There are so many different paint protections out there today, it’s no wonder so many people are confused about what the best option for their Tesla is. I’ll attempt to explain the differences and assist you in choosing the best Tesla paint protection.
Wax will help with gloss and minor superficial scratches caused by rags or brushes in a car wash. They will even make the car resistant to dirt and a little easier to wash. However, they don’t protect against heavier scratches, rock chipping or chemical contamination.
Wax is cheap, easy to apply and you can expect wax to last 2 to 4 months depending on the weather, amount the vehicle is washed, and the type of wax. Wax is easily removed by detergents.
Sealants are a fully synthetic product designed to protect the paint while improving the gloss. Sealants are engineered to bond to the paint surface. Sealants are relatively inexpensive and mostly designed to be applied at home. You can expect it to last approximately 3-6 months, based on how often its washed, brand chosen etc. They offer protection against sap, road chemicals and UV rays. Sealants can be easily removed by detergents and other chemicals.
Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that is applied to the paint of your car. The coating chemically bonds to the paint. Because the coating bonds to the paint, it will last much longer that traditional waxes or sealants. You can expect it to last 2-4 years or longer if it’s cared for. Ceramic coatings do a great job in protecting against the effects of UV rays, sap, road salts, road chemicals and overall make the vehicle easier to keep clean. These coatings do not wash off easily.
There are kits available to apply ceramic coating at home, however I warn you, this is not for the average person. It’s best to be done by a professional. You can expect the cost to be from $1,500-$2,500.
CLEAR PAINT PROTECTIVE FILM
Plastic film is made of thermoplastic urethane. The film is usually applied in areas most likely to chip, like the front of the car, behind the tires etc. It is the most resistant product to protect against paint damage. There are even versions that are self-healing when scratched. Meaning that when the plastic is scratched it will disappear. This obviously is for minor scratches and not significant damage.
SO, WHAT’S THE BEST TESLA PAINT PROTECTION?
It depends on your budget and how your car will be used and stored. That said, the best treatment is a combination or ceramic coating and a protective plastic like Xpel or 3M.
The combination of ceramic coating and clear plastic protective film will offer you the best solution to protect your paint and add years to the life of your paint.
If you need any other advice about the maintenance of your paint, stop by any Collision Pros in Auburn, Chico, Davis, Woodland or Red Bluff California.
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