The Cybertruck is the latest product to be introduced by Tesla and it’s set to be released in 2023. Not too much is known about the vehicle, but the Cybertruck is expected to be the most technologically advanced car ever released. However, one main question is what colors the Cybertruck will be available in?
It has not been officially announced whether the Cybertruck will come with color options besides the standard stainless steel silver. However, there are ways to change the color of your Cybertruck, but they must be done after purchase.
The following article is a more detailed description of the Cybertruck color options, and ways to change the color of your Cybertruck.
Can I Choose a Color When I Order My Cybertruck?
The pre-selected color of the Cybertruck is a standard silver. The color will look similar to stainless steel utensils or appliances, since the car’s exterior is made from relatively the same material. This is to make the vehicle more durable and long lasting.
When your pre-order turns into an actual order (when you get your order confirmation notice), there is a possibility that you can select a color. The company has stated that all Cybertrucks will be produced in the same stainless silver color.
But the company also might wrap the car in the customer’s color of choice (something they have already done in the Shanghai factory).
Can I Have Someone Else Wrap the Cybertruck?
On the other hand, you could pay a professional to wrap the Cybertruck after delivery. But this option can be a bit more expensive since wrapping prices can vary. Based on the size of the Cybertruck, it would cost around $4,000 to have it wrapped by a professional.
You can also have the professionals wrap separate sections of the car, such as the hood and the door. The prices for getting these individual sections wrapped ranges from 250 dollars to 1,500 dollars.
Can I Wrap My Cybertruck Myself?
For those of us who are the DIY type, you may be wondering if you can wrap your Cybertruck yourself?
Although this would save you $4,000 from hiring a professional vinyl wrap shop, you may want to proceed with caution when it comes to DIY car wrapping.
It’s been shown many times over on YouTube that trying to wrap your own car is not a good idea. It’s a difficult process that requires experience and specific tools.
Why Can’t I Paint The Cybertruck?
It’s possible to paint the Cybertruck, but it’s extremely difficult and will likely not turn out well. Regular paint won’t be able to adhere to the stainless steel material that the exterior is made from. It will slide around and eventually peel off. While you could paint stainless steel with an epoxy paint, the look wouldn’t be the same when compared to wrapping it.
Wrapping the Cybertruck is the best option for getting a clean and long-lasting look. While the possibility of Tesla including wrapping options for the Cybertruck is still up for debate, a different method of getting a colored Cybertruck is in the works.
Heat Might Be Used to Get Different Colors on the Cybertruck
When steel is heated up to a certain temperature, it can turn into a different color. For example, when steel is heated up to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit, it takes on a pale yellow color. The hotter the temperature is, the brighter the colors get. Elon Musk said this idea is on the table for the cybertruck, but it isn’t clear if the feature will be included.
This method will be built into the cybertruck’s controls, so you most likely won’t have to pay extra for it. It will also save you from having to pay someone to wrap your car separately, since you get the color you want with the turn of a dial or push of a button. The main downside is that the color selection is still limited.
There are only so many temperatures that steel can be set to before it gets dangerously hot. As a result, colors like bright red and orange won’t be available because the steel would have to be heated to dangerously high temperatures. The colors that are most likely to be available include:
- Pale yellow to bronze, at 350 to 440 degrees Fahrenheit
- Deep orange, at 500 degrees Fahrenheit
- Deep purple, at 540 degrees Fahrenheit
- Deep and bright blue, at 590 to 650 degrees Fahrenheit
- Deep silver, at 730 degrees Fahrenheit
The color selection is limited because of safety concerns. The color you choose will also most likely not stay on for long periods of time because of outside temperatures. It’s unclear if this option will be on the first Cybertruck models, but it may very likely be added to future models once Tesla fine tunes it.
Laser Engraving the Cybertruck
Another possible customization element in the works is using heat with lasers to get different patterns and designs on the Cybertruck. However, the feature is being developed by car customization companies, rather than Tesla themselves. This option would be choosing a design or graphic and program a laser drawing machine to burn the design on the stainless steel. The price would largely depend on the design you want and how big it would be.
The use of vehicle wraps is likely the best option to change the color of the Cybertruck. Paint will have a hard time sticking to the stainless steel, and color changing from applying heat is still in early development.
The options might change once the vehicle is officially released, but the information that’s currently available heavily suggests that Musk designed the Cybertruck to be easily customizable.
Rest assured, even if Tesla does not offer the Cybertruck in other colors besides stainless steel, there will be multiple options to get the colors and patterns you want through third-party companies.