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Should I get XPel right away after delivery or wait?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by bakchod87, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. bakchod87

    bakchod87 Member

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    So I will be taking delivery in less than a month (hopefully) and I am starting to get ready for the car. I have read a lot about how Xpel or a similar product is a must have to protect the paint. However, I have seen many other happy Model S and X owners who got NO paint protection work done and have had the car(s) for a while now. I don't want to get the paint protection right away if it is something that is not a must. My question is - how important it is to get it done? And if you all recommend it, does it have to be done right away after taking delivery? Or can I wait for a month or so and then decide which type of coating and or wrap to get for the paint? I have a multi-coat red on order.
     
  2. Fiddler

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    No contest. Wrap immediately.

    Are you thinking you should to wait for the animals to escape before you close the barn door? Do you want to wrap on top of the chipped paint?

    Maybe I don't understand the question.
     
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  3. caltechkid

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    Yeah, like same day....
     
  4. martinicus

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    Devil's advocate here - plenty of Tesla owners do not wrap their cars. To some folks, getting some paint chips just isn't really a big deal worth spending a lot of money avoiding. If you think you are going to want it, then yes do it immediately.
     
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  5. outie

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    Here are some reasons I see that you should not wrap immediately after delivery

    - Lemon. People have had lemons and if a replacement vehicle is needed your wrap is wasted

    - Trade ins. I have seen people trading their cars in after some major upgrades announced, despite only taking delivery of their "new" vehicles for a month. Again your wrap will be wasted.
     
  6. Magomboman

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    I think it is a personal preference especially if the cost isn't a major factor. Me personally I had my MS delivered to the shop to get a complete wrap. As I stated before I had it done on my current vechiles and I'm exteremely happy with it. Note make sure you go to a shop that have experience wrapping and a good rep. I finally pick up my MS this Friday
     
  7. CharlieLab

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    Looks like you can only get Xpel for MS? Anyone found a good solution for MX.
     
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    I think you can get for both MS and MX. I've used Xpel and SunTek on our MS and MX
     
  9. bakchod87

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    Thanks guys. How much does it typically cost to get a full body Xpel wrap? And is the Opticoat recommended on top of Xpel? What purpose does Opticoat serve?
     
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  11. Magomboman

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    The cost is all predicated on location, skill of the installer and if you get pre cut or custom wrap....
     
  12. rickrack

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    I own a detail shop in the Boston area and we have wrapped a few Model X's already. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email at [email protected]
     
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    Xpel Houston quoted me like $5800 for ultimate I think? Depends on the installer. I went with someone else and got a better deal by combining services.

    Most wraps provide typically only physical protection while the coat is chemical protection/hydrophobic. I went with Clearguard Nano and Modesta PD. Yes, the coat goes on top of the wrap and I recommend it especially if you're investing in a full wrap.
     
  14. jyc

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    Regarding whether to wrap immediately or later, that recommendation has changed over time. At this point, for maximum protection, immediate wrap. For the older cars, waiting for the paint to harden further made sense.

    When we first got our March 2013 Model S, the paint process was different and the paint was "soft" and wrapping too early before the paint fully hardens can be problematic if you ever have to re-wrap that panel. I wrapped the S with Xpel almost immediately on delivery, however, my bumper wrap got slightly gouged by another car, but the underlying paint was ok. My guy recommended against rewrapping it, as removing the wrap might take off the paint. I forget what year Tesla changed the paint process, but the paint comes out "harder" reportedly now. So we when we took delivery of our December 2016 Model X, he said that it was no problem to wrap immediately and the problem of soft paint had been fixed by the new paint process. So for current cars, you should be fine to wrap immediately.
     
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    I drove mine from the SC straight to the detailer for Opticoat and Xpel. Now that the paint is good enough to do the work from day 1, I saw no sense in waiting for damage to occur. It's not like it's going to get any cheaper in a few months.

    Now, to be fair, I did not get Xpel all over the car. Just the front end, mirrors, and rocker panels. While the detailer would have been more than happy to do the full job, even he recommended that there wasn't a lot of value in wrapping the entire car.
     
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    Taking my MX straight to get full front wrap and opti coat pro + Thursday after pickup. Total is $3300 Inc. Opti coat on windshield.
     
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    I waited too long on my MS and ended up not getting it done. won't make that mistake again with my MX. I plan on not driving it, hard as that might be until I can get it into the wrap shop.
     
  18. jerry33

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    Right after delivery.
     
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    theslimshadyist NashVegas!

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    I did Opti Coat Pro+ after taking delivery and I should have done the film first. My mobile installer is coming on Monday to apply the film. I decided to go with the new Suntek film with the 10 year warranty and is supposed to be better than the 5 year Suntek film. My guy will have to remove the Opti Coat Pro+ on the areas getting the film and after the film is applied and cures, he will reapply the Opti Coat Pro+ on top of the film.

    He is certified in both Suntek and Xpel but I chose the Suntek because I wanted the glossier clear coat finish.
     
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    Drove my MX straight from pick-up to Glistening Perfection (Costa Mesa) for Xpel and CQuartz on top of that. Also had interior seats treated and windows tinted. Have not regretted it yet. Looks fantastic.
     

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