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Why Does The Roof of My Tesla Appear Orange-Red?

You may have noticed that during particular times the roof and back window of your Tesla Model 3, S or X may appear “Burnt”. Like it has an orange or red glow to it that is not normally apparent during the day time.

The answer to this phenomena maybe simpler than you think!
Tesla Model 3 Exhibiting “Rainbow Glass” effect

Here is a GREAT example of the commonly referred to “fire glass”, in this v

Tesla Motors is leading the industry with their vehicles by designing large open glass panels to give the interior cabin an expansive feel. The glass adds great visibility and gives the interior a feeling of spaciousness. The downside of this is potential UV rays and Infrared heat intrusion into the interior surfaces leading to premature aging and fading of the leather seats and dashboard.

Teslas ingenious fix fo this is a proprietary “Infrared Rejection Coating”. This Orange-Red color is actually a reflection of the proprietary Infrared layer Tesla builds into its glass systems designed to both stop heat and UV rays from entering the interior space, Cool!

You can also see this on a Model X here

This is especially important for an electric car like the Model 3 because if the interior is hotter due to the glass roof, you’re more likely to run the air conditioning longer, and that’s just more drain on the battery and less electric range for driving. According to a European glass trade association, this type of layered glass, designed to reduce cabin heat, can improve a vehicle’s overall efficiency by 2 to 4 percent.

The reason that this orangey-red finish is visible under some circumstances only is the ability for us to perceive the infrared wavelength. Our eyes operate mostly within the visible light spectrum and are not able to see these wavelengths except for when they’re reflected to us in a visible form, such as within a water droplet. This is why this Orange/Red phenomena on Tesla’s vehicles is only visible in the late evening or early mornings when there is visible Dew on the glass, or after a car wash or a rain storm.

Even though Tesla’s engineers have found ways to help reduce interior cabin temperatures with this neat, high tech glass coatings. There are still technologies available that further increase the heat rejection and UV rejection possible for your Tesla’s glass surfaces. A high performance window film like Spectra Photosync IRD is designed to block up to 99% of the incoming Infrared Heat and 100% of damaging UV rays. This is a big improvement on top of Tesla’s own coating.

In addition, Tesla has recently only started to utilize its proprietary infrared coating on only part of the Rear windows of the Tesla Model 3 and part of the Windshield on the Tesla Model X. Some forum posts have even reported that recent Tesla’s have come without this coating entirely!

Learn more about Spectra Photosync window films here.

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Adonis offers the latest and most advanced solutions to enhance and protect the appearance of your Tesla. We do not believe there is a one-size-fits-all solution to paint protection. This is why we offer a wide array of products and services, hand selected to fit our customers individual needs.

Whether you choose paint protection film, ceramic coatings, window tinting or chrome deletes, we treat every vehicle as if it were our own.

Contact us today for your complimentary consultation so we can discuss the options that work best for you and your vehicle.


As both an enthusiast and a Tesla Model 3 owner myself, I know how exciting this process can be. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with many of you in preserving your Tesla Model Y’s. 

-Tim Coats, Owner/Master Installer

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The Services We Offer

Paint Protection Film


Clear Bra or “PPF” is the best option to prevent rock chips, scratches, abrasion, staining or contaminants from damaging your vehicle. It shields your vehicle from the environment and preserves the finish for years to come. All our films offer “Self Healing” and Scratch Repairing abilities that can help prevent the appearance of unsightly Swirl Marks or Spider Webbing over time. 

We are known all over California for our our ability to hide and minimize seams and edges our competitors cannot(Many of our customers drive from hours away). With our installations, Every edge (Where possible) is hand wrapped to discretely hide the presence of film on your vehicle which leads to a truly seamless appearance. We always recommend choosing the right installer that has the abilities and the experience to exceed your expectations.


We do not use any “PreCuts” or “Modified PreCuts” and rely on our vast experience in “Bulk” or “Custom” installations to achieve a premium level of fit and finish.

Paint protection film is a clear and glossy material when properly installed does not hinder the shine or color of the paint.

Full Frontal Coverage: Front Bumper (One Seamless Piece), Full Hood, Full Fenders, Mirrors, Headlights/Foglights, Rear Luggage Area Strip

Full Vehicle Coverage: Every Exterior Painted Surface Bumper-to-Bumper

Satin Coverage: Every Exterior Painted Surface Bumper-to-Bumper In our Classy Satin Clear Film


All our films come with a 10 year manufacturer warranty and a lifetime craftsmanship guarantee

Ceramic Coatings



Ethos Car Care Guardian 9H



-Our specially designed coating system third party tested and validated by SGS and certified and approved by both Boeing and Airbus.

-5 Year Performance Guarantee

-Lifetime Bond

-CarFax Registration

-Free Maintenance Kit (Ceramic Shampoo, Ceramic Refresh, Wash Mitt, Microfiber Towels)

Vehicle Preparation Included 


Spectra Photosync Tint


Simply the highest performing window tint on the market. 99% Infrared heat rejection. Over 50% improvement compared to Ceramic Tint (Ie. Suntek CIR)

-Shades Available 30,45,55,70

-Lifetime Warranty

Vinyl Blackout/Chrome Delete/Styling




Last Step: Delivery/Maintenance

Once your vehicle has been properly protected it is finally ready for many years of enjoyment. Making sure our customers are confident in the maintenance that is required with each service we offer is a top priority. This is why we partnered with Ethos Car Care to provide us with custom tailored products to clean and maintain the finishes we provide.


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Why Do I Need Paint Protection?  


Without it, you will notice an accumulation of chips and scratches which overtime will create a dull and oxidized appearance. This isnt your fault though, it is just a reality of driving. Rocks, road debris, pollution and UV rays etc. all takes a toll on your vehicle over time. 

Thankfully our Ceramic Coating and Clear Bra services were designed just for that reason. With our packages you can breath easy knowing your vehicle is fully protected and will shine a and glisten like new, every time you drive it.

Why Choose Adonis?


We believe in building relationships with our customers and treating every vehicle that comes into our shop as if it were our own. All of our services have been hand selected and perfected to achieve the best performance and most consistent results available on the market today. In addition, our vast experience in working with Tesla’s gives us a unique ability to know all the finer details associated with performing these services without damaging or causing complications.

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We cater to all types of car care needs. Contact us now for a free estimate and an Adonis Automotive Protection Professional will contact you with details.


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At Adonis Paint Protection, our main goal is to make sure your car leaves prepared for the road ahead. We value the quality of our work above all else, and provide solutions that both enhance and preserve your vehicles finish. We are experts when it comes to auto detailing, Ceramic Coatings, Paint Protection Film, Window Tinting and more. We treat every customer like family. Come see us today and let us take care of your auto needs.

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