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where should I apply the paint protection film to get the most protection and benefit for the money?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by coolmanfever, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. coolmanfever

    coolmanfever Member

    Dec 1, 2019
    Hello all,

    If I have lots of spare money to spend, I would apply PPF and Ceramic coat all around my model 3. But my budget is limited, I can only go with PPF for now. If I end up doing PPF only, which area of car will give me the most benefit and protection for the application? thank you.
  2. Mrcarcrazy

    Mrcarcrazy Many Leather bound books.

    May 22, 2019
    South Padre Island, Tx
    PPF sooner than later. I suggest full frontal (front bumper, hood (frunk), and fenders). Also if you drive on gravel or have winter, do the rocker panels.
    If you’re feeling fancy you can do the entire car, but that’s generally overkill IMO.

    I did the rockers as it was not that much money and my Lotus has factory rocker panel protection which has saved me a repaint. (No winter or gravel here)
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  3. macroaudio15

    macroaudio15 New Member

    Dec 15, 2019
    Austin, TX
    Similar question...we'll take delivery of our 2020 Pearl White M3 this weekend. Should we wait to have the ceramic coating applied or can we go have that completed right away. Not sure if clear coat needs time for cure in sun (UV) or it's fully cured upon delivery. Thanks
  4. ssgstorm

    ssgstorm Member

    Dec 1, 2019
    Orlando, FL
    Most places that do pff will do ceramic over the pff as part of the cost
  5. gaswalla

    gaswalla Model S,3,X.. CT with Austin delivery

    Sep 23, 2012
    San Diego
    Based on experience- if you’re in this financial situation, skip ppf
  6. joebruin77

    joebruin77 Member

    Dec 23, 2018
    Encino, CA
    You can double check with the Tesla rep at pickup, but I am fairly certain the paint is fully cured by the time the car is delivered. You can and should apply your preferred paint protection as soon as you can. And remember, you can always apply ceramic coating on top of PPF, but you cannot apply PPF on top of ceramic coating. So if you plan on having any PPF installed, do that first and then have the ceramic coating applied on top of the PPF.

    If you are not having any PPF, then you can apply the ceramic coating shortly after delivery. But make sure the installer inspects the paint and performs any necessary paint polishing/correcing before applying the ceramic coating. Any swirls and scratches in the paint will be "sealed in" by the ceramic coating.

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