Cybertruck rust or just dust — and how to fix the issue



It has been almost 3 months since Tesla started delivering its most awaited electric pickup truck — the Cybertruck. To date, Tesla has delivered a few hundred units to its customers.

As the deliveries have started to grow, Tesla Cybertruck owners are experiencing issues and problems previously unknown to them. One such issue Cybertruck owners started reporting earlier this month was visible rust particles.

When looking closely at the Cybertruck body panels, small rust particles were observed by multiple owners. These rust spots gave the impression that the stainless steel body of the Cybertruck was getting rusted.

Mainstream media (MSM) picked up this issue and posted articles with rusty Cybertruck pictures and even fake catchy thumbnails. This resulted in a viral discussion creating doubts that the Cybertruck body is not truly rust proof.

The X post that added fuel to the fire of the Cybertruck rusting discussion. Why keep a Cybertruck outside for 5 days in the rain when it can easily fit inside a garage?
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Tesla Cybertruck rusting issue can be fixed easily.
Image above: A badly rusted Cybertruck thumbnail used as a video thumbnail (left) to gain views (left), the real surface of the Cybertruck body not rusted yet (right). Credit: MKBHD, Scott Buscemi / X (Twitter).

Cybertruck discussion forums were also swarming with posts where new owners did not have a clue of what actually these rust spots were and how to clean them cost-effectively.

How the Cybertruck Body Gets Rusted

As the heated debates started across the internet, Tesla’s Cybertruck Lead Engineer Wes Morrill took to X (Twitter) to explain the issue. According to Wes, these are just free iron particles that the Cybertruck’s stainless steel body catches and reacts with.

“Stainless is reactive and free iron that sits on it will rust. It’s surface contamination only and can be cleaned off easily,” Wes posted.

“Bar Keeper’s Friend used here works well, citrisurf77 can also loosen the deposit and simply wipe it off. If anything stubborn use a blue non-scratch Scotch Brite pad as it won’t leave any marks on the metal,” he added tips on removing the rust spots from the Cybertruck body in his X post.

Free iron/steel particles can be present in an environment like a metal workshop or car body shop where metal is cut or smoothed out using a grinder. Another source of iron particles is the wheels of a train. When a vehicle is transported by train, the iron particles coming from the friction of its wheels and the rail can accumulate on its body. When these particles are exposed to water or moisture, they can easily oxidate on the Cybertruck body. explains rail dust as:

Rail dust is exactly that, when cars are transported by train (rail) from the factory to a city, the metal wheels of the train cars running on metal rails create small particles of metal that fly into the air and land on the horizontal surfaces of the car.

They are hot and will adhere to the paint. Then when they get wet from rain; snow or just dew they rust and create tiny little rust spots which are quite visible on white, yellow, beige or light colored cars.

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Cybertruck lead engineer Wes Morrill shares a video of a side-by-side comparison of a Cybertruck stainless steel body with a painted car body while both having the rust iron particles caught from the environment.
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How to Fix Cybertruck Body Rust

YouTuber Bearded Tesla Guy (BTG) experimented with a few different cleaner sprays in his Cybertruck rust video (watch below). No product worked except for the Bark Keepers Friend – Soft Cleanser for stainless steel.

The best available cleaner for removing Cybertruck rust spots yet is the Bar Keepers Friend - Soft Cleanser.
The best available cleaner for removing Cybertruck rust spots yet is the Bar Keepers Friend – Soft Cleanser.

BTG took a small quantity of Bar Keepers Friend cutting agent on a microfiber towel and dabbed it onto the Cybertruck body panel in a few places. Then he rubbed it with the same microfiber cloth in circles. The thing to remember is to not apply too much pressure while rubbing the cleaning liquid to avoid creating any patterns on the stainless steel panels of the Tesla Cybertruck.

Let’s watch how to clean the rusted metal particles off of the Cybertruck body in the following video:

Video: The truth about Cybertruck rust and how to remove it.
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Tesla Cybertruck's body rust warranty details from the official warranty document pdf.
Screenshot: Tesla Cybertruck’s body rust warranty details from the official warranty document pdf. Source: Tesla, Inc. (TSLA).

Tesla Cybertruck has a 12-year body rust limited warranty which comes with some conditions that the automaker has explained in the truck’s warranty document.

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Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii


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