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Best Way to Protect Paint and Seats

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Apoztel, Sep 8, 2019.

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What’s the best way to protect the paint job?

  1. Vinyl wrap

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  2. Protective film

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  3. Ceramic coating

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  1. Apoztel

    Apoztel Member

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    I just took delivery of a white on white Raven and was going to get the exterior ceramic coated, but the salesman mentioned protective film. I did a little research and it mentioned a vinyl wrap would be a better option if you’re looking to protect the full car paint job. What’s the best option?

    Also how do you protect the white seats?
     
  2. ucmndd

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    The only choice of those three actually designed to protect your paint is PPF.

    Vinyl is a decent choice if you want to change your car’s color.

    Ceramic does next to nothing in the “protection” category.
     
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  3. Apoztel

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    Thanks. What does ceramic do then?
     
  4. Lhshockey24

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    Search function + Google will answer all your questions. Otherwise, we have our 10th ceramic vs PPF thread of the month...

    Seriously, Congrats on the car though!
     
  5. Apoztel

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    Thanks. It was actually the lack of a clear answer from my quick Google search that led me to ask my original question.
     
  6. bishoppeak

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    I'm not sure vinyl wrap and PPF are really different
     
  7. scottm

    scottm Version 9 software sufferer

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    ..not drive the car and leave it in an indoor garage. Is the best way to protect paint.
     
  8. Lhshockey24

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    More the search function of the forum will help out. There are already literally dozens of pages of responses about this that will be so much more helpful to you than rehashing it all here. We do this weekly here :)
     
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    Also, I’m not sure what Google search you did but the first result it pretty darn relevant and helpful... C’mon people. Let’s get back to complaining about paint quality!!!

    Paint Protection Film vs Ceramic Coating | What's Best?

    Can someone get an admin to just sticky this image?

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  10. aerodyne

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    But you should also cover the car as well in the garage to protect from careless family members.
     
  11. Piano Wood

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    Ppf if you're logging serious mileage. Optimum optiseal is a good "everything" sealant. Exterior surfaces including glass, interior leather, seats and glass. Works very well with ONR for all initial wipedown inside and out. Even windows. There are a couple good youtube videos with Yvan Lacroix and the rag co.
     
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  12. Apoztel

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    Thanks
     
  13. Apoztel

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    I saw that, but I also found conflicting information. And I’m much inclined to believe someone who has actually gotten the service done than someone providing the service. If don’t want to participate in the conversation then don’t, but why are you frustrated that people don’t want to read through hundreds of threads in hopes of finding the answers they’re looking for?
     
  14. XPEL

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    There is quite a big difference between Ceramic Coatings, PPF, and Vinyl. Check out the video below to explain the differences between Ceramic Coating and PPF.

    Engineering Explained


    When comparing PPF to vinyl, the most important thing to note is that vinyl is typically 2-3mil in thickness whereas PPF is generally around 8mil thick. Vinyl is for looks, PPF is for protection.
     
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