Thank you, this is exactly what I wanted to hear from someone who has installed it.howdy, I would say my personal opinion is that PPF is a necessity if you are doing a lot of highway driving. I have a 2018 black model 3 and got Xpel PPF on the front end ( hood, front, mirrors ) and after 3+ years the car looks great and the PPF has saved my bacon. If you can swing it i recommend all car PPF but its the very least get the front protected. I plan on getting a new 2022 model 3 and will get PPF installed on this one too. If you have a local shop that installs it stop down and ask for some info. Seeing the xpel scratch repair test is pretty cool too. Good luck and welcome to the club!
It was worth it to me. I keep a car for a long time.I should be getting my car in the next few weeks and see a lot about PPF and ceramic coating. Is this necessary, or just nice to have. I travel on the highway to and from work everyday.
I should be getting my car in the next few weeks and see a lot about PPF and ceramic coating. Is this necessary, or just nice to have. I travel on the highway to and from work everyday.
I previously had a Nissan Altima and Maxima, so this is my first expensive car. The maxima was purchased after a tornado formed over the dealership, so had some minor damage before purchase (but saved me around $20K when I bought it). Thanks for your input.These discussions (PPF, coatings etc) are popular on other car forums too. There is a very simple answer to this question though. Some people get all caught up in the hypetrain of doing all this stuff, but the simple answer is this.
Did you PPF / Ceramic coat all your other cars? If so, you should go ahead and do this on this car, too. If you didnt, what about this car is driving you to do want to do it on this car (aside from the hypetrain / hypebeast situation)?
Congratulations on picking up your Tesla in a few days. If you are planning on PPF or ceramic, I would recommend having the service set up the day you receive your vehicle. This ensures paint correction is kept to a minimum. Non of these options are truly necessary but it may offer value to your purchase. I would say any dark color vehicle can benefit from a ceramic coating. This helps from getting swirl marks. You still can get them if they are induced when cleaning or wiping. The best protection is with a PPF install. Couple of things. There are brands of PPF today that have their own ceramic coating already on it. Most all quality PPF will provide some form of self healing. If a scratch does occur, usually parking in sun or with applied heat, the scratch usually goes away. The last benefit with PPF will depend on your installer. Most blemishes down the road or any small chips are usually covered by the PPF company or the installer. What ever the direction, go with the best shop in town. Tucking on PPF is a must and the more they take off, the better it will look. They also offer a one stop shipping to include any tinting you may want to do. It's always a good time to consider an install of a radar detector, jammer or any aftermarket accessory. The best shops know how to wire things correctly.
There is another option. You can always do a wrap. Stealth or matte or change the color completely. The picture below is originally a dark dark green color but since it looks somewhat black, this color change works without changing color of door jams or even the louvers.
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It’s a personal choice. Personally after doing it once I won’t do it again. I’ve stopped obsessing over paint perfection on a daily driver. It’s a fool's errand.
Does any of the thinkin on whether to get PPF vary by paint color? I would think that you’d get the most benefit for a white or maybe red car and the least benefit for a black car?
Thanks for the reply. I can see the point on swirls, and maybe on scratches; I’m just not going to worry about those. As for whole car PPF, at the prices I’m seeing, it’s not practical for me and I don’t think I’ll worry that much. Thanks!I could be wrong, but I would think the opposite. I would think the darker the color, the more noticeable paint chips, swirls, and scratches are. For example, black paint is notorious for being difficult to keep scratch and swirl free. If I had a black car, I would strongly consider getting a whole-car PPF.
Yep, I totally get it. Although I have loved my PPF and the self-healing properties are amazing, a $59 bottle of Gyone Cancoat Evo or even a $9 bottle of Turtle Wax Seal and Shine are much more economical options.Thanks for the reply. I can see the point on swirls, and maybe on scratches; I’m just not going to worry about those. As for whole car PPF, at the prices I’m seeing, it’s not practical for me and I don’t think I’ll worry that much. Thanks!