Tesla Model 3 Wrapping Guide [Cost, Colors, Reputable Shops, and More]

By Zac Ludicrous •  Updated: 05/12/21 •  21 min read

Wrapping your Tesla Model 3 is not as complicated and expensive as you may think.

In this guide, we’ll discuss:

So whether you’re looking to give a new look to your Tesla, protect its delicate paint at a cheaper price, or just want to add a little personality to it, I’ve got you covered. We’ll discuss it all in this ultimate guide to Tesla Model 3 wraps.

Ready to take it to the next step? Let’s get started then!

Should You Wrap Your Tesla?

Let’s start with the most basic question: “Should you wrap your Tesla Model 3?”

Well, you can find different opinions online but in my opinion, you should! 

Why?

Well, first of all, considering how delicate Tesla’s paint job is, wraps will provide an extra layer of protection against harsh weather, minor scratches, etc.

Second — and it links to the first benefit — wrapping your Tesla Model 3 will help you conserve the long-term value of your car.

And finally, you’ve got some craziest customization possibilities with vinyl or PPF wraps. If you’re a man of taste, you’ll love the final customized look of your car (go to the visual guide below to see all the possibilities!).

PPF vs. Vinyl: How Much Does It Cost to Wrap a Tesla Model 3?

Wraps can refer to either vinyl wraps or paint protection film (PPF, for short). We’ll focus primarily on vinyl wraps, but let’s compare the cost of both.

PPF wrap jobs tend to be more expensive, although they have the option of a partial wrap which can cut the price in half or more.

What’s the best film to protect your Tesla though?

AMMO NYC does an incredible job comparing paint protection film with vinyl wrap in six different categories, including durability and cost:

Comparison starts @ 3:34. PPF vs. vinyl durability test performed @ 5:16.

Key Points:

In short, paint protection film is designed to preserve your paint from harsh elements such as rock chips, dings, and minor impacts.

Vinyl wraps are usually aesthetic upgrades overall.

How to Save Yourself $4,000+ on Tesla Vinyl Car Wrap

This owner literally saved $4000+ while wrapping her Tesla Model 3. How? She wrapped it herself. Look at her experiment:

Not a bad job for a first-timer…

Wrapping a vehicle is a time-consuming process. That’s why shops charge you so much money.

See the Tesla owner above who “only” spent $700?

Well, here is the downside. it took her 30 hours of work to get everything done!

Sure, you’re saving in the order of $4,000+ but will it be worth it for you? Can you afford pledging your whole week to wrapping your Tesla Model 3? Don’t you have a job or something?

So, in my opinion, finding a reputable shop will be your safest bet.

But still, if you want to save thousands of dollars, I’ve compiled the best tips and installation videos in this article.

They’ll make your DIY project much, much easier.

As this TMC member and first-time Tesla Model 3 car wrap DIYer said,

“In this YouTube age, anyone can do anything with proper research.”

Best Tesla Model 3 Wrap Colors: Pick Your Favourite Color & Finish

Regardless of the color or finish you want, there’s a wrap that fits your needs.

Below, I include as many examples as I could find to give you a clear idea of how these wraps may look in your Model 3.

When available, I include the wrap name and link within each image’s caption so you can continue to research the wraps that get your attention.

Common Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Finishes Examples

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Satin Black Example
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in Satin Black. Brand unknown. Credit to T Sportline.

Coupled with a chrome delete and some black rims, this classic look never gets old.

A simple white wrap that, when seen from an angle and under certain lighting conditions, has some rainbow-like reflections.

A good choice for white Model 3 owners looking to maintain their color to a certain extent.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Matte Black Example
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in Matte Black. Brand unknown.

Not a fan of satin or glossy finishes? Matte black may just be the finish you’re after.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Matte Metallic Blue Example
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in Avery’s Matte Metallic Blue. Credit to RVinyl.

Arguably better-looking (and probably more durable) than Tesla’s original blue paint.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap by 3M: Dragon Red Fire
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Dragon Red Fire.

You can almost see the dragon flames 🐉 … My favorite so far.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Matte Silver Metallic Example
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in Avery’s Matte Silver Metallic.

I do like this gray. It airs on the whiter side and almost has a stainless steel look to it.

Makes me think of the oh-so-interesting Tesla Cybertruck.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap by Avery: Matte Metallic Gunmetal
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in Avery’s Matte Metallic Gunmetal.

Ever wanted a gray not as dark as Tesla’s OEM silver paint? This is the style you’re looking for.

Subtle, More Unique Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Examples

Tesla Model 3 Perfect Blue Car Wrap Example
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Satin Perfect Blue.

Resembles a toy in my opinion… but a valid color for those who like it.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Rose Gold Example
Seemingly Rose Gold wrap. Couldn’t find the exact model. Credit to Gangsta Wraps.

Yup, the Model 3 is worth its weight in gold. So much so this owner wrapped it in a rose gold-like color.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Battleship Gray Example
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Satin Battleship Gray.

Not exactly appealing to me, although interesting.

I wonder how a similar color would look like with a glossy finish.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Satin Energetic Yellow Example
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in Avery’s Satin Energetic Yellow. Credit to Wrapped on Vinyl.

Pure gold for those willing to give their car a 14K appearance.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Matte Military Green Example
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Matte Military Green.

This wrap may look more interesting with a camouflage print somewhere. Possibly in the front fenders or the rocker panels.

What do you think?

Crazy Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Examples to Blow Your Mind

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap Stormbreaker
“Stormbreaker” and its roaring T-rex. Unsure about the exact wrap. Credit to Evannex.

Talk about a fish out of the water…

Not to be confused with a Korean taxi either. Just kidding!

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap by 3M: Gloss Hot Pink
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Gloss Hot Pink.

Guaranteed to be the watercooler topic of the month… every month.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap by 3M: Gloss Flip Deep Space
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Gloss Flip Deep Space. Credit to azsmartbet.

It can’t be appreciated in this picture, but this wrap has a bluish tone at certain angles.

Cool, but not my taste.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap by 3M: Satin Flip Volcano Flare
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Satin Flip Volcano Flare. Credit to The Vehicle Wrapping Centre.

Somewhat similar to the Gloss Flip Deep Space, but much more subtle.

One of the few “crazy” wraps I’d actually consider.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap by 3M: Satin Gold Dust Black
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Satin Gold Dust Black. Credit to T Sportline.

Dude… that looks temptingly good.

Given its black color in low-lighting conditions, I’d actually consider it too.

See 3M’s Satin Flip Glacial Frost from every angle @ 0:58.

Quite an elegant array of blue and purple shades.

Interesting to look at but a little bit too loud for me.

Tesla Model 3 Car Wrap by 3M: Satin Flip Psychedelic
Tesla Model 3 fully wrapped in 3M’s Satin Flip Psychedelic. Credit to T Sportline.

Geez… this is getting crazy. It truly looks surreal.

Awesome for auto shows. Not sure someone would want this for a daily driver.

Looks are subjective, but these examples will guide you in the right direction to determine what style suits you.

I’m a simple man who usually sticks to neutral colors…

Although I must admit 3M’s Satin Gold Dust and Satin Flip Volcano Flare did catch my attention.

3M vs. Avery Wraps for Tesla Model 3: Which One is Best?

CK Wraps, a popular car wrapping YouTube channel, put 3M and Avery to test side by side. His experiment involved pulling and tearing apart samples.

Strength against pulling is important because snapping 12 feet of vinyl in half during installation becomes extremely likely—and that’s money wasted.

At the five-minute mark, he rated Avery and 3M from 1 to 10 in his test, 10 being extremely hard to tear and rip apart.

Avery and 3M strength tests start @ 4:58. Ouch, 3M!

What about looks though?

EVS Motors laid out all 3M’s and Avery’s shades of black to compare them:

Matte Black look starts @ 0:48. Clarity comparison @ 2:45.

Avery’s black seems to have a slightly darker and shinier tone, especially the Satin Black variant.

Both are extremely similar overall.

Inozotek, an up-and-coming brand, is also showcased in the latter half of the video.

It’s touted as an extremely clear wrapping material that resembles paint more closely.

Although shops near you may not work with Inozotek, feel free to check out their website if you’re looking for a crystal-clear wrap.

3M Pros and Cons:

✅ Virtually every shop will work with 3M material
✅ Wide color availability
✅ Lasts longer and may be backed by a warranty
❌ Extremely easy to snap when overstretched
❌ May be harder to remove years down the road
❌ May be harder to install

Avery Dennison Pros and Cons:

✅ Easiest brand to install and remove. Ideal for first-time DIYers
Touted as the best choice among installers and Tesla owners
✅ Widely known, though not as established as 3M
❌ May not last as long
❌ Thinner material, not as protective

Where to Find Reputable Shops for a Perfect Tesla Wrap Job

Here’s a list of certified car wrap installers in Canada and the United States, as published by Avery back in 2016.

3M also has a map/locator of graphic installers on their website.

Call several shops in your area to get the best price.

Consider looking for the installer’s website (or profile in Yelp and Google Reviews) to verify whether the Tesla community has been happy with their work.

You may also use Google or forum searches (e.g., “{name of shop}” + “Tesla Model 3 wrap”) to find out if Tesla owners have shared their experience with the installer in question.

If you’re the type of person who likes to have all jobs done by the original manufacturer, know this:

Tesla released a wrapping service in 2020 for Chinese customers.

As of this writing, however, it’s unclear whether a similar service will ever be released to North American customers.

If it does, we’ll put an update here.

How to Wrap a Tesla Model 3 at Home: A DIY Guide

List of the Tools Needed for the Job

The following are the tools you need to do the job:

  1. The wrap film itself 
  2. A heat gun
  3. A squeegee
  4. A precision knife
  5. A roll of knifeless tape
  6. At least 8 oz of 70% isopropyl alcohol
  7. A spray bottle
  8. A professional-grade micro-fiber cloth

How Much Wrap Film Will Be Enough to Wrap a Tesla Model 3 Completely?

Five feet of width is the standard and is enough for small to midsize vehicles like the Model 3.

As a rule of thumb for determining length, CarWrapSupplier suggests you multiply the length of your car times 3.

(This makes sense intuitively to cover the front, the back, and both sides.)

The Model 3 is ~15.5 feet long. Multiplying by 3, we get 46.5 feet.

This calculation suggests that ordering 50 feet of the film would be enough but probably cutting it close for a first-timer.

A total of 60′ in length (or two 5′ by 30′ rolls) may be more adequate.

DIY Tutorial

The most helpful, in-depth DIY tutorial is a five-part series created by the guy behind Ideal Cars in collaboration with VViViD vinyls.

I’ll summarize the tips in an easy-to-understand bulleted list below, but I encourage you to check out the entire series once you have every tool you need on hand.

Part 1: Necessary Tools & Vinyl Acclimation

Part 2: Measuring Enough Material, Surface Preparation, & First Vinyl Application

Part 3: How to Remove Bubbles & Wrinkles, Squeegee Technique

Part 4: Dealing With Curves, Overlaying Vinyl, & Using Knifeless Tape

Part 5: Dealing With Handles, Steps to Avoid Edge Failure, & Post-Application Treatment

Key Tips

Here are other important tips I gathered from a few first-time DIYers in Tesla forums:

You can also consider removing the handles, headlights, and rearview mirror beforehand to simplify the wrapping process.

This is something professionals suggest, though Tesla owners have wrapped their cars successfully without disassembling any parts.

Also, if you’d like to start small, you can consider wrapping individual Tesla Model 3 parts like door handles, steering wheels, etc. first. Here are great pre-cut wrap kits for your door handles, the Tesla logos, and the steering wheel.

Tools for the Job

If you’ve decided to do the job yourself, below are a few more details on the tools you’ll need to get the job done.

Even if you plan to hire a shop to do the job for you, don’t write these tools off — consider them for ongoing maintenance.

To save you time, I’m including the best-value Amazon products in their respective categories.

You’re free to shop around for alternative products or visit your nearest convenience store.

Best Value Heat Gun: SEEKONE

✅ #1 best seller in the Heat Guns category
✅ 50°C–650°C (120°F–1200°F) temperature control
✅ Useful for many heating purposes, including installing vinyl wraps, car bumper restoration, removing paint or floor tiles, softening adhesives, bending plastic or thin metal, and more
✅ 95% of reviewers rated this heat gun favorably
❌ Heat gun may take some time to reach the desired temperature
❌ Plastic body may deteriorate fast under higher operating temperatures

Affordable, Quality Squeegees

✅ #1 best seller in its category
✅ Useful for window tint and other wrap jobs
✅ 2 squeegees kit

#1 Sharpest Precision Knife

✅ Very sharp and durable coated blade
✅ Easy to hold (like a pencil) for precision cutting
✅ Most popular precision knife, more than 20,000 positive ratings
❌ Safety cap may fall or break prematurely
❌ Set doesn’t come with extra blades

Best-Value Knifeless Tape

✅ Intuitive and easy to use (even for a first-timer)
✅ Comes in 3M packaging despite being half the price compared with other Amazon products

Professional-Grade Microfiber Cloth

✅ #1 best seller in its category
✅ Recommended by the Tesla community
✅ Lint-free, scratch-free cloth
✅ Recommended by professionals
✅ Available in 3-pack and 12-pack

32 oz (950 ml) Spray Bottles

✅ Amazon’s Choice
✅ Proven reliable by customers
✅ Quality, affordable alternative to Chemical Guys or Meguiar’s

Best Wrapping Kits for Individual Tesla Model 3 Parts

If you intend to DIY and this is your first time, starting small is a good idea.

Here are other pieces you can wrap (namely, the steering wheel, the logos, and the door handles). Plus the best brands you can buy today.

Best Tesla Model 3 Door Handle Wrap Kit: Full-Coverage Custom Cut Graphics

Available in 23 colors.

Tesla Model 3 doorr handle wrap kit by Custom Cut Graphics.

This product addresses a BIG problem others have yet to solve:

Visible gaps.

Most wraps are cut to measure.

This wrap, however, offers an extra inch around the edges to leave no visible gap, making them look professional even if you don’t install them perfectly.

It is available in many colors (from matte black to neon yellow to “silver rainbow”). You can choose to black out, dramatically contrast, or color-match your handles as you see fit.

Keep in mind: Wraps may not provide a perfect color match for all Tesla models.

Black Model 3 owners seem happy with their Gloss Black wrap, claiming they look “close enough” or match “almost perfectly.”

The brand discloses a “95% match” on its Pearl White and a “slightly darker” color on its Midnight Silver wrap.

Neutral colors have proven a good enough match for customers.

Don’t expect blue or red variants to match as well though.

Following the brand’s percentage measure, they look like a 70%–80% match at best, which might be enough for some Model 3 owners.

Virtually every brand will fail to match Tesla colors 100% though, as most brands use 3M automotive vinyl wrap — and they don’t have Tesla’s exact colors available.

At just a few bucks extra from the regular version, the extra 1/8″ of material is worth paying for if you’re concerned about leaving visible gaps on the edges of your door handles.

This Tesla Model 3 door handle wrap kit also includes six individual pieces (three for each side), virtually including one future replacement for free.

Pros:

Fits: All Model 3 and Model Y years and trims

✅ No visible gaps on the edges
✅ Easy to install
✅ 3M automotive-grade vinyl wraps with an 8-year warranty
✅ Includes 6 pieces (2 as extras)
✅ 90-day warranty & free replacements

Cons:

❌ May not provide a perfect color match. Particularly true for non-neutral colors like blue or red.

Best Tesla Model 3 Logo Wrap Kit: Custom Cut Graphics

Available in 24 colors.

Tesla Model 3 logo wrap by CCG.

This product is the most popular Tesla Model 3 logo wrap kit — and it’s easy to see why:

You get a variety of colors to choose from, all in a package with everything you need to install your wraps fast.

If you’re looking for something easy to install, inexpensive, and with dozens of colors available, these are the logo wraps for you.

The only complaint customers have is that, under periodic pressure from car washes, the exterior logo wraps may not stick for long.

However, there are a dozen stories of people emailing customer service to claim their 90-day warranty, getting a response within minutes — and a replacement on their door the next day.

The smaller logos may be somewhat tricky to install given their size,

But Custom Cut Graphics brings detailed installation instructions customers are happy with.

So much so that people experienced with wraps say these are the “easiest decals I’ve ever applied.”

The brand also offers a two-piece kit for the hood and trunk logos, if those happen to be the only logos you’re interested in covering.

Pros:

Fits: All Model 3 years and trims.
Doesn’t fit Model Y.

✅ Comes with alcohol wipes and instructions
✅ Easy to install
✅ 3M automotive-grade vinyl wraps with 8-year warranty
✅ Includes 11 pieces (2 as extras)
✅ Seller’s 90-day warranty & free replacements

Cons:

❌ May peel off prematurely under pressure (e.g. car washes)

Best Tesla Model 3 Steering Wheel Wrap Kit: EV Wraps

Available in 6 colors

Best Tesla Model 3 Steering Wheel Wrap by EV Warps

Make your interior feel more luxurious and protect your original steering wheel trims with this wrap.

Cutouts are precise. The installation is a 5-min breeze. And the availability of colors is interesting, particularly the white carbon fiber and the brushed metallic.

If you want to give a personalized touch to your interior without breaking the bank, this is the way to go.

Some customers have experienced adhesion issues where the wrap peels off prematurely.

Others say “it looks cheap.”

But these complaints are few and far between.

More than 90% of reviewers have rated the product 4 stars or more.

YouTubers have nothing but good things to say about it.

Great installation tips @ 2:19 to 3:59.

On top of that, the company offers great customer support, sending over two pieces of the left side so you can practice and potentially shipping extra pieces by request.

Being a sticker,  the thin layer won’t interfere with your button as much as a solid piece of plastic would.

With the lasting nature of 3M vinyl and this great price, this is an upgrade you’ll never regret.

Pros:

Fits: All Model 3 / Y years and trims

✅ Automotive-grade 3M 2080 vinyl
✅ Easy to install
✅ Perfect fit
✅ Thin layer. No interference with buttons.

Cons:

❌ May peel off prematurely
❌ No logo wrap

Frequent Buyer Concerns

Can I wrap my Tesla myself?

Although it’s not an easy task, many Tesla owners have wrapped their cars without prior experience and have done a good job.

It requires patience and a steady hand, though.

Getting a friend or relative to help you out is extremely beneficial.

Consider taking your phone, laptop, or old tablet/iPad to practice with those devices first. This will help you get a feel of the wrapping process before trying it out on your vehicle.

Can I unwrap a wrapped car?

Yes.

When installed properly, you should easily remove the wrap without any damage to your car’s original paint.

Make sure to remove the wrap during the time frame the manufacturer recommends.

Avery Dennison, as an example, suggests their wraps last three to four years.

How much does it cost to wrap a Tesla Model 3 with vinyl?

Professional installers are likely to quote $4,200 to $6,000 for a full wrap, according to Tesla owners’ threads.

The film material, however, can usually be purchased for less than $1,000.

Can I wrap a leased Tesla?

Double-check your lease agreement to verify whether wrapping your vehicle has any implications.

You may get away with wrapping a leased vehicle as long as you unwrap it before turning it back to the dealership.

How long does a wrap last?

The expected life span for most wraps is five to seven years.

Some wrap brands provide a five-year warranty, but such warranties can be very hard to claim.

This is especially true if you did the wrapping job yourself or got it done through an unlicensed shop.

Wrapping Up: Tesla Model 3 Wrapping Guide

This was all about wrapping your Tesla Model 3 to perfection.

I’d again encourage you to ditch any doubts you may have and go ahead with wrapping your car; It’ll definitely pay off in the long run. 

Just select your favourite look (take help from our visual guide), get a wrap from 3M or Avery, install it (take help from our DIY tutorial) or get it installed, and enjoy the final personalized look.

Before signing off, I’ll also encourage you to read our Tesla Model 3 PPF Guide if you’re stuck in PPF versus vinyl debate with yourself.

Zac Ludicrous

Mechanical engineer by profession. TSLA shareholder before the hype. EV enthusiast all day long. Zac enjoys learning about the future of battery technology, autonomy, and EVs. He considers Tesla Model 3 the most important vehicle of the 21st century -- and is in a quest to improve the ownership experience of every Model 3 owner he possibly can.

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