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Elon Musk’s Stainless Steel Cybertruck Already Rusting According to Owners

Elon Musk’s Stainless Steel Cybertruck Already Rusting According to Owners

Elon Musk’s Cybertruck can famously fend off arrows cast by Joe Rogan but are still vulnerable to rusting.

The stainless steel panels of the Tesla Cybertruck may not be as stain-resistant as first hoped. Turns out, they may be prone to developing grease and water stains, just like standard stainless kitchen appliances. Some Cybertruck owners have even noticed a touch of orange, giving their EVs a trendy rustic look. Who knew, that even a futuristic truck could have a little bit of vintage charm?

According to Business Insider, two Cybertruck owners discovered orange spots on their vehicles. One user on a car forum was initially called a “liar” before sharing photos of the car after washing it with dish soap. The images revealed small spots on the surface. The other owner reported sharing their findings with a Tesla repair center, which stated that repairs would be possible next month once the necessary tools are available.

The Unique Stainless Steel Design Has Caused Issues Earlier Than Expected

The stainless steel construction of the Cybertruck has caused issues for both Elon Musk, Tesla assembly lines, and early adopters. Owners have found that the EVs are not completely stain-proof, as confirmed by the Tesla Cybertruck manual. The steel panels can be affected by corrosive substances such as grease, oil, tree resin, dead insects, etc. So it is important to promptly wash them off to prevent rusting.

Considering that the truck is designed for high-performance adventures and has undergone testing on at least moderate off-road terrains, the durability concerns are indeed worrisome.

Elon Mush Proposed an Option That May Help With Cybertruck Rusting

However, there may be a way to combat the rust: Prevention. In a September post on X, Musk mentioned the possibility of Tesla offering owners the option to have a tungsten-carbide coating. Elon Musk claimed this ceramic material protects against corrosion and is virtually scratch-proof, with a hardness surpassing that of diamond.

The Cybertruck’s release price went above and beyond the initial advertisement. This makes splurging on a Tesla wrap to fend off rust a less-than-ideal investment.

Of course, the DeLorean, the sports car in the iconic 80s sci-fi film Back to the Future, was the last mass-produced vehicle to use stainless steel. Cybertruck owners are sharing tips to maintain a pristine shine on their trucks. They’re inspired by cleaning methods discovered by DeLorean owners decades ago.