One of the unique things about Tesla Motors is that the entire business is generated solely toward building electric cars.
It means that the company’s five-million-squre-foot Fremont plant in California is the only factory of its kind, with all the necessary equipment and technology to build an electric car from scratch in competitive volumes – including a paint center.
Tesla describes the impressively hardcore paint process on its blog.
Our Paint Center uses some of the highest quality processes available to the automotive industry today. The paint finish of Model S will raise the bar in the premium automotive category.
First, a Body-in-White is submerged into our pre-treatment bath where the aluminum gets prepared for its first treatment layer.
We then dip Model S into a 75,000 gallon tank of advanced electro-coating solution to enhance the appearance of subsequent paint layers. After this e-coat dip, the car goes through a 350° F oven to ensure a “baked on” protection against corrosion. Highly-skilled craftsmen then apply sealer to ensure it is watertight and quiet.
Next, the car gets its primer coat, followed by a base coat from one of our 10 vibrant color choices. Lastly we apply a clear coat application to make the car shine!These “coats” are all applied by the latest robotic paint applicators that not only spray, but also open the doors, hood and liftgate to cover every surface of the car.