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Best Ways to Protect Tesla Model 3 Paint

Best Ways to Protect Tesla Model 3 Paint
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You love your new Tesla Model 3. It’s your baby. Your pride and joy. What’s not to love? Model 3s are revolutionary in the fact that they combine Tesla’s engineering marvels with a price that most people can afford. So how do you keep it looking brand-spanking new? How do you keep your new car looking its best without breaking the bank? Here we will discuss the best ways to protect Tesla Model 3 paint.

The Forum in All Its Glory

Regular readers know that I love the Tesla Motors Club forum, as I have mentioned several times before. A forum participant by the name of “Railhawk52” posted the following last year that I found interesting:

“I’m really on the fence on getting paint protection for my Model 3. On the one hand I want the car to stay nice and look good. I’m worried about that front no-grill area being a rock magnet. On the other hand, it’s a depreciating asset that I don’t want to sink any more money into than I have to, and clear wraps and even partials are expensive. It’s not like if I don’t get a clear wrap, I don’t still have my Model 3 to drive and enjoy.

Curious to see what others out there are planning to do/have already done with their Model 3s.

Anyone who didn’t do paint protection and is happy about their choice? How does that no-grill area hold up on the highways withought [sic] paint protection?”

“Railhawk52” brings up a good point: cars are a depreciating asset. Is it really worth it to spend hand over fist, especially if you are only interested in keeping the car for a few years?

We discussed ceramic coating and ceramic wrap for your Tesla earlier this month. The bottom line is that it will probably cost you between $1,500 and $2,000 to have your car coated and between $4,000 and $6,000 to have it wrapped. This kind of protection is definitely not cheap, but it is the best way to protect Tesla Model 3 paint.

Users on the Tesla Motors Club forum had some additional ideas. User “goto10” stated:

“I’m currently leaning toward touch up paint for anything noticeable with body work if the accumulation of chips get bad enough. I expect to trade for AWD in 2 or 3 years.”

Is it Really Worth it?

Forum participant “Cricket88” posted:

“I was originally going to clear bra the front end of our 3 like I did on our S, but after thinking about it and accepting the panel and hood gaps as “within Tesla spec”, I decided to just drive it as-is. If I still like it as much as I do now in a few years, I’ll get bodywork/paint done and it will probably look even better than new!”

“mjp462” had a different take:

“I’m getting PPF for the full front of my Model 3. This car will be my baby and I plan to own it for a long time. The car costs over $50k, IMO, it would be silly not to protect the soft paint from chips.”

So there you have it folks. The best way to protect your Tesla Model 3 paint is to have it coated and/or wrapped in ceramic. That being said, only you can decide if the price is worth it or not.

Would any of our readers like to chime in on the best way to protect Model 3 paint? Is it worth it in your opinion to pay the premium for ceramic coating/wrapping or not? Please leave a comment below and let us know.

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Neil Brooks
Neil Brooks is an electric vehicle owner and lover currently based in the greater Washington D.C. area. Neil is a fan of all things electric and may be the only person in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States to own both an electric leaf blower and an electric chainsaw. When he's not busy blogging about the latest on electric technology he enjoys grilling, rock climbing, and taking naps in his hammock.