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Model Y PPF and window tinting options in AZ

spbond0079

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Jan 30, 2021
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Arizona, USA
I recently took delivery of white MY. Just like every other tesla owner I decided to look up PPF and Tint options. On my quest for a straightforward solution, to my surprise (may be not), I slid down the rabbit hole and came up with more questions than answers. I hope someone can help me find relatively simple, if not the best, solution.

Just to give you some background as far as use of my car / ? SUV and my budget. Even though being in AZ, it's going to spend most of the time either in a home garage or in a shaded parking area. Only times it won't be shaded is on non-work related runs eg. grocery run, child's swim class, etc. I am not looking to spend a ton of money on this as I don't think spending close to 10% of the car value on protecting the paint/tinting is going to hold its resale value 5-7 years down the road; and it wouldn't break my heart/wallet to replace it down the road if necessary.

Questions:
Which PPF brand to choose from? 3M vs. Xpel vs. SunTek. Seems like every brand has its own patent/history on something or the other.

Does Suntek's "Hydrophobic" technology for PPF make a difference or is it one of those marketing gimmick that sounds cool but offers the same tech as other manufactures (Case in point, "Super Retina" technology instead of industry standard OLED technology). If it does work well then wouldn't that be an obvious choice and avoid spending more on ceramic coating?

Is it worth getting entire care PPF vs only the front section of the car?

Is 3M truly superior for window tinting compared to other brands or have I fallen prey to targeted advertising?

Also any recommendations, regarding shops in AZ particularly in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler area, would be appreciated.
 
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bacevedo

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Aug 24, 2020
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Chandler, AZ
I can't answer a lot of your questions, but I can recommend a good place in Tempe that did the window tint on my Y (I'm in Chandler).

It's Dynamic Tint, right near the Tempe Service Center. They do great work and have all kinds of options for window tint, ppf, paint correction, and ceramic coating. Tyler is the owner and he's great to work with and happy to answer questions.
 
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Ampre Sand

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Nov 18, 2016
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Seattle
Cactus Tint on Raintree in Scottsdale, right across from a Tesla service center did a great job on my 3. I had full front PPF, but no tint since I’m not in AZ during the summers. They use XPEL. It seems to have a hydrophobic finish and I’ve been able to use a heat gun to take out scratches from accidentally using a contaminated wash rag on the front bumper. The gloss finish of the PPF film perfectly matches the sheen of the factory clear coat.

Tint is very popular in AZ, even the windshield. Downside of tinting the windshield is replacement cost. AZ is second in the US only to CO for windshield cracks. I just use a nice custom cut folding windshield sun shade from AutoHeatShield. That, combined with cabin overheat protection / pre-conditioning works for me.
 
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AZMurph

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Mar 21, 2019
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I used Cactus Tint on Raintree in Scottsdale for two cars for 3M tint and Suntek PPF only on front to mirrors. They’re straight forward and can advise you and do nice work. I also recently did tint and PPF on a newer Y at Bulldog Detail in Scottsdale because I was also doing brake caliper painting and ceramic. They also did a great job and answered all of my questions ahead of time, but they used some different tint products. So, I recommend reading some Yelp reviews for those and others mentioned here and calling a few to make the choice right for you. If you’re doing clear PPF, doing the front only is most common.
 

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