DIY vs Professional Tesla PPF Installation: Making the Right Decision

DIY vs Professional Tesla PPF Installation

Tesla’s paint protection film (PPF) is a great way to protect your car from dings and scratches. And it looks pretty cool, too. But what if you want to install the Tesla PPF yourself? Is it worth the time, effort and risk involved in installing the film yourself? Or should you just hire a professional who can do it right the first time with no errors?

What is a Tesla Paint Protection Film?

Tesla paint protection film is a clear sheet of protection that you apply to the body of your Tesla. It’s designed to protect the paint from scratches and dings, which can result in expensive repairs.

Paint protection film (sometimes called “clear bra”) is similar to PPF, but there are some key differences between them:

  • PPF is made of polyurethane versus silicone-based clear bras. This makes it more durable than other types of coatings because it doesn’t break down over time like those do.
  • PPF comes with an adhesive backing so it can be applied directly onto your car without any special tools needed (like with ceramic coatings). Clear bras require additional steps if they’re not pre-installed by a professional installer before delivery – you’ll need some sort of glue or tape in order for them not to fall off during installation!
  • PPF is generally cheaper than other types of paint protection film. This makes it a great option for people who want to protect their Tesla without spending too much money!

What the Tesla Paint Protection Film Installation Process Looks Like

The Tesla paint protection film installation process is simple and straightforward. It takes about an hour to install, and no tools are required for the job. You can install your PPF in a clean garage or driveway, but if you want to keep dust and dirt out of it while you work on it later on, we recommend using a paint booth.

The first thing you need to do is wash your car with soap and water. This will remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface of your vehicle, which can interfere with the installation process. Next, use a towel to wipe away any moisture left on the surface of your car. The next step is to use a squeegee to remove any excess water from the surface of your vehicle. This will ensure that when you apply the PPF, it has maximum adhesion and bonding strength. Once you have dried off your car with towels and removed any moisture from its surface, use a spray bottle filled with warm water to dampen all parts of the vehicle that are going to be covered by film.

The Benefits of a DIY Installation

The benefits of a DIY installation include:

  • You can do it yourself. The process is not difficult and can be completed in less than an hour, depending on the size of your vehicle and how many panels you are installing.
  • You save money on labor costs by doing the work yourself. If you’re willing to invest in some basic tools and supplies (or borrow them from friends), then this option will likely save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars compared with hiring someone else to do it for you!
  • You get to choose your own color scheme for both PPF film material and installation kit components like squeegees, spray bottles etc.

The Drawbacks of a DIY Installation

Despite the fact above, installing PPF on your Tesla isn’t exactly easy. You need the right tools and experience to get it done right – and if you don’t have either of those things, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up damaging or scratching your car in the process. That’s why we recommend hiring an expert instead!

Once installed, your PPF will protect your Tesla from minor scratches and dings. If you’re like most owners, you probably want to keep your Model 3 looking as good as new for many years to come. In addition, when the time comes to sell or trade-in your Tesla, a professionally installed PPF film kit can help increase its resale value by protecting it against damage that might otherwise occur during transport.

Apart from the PPF, there is another solution available for protecting your car’s exterior, and that’s using paint touch-up products. Let’s say you have a minor scratch or chip on your Tesla, and you don’t want to go through the entire process of PPF application. In that case, a Tesla touch-up product could be the perfect solution. These touch-up products are designed specifically for Tesla models and are available in a wide range of colors to perfectly match the original paint of your vehicle. A touch-up is an easy, effective, and affordable way to deal with minor cosmetic issues and maintain your Tesla’s sleek appearance.

Professional Tesla Paint Protection Film Installation

Professional installation is the way to go for a number of reasons. Not only does it save you time and hassle, but it also ensures that your Tesla PPF will be installed correctly and last longer than if you had done it yourself. The following are just some of the benefits:

  • Efficient – Professionals can work much faster than DIYers, which means less downtime for your vehicle (and more money in your pocket).
  • Reliable – A professional Tesla paint protection film installer will ensure that no bubbles appear on the film after installation because he or she knows exactly how much pressure to use when rolling out the film; this prevents air pockets from forming under the protective layer of glass-like material that covers every inch of your car’s bodywork when properly applied by professionals who know their job well enough not only as a professional but also as someone who really cares about quality workmanship, so they keep using good products.

What are the Advantages of Getting PPF Installed by a Professional?

When it comes to PPF, there are a lot of things to consider. If you’re looking for something that will last you a lifetime, then getting PPF installed by a professional is probably the best option. Here’s why:

  • Precision installation – A professional installer will ensure that your Tesla Model 3 PPF film is applied with precision and accuracy. This ensures that every inch of your car is protected from scratches and other damage caused by everyday use (and abuse).
  • Professional quality – A high-quality PPF film offers long-lasting protection against UV rays and sunlight damage while still letting light through so that you can see clearly when driving at night or during cloudy days. It also keeps heat inside the cabin, so it doesn’t get too hot during summer months when temperatures rise outside–a problem many people face when driving electric vehicles since they don’t have radiators like traditional cars do!

Who Installs Tesla PPF and How Long Does it Take?

When you’re looking at the cost of a professional PPF installation, it’s important to understand the process. The first step is cleaning your car and removing any dirt or dust from its surface. This ensures that no contaminants are left behind when applying the film. Next, an installer will measure out where they want their graphic and cut out pieces of film accordingly using a squeegee and razor blade (or similar tools). They’ll then apply those pieces onto your car using tape as guides so they can be easily removed later on if needed. Afterward comes drying time–this can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours depending on how much water was used during application–and finally removal of excess material around edges with an exact knife before curing occurs under heat lamps for about 15 minutes per side!

While there are some similarities between DIY jobs done by inexperienced people versus those completed by professionals like myself who have been doing this type work for years now: both require patience; both require effort; both require proper technique, but only one gives results worth bragging about!

If You’re Looking for a Long-Lasting Solution, it Makes Sense to Hire Professionals

If you want to make sure your new PPF installation is done right, it makes sense to hire professionals. Professionals have the right tools, equipment, and training needed to install a Tesla PPF without damaging the paint underneath.

Professional Tesla PPF installers have been trained in proper installation techniques that ensure they get it right the first time. They also know what kind of chemicals are safe for use on certain types of surfaces (e.g., glass), so you don’t have to worry about any damage occurring during application or removal of your new film protection kit’s adhesive layer later on down the road if/when something goes wrong with its initial installation job


It’s clear that there are pros and cons to both DIY and professional PPF installations. For some people, the benefits of DIY outweigh the drawbacks and they’re able to install their own PPF without any problems. However, if you want something that lasts longer than a few years or want to ensure that everything is done correctly from the start (like installing it properly on your car), then hiring professionals is probably going to be your best bet.