How to Protect Your New Tesla

Happy Tesla-day to You!

Today's the big day! Like the stork carrying a delicate newborn baby to an anxious parent, Elon Musk's finest delivery team is transporting your new Tesla to you this very day, and it's going to arrive in absolute pristine perfect condition... unless it doesn't.

This is a critical moment for you and your new Tesla.  This is the one opportunity in the ownership of your Tesla that you can report scratches in the paint, overspray, defects in the finish, runs, and a host of other possible problems before they are considered to be normal Wear and Tear.  Tesla's policy allows for 72 hours to report these manufacturer's defects.  After that, they're your problem.

Any car - even a brand new Tesla - can have flaws in the paint. The fact is, the environmentally friendly waterborne paint used by manufacturers today is just not as tough and durable as the paint you would have found on high-end vehicles in the past. Right out of the gate there may be defects that you might notice right away, or then might not.

That’s where we come in.  You need trained, experienced eyes to inspect your new Tesla with a thoroughness only professionals - professionals who LOVE cars - can provide. We are happy to inspect every nanometer of your car, catch each and every flaw or defect, and work directly with Tesla to arrange for repairs. This takes the burden of inspection off of you and allows you to just enjoy your Tesla knowing that it is as close to perfect as possible.

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Brand NEW Tesla Model X with Factory Sanding Marks - BEFORE Paint Correction
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Tesla Model X - AFTER Paint Correction
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Brand NEW Tesla Model X with Factory Sanding Marks - BEFORE Paint Correction
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Tesla Model X - AFTER Paint Correction

My Tesla's Paint is Perfect. Now How Do We Keep it That Way?

Protection for your Tesla's delicate paint begins with Nano Ceramic Coatings. There are literally billions of insects, birds, and other natural troublemakers out there, just waiting to ruin your paint - not to mention the dirt and debris that is bound to be kicked up no matter where you're driving. Nano Ceramic Coatings have been proven to protect against these hazards better than any traditional paste wax, and they give your car a head-turning glossy finish. Now you can toodle around town in style...instead of spending your weekend waxing your ride. And lucky you....we have a great selection of Ceramic Coatings that will fit all price points! Popular ones such as Modesta, Gtechniq and Nanolex!

We can protect everything on your Tesla's exterior - paint, brake calipers, wheels... you name it - with easy-to-clean, hydrophobic ceramic coatings. And we can keep your Tesla's ceramic coatings performing their best with proper maintenance and decontamination service that gets rid of any grime, dust, oil, and other build-up that may occur.

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Tesla Model 3s in our shop

Ceramic Coating is Great. Paint Protection Film is Better

Our Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a thermoplastic polyurethane material that's about a hundred times thicker than a ceramic coating (don't worry - we're still talking microns, so you won't see a thing) that wraps your Tesla in a soft protective membrane. The PPF is designed to deflect road debris as well as self-heal from light scratches. Combined with ceramic coating, our PPF will give your Tesla's finish the ultimate in glossy, easy-to-clean protection.

Paint Protection Film can take just about all the abuse the world can throw at it before the actual paint ever even comes into play. A rock kicked up by a semi or a scrape in the parking lot doesn't have to mean a nightmare of color matching, re-painting, blending, and hoping nobody notices. We can simply remove and replace the damaged panel of the PPF itself, and you're back in business. (Just don't expect your paint job to miraculously remain intact if your Tesla somehow becomes involved in a county fair demolition derby.  Even PPF can only do so much.)

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Tesla Model X - Paint Protection Film

Where Should the PPF Go on My Tesla?

You're going to want the protection of PPF wherever your precious Tesla's paint is most vulnerable. Of course this means the entire front end, including hood, fenders, bumper, lights, and side mirrors, as these will face a constant onslaught of potentially damaging debris when you're out on the road.

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Full Front End Coverage

You should also consider PPF protection for your rear bumper and trunk jamb area so debris from your rear tires or a runaway shopping cart won't chip any paint back there. At Vivë, we proudly offer SunTek Ultra and our premium film, S-TEK DYNOshield, which is not only amazingly hydrophobic, but its self-healing function is stunning. And once you get a taste what it’s like to have a fully self-healing car, you’ll never go back.

S-TEK DYNOshield allows you to have a beautifully flawless finishing without the constant visits to the detail shop (though we offer phenomenal detailing services, too *wink*).

What About My Glass? Can You Wrap That, Too?

We sure can!  There are two types of glass protection. ExoShield Windshield Protection Film is applied to the outside of your windshield to protect it from rocks, debris, and other nasties that could chip, pit, or crack your windshield.  Windshield protection film isn’t the best option if you’re in a rainy climate, as frequent windshield wiper use can cause marring and scratching on your windshield film, eventually causing a distracting (and dangerous) glare. In Houston, rain isn’t usually that big of a problem, so windshield protection film might be a good option for you.

But for Teslas in particular, we highly recommend Glassparency, which is a safety product that quickly sheds water from your vehicle’s window, giving you much more visibility and less glare.  Glassparency is also the only product of its kind on the market that doesn’t cause the Telsa’s wipers to chatter.  And we’ll admit, it’s pretty fun to watch the rain droplets skitter away on your windscreen as you cruise the highway at 65mph.  Or maybe that’s just us.

Okay, I’ve Got a Handle on What the Outside Needs. What About the Inside?

Don’t tell Elon I said this, but one of the drawbacks of all that sparkly glass on the Tesla is that it lets in massive amounts of UV and infrared light, causing the interior of your pride and joy to feel like a greenhouse.  Not only is that bad for your bum on a hot Houston day, but it’s also terrible for your skin AND your Tesla’s interior, causing both to fade and crack over time.  That’s why we use SunTek Carbon and S-TEK NEXseries products, which offer amazing optical clarity but also best-in-class heat and UV protection for your Tesla's cabin.

We do not, however, recommend our tint to be applied on your own skin, however. Please consult a dermatologist for advice there.

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Ceramic Window Tint being installed

I Might As Well Wrap the Whole Car, Right?

Wrap the whole car? That's a GREAT idea!  Only with a full-body PPF wrap will you get the full benefit of our PPF's hydrophobic and self-healing capabilities. You'll also get protection on areas of your car that individual PPF panels would leave exposed, all with a seamless, clean, custom installation. You can drive your shiny new Tesla in any environment with the confidence of knowing it's going to stay that way.

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Full Car Coverage

Can I Actually Drive My Tesla Now?

Yes!  YES!  You’ve been waiting on pins and needles for this car since the day you ordered it (and probably before).  By sending it to us as soon as it arrived, you ensured that it will be as protected as you can get it.  NOW you can finally enjoy it - take it out, stretch its legs (tires?), and see what it can do.  Once you go Tesla, you’ll never want to go back.  Enjoy your beautiful vehicle and don’t hesitate to reach out if we can do anything else to help you protect it.

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Tesla Model X

Contact us today about protecting the paint on your new Tesla, BEFORE you take delivery! We can't wait to get started.

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