TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Get your car wrapped people.

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by IhateOPEC, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. IhateOPEC

    IhateOPEC Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2017
    Messages:
    65
    Location:
    Florida
    #1 IhateOPEC, Jun 25, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 26, 2018
    My car gets parked in public due to my job. I have had it 2 weeks and it has been keyed. Never happened on any other car I have owned. I was taking it to get wrapped next week.

    Don't underestimate the jealousy and hatred some people have for these cars. (Mod edit to remove specific group identifier. Shipped a bunch of resulting posts off to Politics Quarantine thread)
     
    • Disagree x 5
    • Like x 2
    • Informative x 1
    • Love x 1
  2. RyanDe

    RyanDe Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2016
    Messages:
    168
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Would wrapping it even help getting keyed? Luckily, I don't have to park in public often, only when I go to the store and I'm so nervous when I do. Even after owning my Bimmer for 10 years that feeling never went away. :-(
     
  3. SabrToothSqrl

    SabrToothSqrl Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2014
    Messages:
    2,501
    Location:
    PA
    I think a 24/7 360 dash cam might help as well... That's justifiable homicide. Just let me on that jury.
     
    • Funny x 3
    • Like x 1
  4. ℬête Noire

    ℬête Noire Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2018
    Messages:
    2,272
    Location:
    TX
    The perpetrator would have to really work at it to damage the paint underneath, which is the far more expensive thing to repair. It's relatively easy to peel & rewrap a single door panel (or two if they dragged both).
     
  5. P85_DA

    P85_DA Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2015
    Messages:
    2,600
    Location:
    Chula Vista, CA
    Pics ?
     
    • Like x 2
  6. asujosh1

    asujosh1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Location:
    Midwest, USA
    As someone that's considering wrap or ceramic, would ceramic coating have prevented the damage? I'm told it makes the paint extremely hard to scratch.
     
  7. P85_DA

    P85_DA Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2015
    Messages:
    2,600
    Location:
    Chula Vista, CA
    I have both PPF and ceramic... I doubt would have prevented entirely ..if someone is intent on damaging the vehicle than they will find a way
     
  8. jelloslug

    jelloslug Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2015
    Messages:
    3,966
    Location:
    Greenville, SC
    Nope, not in the least. Wrap protects the paint from damage, ceramic makes the surface easier to keep clean.
     
    • Informative x 1
  9. novox77

    novox77 1.21 Gigawatts

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2017
    Messages:
    829
    Location:
    NH, MA
    ceramic coatings alone do very very little to prevent scratching. The main benefit of it is easier car washes; the ceramic coating fills the imperfections in the clear coat so that dirt and grime have a harder time embedding into it. Even with ceramic coating, it's still quite easy to introduce scratches to the clearcoat due to improper washing, rock chips, keying, etc.
     
    • Helpful x 1
  10. novox77

    novox77 1.21 Gigawatts

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2017
    Messages:
    829
    Location:
    NH, MA
    I also tend to think that if someone wants to damage your car, they will find a way to damage your car. So wrapping a car just to prevent keying doesn't seem like a smart move. Next time someone will just kick a dent into your panel.

    Some people suck. It's the reality of the world we live in, unfortunately.
     
    • Like x 2
  11. brobinson

    brobinson Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2018
    Messages:
    187
    Location:
    Ohio
    A wrap isn't the solution for the problem you experienced. sorry about your luck
     
    • Disagree x 2
  12. jelloslug

    jelloslug Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2015
    Messages:
    3,966
    Location:
    Greenville, SC
    A wrap would have minimized or completely avoided paint damage in that scenario.
     
    • Like x 2
  13. ℬête Noire

    ℬête Noire Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2018
    Messages:
    2,272
    Location:
    TX
    #13 ℬête Noire, Jun 25, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 25, 2018
    Yes, the more complete solution is less dork-heads (mod: edited) in the world but that's a longer-term project that's outside the scope of whatever you can do with the car.

    The hope is that they key it without realizing it's a wrap. It still needs a repair but it'd be relatively cheaper and faster. Coupled with not being overly concerned about the vehicle's appearance is going to help, to. Damaging the film isn't going to lead to potential for rust damage, so it's more cosmetic.
     
  14. MorrisonHiker

    MorrisonHiker S 90D 2018.32.4

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2015
    Messages:
    4,736
    Location:
    Colorado
    Wrap != Paint Protection Film

    I think paint protection film would protect the car much better than a vinyl wrap. Many of the paint protection films are actually "self-healing". The wraps would probably just tear. We have wraps on two cars and they don't hold up nearly as well as the PPF we have on the third car.
     
    • Informative x 1
  15. ℬête Noire

    ℬête Noire Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2018
    Messages:
    2,272
    Location:
    TX
    It's the same concept. A strong keying (and we don't have a pic from IhateOPEC here yet, so not sure how bad his was) is beyond the ability of a PPF to anneal. So you replace the section that's been damaged, same as a colour wrap.

     
  16. run-the-joules

    run-the-joules Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    Messages:
    1,576
    Location:
    SF Bay
    Sure lemme just add 10% to the cost of my car.

    I'd have gotten full PPF if it weren't obscenely expensive, but I'm not spending $5-6k to get it done.
     
    • Like x 4
  17. ℬête Noire

    ℬête Noire Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2018
    Messages:
    2,272
    Location:
    TX
    #17 ℬête Noire, Jun 25, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2018
    That varies widely by area. I've got quotes ranging from $2300 for a basic colour to $4400 for a basic colour + window tint package. If you go with fancier colours, it is a "flip" or is otherwise directional in some way, it's more money. Not only is the material price higher but you need to use more of it because it has to be applied differently to keep the direction correct. I've got a quote of about $3200 incl. tax to put on this:

    There was one that was silver. I don't mean silver or silver metallic like the stock Tesla paint. I mean it'd look like you were driving a polished silver mirror. That would have run $7K-$8K from the same shop (just a rough estimate, didn't ask for a detailed quote ;) ). It wasn't directional but the film material was a lot more expensive and also to get the mirror look the film's physical properties are different in a way that make it a lot harder to work with and apply.

    EDIT: Remember, if you commit to doing this then you can order in basic black and treat that as an undercoat. So ultimately, if you can find something local in that price range, it starts at only about $1300 extra.
     
  18. run-the-joules

    run-the-joules Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2017
    Messages:
    1,576
    Location:
    SF Bay

    Yeah, in the bay area if you're getting a film or wrap quote for under $5k, something is wrong. Just the brutal cost of living out here.
     
    • Like x 1
  19. ℬête Noire

    ℬête Noire Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2018
    Messages:
    2,272
    Location:
    TX
    You've got a Tesla, take "get my car wrapped" mini-vacation trip! <--- in my understanding this is actually done in CA
     
  20. IhateOPEC

    IhateOPEC Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2017
    Messages:
    65
    Location:
    Florida
    So, good news. The Tesla dealer tried but couldn't buff it out. They recommended a body shop. The body shop said it was into the the paint but they were able to buff it out using a "wet sander" or something. They said I got very lucky it was as close to the paint as it could get. Total cost $0. :)

    Getting it wrapped ASAP. It spends way to much time in airport parking lots to be naked. Gotta put a jimmy hat on it.
     
    • Like x 5
    • Love x 1

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC