Carbon Fiber B-Pillar Appliqués for Tesla Model S
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Carbon Fiber B-Pillar Appliqués for Tesla Model S

The B-Pillar for the Tesla Model S has a relatively conventional look—a simple gloss black plastic finish covers the B-pillar — the "column" that separates the front and rear windows. Our real carbon fiber B-Pillar appliqués give your Tesla Model S a distinctive, high-performance look. Designed exclusively for the Tesla Model S, the Accent-E B-Pillar Appliqués are dimensioned to fit each B-Pillar from the roof line to the door window.

Important: B-Pillar appliqués have been designed only for Tesla Model S vehicles delivered before December, 2016. If your Tesla Model S was delivered after December 2016, the B-Pillar appliqués will block the side-facing Autopilot camera embedded in the B-Pillar and will create a safety hazard. Therefore, this product should be ordered only if your Tesla Model S was delivered prior to November, 2016.

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Carbon Fiber is a strong, lightweight, high tech material that is used to accent the exterior of your Tesla Model S. Our carbon fiber B-Pillar appliqués are perfect as a singular accent, or they can be used in conjunction with our carbon fiber spoilers, side mirror covers, and real carbon fiber appliqués for Model S B-pillars, and nose cone. Each can be purchased separately so you can get just the right amount of carbon fiber to accent your Model S.

Please note: this video features a number of our Carbon Fiber appliqués including those for the B-pillar.

 

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Reviews

From California

"Just applied my exterior carbon fiber appliqués and want to say thanks. You did a great job with the fit and manufacturing. Really good work that professionally enhances the car. Was really impressed with the nose cone logo piece that fit so well and clean. Stoked." - Greg Vontz, Melo Park, CA [photos below] 

 Tesla Model S exterior upper carbon fiber appliqués
Tesla Model S Accent-E Carbon Fiber exterior nose cone appliqué packages

Note: Photos above include (top) carbon fiber B-Pillar and door handle appliqués, and, (bottom) nose cone appliqués

From France

In 1967, a young refrigeration engineer, Claude Bourquin, recognized the opportunity to start an air conditioning business. Almost 20 years later, he passed the business, Clim Denfert Bourquin, on to his two children, Gilles and Stephanie Bourquin. The business has grown and established showrooms in both Paris and Cannes. We, at EVANNEX, can appreciate this story as it reflects our own evolving story as a family business. We took special interest in Gilles after he placed multiple orders for so many different products in our store. Gilles is so proud of his Model S carbon fiber appliqués that he sent us some photos after installing a few of our products. (From top to bottom: 1. Gilles' black Model S with our carbon fiber appliqués; 2. Nose Cone appliqué; 3. B-Pillar appliqués; 4. Door Handle appliqués)

Video Review

Nick Howe (author of the 'Owning Model S' book) had featured our "Accent-E" carbon fiber B-Pillar appliqués on an episode on his "News from the Frunk" video series. You can check out Nick doing the install on his Model S in the video below (from 40 sec - 6.00 min)...

 

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Specifications

Our Accent-E B-Pillar appliqués are fabricated using real carbon fiber [T-300] 3K Torayca Carbon Fiber (2x2 twill)], finished with a “domed” high-grade polyurethane coating specially formulated to be abrasion and wear resistant. Each appliqué is backed with an industrial grade permanent 3M adhesive to ensure a strong bond. The B-Pillar appliqués (a set of 2) have been designed and fabricated to fit the unique dimensions of the Model S B-Pillars. Each  appliqué is approximately 2.7mm thick.

The thin profile of each B-Pillar appliqué, along with its domed finish ensures that it will have no appreciable impact on airflow over the Model S exterior and therefore, no appreciable effect on drag—one of the key factors that affects the range of the vehicle. There is no discernible increase in wind noise with the appliqués installed. Each appliqué is backed with 3M 5849 adhesive, a 20-mil thick, medium-density, dark gray acrylic foam, with TX-1 and DS-4 adhesives on the liner and non-liner sides of the product, respectively.), widely used in automotive applications. The adhesive provides a permanent bond to the surface to which it is affixed. The overall cross section of each appliqué is shown below:

permanent adhesive bond to the surface accent-e carbon fiber exterior appliqué packages

The polyurethane resin surface has been exhaustively tested to ensure that it can stand-up to environmental conditions. B-Pillar appliqués are offered in gloss and matte finishes. The photo below provides a rough indication of the difference in the finishes. Overall, gloss "pops" and enhances the look of the carbon fiber; matte is more muted and provides an understated carbon fiber feel.

Tesla Model S gloss/matte carbon fiber finishes

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Installation

Installation of the B-Pillar appliqués is straightforward and can be performed as a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. However, for those Model S owners who are not DIY-oriented, or are uncomfortable with the installation process in any way, we recommend that the appliqués be installed by a competent automotive installer. A detailed set of installation instructions is provided with each order. All appliqués can be cleaned using soap, water, and a soft, clean cloth. If you'd like to provide a lasting shine and protection, we recommend a hand-spray product called Wax-As-U-Dry produced by Eagle One (TM). A video install and written installation instructions (this also includes other appliqués as well) can be found below...

Installation Video

 

Installation Guide

 

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FAQ

Are the B-Pillar appliqués appropriate for both older and "refresh" Model S vehicles?

Yes. As long as your Model S was delivered prior to November, 2016, the B-Pillar appliqués are appropriate. However, if your Model S has a "second generation" sensor suite with a side-facing camera in the B-Pillar, the B-Pillar appliqués will block the side-facing camera and should not be used on your vehicle.

So if my Model S has a second generation sensor suite, I shouldn't order the B-Pillar appliqués, right?

Right! B-Pillar appliqués have been designed only for Model S vehicles delivered prior to November, 2016. If your Model S was delivered AFTER November 2016, the B-Pillar Applique will block the side-facing camera embedded in the B-Pillar and will create a safety hazard.

How are the B-Pillar appliqués fabricated, and, are they real carbon fiber?

B-Pillar appliqués are fabricated from real T-300 3K Torayca Carbon Fiber (2x2 twill). Our unique design and fabrication approach allows us to finish the carbon fiber with a high strength polyurethane coating in either a high gloss or matte finish. The coating is both sun and weather resistant. The coating is “domed” to provide an aesthetic edge finish and a dimensional feel. Each appliqué is then backed with 3M 5849 adhesive, providing a strong permanent bond to the automotive surface.

Can I order B-Pillar appliqués in a different finish other than carbon fiber?

B-Pillar appliqués are not offered in alternate color or materials (e.g. to match your Model S exterior body color, wood trims, all-chrome finish, etc). We only offer B-Pillar appliqués in real carbon fiber in either a gloss or matte finish.

Do you recommend the gloss or matte finish?

The finish you choose is a matter of personal preference. We prefer the gloss finish. It tends to reflect light in a manner that really complements the Model S exterior. We've featured the gloss finish in our photos and video because we feel it better accentuates and enhances the beauty of the Model S. However, we recognize that some Model S owners may prefer a slightly more "muted" matte finish — especially if you have the matte factory spoiler. The photo below provides a rough indication of the difference in the finishes. Overall, gloss "pops" and enhances the look of the carbon fiber; matte is more muted and provides an understated carbon fiber feel.

 

Tesla Model S carbon fiber gloss vs matte finishes

What is the difference between the materials you use and a carbon fiber "wrap"?

A "wrap" is a very thin vinyl material that is printed with a pattern that looks like carbon fiber. The wrap can be adhered to a surface and provides a simulated, faux-carbon fiber look. But it is not real carbon fiber. A wrap is flat and has no dimensional feel and relatively little visual depth. In general, wraps are installed by professionals. EVANNEX’s B-Pillar appliqués are fabricated with real carbon fiber, finished with a high strength polyurethane coating in either a high gloss or matte finish. The coating for all appliqués is “domed” to provide an aesthetic edge finish and a dimensional feel. The coating for the molded side mirror piece has a straight edge.

Can I install this product myself?

Yes. We’ve designed the door handle appliqués for do-it-yourself (DIY) installation. In fact, the only tools you might need are a soft cloth, some masking tape, and a cleaning solution of alcohol and distilled water (readily available at any large pharmacy). We provide you with a detailed installation video and written instructions for each piece. However, if you’re just not a DIY person, B-Pillar appliqués can be installed by any competent aftermarket automotive installer.

Is it possible to slide the B-Pillar appliqués into place as I position it on my Tesla Model S?

In general, the answer is no. The industrial adhesive that we use on each appliqué creates a very strong and permanent bond. The way to position an appliqué is to adhere it only on its edge. That will create a very small contact surface for you to remove it and reposition, if necessary. However, once the appliqué is pressed into place, it is not intended be removed or repositioned. For that reason, you must very carefully align the piece before you adhere it. I you uncomfortable with this in any way, it is recommended to have it installed by a professional installer.

Can you provide a bit more detail about installation?

See 'Installation' tab for more details. Complete installation instructions, video, and guidelines are also provided with each package; please follow the instructions provided to ensure proper installation.

Can I remove the B-Pillar appliqués once they are installed?

In order to ensure that the appliqués will not separate from the automotive surfaces as your car is being driven, they have been designed for permanent installation. It is possible (but not recommended), to remove an appliqué by heating it with a hair dryer and slowly peeling it off. However, the appliqué will likely be stretched or torn if it is removed, and some adhesive residue may be left on the surface. The residue can be peeled off and the surface cleaned with acetone. It is possible (but unlikely) that the surface might be slightly marred as a result. Therefore, each appliqué should be viewed as a permanent installation. Additional removal instructions are appended to the installation instructions.

How should I clean the B-Pillar appliqués?

Soap, water, and a soft, clean cloth should do the trick. If you'd like to provide a lasting shine and protection, we recommend a hand-spray product called Wax-As-U-Dry produced by Eagle One (TM).

Will the addition of B-Pillar appliqués pieces affect the aerodynamics of the Model S and thereby impact the Model S performance and range?

Each of the appliqués rise from the surface by less than 2.7mm. We’ll admit that we haven’t done wind tunnel tests or computer-based simulations, but because of the low profile of B-Pillar appliqué pieces, any affect on aerodynamics of range would be virtually undetectable.

Will the addition of B-Pillar appliqués increase wind noise?

No. The thin profile and tight fit become part of the vehicle surface and will not create any discernible wind nose.

What If I decide I do not like the B-Pillar appliqués and wish to return them?

BEFORE you install any B-Pillar appliqués piece, be sure to assess the look. You can do this using masking tape to attach a B-Pillar appliqué (without removing the red adhesive backing). If you want to do a more complete assessment, you can use double sided masking tape placed directly over the red adhesive backing of the appliqués piece. DO NOT remove the adhesive backing tape until you are satisfied that the look works for you. As long as you have not removed the adhesive backing on any piece, an B-Pillar appliqués product may be returned for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. B-Pillar appliqués pieces cannot be reused once the adhesive backing is removed, and the backing cannot be replaced properly once it is pulled off. For that reason, a B-Pillar appliqués product cannot be returned for a refund if the adhesive backing is removed.

What is the Return Policy for B-Pillar Appliqués?

Once the red adhesive backing has been removed from a B-Pillar appliqué piece, the product can no longer be returned for credit or exchange. The reason for this is that the B-Pillar appliqués piece and the package cannot be reused or resold once the adhesive backing has been removed. Therefore, please be certain that you’re satisfied with the look and style of your B-Pillar appliqués BEFORE you remove the red adhesive backing tape from any B-Pillar appliqués piece. You can accomplish this using masking tape to temporarily hold the piece in place or, if you want an even more realistic preview, you can use double-sided masking tape to temporarily affix the piece(s) to assess the look and style. Stated as succinctly as possible, once you remove the red adhesive backing from any B-Pillar appliqués piece, all four appliqués are yours—no returns and no credit can be offered. 

How long does it take to receive my B-Pillar appliqués order?

The delivery time frame for B-Pillar appliqués is between 1 and 2 weeks (for U.S. orders) from the day you place your order, depending on the number of orders in the production queue.

Do B-Pillar appliqués ship to International destinations?

Yes, B-Pillar appliqués ship internationally using FedEx International. For more information, check out our Shipping and Fulfillment page.

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