 2019

There are certain people whom are not worth arguing with.

calvin940 | 10. Oktober 2019


and you chose to respond to a 2 month old post because.. well because it was just there?

AWDTesla | 10. Oktober 2019