Model 3

Pearl White Paint Touch-Up Kit

edited November -1 in Model 3
Tesla still doesn't have Pearl White Touch-Up kits available. I was going to order Dr. Rock Chip but they have a disclaimer that theirs isn't a 100% match due to the fact the original is a tri-coat. Has anyone tried this or anything else? If so, what was the result? I have 3 little rock chips on the nose cone that are driving me crazy.
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  • edited November 2018
    I’m looking for a decent touch up kit as well. The chips are expected and don’t make me crazy but would like to keep the finish looking nice.
  • edited November 2018
    You might want to try Chipex https://www.chipex.com/

    Good reputation and fast shipping.
  • edited November 2018
    Does your front bumper match well with the rest of your car on your pearl white M3? Mine does not, but the back bumper is a perfect match
  • edited November 2018
    Glad I did the Xpel Ultimate Plus on my car for this reason. Can't even tell the film is on there.
  • edited November 2018
    @jim - Thanks for the link. I may give that a ahot.

    @RES IPSA - Yes, paint is good all the way around. I'd heard about the rear bumper not matching but not the front. Did you take it to service to get it matched?

    @KnightC23 - That was a good investment. Wish I would've investigated that further.
  • edited November -1
    @Caseman... I did take it to the SC, but they said white is very hard to match the metal and the plastic on the car. But I said you did it perfectly on the rear? They didn't seem to have an answer that made any sense to me. They said they would send me to a body shop, but that some cars had come back looking worse. So I decided against it and just left it alone.

    Here in SD at the showroom at the mall, the pearly white Model X has a mismatched rear bumper but perfect front bumper. I pointed that out the Tesla salesman there, and he said he had never noticed the difference before but that he could see a difference.
  • edited November 2018
    @ftm3 - Thanks. Were you happy with the results? The one review for our white said it wasn't a great color match.

    @RES IPSA - I think ours may be the most difficult to match and I probably would've kept it also. The pictures I have seen of mismatched color on the rear from the factory were very slight and I wouldn't have noticed. I'm sure yours looks great.
  • edited November 2018
    @CASEMAN It is a bit tricky to work with as there are 3 layers to deal with and getting it right took some practice. Base is fine, nice bright white, second layer is the "color" which contains the pearl and that is where I made an error. I put on two coats and it seemed right but really should have done only one as the final clear coat adds to the final look more than I expected. The first ones I did are in the door jam so no one sees them. A small one I did later and did only 1 coat of the color layer came out much better, I think I did 2 layers of clear on it
  • edited November 2018
    @ftm3 - Thanks for the info and the insight. I will order today.
  • edited November 2018
    @CASEMAN, Touch up direct will guarantee a match. I have that in writing.
  • edited November 2018
    What is their process for the touch up? Do they (Touch up Direct) have a video how to for their product?
  • edited November 2018
    @walnotr, unfortunately they don't have a video, but they do have very good written instructions and they provide test cards.

    There are several videos on youtube that address using multi-coat type touch up paints.
  • edited November 2018
    I just ordered the paint kit from Touch Up Direct (through Amazon). I will update this post after I receive it and touch up the rock chips. Thanks for the responses.

    @gmr6415 - Thank you for the reassurance on the color.
  • edited November 2018
    I have had both good and bad experiences with Touch up Direct. Touch up paint from them for my 2008 Triumph Tiger is not even close. No response whatsoever from customer service.
  • edited November 2018
    @caseman, Here is my conversation with Touchupdirect:


    Glenn:
    I have a 2018 pearl white Tesla Model 3. The paint code is PPSW. I noticed you have a PPSW repair kit but you don't list any 2018 Teslas in your list. Is your PPSW kit compatible with a 2018 multi cote, Pearl White Model 3?


    Touch up direct:
    (Sam) [email protected]

    Hello,
    Manufacturers will reuse colors, the only identifier that is consistent is the color code. The color should match, we send out test cards with all of our orders so you can test the color and clear coat before hand. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

    Thanks,
    Sam

    Glenn:
    Thank you Sam,
    I’m assuming that if I purchase it, and it doesn’t match I’m stuck with it, or do you accept returns for a lack of match? The 2018 color code on the door jam tag is PPSW, so I’m assuming it would match.

    Thank you,
    Glenn

    Touch up direct:
    Good Afternoon Glenn,

    You are welcome to a refund however if there is a color match issue we will definitely work with you until we find a match. Remember we send out test cards as well so you may test the color and clear coat before hand.

    Thanks,
    Sam
  • edited January 2019
    Any updates? Hoping you guys have more info on the paint repair kits you used. I have two new ones I’d like to fix as well.
  • edited January 2019
    Day 57 of ownership, only 683 miles... In spite of careful parking at the local Lowe's, someone hit the front air dam (under the bumper) with one of those carts for heavy items and left a gouge and a bunch of blue-colored streaks. I was able to get the blue streaks off but there are a couple of places where the paint is gone and the black plastic is showing. So I will be following this thread to see what the consensus is for PPSW chip repair... Thanks!
  • edited March 2019
    I had this fender bender
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/iiERSCphv8xhGd8H7

    Will touchuppaintdirect fix it?

    I ordered the perfection kit for Tesla model 3 PPSW code
  • edited May 2019
    For those who tried Touch up direct PPSW paint. How many coats of base, mid, and clear did you need to make the perfect match?
  • edited May 2019
    What's wrong with the touch up paint from Tesla store? Wrong color code? Then why it's listed in Model 3 section?
  • edited May 2019
    Tesla uses Dr. Colorchip for their touchup system. Dr colorchip can't match the white color. They will only send you the base coat. It's whiter than the top coat and it's a flat white. No metallic flakes. It doesn't match but sure beats the black coating underneath.
  • edited May 2019
    @moosavi5, I used 3 coats of base, 2 coats of mid and 2 coats of clear. The issue is with multiple coats it tends to build up an area thicker than original paint. It needs to be allowed to dry at least a day or two between coats and carefully wet sanded with very fine (4000) grit sandpaper between coats minimizing the area you sand as best as possible, or you end up with a raised area. There was also issues with ending up with a very small air bubble where the original chip was. I had to use a straight pin to purge the air bubbles while the paint was still wet.

    I repaired 3 chips on my hood and one right next to the roof glass on the passenger side. I can still see them because I know where they are, but to the average person walking by they wouldn't notice unless the sun hit it just right. It's not perfect, but much better than the chips that were down to bare metal. The other alternative was getting the whole hood repainted because of 3 small chips and then hoping it matched.

    It's tricky, but once done it's as close to an exact match as you're going to get. Because of all of the sanding I also used polishing compound on the areas after it was fully dry, which brought the shine back to original. At first I thought I had really screwed up even attempting it, but in the end after polishing compound and a few coats of wax I'm happy with it. This isn't something you are going to do in a day and get it right or you are a lot better at it than I am. I spent about a week on it. One coat at a time.

    @Иг, the last time I looked Tesla isn't selling a PPSW (pearl white) paint kit. Under touchup direct it's listed under a 2017 Model S.
  • Has anyone outside of Frank used touchupdirect with the shasta white pearl?
    I just ordered the M3 in pearl white but thinking about changing the colour as Tesla doesn't offer a touch up paint to match.
  • edited November -1
    Seriously when will Tesla 2017-2019 Pearl White Multi-Coat? There is no reason a small sample could be provided since the last I checked Pearl White Multi-Coat is an upgraded paint charge. If they can’t provide a small touch up kit sample then at least offer it online in the store. This is pretty pathetic and actually petty.
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