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Rock chip and crack in windshield

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Merrill, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. Merrill

    Merrill Active Member

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    Is there any type of film or protection you can apply to the windshield that will prevent rock chips and cracks.
     
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    I have clearplex on my MS. It's fantastic! I've got several dings in the plastic but none of them got to the glass. With a $1200 windshield the $375 was well worth it.

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    'Most' places that do xpel (yes a different brand but still ppf) will do the install.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I assume that it will not interfere with the auto windshield wiper system.
     
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    I've had it on my MS since February of last year and it hasn't interferred with anything! And I live in Seattle so my wipers definately get a work out!

    Mother only downside is that you can't use rainex or aquapel on it but they have something called clearex that they put on every 3 months that works the same.

    The only time I even know I have the film on the windshield is when I wash the car and then I can see it otherwise it's 100% unnoticeable.
     
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    Thanks Alysashley, do you see any marks or scratches on it. On some forums a few have complained that eventually you will see marks and scratches from the wipers, although in California the weather is not very harsh. I'm Very OCD on having a super clean windshield at all times.
     
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    I had ClearPlex on my P85 and after two years it still looked new, except for a few nicks where it probably saved me from a crack.

    No wiper streaks or scratches. But, I was good about washing the car regularly, including the wipers, and applying the ClearEx. It goes on like a liquid car wax. I also took car to not run the wipers when the windshield was dry.

    One thing to note, while Clearplex is remarkably clear, it did impart a slight visual distortion best described as thin, horizontal banding with some ghosting of bright light sources (traffic lights, tail lights) at night.

    Not enough to be a distraction or make me want it removed, but enough that I'm probably going to pass this time around on the P85D (famous last words ;-) ...)
     
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    I wonder if the ClearPlex film would distort the autopilot camera's view
    through the windshield?

    Looking directly through the window, it might appear that there is no distortion,
    but the front-view camera is located in the mount of the rear-view mirror, and
    its view is through the very slanted glass at the top of the windshield.

    It might be necessary to avoid putting the ClearPlex over that trapezoidal area?
     
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    Ah, right, yes - that was my other concern. Leaving a cutout over the trapezoidal area would work, but then you create edges for the wipers to catch on as they sweep past that area.
     

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