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Rocker Panels built-in "PPF"

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by remlemasi, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. remlemasi

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    I tried searching for this and I'm a bit surprised no one has mentioned the fact that Model 3 has a built-in "PPF" section on the rocker panel.

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    There is a subtle line that runs across the rocker panel. The paint below that line is coated with a self-healing, PPF-type material. You can use your finger nails to lightly tap and feel the difference.

    Has any one else noticed this? I wonder how this coating will affect any road rash repairs.
     

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    I had not noticed this before, but you're absolutely right! Kudos to Tesla for this nice touch!
     
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    other manufacturers do the same thing. It protects the rockers from road debris kicked up by the front tire.
     
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    I noticed it before I got PPF so didn't ask for it along with the other areas I had them cover. Compared to my other cars, the Model 3 doesn't need the door handle cups either since there isn't any. Both those areas were required in the package I had put on our other cars. I did add the top edge of the trunk lid since I usually put my hand there to push the trunk closed and it will protect that from scratches from rings etc.
     
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    I have this coming to cover the trunk closing:

    Model 3 Tailgate Closing Handle ( Only $28 with 20%*)

    Or you can buy/order it here in the US:

    Universal Trunk Handle
     
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    Oh my. I have to check my rockers. I just cut two pieces of PPF (6x72")for my DIY install.
     
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    Does yours have the PPF as well?
    I’m surprised this hasn’t been mentioned before...even in the ppf threads.
     
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    I can't tell if it's PPF. I can definitely feel an edge, but I can't peel it. I may put PPF on it anyway for extra protection. Now I wonder if I can use a polisher on that area.

    VIN 26XXX.
     
  10. remlemasi

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    It's definitely not PPF in the sense that it's not an applied film.

    Some light research uncovered this product: https://www.amazon.com/3M-08889-Rocker-Panel-Coating/dp/B00HSCN8NO

    It's meant for body shop repairs, but my understanding is that a similar product is applied to the rocker panel at the factory before the final (base, clear, etc.) coats are applied.
     
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    So did you add the PPF?
     

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