Paint issues; light patches/missing paint

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KOS

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I had my car for 9 days now and decided to wash it yesterday. After drying the car, I noticed that two small light patches were not going off. I've seen them previously but always thought they were fingerprints or something greasy on the paint surface (which is why I didn't go back to the Tesla service center).


My concern now is that these patches are under the clear coat and can't be fixed without repainting the door (which I'm trying to avoid). Do any of you have ever seen this kind of paint issues? If so, is it repairable without repainting?





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I had my car for 9 days now and decided to wash it yesterday. After drying the car, I noticed that two small light patches were not going off. I've seen them previously but always thought they were fingerprints or something greasy on the paint surface (which is why I didn't go back to the Tesla service center).


My concern now is that these patches are under the clear coat and can't be fixed without repainting the door (which I'm trying to avoid). Do any of you have ever seen this kind of paint issues? If so, is it repairable without repainting?



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That sucks. Are you near the SC at least? Hopefully they are just clouds in the clearcoat. If it's under the clear...game over.
 

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Update: I decided to go directly to the SC this morning and report the issue on site. After logging the issue with the delivery specialist, I decided to go see if the authorized body shop (across the street) was open and see what they thought about my issue.

Luckily, there were open!

After showing the pictures to the shop owner, he told me he needed to see the car in person to inspect it. So I went back get my car and brought it to the shop owner, after looking at the patches, he went back in the garage to get a polisher/compound. It took 5 minutes and the two patches were gone (plus he found 4 mores that he removed as well). He explained to me that it was unbuffed patches of clear coats. It can happen when they fix paint defects at the plant and they reapplied clear coat afterward without buffing it properly.

In the end, my car is looking perfect and I am happy :) Thanks to Nic from Fix Auto Décarie, Montreal for the awesome service!

TL;DR : The authorized body shop fixed the patches with a compound. Apparently, it was "unbuffed" patches of clear coats.

 

MelindaV

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I had my car for 9 days now and decided to wash it yesterday. After drying the car, I noticed that two small light patches were not going off. I've seen them previously but always thought they were fingerprints or something greasy on the paint surface (which is why I didn't go back to the Tesla service center).


My concern now is that these patches are under the clear coat and can't be fixed without repainting the door (which I'm trying to avoid). Do any of you have ever seen this kind of paint issues? If so, is it repairable without repainting?



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looks more like an area that was hit with a hand polisher sponge to remove something and not the adjacent areas. I had something similar that you could see in just the right light. After the car was mechanically polished, it went away.