The primary benefits of PPF or Paint Protection Films are many. Still, there is always an ongoing debate regarding whether someone should really invest 10% of the whole car to just protect the paint of his car.
While getting a full-body paint protection film to Tesla Model Y will cost nearly $5,000 on average, it is possible to get it done from $450-$800 for different individual sections of the car.
Anyway, the cost to coat your Tesla Model Y can reach nearly $8,000 at max.
But is it worth getting a full body or partial PPF on your Tesla Model Y or for any other vehicle?
What is PPF?
PPF stands for Paint Protection Film. That is, it refers to an extra layer of paint coating to the stock paint of any vehicle that comes in handy to protect the stock paint from further damages or deterioration.
In general, the substance used in PPF is mostly thin and high-quality Polyurethane.
Why is PPF worth the money?
Despite having a high-end price range, PPF is a very popular option to protect the exterior or paint job of any vehicle. That became possible only because of the high-end security that PPF brings to the car.
Here are the top five reasons why you should get PPF for your car-
- First of all, PPF protects your car from all external damages, including scratches, bird droppings, chips, scuffs, and so on.
- Second of all, your car’s paint looks great when you wrap your vehicle with PPF.
- Most importantly, it lasts at least for more than 5 years after the installation.
- You will have plenty of options to wrap different parts of your car while using PPF.
- Finally, you will even be able to save bucks if you are willing to go for a DIY installation.
How much does it cost to wrap Tesla Model Y PPF?
When it comes to wrapping a Tesla Model Y, there are three different options available. You can either go with full-body paint, full front-end paint, or partial paint options.
Depending on your preference, getting a PPF on your Tesla Model Y will cost from $300 to as high as $8,000.
The average cost to wrap PPF on any car
On average, the cost to wrap PPF on any vehicle is $1,500 for full front end, $4,000 for full-body, and $800 for partial PPF.
The cost varies according to the number of parts you want to wrap PPF.
The following sections will distinguish the cost and everything you need to know while getting a PPF for different parts of your car-
Full body PPF
The full-body PPF is the most expensive option and not always the most popular option.
Full body PPF means covering every part of the exterior with paint protection film. This includes both the front and rear parts of the vehicle.
In that case, the total cost to wrap the whole vehicle will be from $4,000 to as high as $8,000 dollars.
If you are willing to go for a DIY installation, you might be able to save around $1,500 to $2,000 for the total installation.
Head and rear lamps
Front and rear bumper
Front and rear fenders
Full front-end PPF
This is the most optimal choice for most users as the front end of any vehicle is supposed to be the most vulnerable part.
One will be able to wrap the front part of the vehicle with Paint Protection Film for $1,500 to $3,000 at max.
Here is what the total aggregated cost will look like-
Front side mirror
This is the cheapest option and is suitable for those who prefer doing the installation on their own. In that case, the cost will be the aggregated total of the cost of the film and the installation.
If you go for a DIY installation, you might be able to save nearly $300 to $500 for a single part.
In general, doing PPF for a single part will cost nearly $500 to $800 including the installation cost.
Here is our expected budget when you prefer having a partial PPF-
For the lamps only
For the fenderonly
For the bumper only
For tail lights
PPF cost for different Tesla Models
Being an electric car, Tesla deserves to get superior treatment. That is why like the price of a Tesla car, the upgrading process of Tesla seems to be higher as well.
Therefore, we would love to mention that the cost of full body PPF for any Tesla will not be cheaper at any moment.
Here is our estimation for the price ranges you might need to spend when it comes to getting PPF for your specific Tesla model-
Tesla Model 3 PPF cost
Doing a full-body PPF for the Tesla Model 3 will cost $3,500 to $5,500. Being a cheap alternative to all other Tesla Models, the upgrade cost of Model 3 seems relevant as well.
On the other hand, going for a front-end PPF on a Tesla Model 3 will cost $2,000-$2,500.
One should be able to complete a partial installation for about $800 to $1,200 on a Tesla Model 3.
Tesla Model X PPF cost
Like Model Y, Model X is also a luxurious option from Tesla.
Depending on the installation type, the cost to wrap PPF to a Model X Tesla will be from $1,000-$8,000.
Here is our guess for the expected budget you will have to spend to complete the installation on a Tesla Model X-
Tesla Model S PPF cost
The total cost to wrap a Tesla Model S will be quite similar to the cost of Tesla Model X and Model Y.
On average, the cost to wrap a Tesla Model S will be from $1,200-to $7,500 according to the type of installation.
The following table includes our estimated cost that you might have to spend to do a PPF on a Tesla Model S-
Can I do PPF on my own?
One of the prevalent questions running over the internet regarding PPF is whether it is possible to do the installation on your own or not.
Yes, it is always possible to do PPF on your own without taking any help from a professional.
But there are always some fundamental aspects that you should be good at to avoid any blunders in the middle of the installation process.
Before you start, here are some of our instructions-
- An imbalanced paint on the car does not matter but it surely will make your car look a little pale. Therefore, it’s better to avoid the job unless you are confident.
- Read all the instructions carefully before you jump into the installation process.
- It might bring some better help if you take suggestions from a professional before starting the painting job.
Going for a DIY installation will save a good amount
It is certainly true that covering the whole body of your car with PPF costs nearly 10% of the total cost of the car, but you reduce that amount up to 5% if you can do the installation on your own.
When for the paint, you will have to spend nearly $2,500 to $3,000, the labor cost or the installation cost will be around $1,500 to $2,500.
That means you are paying almost the same amount for the paint as the installation cost. But that is one way of ensuring clarity and look.
On the contrary, if you dare to do the job on your own, you will be able to cut that additional $1,500 to $2,500 from your aggregated budget.
With better clarity and courage, go for doing it on your own to give a party with the saved amount.
How long does PPF last on a car?
Longevity is what defines whether it is worth doing PPF on a car or not. Well, it certainly does what it is here to do.
At max, the paint of PPF can last almost 10 years if the quality is better, whereas you can expect to get almost 5 years of longevity even if the quality is not better.
That is when it is worth saying that doing PPF on your Tesla or on any other vehicle is always worth the money.
Does Tesla recommend PPF?
Even if Tesla does not say anything about doing PPF on Tesla cars, Tesla surely does not discourage doing so.
That means if you really want to protect the paint of your Tesla and are willing to spend the money, doing PPF is always a good alternative.
With a thick layer, PPF on any Tesla or on any other vehicle will always come in handy to bring better protection and security to the exterior of the car.
What does a PPF kit include?
When it comes to installing PPF on any car, having a PPF kit becomes a must. If you have never done the job before, you might ask what specifically a PPF kit includes. A common PPF kit includes-
- The paint protection film
- A utility cutter
- Essential solvent
- An instruction guide
- Microfiber cloth and so on.
Full body PPF OR partial PPF?
Doing PPF on a car requires many considerations. Doing partial or full body PPF is certainly one of them.
So what should you prefer?
Well, we believe a full front-end PPF is always the better option in any situation. It is so because this is the exact part where the car faces the most struggles.
Therefore, doing a PPF on the front end of the car will better help to secure the paint and the car to a great degree.
At the same time, if you are willing to spend a good amount on the paint job, you can also think about going for a full-body PPF which will greatly bring security for the whole part of the car.
Can PPF ensure stone-chip protection?
If you love to drive on the highway with your Tesla or any other vehicle, you might have faced stone chip threats many often. Especially, the front-end of the vehicle tends to remain vulnerable to stone-chip or such obstacles.
Yes, a car’s front end covered with PPF can bring forth ultimate protection against PPF.
Therefore, if you are looking for having some high-end protection while driving on the highway, doing PPF should bring a greater experience in the longer run.
Does Tesla come with PPF?
Yes, the recent Tesla Models come with PPF and thus provide better paint safety.
It is indeed true that the earlier Tesla Models had not had any additional PPF layers. But as Tesla is aiming to the future more and more, the inclusion of such features surely gives more freedom to the users.
At the first sight, spending around $3,500 to $4,500 for doing PPF on your Tesla might look much higher but spending that much money will ensure paint protection for nearly 5 to 7 seven, which always makes it worth spending.
We would not encourage or discourage you from doing a PPF on your Tesla. But, if you really want to have high-end security, doing a PPF is always worth the money.
Last Updated on June 17, 2022 by sajjad