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2021 Model 3 diy dash and door panel wrap

I've seen plenty of dash wraps but no one has posted the door wood trim being wrapped. It's actually very easy to pop out those wood trim panels so you can do a nice wrap. I used 3m 2080 series carbon fiber wrap. You'll need a hook style trim tool to pop out the door trim. It's clipped in VERY HARD so be careful! Start from the front and work your way back. Then, it just slides out forward as you'll see a hook at the back. Enjoy.
 

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I’m still trying to decide which route to go for the dashboard mod.

1. Full replacement with real carbon fiber (from RPMTesla). Cost is not a concern. This is the best route if you want the real thing with a perfect finish/look. However, the downside & what is holding me back is, I cannot easily switch back to the original wood. I kind of like the wood look, but also like carbon fiber. I suppose I can just buy a second full replacement dash with the original wood trim, and just switch between the two whenever I feel the urge.

2. Real carbon fiber cap. I like the idea of a cap because I can easily remove it if I ever get board with the cf look and have my original wood trim underneath. However, I’m a bit (OK, a lot) OCD about fit/finish. So, concerned that a cap may have some fitment issues and therefore not look that great when viewed up-close.

3. Vinyl wrap, but concerned how the two ends with those corners will turn out even with the best wrap job possible. Another concern is how long the vinyl wrap will adhere to the wood grain surface, especially since that surface is not very smooth.

So, any chance you can snap/post a few close-up photos of the two ends/corners on your dashboard wrap? Just curious how yours turned out and what is a reasonable expectation/result when wrapping the ends of these dashboards.
 
In your case, you should just buy a full carbon fiber replacement and just swap out whenever you feel like it. The cap is taped on top of the wood and may leave marks when you try to remove it. Also you would have to peel off tape and re apply double sided tape Everytime you want to remove it. That is too time consuming. Vinyl wrap is the cheapest option but not sure how long it will last before it starts to peel. By that time I'll probably take it all off and change to a different design. The corners are a bit challenging and I'll admit I did not do the greatest job wrapping the corners but it's hard to notice unless you look closely.
 
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You did a great job. This narrows down the purchase of carbon in the Plaid one day in my future (20yrs). What you had done is the way it should have came from the factory. I can't get over the wood grain myself. It just looks out of place in any Tesla. If it was the dark stain, maybe.
 
Exactly what I was looking for. I already wrapped the white dash insert because of the annoying reflection on the side mirrors but could not figure out how the door inserts came out. i didn't want to force anything and break something.
How fragile are the clips that hold it back in? and what should I be cautious of as I remove the inserts panels?
 
Exactly what I was looking for. I already wrapped the white dash insert because of the annoying reflection on the side mirrors but could not figure out how the door inserts came out. i didn't want to force anything and break something.
How fragile are the clips that hold it back in? and what should I be cautious of as I remove the inserts panels?
The clips are metal but the panel itself is all plastic. It was very stiff prying on it but once you pop one clip off the rest will come out easier. I'd start by using a trim tool and start from the front (closest to speaker) and work my way back. Once all clips are popped out slide it forward to unhook the end part.
 
The clips are metal but the panel itself is all plastic. It was very stiff prying on it but once you pop one clip off the rest will come out easier. I'd start by using a trim tool and start from the front (closest to speaker) and work my way back. Once all clips are popped out slide it forward to unhook the end part.
Thanks, Your pics helped me with the riddle. On mine the passenger side was VERY tight and i thought I was going to break something. Once it popped it came out easy. The drivers side was much more straightforward. Now my door panels match the dash. i did mine in Carbon Fiber vinyl too. Thanks for the info.
 
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I just got my Model 3 and was looking for something similar. Looks very cool! Thanks for sharing, @SoCalMoose !

Do you have and resources to tutorials or instructions to DIY wrap the dash and the trims for someone who's not done this before/or ever?
There are several Youtube videos about removal of the dash which is pretty straightforward and the same as older models. the door trim was the mystery for me, but SoCalMoose's technique worked like a charm.
 
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Plenty of YouTube on that too. Make sure your surface is clean, I used isopropyl alcohol. A little heat from a blow dryer makes the vinyl more pliable. Trim the edges gently and don't press to hard. I used a single.edge razor because I find I have more control than an exacto. If you mess it up you can peel it off and start again. Good luck
 
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