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Cysco

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Mar 10, 2021
151
759
Dallas, TX
Regarding Suntek Reaction film - I was going to go that way originally, but was encouraged not to by my installer. They said that after meeting with Suntek they determined it wasn’t worth the premium. Their reasoning was that:

1. The ceramic coating on the film is not a lifetime product
2. The ceramic coating on the film does not include UV protection, which standalone ceramic coatings do
3. There is no evidence for how the pre-installed coating will behave down the road when you have new coating installed over it. (Will it haze? will it be splotchy?)
4. Unless you’re going for a complete edge tucked install on the entire car, You’d end up with parts of your car with/without ceramic coating
5. It costs more

In the end I took their advice and went with Suntek Ultra on the entire car with a separate ceramic coating applied over the top. Happy with the results.

Keep in mind, I’m no expert. Just passing along the info I was given.
 

Rocketfan30

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Apr 7, 2021
125
526
Los Alamitos
Regarding Suntek Reaction film - I was going to go that way originally, but was encouraged not to by my installer. They said that after meeting with Suntek they determined it wasn’t worth the premium. Their reasoning was that:

1. The ceramic coating on the film is not a lifetime product
2. The ceramic coating on the film does not include UV protection, which standalone ceramic coatings do
3. There is no evidence for how the pre-installed coating will behave down the road when you have new coating installed over it. (Will it haze? will it be splotchy?)
4. Unless you’re going for a complete edge tucked install on the entire car, You’d end up with parts of your car with/without ceramic coating
5. It costs more

In the end I took their advice and went with Suntek Ultra on the entire car with a separate ceramic coating applied over the top. Happy with the results.

Keep in mind, I’m no expert. Just passing along the info I was given.
Thanks! I'll keep that in mind when I start shopping tomorrow. I won the car lottery and got a VIN and text to schedule delivery both this morning. Even though I could schedule delivery of my car as early as Monday morning, I scheduled it for this Wednesday because of my work schedule AND to give me some time to call some PPF and ceramic places in Orange County.

If I don't do Suntek Reaction (which based on your points I am leaning against), I will probably just do a full frontal PPF with ceramic and then powder coat the 19" wheels black.

Also, a big thank you to @WiLz for sharing his list of Orange County tint, PPF and Ceramic places. It's a huge head start and helps me avoid reinventing the wheel.
 

Cysco

Member
Mar 10, 2021
151
759
Dallas, TX
Thanks! I'll keep that in mind when I start shopping tomorrow. I won the car lottery and got a VIN and text to schedule delivery both this morning. Even though I could schedule delivery of my car as early as Monday morning, I scheduled it for this Wednesday because of my work schedule AND to give me some time to call some PPF and ceramic places in Orange County.

If I don't do Suntek Reaction (which based on your points I am leaning against), I will probably just do a full frontal PPF with ceramic and then powder coat the 19" wheels black.

Also, a big thank you to @WiLz for sharing his list of Orange County tint, PPF and Ceramic places. It's a huge head start and helps me avoid reinventing the wheel.
I think doing the front with a quality PPF, the ceramic coating the whole car is a solid plan. The only thing I would suggest you think about is what to do with the rear quarter panel area. I washed my car yesterday and of course drove through a construction area where they had dirty water on the road. The dirty/muddy water does a good job of showing what area is prone to having debris thrown at it. If you don’t protect this area, it’s going to get pelted with rocks pretty quickly I think. The car comes from the factory with a small piece of PPF pre-installed there. It’s not big enough. I wouldn’t have been surprised if today’s construction zone had left a few little paint chips if I didn’t have a full PPF on the car.

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Rocketfan30

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Apr 7, 2021
125
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Los Alamitos
I think doing the front with a quality PPF, the ceramic coating the whole car is a solid plan. The only thing I would suggest you think about is what to do with the rear quarter panel area. I washed my car yesterday and of course drove through a construction area where they had dirty water on the road. The dirty/muddy water does a good job of showing what area is prone to having debris thrown at it. If you don’t protect this area, it’s going to get pelted with rocks pretty quickly I think. The car comes from the factory with a small piece of PPF pre-installed there. It’s not big enough. I wouldn’t have been surprised if today’s construction zone had left a few little paint chips if I didn’t have a full PPF on the car.
Thanks. Sounds like good advice. I called some local detailers and quickly visited a few. The one that had Suntek Reaction also recommended the full frontal PPF and ceramic.

When I asked about Reaction, he said if you just did the front and were planning on getting ceramic on the rest of the car, he wouldn't recommend it because it is more expensive.

He also had the similar advice re: wrapping the whole car in Suntek Reaction as your installer. He emphasized that it is really good but he said it is substantially more expensive (after seeing the quote, I agree) and they didn't have as much experience with it as the normal PPF because it is so new.

Since his shop could also powder coat my wheels and get it done while I am out of town next month, I didn't mind spending a little extra so I could minimize the time the new car will be in the shop. @Cysco
 

MJGolf

Member
Aug 22, 2018
71
121
Napa, California
I'm noticing the lack of blue Model S (refresh) on this thread! Do yall not want to get your cars done? I'm getting my done here in the Bay Area and will post if more blue owners find that helpful :)
I just placed my order for a blue MS and live in the Bay Area. Definitely interested to find out which options you went with and which shop you used. I'm just starting my wait... 😄
 

Drosophila

Member
Sep 3, 2021
15
21
SF Bay Area
I just placed my order for a blue MS and live in the Bay Area. Definitely interested to find out which options you went with and which shop you used. I'm just starting my wait... 😄
Aegis in Dublin CA - they offered a pretty competitive price, and blew out some of the more ridiculous like 9K plus offers. I went with a full PPF Wrap, with Ceramic Pro coating, and they threw in a full interior detail for free + 10 YR warranty. I thought it was pretty good, but i'm new to all of this. I just love how they took the time to explain everything to me, gave me a full tour of their facility, all the materials they used, and showed me multiple teslas they were working on, talked with their tesla "specialists" and showed me a similar Model S Blue to mine being done, and how it would look when finished. I loved the hospitality so I went with them.
 

Pancake

MS-P / Black / Black / 21"
Jul 15, 2021
38
63
Los Angeles, CA
Thanks! I'll keep that in mind when I start shopping tomorrow. I won the car lottery and got a VIN and text to schedule delivery both this morning. Even though I could schedule delivery of my car as early as Monday morning, I scheduled it for this Wednesday because of my work schedule AND to give me some time to call some PPF and ceramic places in Orange County.

If I don't do Suntek Reaction (which based on your points I am leaning against), I will probably just do a full frontal PPF with ceramic and then powder coat the 19" wheels black.

Also, a big thank you to @WiLz for sharing his list of Orange County tint, PPF and Ceramic places. It's a huge head start and helps me avoid reinventing the wheel.
Can you share that list? Looking for the full PPF+Tint in LA/OC
 
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WiLz

Member
Jun 20, 2021
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California
Can you share that list? Looking for the full PPF+Tint in LA/OC
It was posted on the first page of this thread, but here’s the link (seems to work better on Android or desktop, might not show everything correctly on iPhone): 2021 Tesla Model S Tint PPF Ceramic (OC)

This list was compiled early July, so may be a bit out of date by now, but feel free to still use it as a baseline reference.
 

MJGolf

Member
Aug 22, 2018
71
121
Napa, California
Aegis in Dublin CA - they offered a pretty competitive price, and blew out some of the more ridiculous like 9K plus offers. I went with a full PPF Wrap, with Ceramic Pro coating, and they threw in a full interior detail for free + 10 YR warranty. I thought it was pretty good, but i'm new to all of this. I just love how they took the time to explain everything to me, gave me a full tour of their facility, all the materials they used, and showed me multiple teslas they were working on, talked with their tesla "specialists" and showed me a similar Model S Blue to mine being done, and how it would look when finished. I loved the hospitality so I went with them.
Thank you very much for sharing. I'll go and check them out. Please do post photos when you're done. Congratulations to your new MS!
 
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neadams99

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Jul 23, 2021
107
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EDH, CA
It was posted on the first page of this thread, but here’s the link (seems to work better on Android or desktop, might not show everything correctly on iPhone): 2021 Tesla Model S Tint PPF Ceramic (OC)

This list was compiled early July, so may be a bit out of date by now, but feel free to still use it as a baseline reference.
F Me! I just went thru 17 pgs of this thread. Now, I see that @WiLz reposted the orig .xls spreadsheet once again! (Palm slap to forehead). I did learn a bunch tho and am so excited to get that dang car already.
I am using the basic template of the .xls sheet to change out info for Nor Cal/Sacto PPF dealers. I'll post here when I've completed. Could be a while, I do have a f/t job, besides just lurking/reading /learning here on TMC.
 

tallshorty

Member
Jun 27, 2021
58
109
Canada
I'm considering in painting the the rear TESLA letters to chrome so it can actually be read and matches the chrome T logo. What do you guys think? Mine Model S is MSM.
 
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4SUPER9

MSLR #RN11510 6/7/21
Jun 6, 2013
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California
I'm considering in painting the the rear TESLA letters to chrome so it can actually be read and matches the chrome T logo. What do you guys think? Mine Model S is MSM.
You may not have to paint the letters. If the applique is the same as the pre-refresh, than you may be able to buy a set of chrome letters and put them in yourself. If you don't like it, you can go back. There are youtube videos and how to remove the letters. Just look for lighted applique.
 

tallshorty

Member
Jun 27, 2021
58
109
Canada
You may not have to paint the letters. If the applique is the same as the pre-refresh, than you may be able to buy a set of chrome letters and put them in yourself. If you don't like it, you can go back. There are youtube videos and how to remove the letters. Just look for lighted applique.
I thought the entire letters and the black piece is all one single piece that cannot be removed? I'll check the videos
 
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