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Paint protection options

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by chronopc, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. chronopc

    chronopc Member

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    I am thinking about investing in a paint protection for the Model 3. What are some options and relative prices?
     
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    #2 tracksyde, Aug 31, 2017
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    Here's a thread where paint protection was discussed

    Paint Protection Films

    I think the front bumper definitely needs paint protection. That lower duck bill will probably catch a lot of rocks.
     
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    Its more about the installer than about the film however 3M or XPel are highly recommended. I would only use a shop that only does PPF, nothing else. lts really important that all the edges get wrapped.
     
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    dont go with pre-cut film either

    id personally wrap the whole front end, front bumper,hood,fenders but the cheaper option would be just full front bumper, partial hood/fenders
     
  5. Sportstick

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    Strongly endorse Xpel after having two cars done....known for self-healing, resistance to yellowing, warranty.
     
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    If anybody who has responded to this thread care to also include the COST for what they got done, this would help answer the other half of his question....and mine :)
     
  7. Sportstick

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    For half hood and fenders, full fascia, headlamps, fog lamps, mirror caps, I paid $1,100 both times.
     
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  8. Sawyer8888

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    A full Xpel wrap on my MS ran $6K. I believe this is toward the higher end, but the installer will replace any one panel for free if needed. A majority of the cost goes toward the front panels.

    I do a lot of highway driving and in the five months since being applied, I have taken some small hits that have pierced the wrap and dug into the paint. There's two on the hood and one on the bumper.

    Keeping the car clean is very easy because you don't have to baby the exterior when washing.

    I'll continue to take some dings from time to time (I was hoping for better protection), but there won't be any swirls and cleaning will always be easy.
     
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    i paid $1450 for full front xpel wrap minus a-pillar. Look around, there some deal to be had.
     
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    I'm debating whether or not to get a color other than black and then a clear PPF over it or to just get black and apply the $1K to offset a wrap in a color of my choice.
    What, if any, is the difference between getting a clear PPF vs a wrap to change the color of your car?
    Does the wrap also serve as a PPF, is it just colored PPF?
    Is there much of a cost difference?
    Does one last longer than other?
     
  11. EXOTIC1

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    paying $1500-2500 for coatings IMO is a waste of $
    you can get almost identical protection spending 3-4 hours on your car every 6 months for products you can buy yourself
     
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  12. XPEL

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    We would like to say thank you to all those that use our film.

    chronopc,

    First off, congratulations on your new Model 3. The front end of the Model 3 is definitely a magnet for rocks as there is no grille. This feature gives the car a higher chance of getting rock chips. With that being said we recommend all the high impact areas for a Tesla which include the entire hood, front bumper, fenders, mirrors, and the headlights. A full front kit like this will usually run between $1,895 and $2,195 depending on your location and the installer you take it to. Like 03DSG mentioned, getting the edges wrapped is a nice touch as it hides the edge of the film. I have provided a link to find local installers in your area. This will give you an idea of shops close to you so you can get your Model 3 protected as soon as possible.

    We hope this information is helpful, and we would be glad to be of assistance to any more questions.
     
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  13. Sportstick

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    Which products are you recommending for protecting against stone chips? None of the waxes, sealants, etc. I have ever tried/know of have any stone chip protection effect. It's just a shinier chip of paint which goes flying off.
     
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  14. EXOTIC1

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    for starters

    Wolfgang Uber Ceramic Coating 30cc
     
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    #15 Sportstick, Sep 1, 2017
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    I've used both OptiCoat and CQuartz on two current cars, so familiar with this level of protection. Here is the quote from Wolfgang's site:

    Wolfgang Uber Ceramic Coating protects against wash-induced swirl marks, oxidation, bug stains, road salt, water spots, and bird droppings.

    No mention of stone chips. That's the key benefit of film which all the coatings and waxes I've ever known don't address.
     
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    I'm leaning towards a couple of bucks for a good wax and a wagon full of elbow grease (free-kinda :)) 3 or 4 times a year and settling on the car looking great but not perfect.
     
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    What ROI do you expect on your investment?
     
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    cross posted from other PPF thread, but relevant:

    I have a Nissan Altima daily driver with 180K miles on it. It looks quite amazing. Sure you can find some little chips on the front, but I think it looks like it might have 50K miles on it (IMO). Anyhoo, it's approaching it's end of life for me and the paint has held up just fine. While it is garage kept and I have it clayed and waxed twice a year, I think this is what I expect from a paint job. I think I will just roll the dice on the Model 3 and if it looks worse sooner, I will take the money I could have spent on the protective coatings and just have the car vinyl wrapped and effectively get a new paint job! Just sharing my thoughts (clearly not in line with everybody!) ....
     
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    I'm also thinking about a wrap... I want the matte black full wrap, I assume it to be at least $2k or more.
    I'm not sure how wraps handle the seasons, mine would be garage kept but used daily.
    Time to start researching...
     
  20. mcbarnet007

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    Tesla paint is much softer than what you get from Nissan. They chip super easily. Also it heavily depends on if your highway has a lot of debris or not.
     

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