Can anyone explain what's happening with the glass?

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Check out these pictures that I posted last night in the production photos thread.

Why does the glass overhead appear to be a different color?

Is it the angle? Trick with the camera lens? A reflection?

On the back section I'm especially curious since it's one continuous piece of glass.

The effect is similar to what I see with polarized sun glasses sometimes, but I just find it odd that it's not the whole piece of glass.

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The color of the glass shifts as the roof portion must have more to block direct sun whereas the rear portion requires visibility to view behind you.

What I'm concerned about is the weird view when you get the standard roof...it's going to look weird with the long rear glass..and just the front 1/3 rd becoming steel body color panel...

Would be good to see it first hand to decide which roof to order
 

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The color of the glass shifts as the roof portion must have more to block direct sun whereas the rear portion requires visibility to view behind you.

What I'm concerned about is the weird view when you get the standard roof...it's going to look weird with the long rear glass..and just the front 1/3 rd becoming steel body color panel...

Would be good to see it first hand to decide which roof to order
I'm sold on the glass roof regardless, but agree. Would be interesting to see what the non-glass roof looks like.

I'm curious to see that effect as you've described it once I see the car in person.
 

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What you're seeing from the outside is an effect from coatings on the glass for UV and IR protection. I can assure you it's gradual and you can't see it from inside the car.

If you want to see it in real life go to a local Tesla store and look at a Model X. Stand outside in the sun and look at the windshield. Then get in the Model X and look out the windshield. Then just imagine that windshield on the back of the car. That's the Model 3

You'll see what I mean
 

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What I'm concerned about is the weird view when you get the standard roof...it's going to look weird with the long rear glass..and just the front 1/3 rd becoming steel body color panel...

my guess would be the standard roof option will be painted black and not painted to match the body color - so will blend in with the dark tinted part of the glass.

@SoFlaModel3 - the purple color is picked up in certain lighting/angles/wetness where the tint is and cameras pick it up more than your eye would naturally see it.
 

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I thought we saw a few vehicles in the past month or so with a body colored roof. I hope your right. I like your solution or suggestion better.

Thanks
 

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Thanks @TrevP and @MelindaV!

Love the idea on staring at the X some more. There are bunch near me so I should be able to accomplish this at the supermarket parking lot ;)
 

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I thought we saw a few vehicles in the past month or so with a body colored roof. I hope your right. I like your solution or suggestion better.

Thanks
None of the cars we've seen (possibly with the exception of the one(s) with the white film) have had anything but the glass. There have been some photos where the glass had reflections people mistook as being painted...
 

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Thanks Melinda...that would be great...and I agree a black painted roof portion would lower cost of production and time and it would look better for us cheap bastards who aren't spending five grand for the premium package...

Surprisingly...even if the glass roof was free...my better half prefers not to have a glass roof...

She is a hermit..lol (kidding..

She is actually a vampire,,,hahahah..again I'm kidding...

Thanks melinda
 

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my guess would be the standard roof option will be painted black and not painted to match the body color - so will blend in with the dark tinted part of the glass.
I agree, Mercedes did the same with the GLK double sun roofs. The steel roof is painted black between the 2 sun roofs and the windshield for the white GLK
 

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It’s a combo anti-reflective and IR-block (reddish hue is typical for that one) coating.
Fairly common in high end car windshields, and not that noticable in person / real life.

The curvature of the roof and the reflection of the clouds makes it more apparent in those shots.
 

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Another potential idea is for all the cars to have a glass roof, but that some have an opaque liner on the inside. Either painted a solid color (black or white) or with a physical liner that matches the look, feel, & contour of the Alcantara that covers the roof supports. That second option might explain why the front seat interior headroom numbers are shown as being slightly less with the standard roof instead of all glass.
 

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It’s a combo anti-reflective and IR-block (reddish hue is typical for that one) coating.
Fairly common in high end car windshields, and not that noticable in person / real life.
Many digital cameras read a bit into the IR part of the spectrum, you may be seeing that (which would explain why it isn't visible in person).

Thank you kindly.