Tesla Paint Issues

  • October 13, 2022
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The accelerated degradation of Tesla paint is well documented. Several owners across the country and around the world have reported abnormal damage on the underside of their cars and behind the wheels after only a few months. The most likely cause is Tesla’s use of corrosive chemical treatments during the painting process. These chemicals break down the paint’s clear coat, exposing the underlying metal to the elements. Over time, this exposure can lead to rust and other forms of damage.

Tesla has acknowledged the issue and has promised to take care of it for affected customers. In the meantime, it’s important to be vigilant about ceramic coating and PPF if you own a Tesla.

What Tesla Models Have Issues?

With their innovative electric car models, Tesla has been a popular topic in the news lately. However, some people may not know that Tesla cars have had some issues. Here we will outline the specific problems reported with each Tesla model.

Tesla Model S Paint Issues

The Tesla Model S has long been lauded for its stylish design and luxurious features. However, recent reports of paint defects have left many owners frustrated and disappointed.

The main complaint is the deterioration of the standard factory paint finish, which can flake and chip over time, especially in certain areas, such as around wheel wells or fenders. Many owners believe the problems are due to imperfect manufacturing processes, especially concerning the Model 3 base coat.

Tesla Model 3 Paint Issues

Tesla’s Model 3 has had several paint issues since its release in 2017. Consumer Reports recently studied the problem and found that the paint can flake off or chip over time, especially in certain areas such as around the wheel or fenders.

The problem is especially prevalent in black cars, which makes sense given that black car paint is more susceptible to chipping. Tesla has issued a service bulletin to dealerships outlining the issue and instructing them on how to fix it. Still, many owners are understandably upset that they have to deal with this problem.

Tesla Model X Paint Issues

Opti Coat On Tesla Model X: Front View With Doors Open

Tesla’s Model X has been plagued by paint issues, with many owners reporting that the paint job was dirty and full of scratches. Some have even had to have the entire car repainted. This is a serious issue for Tesla, affecting the car’s aesthetics and resale value.


There are a few possible causes of the paint issues. It could be that Tesla is using lower quality paint than other manufacturers. Or, it could be that the painting process itself is flawed.

Tesla Model Y Paint Issues

Tesla’s Model Y has been hit with some quality control issues, most notably concerning the paint job. Some owners have reported that their cars have come with “orange peel” paint, a textured finish that is not smooth. This can cause the car to look cheap and can be difficult to clean.

Tesla has said that they are aware of the issue and are working on a fix, but in the meantime, some owners are stuck with a car that doesn’t look as nice as it should. If you’re thinking of buying a Model Y, you may want to wait until Tesla has resolved this issue or take some prevention measures such as PPF, ceramic coating and hand wash.

What Are Tesla’s Paint Issues?

Tesla is facing criticism over its paint quality, with some customers complaining of chipped and flaking paint on their vehicles. Tesla has conducted its own investigation and claims that the problem lies not with the paint or the paint application process but with snow, salt, sand, and other road debris. The automaker says that Tesla’s warranty does not cover such damage.

This issue mostly affects customers in cold-weather climates, such as Canada, Sweden, and Finland. Some customers have reported paying out of pocket to have their cars repainted. Others say that they have been offered a full refund by Tesla if they are not satisfied with the paint job.

Tesla’s position is that the paint is not at fault here and that this is simply an issue that arises from driving in harsh conditions. While this may be the case, it’s disappointing for customers who have spent much money on a Tesla only to find that the paint is not up to par.

How to Fix Tesla Paint Issues

Tesla Model 3 Being Coated With Opti-Coat At Gleamworks Detailing

If you own a Tesla with paint issues, there are a few things you can do to try to fix the problem.

Try Ceramic Coating

Opti Coat Pro + Ceramic Coating With Microfiber Towels On Red Tesla

Ceramic coating is a great way to fix Tesla paint issues. It is a durable and long-lasting solution that will protect your paint from weathering, UV damage, and staining. Ceramic coating is also easy to apply and can be done DIY or at Gleamworks Detailing.

We carry several ceramic coating brands, including CQuarz Professional, Diamond SS, Revivify Self Coating, and Graphene Coating.

Install a Mudflap or Splash Guard or PPF

Paint protection film (PPF) is another great way to protect your paint from damage. PPF is a clear, adhesive film applied to your car’s surface. PPF acts as a barrier between your paint and the elements and can help prevent chips, scratches, and staining. You can buy PPF kits online or have them installed by professionals like Gleamworks. We work with a ClearBra brand and will custom cut and install PPF to fit your car.

Mudflaps and splash guards are also great ways to protect your paint from damage. Mudflaps help deflect rocks, mud, and other debris that can chip or scratch your paint. Splash guards help prevent water and mud from splashing onto your paint and causing stains. You can buy these items online or at Gleamworks.

Keep It Clean

One of the best ways to protect your paint is to keep it clean. Wash your car regularly with auto soap and water. If you live in an area with harsh weather conditions, you may want to wash your car more often. Ensure to dry your car thoroughly after washing to prevent water spots.

Consider a Car Cover

Another way to protect your paint is to invest in a car cover. A car cover will protect your paint from the sun, rain, snow, and other elements. Car covers can be purchased online or at most auto parts stores.