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Tesla Paint - multi coat any better?

I am aware that some owners say the Tesla paint is very thin and sometimes is prone to flaking.
Is there any reason to believe that the multi-coat (white and red) is any better (thicker, more durable etc) than the non multi-coat? Of the colours available I like the multi-coat red and the blue, but would choose the blue to save £1000 unless the red protects better.
 
My red SR+ is a year old now and none of it has chipped off apart from the odd stone chip.

The sills still seem to be OK although I did fit aftermarket mud flaps the day I picked the car up.

The paint doesn't seem to be any thicker than a single coat and I thought the same as you that it would be. To my eyes the blue and red do look damn good in the sun and although a lot of money I am pleased I had it.
Also added the tow bar which already has paid for itself many times over.
 
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My red SR+ is a year old now and none of it has chipped off apart from the odd stone chip.

The sills still seem to be OK although I did fit aftermarket mud flaps the day I picked the car up.

The paint doesn't seem to be any thicker than a single coat and I thought the same as you that it would be. To my eyes the blue and red do look damn good in the sun and although a lot of money I am pleased I had it.
Also added the tow bar which already has paid for itself many times over.
So from a robustness point of view you are not aware of any difference between paints?
 
I am aware that some owners say the Tesla paint is very thin and sometimes is prone to flaking.
Is there any reason to believe that the multi-coat (white and red) is any better (thicker, more durable etc) than the non multi-coat? Of the colours available I like the multi-coat red and the blue, but would choose the blue to save £1000 unless the red protects better.

Why not have your preferred colour (blue) saving you £1k and spend most of it on PPF which will not only protect the paint but lock in the shine if prepped properly.
Having said that I paid the extra because i wanted the red.
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Because no insurance accepts PPF which will not quote over 2k :(
Other circumstances could contribute to the high insurance quote but I was able to get quotes this week with Direct Line, Aviva, Churchill and Novo for <£800 after disclosing the car had PPF.

Sometimes you need to speak to them if the online quote doesn't list it as a modification.
 
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This previous post of mine may help:

PPF and Ceramic Coating with Zoldani Auto Salon

Post #10 breaks down the cost by panel.

Travel restrictions permitting, if you'd like a jaunt over to Fife to see how the work is holding up I'd be happy for you to have a look around the car.
Thanks - I will have to look into all of this, and also thanks for the invite - I will let you know at a later stage if I would like to take you up on that offer.
 
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What part of the car did you PPF, and how much if that's not rude?

The whole of the front up to & including the A pillars, sills, bottom of the doors up to the crease, the rear wheel arches, & top face of the rear bumper. The work included prepping the pantwork, (cleaning & polishing) the whole car. Its the 3M coating which comes with a 10 hear warranty. Total cost approx. £1400.
A wax wash & dry looks brilliant as per the photo.
 
I asked the same question to my SA and from a protection perspective he said the dual coat is basically the same as the single coat. He also implied red was a bestseller ad that largely justified the additional cost. FWIW.

Maybe a best seller from their point of view but hardly justifies the cost! Surely a tin or so of red compared to blue can hardly cost £1000 more or £2000 over a tin of white!

Still love the colour though now the sun is coming out.:p
 

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Maybe a best seller from their point of view but hardly justifies the cost! Surely a tin or so of red compared to blue can hardly cost £1000 more or £2000 over a tin of white!

Still love the colour though now the sun is coming out.:p

Have to agree! My SA didn’t use the term ‘justify’. Said it was the reasoning for the extra 1000.
 
OK this is news to me - insurers have a problem with PPF then? My insurer is Churchill.

Not to scare you off but you are driving without a valid insurance in that case. I have Churchill as well and had a very long call explaining absolutely everything around PPFs etc involving upper management too and the end result was that it would invalidate my insurance.

Also, I read DirectLine somewhere further up, I should note that they have the same underwriters as Churchill.
 
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I spoke to Churchill when I was getting my quote in December and said I was thinking of getting PPF fitted to my car and would that be an issue, the answer was as long as they were informed that was fine and it wouldn't effect the price (of the quote). They were only concerned if the car was wrapped with something that would change the colour.

I've not done it yet mostly due to lockdown but I would like to get the sills at least done to avoid paint flaking.
 
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