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vinyl wrap covering sensors

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Rawad H., Mar 21, 2016.

  1. Rawad H.

    Rawad H. Member

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    so i am going to be having a vinyl wrap done on april 1st which i will share with everyone once it is done, but i was thinking is this going to affect the car sensors? i obviously dont want to do it if its going to affect them.
     
  2. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    No issues at all with mine. Good luck!
     
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  3. Rawad H.

    Rawad H. Member

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    thx!, did you have to cut around the circles? or are they just covered.
     
  4. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    no, didn't cut them out, just covered them
     
  5. Jool

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    I was planning on asking this exact question! I want to wrap the nosecone with vinyl but wasn't sure if the wrap would affect the ultrasonic sensor performance.
     
  6. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    No problem there either, I have my nose cone wrapped too
     
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    The ultrasonic signal (sound wave) has to go through the wrap twice. There has to be some attenuation of the signal.
     
  8. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    I'm not sure which sensor is the ultrasonic one, but perhaps that's the one that's under the nose cone? If so, that area isn't wrapped.
     
  9. mach.89

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    It's not a big deal to have them cut the protection wrap out from over the sensors, that's what they did to mine a couple weeks ago when I had it done. I watched them do it, it looked very simple.

    And if I had my sensors covered and not cut out by someone, I'd go back and have them cut it out. You've probably paid plenty enough to get them to properly cover your car, it's not worth the possible degradation of the sensors and finding out the hard way, damaging your wrap job and your car!
     
  10. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    That's fine if you got a clear wrap like XPEL, but in my case it's a blue wrap and the car underneath is white so that would not look good. We did some testing by covering the sensors with wrap and making sure they still worked before we did the whole car. I've had the wrap for 8 months now with no issues. YMMV
     
  11. mach.89

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    Whoops, my mistake, didn't catch the vinyl part. Hope it works then!
     
  12. murphyS85

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    There are 12 ultrasonic sensors around the car.
     
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    Chasedrgc1223 Nearly Insane

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    For those who don't know, these are the ultrasonic sensors. Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 4.03.45 PM.png
     
  14. musicious

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    My sensors worked okay since I had it wrapped in vinyl a year ago. After some recent repairs that required wrapping again (by a different company this time) there were some issues but all they had to do to fix it was place their finger on the wrap over each sensors and move in a circle with a little pressure to make sure there was no air gap. Now it seems to work even better than before :)

    Also I did not want to cut out the wrap since I got my dark blue Tesla wrapped in a medium blue (Avery Brilliant Blue Matte Metallic), at least 2 people have copied me in Chicago after seeing my car lol (a football player on the Bears with a P85D and a BMW driver). Here is a pic:
     

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