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Do you have paint protection (PPF or ceramic coating) on your new M3?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by ac_sj, Dec 10, 2019.

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Do you have paint protection (PPF or ceramic coating) on your new M3?

  1. Yes

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    61.4%
  2. No

    34 vote(s)
    38.6%
  1. ac_sj

    ac_sj Member

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    I'm still undecided whether I should ...
     
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  2. Dwhumans

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    I got llumar full frontal ppf and tint right after delivery. If you have the funds and are planning on keeping the car for a long time then go for it!
     
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  3. adrianp89

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    Got both.
     
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  4. 640k

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    biased forum with car enthusiasts will likely give you slightly skewed results. i'm betting we're such a small percentage that even if you receive over 80% that say yes, we're probably still only 1% of all owners.
     
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  5. ac_sj

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    That’s probably true lol
     
  6. TydalForce

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    I'd never really thought about a protective coating before this forum. Anyone NOT get something and wish they had?
     
  7. TydalForce

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    ... or NOT get it and they're OK with it?
     
  8. SMAlset

    SMAlset Well-Known Member

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    many us have never owned a car as expensive as our Teslas. We also keep our cars for a long time so keeping them as pristine as possible with PPF/ceramic is a real advantage.
     
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  9. joebruin77

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    If you can afford both PPF and a ceramic coating and want maximum protection, get both. But if you can’t afford both, my advice would be to get as much PPF as you can afford when you first get the car. You can always add ceramic coating later.

    Personally I did a whole-car PPF in Xpel. Instead of a ceramic coating, I apply a ceramic infused spray sealant every 3 or 4 months.
     
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  10. kwoody51

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    Pay for PPF. DIY the ceramic coating.

    if you get the right ceramic it’s not any harder to do than a wax job. The ‘catch’ if there is one is that a DIY ceramic job may only last a year or 2 vs a $1k+ pro job might last 3 years.

    I’m good with $100 for DIY and a year or 2 vs $1k. I know I can’t DIY PPF and get results I’ll be happy with but I do know I can DIY ceramic and it will look identical to a pro done job.
     
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  11. joebruin77

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    Also keep in mind that PPF offers unique protection that is not paralleled by waxes, sealants, or even ceramic coatings. PPF is actually self-healing. If someone scratches your paint or even keys it, after 20 minutes in the sun, the scratches disappear. Ceramic coatings are like a really durable wax. It protects the paint from contaminants and makes it much easier to clean the paint, but it won't protect from scratches, swirls, or rock chips. For that you need PPF.

    These videos, which I have posted elsewhere on this forum, are really informative and helpful:



     
  12. Torque Monster

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    I got full PPF and ceramic. It is nice; very very nice. This the first car I had PPF or ceramic on. However, I'm not convinced it is worth the price and won't be getting it on any future vehicle
     
  13. PJFW8

    PJFW8 Red Menace may hurt me

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    The PPF on my front bumper has taken many rock hits. Mine has been replaced once under warranty when it did not self heal after a particularly nasty rock. The paint under the PPF was excellent. I may not do the whole vehicle again, but will absolutely do the bumper cover. Ceramic is a different story. There are a lot of new sealer products that I could do myself and save a bundle. That I may do.
     
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  14. davider

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    Not to hijack the thread, but what is a "good" price for a full body PPF wrap?
     
  15. TrooperCA

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    I got PPF and DIY ceramic. I think it's worth it.The paint is fairly thing. I've seen the chips.
    Get whatever your budget allows. You won't regret your decision.
     
  16. TrooperCA

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    This various by location.

    Full Frontal and rockers costed me $2350. So...a complete wrap might be 5-6K? This is in SoCal.

    Keep in mind that PPF is different material from cosmetic wraps. The material is thicker for PPF which means it's hard to stretch and technically you don't want to stretch it too much because the thickness is protection.
     
  17. TheTonester

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    I'm laboring over the PPF and/or ceramic decision more than I labored over the decision whether or not to buy the car. It's ridiculous. I've had the car since late Sep and I just can't pull the trigger. If there was a local shop that I felt really comfortable with I'd be more likely to have done it by now, but so far there isn't one. And the more reputable places I'm aware of just aren't conveniently located for me, and they're also more expensive. And then there's the issue of not having the car for a few days while it gets done...
     
  18. ac_sj

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    I finally gave in and have ppf full frontal and rocker panels
     
  19. ac_sj

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    Yes, the wait is killing me ...
     
  20. wassaptes

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    Anyone know a good price for partial vs full ppf in the Orange County area in California? Still waiting for my white lr awd. Ordered 11/10 New member here
     

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