Submitted by dougp on July 16, 2014
I parked my 2 week old Blue S85 under a tree at work to charge the car (it was the only open charger). Few hours later, I came out to dozen or so sap stains on the car from the tree above. I did not think too much of it and washed the car a week later. Terrible mistake -- when I washed the car, the area that came into contact with the sap was stained and did not come off.
I took it to a trusted auto detailer (AJ's in San Jose) and they recommend a full clay, polish and wax. After 3 hours, the end result was better but some of the sap permanently etched into the clearcoat. You need to get close to see the etching but it's visible which really sucks. I know in retrospect, I should have washed it right away but I don't recall damage like this in my other dark color cars including MB and BMWs.
Is the clearcoat on the tesla not as durable as the other car manufactures'? Is there anything I can do to fix this?
The other thing the detailer mentioned is some car manufactures don't apply a coat of wax when the car is new, reducing the protection. Does anything know if Tesla applies wax prior to delivery?