Tesla Model S
The flagship vehicle for Tesla received our Paint Correction, Ceramic Coating, and interior detail.
This vehicle is 5 years old at the time of writing. Although it might be a little older, the vehicle has only had one owner and has been fairly well taken care of. The owner wanted to get all those imperfections out and protect it for many years to come. So naturally, we came to Paint Correction and Ceramic Coating as the solution. The interior also needed a bit of work as it hadn't been cleaned in a while and the owner had a dog so hair removal was necessary.
This service took quite some time as the paint correction was a 2-step, increasing time dramatically. The first step to work on was the interior. Vacuum, shampoo, stain removal, leather cleaning, and leather conditioning were the steps taken to get it looking brand new again. The item that took the most time to get correct was the trunk. With a lot of vacuuming and some elbow grease, the trunk/frunk and interior were cleaned completely. The interior was ready to be closed up and Paint Correction and Ceramic Coating are next!
The wash and cleaning phase of the exterior did not take very long as the owner kept it well maintained. After a short while of claying the vehicle, it was finally completely clean. It did take more time than most cars for the cleaning phase, but all that was left was for it to be prepped and ready for the Paint Correction and Ceramic Coating.
Tesla has a very, very, very soft paint. It's probably the softest paint we have ever worked on. This being said, finishing it will require a much more delicate touch and the actual compounding was not difficult at all due to the soft paint. The only major difference in this vehicle was the custom carbon fiber hood. Most carbon fiber add-ons have extremely soft paint as well. Luckily this hood was just installed and had very little defects. All that was need was to do the second step instead of a true 2-step. Doing the compounding stage would have been overly aggressive and unnecessary. Grabbing our favorite wool and cutting compound, we did our first step over the entire car, removing deeps swirls and moderate imperfections. See a 50/50 shot below to view the differences after the first step. Our second step required a finishing pad, our favorite compound, and a dual-action polisher.
Now that the Paint Correction process is out of the way, we begin the Ceramic Coating step. The entire car was prepped with IGL Pre-coat to make sure there was absolutely nothing left on the paint. We gave the vehicle one coat of the base layer and two hours later gave it its topcoat. The Ceramic Coating process itself can be very time consuming if it is to be done correctly. A sedan this size can easily take 5+ hours from pre-coat to the final layer of the Ceramic Coating being wiped off. Any company able to do multiple layers of a Ceramic Coating in under 4 hours is either not waiting long enough between coats, not doing all the coats they say they are, or simply using inferior products.
After giving the owners the do's and don'ts of Ceramic Coatings, the car was ready for the photo shoot. Thanks to Paint Correction the car is now scratch free and has a mirror finish. They also have UV protection, heat protection, scratch resistance, anti-fouling, and much more thanks to the 5-year Ceramic Coating.
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