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Paint Protection on New Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Charged_Up, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Charged_Up

    Charged_Up Member

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    would be interested in hearing from any forum members who have had a clear bra or paint protection film applied to their expensive new autos - any suggestions? drawbacks? preferred products? I'm thinking that some form of paint protection on the front of the Model S would be desirable....and I know there's products from 3M, Xpel, etc....

    XPEL Technologies Corp.: XPEL Clear Bra Paint Protection Products
    3M United States: Scotchgard Automotive Protection: Auto Dealerships: Products: Paint Protection Film


    Thanks in advance....
     
  2. Tommy

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    It wouldn't surprise me if Tesla offered a factory applied paint protection film for purchase.
     
  3. spatterso911

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    I had 3M film applied to the front bumper, front quarter side panels, hood and painted areas on the mirrors of my M5. The film was rolled underneath the edges so that there were no seams or unprotected areas. Really a fantastic job, although after 6 years, the 3M film has begun to develop a yellowish discoloration. 3M warranties the film for life, so it can be replaced, although the application will probably be at my expense. Cost was around $1200 and has definitely been worth it. No scratches, no rock chips, no dings in 6 years. If/when I sell the car, I can simply remove the film and expose the perfectly preserved paint underneath. I was concerned that the paint may be affected over time, but while my film was being applied, another vehicle was having film replaced. This was a black 650i and after the film was removed, the paint underneath was brand new in appearance. I will definitely look into this for the S.
     
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    Might not need it. One of the Tesla employees (Troy? Store manager?) said that the paint is really resilient. A few times the stanchion fell onto the beta and there were no marks on it.
     
  5. strider

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    They offered PPF for the Roadster so I assume they'll do the same for Model S. I have done it for my last 3 cars and will have it done on Model S too. It's great piece of mind and has saved my paint from flying crap.
     
  6. Man_Utd

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    How did TM charge for the PPF? Looking for a ballpark figure. Also did it cover the lights and side mirrors?
     
  7. ryanjm

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    I got the 3M Venture (I think that's what it's called?) film on my 2006 Infiniti G35 and have no regrets. Actually, I have just one: I only did the default installation, which covers the nose of the car and about 25% of the hood. You can't really see the line where the film ends unless you look closely, but my real problem is that I've had MANY rock chips hit further up the hood. Thus, from now on I plan to get the entire hood done. It's well worth the extra cost, IMO.
     
  8. AnOutsider

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    I would also get the front facing parts of the side mirrors done as well
     
  9. goaliemanshark

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    I was thinking about this today. Is the Model S powder coated instead of painted?

    What about full vinyl wraps?
     
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    I think Tesla said (can't remember when or where) that the cars are powder coated.
     
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    The plan was to powder coat, but it didn't work. They spray paint now, with electrical charge connected to draw the spray to the vehicle.
     
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    It looked like it was at least partially powder coated from the oct event. I think they are powder coating the base color or primer and the clear is a water based polymer. At least that's what it looked like to me from the paint train at the oct event. I hope they have an option for clear coat protection. I like the silicon treatment myself
     
  13. AnOutsider

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    What is the benefit of powder coating vs the "normal" painting techniques (though I understand Tesla is using something a bit more high tech than the "usual").
     
  14. Andrew Wolfe

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    1) The factory tour showed traditional paint booths - not powder coating.
    2) Pretty much every car uses electrostatic paint these days - either sprayed or dipped - so that is pretty normal.
     
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    Powder coating - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Tesla is not powdercoating the Model S so I would recommend PPF. On the Roadster I *think* it was ~$1,900 but that is from my foggy memory and may be completely wrong. It covers the nose, 75% of the hood, lights, mirrors, door edges, under the doors, and around the charge port (in case you drop the connector).
     
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    On careful review from my pictures and video, the paint train is all liquid and water based. I thought I remembered seeing powder coating there, but I guess not.

    $1,900 for a PPF coating. That's alot for a coating and doesn't cover the entire hood- I know there's a mark-up, but I may just do it myself
     
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    They do put clear coat on which is fairly common these days. This is nothing like the films mentioned, however it is why the films can successfully be removed. No powder coating.

    Do you guys know who can do these coatings? Do they use hair dryers to shrink the film and prevent bubbling? I think the nose cone will be problematic to cover. It will be very difficult to keep clean also.
     
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    There are plenty of examples on you tube - they seem to be combination of techniques depending on the film used. That's why I was curious if anyone had specific experience with specific products. It does seem to make sense to me and there may be places that are better than the factory -see autosupershield.com
     
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    maybe this is less of an issue with the extending handles, but covering the part behind the door handle is key too. If you check under the handle of your car you'd be surprised by how many scratches there are simply from repeated use and fingernails (especially long nails of women) making contact with the door.
     
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    If one applies clear film to the car for protection, how do you care/maintain the film? Can you use car wax on it? Can you use soap to wash it? Are there any special care instructions?
     

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