Benefit to unpainted CT. I don’t like paint on trucks. I use Linex, no paint no scratches.

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Yes. But some people believe in a flat earth. At 'worst' It will have its own niche I think.

2% painted per million = 20,000. Just a matter of time before we see it regularly. It may gather momentum, who knows with these things.


Might have its own thread one day.. what type of paint, and best way to apply it.
Maybe acid etch it first then perhaps the paint would stick better.
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Lol

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Maybe acid etch it first then perhaps the paint would stick better.
Acid will make the problem worse. Using acid for "passivation" removes free iron and contamination from the surface, increasing corrosion resistance.

To paint stainless, you must coarse-grind it or sandpaper it first. If you decide later to remove the paint, you'll have a mess to undo.
 

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If Tesla doesn’t offer hundreds of wrap design options from the factory they are going to miss out on a great revenue stream. If customers can upload a custom design that would be a game changer.
There is zero chance that Tesla offers a custom factory finish of any kind. It only slows them down, and gives the customer one more issue to use for a rejection (and then Tesla has a customized vehicle that will be harder to sell).

Tesla wants to build 1000/week. Do you know of any PPF shop that could even remotely keep up with that volume? They're not going to offer anything that slows the ramp-up of production.
 

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The sheer amount raw SS over the coming years driving around will spawn a new business for artists.

From $500 or less. there will be lots of providers and lots of customers.

Those painted cars we saw at Berlin and Austin open days, were perhaps a hint of things to come.

Rather than seeing boring SS everywhere, our Cybertrucks could/will be the canvass for home, graffiti and professional artists.


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The DeLorean has 3 metal trim pieces framing the windshield: two of aluminum on the A pillars, and a stainless piece across the top, all painted black. A common issue is the black paint starting to chip away at the interfaces where they rub the stainless part.

My car was no exception, so I removed these pieces to strip and repaint. I used harsh stripping chemicals on the aluminum, a wire brush, and a scrub pad, and it only took an hour or so.

I applied the chemical to the stainless part, and all the paint immediately fell off.

I decided to reinstall the pieces unpainted. It helps me find my car at conventions lol
 


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Hi guys, I myself would be looking to getting my CT wrapped. Steel look is cool but I’d prefer color on it lol.
 

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There is zero chance that Tesla offers a custom factory finish of any kind. It only slows them down, and gives the customer one more issue to use for a rejection (and then Tesla has a customized vehicle that will be harder to sell).

Tesla wants to build 1000/week. Do you know of any PPF shop that could even remotely keep up with that volume? They're not going to offer anything that slows the ramp-up of production.
Yep. Also warrantee issues.

Also, lots of people wrap vehicles.


PS, you forgot a zero. They want to make 10,000/ week!
 

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Yep. Also warrantee issues.

Also, lots of people wrap vehicles.


PS, you forgot a zero. They want to make 10,000/ week!
After ramping up they'll get to 10,000 a week. I expect 1000 per week next year!
 

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How much weight does all of that line-X add? It's not light.
 

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How much weight does all of that line-X add? It's not light.
On the entire exterior minus the glass it would be over 100 lbs. Just a bedliner is around 35 lbs.

The best lb. of additional weight is no lb. of additional weight! For 100 lbs. I could carry around a full-sized spare and a jack and lug wrench. Not that I'd want to do that but...
 


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Only think which concerns me is pinstripping from tree branches. PPF might be worse because it will likely tear and peel at the edges.
I'm not going to consider my Cybertruck properly "broken in" until it has some custom pinstripping from Alder saplings.

As it ages, I might add a few divots from bullets and maybe use a large torch to mimic re-entry burns too. :LOL:
 

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I'm not going to consider my Cybertruck properly "broken in" until it has some custom pinstripping from Alder saplings.

As it ages, I might add a few divots from bullets and maybe use a large torch to mimic re-entry burns too. :LOL:
I’m not sure the places I go will even leave stripes on the Cybertruck. I take my Subaru up there and it hasn’t done more than light paint scratches. I wouldn’t take the Model Y up there, but Cybrertruck will probably be testing the durability of the stainless within a few days.
 

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I’m not sure the places I go will even leave stripes on the Cybertruck. I take my Subaru up there and it hasn’t done more than light paint scratches. I wouldn’t take the Model Y up there, but Cybrertruck will probably be testing the durability of the stainless within a few days.
If you owned a newish traditional design & painted $40K+ pickup, would you be hesitant to take it up there?
 

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If you owned a newish traditional design & painted $40K+ pickup, would you be hesitant to take it up there?
My entire use case for pickup trucks involves going places where they will probably get scratched up so… yes. Though I wouldn’t buy a newer model traditional pickup. I owned a 2002 Tundra (sold prematurely :cry:) which I have taken along some of these routes, but not having to worry about paint I will certainly push deeper and less cautiously.
 

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I’m not sure the places I go will even leave stripes on the Cybertruck. I take my Subaru up there and it hasn’t done more than light paint scratches. I wouldn’t take the Model Y up there, but Cybrertruck will probably be testing the durability of the stainless within a few days.
I take my Model 3 up a lot of Forest Service roads and many of the spurs are over-grown and thwhacking the mirrors and sides of the Model 3. But I go slow and keep my car pretty clean with a good coat of wax on it and I haven't noticed any paint scratches. My Model 3 is white so that helps but the real secret is no dirt. Alder saplings don't scratch clean paint.

But, yeah, the Cybertruck, with no fragile paint to scratch, will be perfect for this kind of exploring/alpine berry picking and getting to high remote trailheads. Depending upon weather and road conditions, sometimes it's impossible for it to not get a nice coat of mud or dirt on the body before you encounter the branches or saplings.
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