What types of Tesla paint protection are there and are they worth it?

When you’re buying a shiny new car, it’s very common for your dealer to offer paint protection as an optional extra. There are two types of Tesla paint protection available, both of which preserve your car’s paintwork by acting as an extra layer of protection.

Getting paint protection is a way of essentially shielding your paint from damage that’s easily caused by everyday events like bird droppings or tree sap falling on your car, stones chipping the paint as you’re driving, and the weather causing the paint to fade over time. These are all common sources of damage to cars that go untreated. The treatment will not, however, protect your car from heavier damage like dents and scuffs.

So here’s the question: is it worth spending the extra to protect your paint?

Types of Tesla paint protection

Paint protection comes in two forms: a physical film that is applied over your existing paintwork or a liquid spray that is added and hardens as it sets.

With so many customers keen to keep their new cars looking as new as possible for as long as possible, either is a good solution. Treatments can cost anything from a few hundred pounds, which will give a small car a basic coating, to up to four figures to give larger and luxury models greater protection.

Is paint protection worth it?

If you’re looking for an effective, low-maintenance option for keeping the exterior of your car in tip-top condition, the extra layer of protection means there’s no need to worry about small damages and your car will be easier to clean.

Where will you be parking?

To decide if it’s worth the investment, consider where your car will spend most of its time. When you’re not driving it, does it stay safely in a garage, or is it parked on the street, an uncovered driveway, or anywhere exposed to overhead cables, overhanging trees, or roosting birds? If it’s in a garage, you may not need it. If, however, any of the other conditions apply – either at home or where your work – it’s worth the extra expense to protect your paint.

How many miles will you be doing?

The other factor worth considering is how many miles you do. If you’re going to be covering a lot of miles, your car is more likely to suffer stone chips and other bits of damage.

Regular maintenance can eliminate the need for paint protection

If you’re planning on spending a fair amount of time (or money) on cleaning and polishing your car regularly to remove dirt and blemishes, there’s less need for additional protection. This may work out cheaper for you, however, that will depend on whether you’ll be completing the maintenance yourself or paying for it to be professionally detailed. It will also depend on how regularly you’ll be doing it, with the obvious qualifier being that the less frequently it’s done, the less effective this method is at protecting your car.

Ultimately, the decision comes down to whether or not you expect your car to be exposed to damaging elements, and whether or not you have the time or patience to complete maintenance yourself.

Other factors to consider

If you do decide to go with paint protection, make sure it’s mentioned in your paperwork – when you come to sell the car on, you can use it as an extra edge to get more money for it.

If you have an older Tesla that you’re looking to get paint protection for, you may need to have any small blemishes removed before it can have the paint treatment. While this adds an extra cost, it’s well worth it to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment.

Looking for specialists to protect your Tesla’s paint job? Get in touch today and one of the Customise My Tesla technicians will be happy to talk you through the process.

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