Video Shows Tesla Model S Body Painting Process [Video]
After having previously shown you how the Mode S’ body panels being formed out of sheets of metal, this week Tesla are showing us the process through which the sleek lines of the sedan’s body come to life – paint.
The Model S currently has a rather limited color palette, but all 10 available colors are great, and if we were to hypothetically buy one, we would have a very hard time choosing the one we thought looked best. The painting procedure is fully automated, judging from what we’ve seen in the official video, using robotic arms to apply paint uniformly all over the car’s body.
However, defore the actual painting starts, the naked aluminium body is submerged in a tank of electro-coating solution “to enhance the appearance of subsequent paint layers.” Afterward, the still-unpainted body is baked inside an oven to create a layer of corrosion protection all throughout the body. All these procedures apparently give an excellent-looking and long-lasting paintjob – a definite nod in favor of quality here from Tesla.
We can’t wait to get more details on the Model S, the first EV which has made us genuinely excited and the first one we’d love to own and drive on a day-to-day basis and feel cool, instead of smug (like some ‘green’ drivers).