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    Exclamation Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    Hey there, guys!

    I was hoping that someone here has been able to efficiently color sand & buff scratches off a Model 3 center console glossy parts.

    I was able to wet sand the scratches off, but when it came time to refine and polish, lo and behold, I was completely unable to finish the process - the sanding marks would hardly, barely, fade away!

    Last sanding grit: 3000

    Buffing disc & tool: microfiber cutting pad and Rupes iBrid cordless buffer

    Paste: Menzerna 400 and 300 heavy duty compounds

    Nothing worked.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 😊🙏

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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    Post up some pics. Let's see what you are dealing with.

    The finish on these center consoles are very 'delicate'.

    I would usually just compound/polish any scratches/defects out and most of the time that would work.
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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    Let me try
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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    The scratches were deep-enough to need some sanding - that's why I did it, like I have before in Mercedes & BMWs, for example, with no problems like this.

    This is the first and only material that has baffled me like this.

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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    Are you using your IBrid in orbital or rotary mode?

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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    Rotary, and by hand as well. The sanding marks acted as if I was didn't exist, pretty much. Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    Is this on your personal car? Looks like the clear has been compromised.

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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    I did the exact same procedure on other people's cars with no issues. It's the material that's different.

    I tried contacting Tesla to find out what coating these parts have to no avail.

    Also, I tried plexiglass polish with no better results.

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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    You might have to just replace those parts and wrap the new ones in PPF or vinyl to avoid getting new scratches.
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    Re: Tesla Model 3 Center Console Scratch Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by BSoares View Post
    You might have to just replace those parts and wrap the new ones in PPF or vinyl to avoid getting new scratches.
    I understand, and that would be the easy way out for me - or even replacing the parts.

    But I got very interested in learning why I haven't been able to buff it out. I think it's a good learning opportunity.

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