Exteriors

How many cameras does my Tesla have? How does Tesla paint compare to other manufacturers? Do I want to protect it with PPF or ceramic coating (or both?)? Do I want a Chrome Delete? What wheels and rims should you get? Do I want to wrap my car? In what colors do Teslas come in? What are some of the most popular Tesla exterior accessories (and why)? Here you can find answers to these and other questions about Tesla exteriors. Have a question? Can’t find the answer? Shoot us an email!

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Past Tesletter articles

[DIY] Chrome delete Tesla Model 3 (easy vinyl wrap)

If you are thinking about doing your own chrome delete for your M3 you can see how to do it here.

From issue #62

2023 Model S Plaid in Ultra Red

Love the new color 😍

From issue #269

All you ever wanted to know about Paint Protection for your Tesla

This is a guest blog post by Truong-Thang Pham, a fellow Tesla owner and enthusiast from the Tesla Owners of East Bay Club. He is also the owner of ‘Savage Xpress’, a detail/wrap shop located in Milpitas, California. As a professional car detailer, he has come across many customers who want to take care of their vehicle’s paint but don’t know where to start or in what direction to go. In this article, he walks us through some paint protection options, its pros, and cons.

From issue #123

Colors update: Midnight silver is free and black increases its price

Good to see some variety in the free color:

  • White: Free
  • Midnight Silver: Free
  • Blue: $1,000
  • Black: $1,500
  • Red Multi-Coat: $2,000
From issue #189

Cybertruck 4 wheel steering in action

You have to pay attention, but you can see how the rear wheels move as well. Cool, cool!

From issue #211

Cybertruck color shift wrap

Fantastic wrap by T Sportline 😍😍😍😍

From issue #302

Cybertruck graffiti wrap

New pictures of the Release Candidate, this time in Estero Beach Resort, Mexico. What do you think of this wrap?

From issue #286

Deep Blue Metallic from GigaBerlin

Take a first look at the Deep Blue Metallic from Giga Berlin, deliveries of which are expected in July/August. Honestly, these new colors from Giga Berlin look fantastic!

From issue #253

DIY Protection with Feynlab

[Sponsored] Feynlab’s DIY products follow a regimen: Preparation, Protection, and Maintenance. First Prepare the paint by washing it with Pure Wash, followed by Panel Prep to remove any residual oil or contaminants. Then Protect your Tesla using Ceramic Lite - the easiest coating to apply. Then Maintain the coating with Pure Wash, and if you want that extra touch of protection, follow it up with Ceramic Spray Sealant every couple of months.

From issue #247

DIY Protection with Feynlab

[Sponsored] Feynlab’s DIY products follow a regimen: Preparation, Protection, and Maintenance. First Prepare the paint by washing it with Pure Wash, followed by Panel Prep to remove any residual oil or contaminants. Then Protect your Tesla using Ceramic Lite - the easiest coating to apply. Then Maintain the coating with Pure Wash, and if you want that extra touch of protection, follow it up with Ceramic Spray Sealant every couple of months.

From issue #262

Giga Berlin Paint Shop produces the first Model Ys in Mercury Silver Metallic and Deep Crimson Multicoat

When Tesla was planning Giga Berlin, Elon said that it will have the most advanced paint shop in the world, and a bit after we discovered that two exclusive colors will be available there. According to a report from Drive Tesla Canada, this week two Model Y Performances in Mercury Silver Metallic and Deep Crimson Multicoat were produced. It appears that these vehicles will be sent to the USA for validation.

From issue #226

Giga Berlin paint system

Thanks to their advanced paint system, Giga Berlin is capable of producing better and deeper colors like the Mercury Silver Metalic or Deep Crimson Multicoat. Here is a video of the paint system in action.

From issue #254

Giveaway Alert: Win a SnapPlate for your Tesla

This week we’re partnering with our friends from EveryAmp to give away a SnapPlate for your Tesla. Install and remove SnapPlate- front license plate mount for your Tesla- in seconds. Available for all models. Check out our pinned tweet on Twitter to participate.

From issue #192

How is the paint in a brand new Model Y?

In this video, Out of Spec Detailing, takes a deep dive at the paint quality of a Model Y Performance built in Freemont. The verdict? Tesla is improving their paint quality!

From issue #240

How to use Tesla car wash mode

Chuck Cook doesn’t only make videos of tricky unprotected left turns, he also uses his YouTube channel to educate people about Tesla and Tesla features. In this video, Chuck describes how to use Car Wash Mode. In this mode, your car disables auto wipers, walk-away door locking, parking sensor chimes, puts the car in neutral, and a few more things.

From issue #278

Introducing Ultra Red paint for Model S & X

Tesla has launched a new paint color for the Model S and Model X, built at the Fremont factory. The new color, called “Ultra Red,” appears to be a shade between the Red Multicoat (which it replaces) and the Midnight Cherry Red produced in Berlin. The new color is priced at $3,000. The video showcases the paint shop, as well as how the new color appears on the Model S and X. Personally, I think it looks fantastic!

From issue #258

Midnight Cherry Red is now available in Europe

I think this red color is really awesome! I can’t wait to see pictures of it out in the world. I hope that Tesla will improve their paint factory in the US and offer something similar in the future.

From issue #250

Midnight Silver is the new free color for Model Y and Model 3

Initially, black was the complimentary color offered by Tesla, which was evident in the prevalence of black cars at Superchargers. Then Tesla switched the free color to white, resulting in a noticeable increase in white Teslas on the road. This week, Tesla altered the free color to Midnight Silver, and I anticipate a similar trend with this color. I suspect that Tesla will need to continue rotating the free color every few years to maintain diversity.

From issue #274

Midnight Silver Metallic paint is no longer included

With the recent price drops, Tesla has removed the Midnight Silver Metallic paint option from the list of free options, leaving only the Pearl White Multi-Coat available. This is a departure from Tesla’s previous strategy of offering the Midnight Silver Metallic paint option to balance the proportion of white Teslas on the road. It seems likely that we will now see an increased number of white Teslas on the road as a result of this change.

From issue #250

Model 3 headlight old and new module comparison

Compared to the old Model 3 headlight module, the new one:

  • Has lenses that make light beam more focused
  • Is brighter
  • Can illuminate farther
From issue #136

Model 3 Highland new reverse lights

Here’s a new photo of what is rumored to be Project Highland, a significant refresh of the Model 3 exterior. They have been seeing different photos for a while now, I wonder what is Tesla waiting for.

From issue #266

Model Y Midnight Cherry

Check out these fantastic pictures of a Midnight Cherry Model Y at a Tesla pop-up event in Oslo, Norway.

From issue #266

New colors for cars Made in Germany

Elon said in the past that the paint shop in Giga Berlin was going to be the world’s most advanced paint shop. This week, Tesla added two new colors, exclusive to their Model Y Made in Germany cars: Quicksilver and Midnight Cherry Metallic. Both look gorgeous, especially the new red 😍😍😍.

From issue #239

New Cybertruck wrap colors are now available at the Tesla Shop

I have to admit that when Tesla first announced the Cybertruck, I was expecting them to offer many different factory wraps, but they announced only two: Satin Stealth Black and Satin Ceramic White. This week, Tesla is spicing things up with three new wrap colors for the Cybertruck: Satin Rose Gold, Satin Abyss Blue, and Slip Grey, with prices ranging from $6,000 to $6,500. These wraps provide a self-healing, urethane-based protective film for the Cybertruck’s stainless-steel surfaces, making it look really cool, and more importantly, they should prevent those fingerprints that we’ve seen all over the stainless steel 😬.

From issue #305

New doors on Giga Berlin Model Y

Cloth-covered cup holders and the wood grain on the doors that we’ve seen in MIC Ys before.

From issue #210

Official list of upgrades for the new Model 3

This list of updates is coming directly from a Tesla sales rep. Check it out: a power liftgate, black trim (A.K.A. chrome delete), USB-C ports in the glovebox, and more.

From issue #134

Protect your car with Feynlab Ceramic Coating

[Sponsored] Made in the US, their products are available in 25+ countries, and they currently support over 150 installers in the US. Check them out (and request a free consultation).

From issue #235

Protect your car's paint and exterior with Feynlab Ceramic Coating

[Sponsored] Made in the US, their products are available in 25+ countries, and they currently support over 150 installers in the US. Check them out (and request a free consultation).

From issue #254

Protect your Tesla with Feynlab

One of the things I regret the most about my Model S is not properly protecting its paint and seats when I first bought it.

Don’t do like me, and check out Feynlab. They offer a complete line of car kit and ceramic coaters for both do-it-yourselfers and professional detailers.

And have you heard about their world’s first self-healing coating?

Images by: Vehicle Enhancement Protection & Appearance (VEPA), official Feynlab installer, Pleasanton, CA

Learn more: Feynlab

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From issue #96

Rear Tesla logo removed on S&X

In an image from the online configurator, we can see that the Tesla logo has now been removed and the TESLA letters appear in chrome. It looks weird to me, what do you think?

From issue #249

Side-by-side Model 3 old vs. new

Great side-by-side comparison of the old Model 3 and the new Highland version. Overall, the exterior looks sharper, and I like the new interior. However, I’m generally not a big fan of ambient lighting. I’ll need to see it in person.

From issue #282

Take a look at the new power liftgate for the new Model 3 power trunk

Straight out of Tesla’s Fremont factory in California 😍

From issue #134

Tesla accessories deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020

It’s that time of the year again and I feel we’ve been taking advantage of discounts all month but nothing can’t beat Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales so… One more year, we’ve partnered with a few brands that we love to bring you the best deals in Tesla accessories. Are you ready?

From issue #139

Tesla is considering changing the free color for Tesla vehicles

According to Elon in a reply to @28delayslater on Twitter, they’re not only considering changing the free color for Tesla vehicles- currently white- but they will also consider bringing the silver back!

From issue #184

Tesla launches its own car wrap service

Tesla has launched its own car wrap service through delivery centers starting with five cities in China. The official Tesla customer service Weibo account announced it last week.

From issue #124

Tesla Model Y owner shares how to camp on top of his car

The Kilowatts writes that electric vehicles are ideal for car-camping and even short overlanding trips. Looking at the data they shared, a night spent with Camp Mode active versus driving with The Rooftop Tent has approximately the same effect on battery power. So there you go, you can choose whatever option best fits your trip and preferences.

From issue #124

Tesla official wraps for 2023+ Model 3 and Model Y

With all the photos of the Cybertruck in different wraps, we were expecting this to be an option for it, but we weren’t expecting it to be an option for the Model 3 and Model Y. Now, on the Tesla shop, you can pick from 7 different wraps. I have to warn you, the prices are not cheap—ranging between $7,500 and $8,000. The page includes a disclaimer stating that this is only available for Teslas from 2023 or newer, and the participating Tesla Service Centers are West Covina and Carlsbad, both in California.

The page also shows a clear wrap option from $5,000, but the link doesn’t work.

From issue #287

TeslaBros released new products

If you have a Model 3 you probably have heard about TeslaBros - if you haven’t, don’t worry, that’s why Tesletter exists 😉. Well, this week they just released their new doorhandle and door sill wrap. We follow TeslaBros on Twitter and can tell you that they have been working on their wrap for the door handle for weeks! These guys are really OCD and they haven’t stopped until they got what - at least looks like - the perfect wrap for the Model 3 handles.

We’ve contacted TeslaBros and got a discount coupon for our subscribers, enjoy!

  • Coupon: TesletterHandlesIt
  • Discount: 20% discount in the door handle and the door sill wraps
  • Valid until: May 28th.

Note: Tesletter is making no money whatsoever from this product.

See more: Handle wrap and Sill wrap

From issue #60

Ultra Red vs Multicoat Red

Here’s a side-by-side view of the new Ultra Red and the Red Multicoat. What do you think?

From issue #258