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So I know this is a really old post, but its worth a shot. When I saw the CT prototype in person at the Petersen last year, one of the things that was a little less quality than I was expecting...
It's a prototype. Shiny perfect comes later.

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It's a prototype. Shiny perfect comes later.

-Crissa
😆every CT should come Lifetime subscription of 3M pads!

Perfect S.S. is like perfect Black on a car. Depends. Who and how clean its kept-up. Like black so…others may like ss patina from Mother Nature.

Tesla CT’s will not be a controlled experiment. LOL
 

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All stainless steel corrode my oxidation and get a tarnish look in time. . 304 sst will actually rust. 304L low carbon less so. Selection of type of 300 series is complex because bending, forging, cutting, welding, and harding are fabrication issues, not simply corrosion. Someone is going to make money coming up with a little linear electric sander with scratch pads kit for the Cybertruck
 

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All stainless steel corrode my oxidation and get a tarnish look in time. . 304 sst will actually rust. 304L low carbon less so. Selection of type of 300 series is complex because bending, forging, cutting, welding, and harding are fabrication issues, not simply corrosion. Someone is going to make money coming up with a little linear electric sander with scratch pads kit for the Cybertruck
Well, it's got iron in it...it'll rust lol. But SS is very, very corrosion-resistant. A million years from now, museums will have nothing left of our civilization except kitchen sinks and cybertruck frames.
 

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I think we have some overthinking going on haha. Stainless steel works best if you leave it alone. It creates a passive layer of chromium oxide (you know, when it starts to look less shiny and bright and has that slight white layer on it) WHICH IS A GOOD THING. It is that layer that protects the steel, don't remove it. Good God, don't scratch at it, brush it, buff it, throw chemicals at it, etc. That will make it rust. Just good ole pressurized water and soap is all you need. That's the beauty of it!

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People are going to want a system to "clean up" a scratched CT.

The brushed SS is going to be a pretty popular solution. Easy to maintain, easy to fix.

I've been working with a company to develop a system to apply a brushed or polished finish on a CT. A mechanized machine that will uniformly refinish a panel or a section. The goal is to make it look uniform across the entire side of the truck.

Applying a finish to the SS on a CT is going to controversial to say the least. I'm not saying I'm even a proponent, but when a CT is damaged and the owner doesn't want to look a scratch, maybe a B4 finish will be better than, well, looking at that scratch.
 

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Well, it's got iron in it...it'll rust lol. But SS is very, very corrosion-resistant. A million years from now, museums will have nothing left of our civilization except kitchen sinks and cybertruck frames.
316L won’t rust and is non magnetic. 304 can actually get brown rust. Wide range stainless steel type resistance to corrosion. Some will rapid turn black with and oxide coating, 316L will stay nice and shinny for a long time.
 

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I've been working with a company to develop a system to apply a brushed or polished finish on a CT. A mechanized machine that will uniformly refinish a panel or a section. The goal is to make it look uniform across the entire side of the truck.
The DeLorean panels were originally grained with a machine, but the result was too perfect. Any subsequent refinishing done by hand would have slight variations that no longer matched the rest of the car. Therefore, they switched to doing the graining by hand.

Of course, that was with 1970's technology. Modern robotics could easily simulate manual variation.
 

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People are going to want a system to "clean up" a scratched CT.

The brushed SS is going to be a pretty popular solution. Easy to maintain, easy to fix.

I've been working with a company to develop a system to apply a brushed or polished finish on a CT. A mechanized machine that will uniformly refinish a panel or a section. The goal is to make it look uniform across the entire side of the truck.

Applying a finish to the SS on a CT is going to controversial to say the least. I'm not saying I'm even a proponent, but when a CT is damaged and the owner doesn't want to look a scratch, maybe a B4 finish will be better than, well, looking at that scratch.
Oh for sure! But doing this often may end badly. I'm just waiting for someone to get their CT and start taking sanders and wool to it regularly. :cry: I mean, it's a "bulletproof" truck with no paint, right?! Oh man...
 

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Good God, don't scratch at it, brush it, buff it, throw chemicals at it, etc. That will make it rust. Just good ole pressurized water and soap is all you need. That's the beauty of it!
Agreed that having no paint to fret over is joyous. However, DeLorean owners have been burnishing and polishing their stainless for decades without a hint of rust. The top layer will quickly re-oxidize.
 

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Agreed that having no paint to fret over is joyous. However, DeLorean owners have been burnishing and polishing their stainless for decades without a hint of rust. The top layer will quickly re-oxidize.
True true! I'd be more nervous if this was the first stainless vehicle ever made. But the stainless bits of the Fords in the 30s have outlasted their steel parts a few times over.

The future looks bright!
 

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What I am really scared of is, while parked somewhere, in a mall for instance, finding the car with a lot of scratches. Just because of stupid people trying to scratch "this new material" for fun :confused:
Curiosity keying has been my concern too.
 
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