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Stock or aftermarket paint armor?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by metafor, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. metafor

    metafor Member

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    I read somewhere around these forums that many were skipping the stock paint armor and having shops install it aftermarket. This is mainly due to the fact that aftermarket ones are able to cover the entire front hood. Has anyone done this? What has been your experience?
     
  2. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    My suggestion is to opt for the paint armor from TESLA seeing as the precut kit is not yet available. Having TESLA apply it to the front end I think is a good idea seeing how intricate it is. I then had a local installer cover my whole hood.

    For those in northern Ohio, I have a great installer.

    While you are having the hood redone, I would cover the front edge of the front fenders, head lights, fog lights, and better coverage on the door sills.
     
  3. BlkCld

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    The guys at my local Tesla center told me they will do the full hood at delivery for a little more. They suggested get the factory armor as it has all the additional pieces. They'll remove the hood strip and then install the full hood protection. You may want to ask your service center.
     
  4. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    I opted not to have the Tesla paint armor. They are using Avery Nano Fusion Film which, from what I've read, is a good product (as opposed to 3M which yellows), but they don't cover the whole hood and the Avery film is not as clear as other brands (it's more noticible that you have paint protection on). As soon as I get mine, I'm taking it to a local shop and having XPEL Ultimate put on the whole front including entire hood. This is a better product, very clear, and it also 'self-healing'. http://www.xpel.com/products/xpel_ultimate_paint_protection_film.asp
     
  5. Chas F

    Chas F Model S 60kWh #P6396

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    That is my plan as well.
     
  6. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    Any opinions on 3M scotchguard? A local installer here in VA used to sell Xpel and switched, stating the 3m product didn't stain and had a better warranty.
     
  7. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    I can only hope they make a product better than they make a website...

    I can not get it to open on my iPhone for the life of me... Even after backing the URL down to its root form...

    Would love to see the details of this product...
     
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    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    I'm glad you mentioned this; I'm going to ask about this--just got a call from my local SC and introduced to my DS, and while I'm fine with what Tesla's offering, if they can do a slightly more complete version, that would be cool!

    Do you mind if I ask, how much more is it costing?
     
  10. EdA

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    I originally configured for the paint armor but had my order changed and went with the XPEL as well.
    I wanted more coverage (door handles, around the windshield, etc.).

    /Ed
     
  11. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    The half-hood issue is a problem. The armor beads water differently than the paint, creating a very pronounced difference when wet. Even dry, the line is visible in good light.
     
  12. mrbry

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    I ended up going aftermarket with Xpel Ultimate and also mostly full coverage of the car too. Basically my Paint Armor was due bill for a while. I couldn't stand the wait and found a local installer that's done many other Model S's, and went with him. Very happy I ended up going this route.
     
  13. tomanik

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    Did Tesla refund you the cost of the paint armor?
     
  14. mrbry

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    Check was cut last week, just waiting for it in the mail!
     
  15. alluu

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    I'm picking up my car on Saturday at the factory. I went with the stock paint armor. I reached out to Star Shield Solutions (Tesla's partner that has been installing the paint armor). They will be doing the full hood for me tomorrow so that when I pick up my car Saturday it will be all done. I had to pay Star Shield directly.
     
  16. GreenDot

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    @ alluu -
    See you are in the Bay Area but thought Star Shield was down near LA. Are you driving down there or do they have a branch in the bay area? If in the Bay Area, can you send me the contact info?
     
  17. alluu

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    I'm in the Bay Area. Picked up my Model S at the factory today. The full hood was completed yesterday by Star Shield. Awesome work on their part to have it done before I pick up the car.
     
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    How much was the additional cost for the full hood?
     
  19. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    #19 kendallpb, Feb 9, 2013
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    To answer my own Q, now that I have my car: They, I mean Tesla, said it would take a couple of days to get the expanded hood paint armor and it'd be $600 to get/install it. I got approval ;-) and am proceeding.
     
  20. Sigma4Life

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    I got the Tesla paint armor then used an aftermarket shop to do the full hood and front fenders. I found the half hood paint armor very noticeable but the other parts done by Tesla are nearly invisible.
     

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