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No PPF....Are you Happy?

Could have just read your signature lol. Glad to hear
Not a problem, haha!!

This was after a wash about two weeks ago.

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MSM with 14,000 miles and no PPF - paint is in excellent shape. Some very small chips on front bumper but not noticeable at all from about 18". I run mudflaps which have saved the rear rocker panel area from chipping. I also drive extensively on dirt/gravel roads so all things considered I am quite happy. The chunk of change I saved not doing PPF went to new suspension, which was totally worth the money.
 
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No PPF, DIY ceramic coating. 18k miles.

No issue with paint. A few paint chips. Nothing different from any cars I’ve owned.
Same here. Just DIY Avalon King Ceramic. I run it through a good carwash with microfiber brushes at least 1x a week due to dust/sap at work parking lot. Still looks as good as new.

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OP, you have a white MY. So without PPF or ceramic coating, you will get paint chips. I have a white M3 without any protection for 4 years and there are quite a lot of paint chips. They are located mostly along the front spoiler lip, front bumper. The chips are black/dark color so they are easy to spot on a white car. On our blue Tesla, there are also paint chips but really hard to see them unless you are really close. I think someone with Midnight Silver, the paint chips will just blend in.
 
OP, you have a white MY. So without PPF or ceramic coating, you will get paint chips. I have a white M3 without any protection for 4 years and there are quite a lot of paint chips. They are located mostly along the front spoiler lip, front bumper. The chips are black/dark color so they are easy to spot on a white car. On our blue Tesla, there are also paint chips but really hard to see them unless you are really close. I think someone with Midnight Silver, the paint chips will just blend in.
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White TM3 LR RWD; Red MYP 11/30 OD
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OP, you have a white MY. So without PPF or ceramic coating, you will get paint chips. I have a white M3 without any protection for 4 years and there are quite a lot of paint chips. They are located mostly along the front spoiler lip, front bumper. The chips are black/dark color so they are easy to spot on a white car. On our blue Tesla, there are also paint chips but really hard to see them unless you are really close. I think someone with Midnight Silver, the paint chips will just blend in.
Same here.
 
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11k miles

no PPF ( I would however recommend getting Tesla lower door PPF and mud flaps, these areas gets BLASTED. Plastic is rough from road grit)

Winter and Highway miles since February of this year. 2-3 small rock chips. Used Tesla touch-up paint and cannot see any of the "chips". I run through a automatic brushed wash 1-3x per week depending on weather/conditions.

I just detailed this weekend and finally installed DIY Ceramic coating after 11k miles. Here are the results.

My thinking: Save the $700-$5,000 and just get the bumper/hood resprayed if/when its needed. Its a car after all and it will get dinged, chiped, and scratched......

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