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No, it didn't. You can track down his interview if you think otherwise.
It's both. Go check your dictionary.
I already saw the interview with Franz von Holzhausen ("Hans" is from Die Hard) and he did not specify whether "finish" meant a process or a coating, but I presumed the former, since nothing sticks to stainless steel. The "coating" on stainless steel is the chromium used in the formulation, which is integral to the metal.

Stainless is very difficult to paint, or to apply other coatings or sealants, for the very same reason it stays shiny and is easy to clean. If there is a permanent coating that can be used on stainless steel, then this is some magic alchemy that I have never heard of in over 20 years as a DeLorean owner.

Tesla is using stainless steel specifically to avoid painting it, so why would they then concoct a "coating" process instead?!??

The DeLorean stainless was hand-textured with a horizontal grain using a flap-sander. This "finish" made it easy to blend-in any minor blemishes. There's also a variety of finishes induced by the rolling process; the smoother your rollers, the smoother the finished product.
 

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We have some folks complaining that it won’t work as a work truck - but a work truck is usually missing half its paint and covered in rust. The CT is significantly hardier than your standard work truck.
though, the irony of your post (one lots like it? Is simultaneously saying “it’s a work truck you shouldn’t care about smudges” along with “reason CT is awesome is the paint won’t gets scratches and doors won’t get dings”

folks seem to code switch as convenient between “you shouldn’t care how your work truck looks” and “you should care so much it’s a CT selling point”
 

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I already saw the interview with Franz von Holzhausen ("Hans" is from Die Hard) and he did not specify whether "finish" meant a process or a coating, but I presumed the former, since nothing sticks to stainless steel. The "coating" on stainless steel is the chromium used in the formulation, which is integral to the metal.

Stainless is very difficult to paint, or to apply other coatings or sealants, for the very same reason it stays shiny and is easy to clean. If there is a permanent coating that can be used on stainless steel, then this is some magic alchemy that I have never heard of in over 20 years as a DeLorean owner.

Tesla is using stainless steel specifically to avoid painting it, so why would they then concoct a "coating" process instead?!??

The DeLorean stainless was hand-textured with a horizontal grain using a flap-sander. This "finish" made it easy to blend-in any minor blemishes. There's also a variety of finishes induced by the rolling process; the smoother your rollers, the smoother the finished product.
Elon said they chose stainless steel for strength and corrosion resistance. Hans was as vague as always. They make stuff that sticks to anything these days. They could be using anything from polish or sealer to ceramic or clear coat, and something like the latter would fit him saying it could be repaired and cured. Maybe they'll have a whole line of products to care for your indestructible Cybertruck. I didn't like what he was saying because all I want to do is wash off the crud when I don't like how gross it's looking, just like my kitchen appliances and those in every restaurant.
 
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Stainless is very difficult to paint, or to apply other coatings or sealants, for the very same reason it stays shiny and is easy to clean. If there is a permanent coating that can be used on stainless steel, then this is some magic alchemy that I have never heard of in over 20 years as a DeLorean owner.
duced by the rolling process; the smoother your rollers, the smoother the finished product.
This is responding to the people talking about fingerprints and lack of lustre on the CT. There is special *cleaner* for Stainless, but it definitely is not permanent. It will, however, replace the dull sheen & fingerprints with a temporary shiny coating. None of us know how the particular Cybertruck stainless will respond to current 3rd party products. I can only imagine road dust might stick to any shining compounds. Much like any car with a paint coat, it gets dirty soon after you drive it out of the carwash. Get a cordless 20v polisher at Harbor Freight and keep it in the truck? lol.
 


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“Finish” refers to a process, not a coating.
I don’t know about that. When I’m, building furniture, the “finishing” process includes scraping, planing, and/or sanding., along with the application of the final coating of whatever that piece is ‘finished’ with. If I see a new MB G wagon, I’ve said “it has a matte finish”, which refers to the paint…
 
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Are fingerprints going to show on the CT as bad as on our stainless steel refrigerators?
Yes.

Fortunately, you will enjoy many years of "holy sh!t is that a cybertruck!!?" before anyone notices the fingerprints.
 

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The CT fingerprint gripes are annoying. Except for the winter testing photos, every pic of the CT has been in a location that's hot AF.

The people working/using the CT are testing it. That means they're walking back and forth, digging around to attach this-that, and generally fiddling with shit all day in the hot sun.

Why do you think the prints and smudges go all the way down the side of the truck?! Regular people, doing regular stuff never touch the door near the bottom of the jamb and panel to leave it covered in prints.

The people using CTs right now are working in hot weather. They get sweaty. Their hands get sweaty. They touch the truck—because. So, they leave hand prints. Go look at cars in a garage while the mechanic is doing his thing. Even with covers they leave smudges and have to give a courtesy wipedown before returning it.

Who TF owns a fingerprint proof car? No one.

I keep a microfiber cloth and a little spray bottle with an ONR solution in my car to wipe spots off. If fingerprints on car exteriors bug you, you should already be doing this with your current vehicle.

Work trucks are filthy by the end of the day and family vehicles are as clean as you keep it. Same goes on here with the CT. I don't hear people pearl clutching over the handprints, and wet-belly prints on the model y's next to the CT; asking if something is wrong with the paint.

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No, it didn't. You can track down his interview if you think otherwise.
I thought that he was asked that question in the context of the brush pattern that stainless often comes with, and that Franz said Tesla would have their own pattern that would make maintenance easier. So I agree with @CyberGus on this.
 

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though, the irony of your post (one lots like it? Is simultaneously saying “it’s a work truck you shouldn’t care about smudges” along with “reason CT is awesome is the paint won’t gets scratches and doors won’t get dings”

folks seem to code switch as convenient between “you shouldn’t care how your work truck looks” and “you should care so much it’s a CT selling point”
yep :D
Kind of like the HOA who complained to the Rivian owner due to their rules disallowing pickups on driveways - its going to take a while for folks to adjust to the new normal that happens every time Tesla release a new model. Which will be fodder for years in the forums :cool:
I still remember the crowd in TMC who were convinced the Model 3 would ship with a HUD :rolleyes:
 

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The CT fingerprint gripes are annoying.

Who TF owns a fingerprint proof car? No one.
I agree with you completely.

However, I have to point out the irony here. A post about the fact that cars get dirty is coming from a username of Dusty…

Nothing personal, I just chuckled when I read that.
 

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I thought that he was asked that question in the context of the brush pattern that stainless often comes with, and that Franz said Tesla would have their own pattern that would make maintenance easier. So I agree with @CyberGus on this.
We shall see. Frankly, I hope you guys are right but I think you are too optimistic.
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