Exterior Vinyl 'Carbon Fiber' Kits for the Tesla Model 3
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The Tesla Model 3 is a spectacularly cool car—looks, tech, and performance are all there. But there will be hundreds of thousands of Model 3s on the road, and many owners want to make their vehicle distinctive. At EVANNEX, we specialize in doing just that, so we developed a vinyl kit collection that allows you to customize one or more elements of your Model 3 exterior. Our vinyl accents allow you to get that carbon fiber look and make your Model 3 unique.
*Please note: EVANNEX provides two (2) copies of every vinyl shape we sell, allowing you to have a "back up" for the opportunity to recover from an installation error (e.g., a tear or stretch due to improper technique or installation) or a replacement piece ready to install should regular wear and tear necessitate it.
The EVANNEX exterior vinyl kit collection has been custom-designed to fit important exterior elements of the Tesla Model 3. It includes four unique vinyl kits that can be purchased individually or in groups. Each vinyl kit has been custom designed specifically for the Model 3.
B-Pillar Vinyl Kit
With the EVANNEX B-Pillar accent, you can add a custom look to the Model 3 B-Pillar with almost no effort and relatively little cost. Our B-Pillar accent has been designed to accommodate the side facing camera in the B-Pillar, is easily installed with no tools, and can be removed in the future if you decide to return to the original OEM gloss finish.
Door Handle Vinyl Kit
Model 3 door handles are unique in their appearance and in their function. Some Model 3 owners want to provide a carbon fiber look for the handles. EVANNEX has designed a special vinyl kit that enables this option with no cutting and no tools.
Charge Port Vinyl
The charge port surface is matte black. That works from a functional standpoint, but some Model 3 owners prefer a more distinctive aesthetic. To achieve this, we thought that a carbon fiber look would do the trick.
The Charge Port Kit has cutouts that allow full display of the charging indicator (a small, lighted Tesla “T”), provides an opening for the charging cable port, and a slot that allows the charge port door to open and close unimpeded.
In addition to our Charge Post Vinyl in Carbon Fiber, EVANNEX also offers Charge Port Skinz with different design styles, sold separately. For more information, see our Charge Port Skinz page.
All EVANNEX Vinyl Kits are made using either 3M 1080 vinyl film. 3M vinyl films are well-repected in the industry and have been designed and fabricated for strength, fade resistance, and long life. They're specially designed adhesives that allow repeated surface placement and removal. Both can be heated gently using a heat gun or hair dryer to increase pliability and adhesion.
The shapes required for each component of each of our vinyl kits were captured using a combination of hand tracing and laser surface capture. The basic surface parameters dimensions and parameters were fed into our CAD system for refinement and testing.
The finished surface shapes are then cut using a CNC vinyl cutter with software that enables translation of our CAD drawing to the vinyl. All shapes are accurate to within 0.5 mm.
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Exterior Vinyl Kit Profiles
The following profiles provide an indication of the shapes of each component of each exterior vinyl kit. Note that: (1) the profiles are not shown to scale. From left to right: B-Pillar Kit, Teala-T Kit, Charge Cover Kit.
Why do I need a Vinyl Kit?
Stated simply, to change the look of your exterior trim and make it more distinctive. It’s important to note that a vinyl kit allows you to change your exterior at relatively low cost. If at some point in the future you want to go back to the OEM exterior trims, vinyl is easy to remove with no damage to the OEM surfaces.
Are the Vinyl Kits difficult to install?
They can be. Patience and a steady hand are required. Small alignment mistakes can lead to a less than perfect result. For that reason, professional installation is strongly recommended. Detailed installation instructions and video are provided (see our Installation Tab) and it is imperative to spend the appropriate time to do it right. In addition, before you order, please read our "Word of Warning" under the Installation Tab.
Are special tools required?
The only tools you’ll need are a squeegee (provided for those vinyl kits that require a squeegee), a spray bottle (not included) containing a water/alcohol mix to ensure proper cleaning and surface preparation (critically important), a hair drier (not included) to help remove any wrinkles and make the vinyl more pliable and a #1 Xacto knife (optional and not included) that might be needed if installer misaligns a piece (but otherwise is satisfied with the result) and needs to trim an edge.
Is it necessary to cut or trim the components of the Vinyl Kit?
No. The vinyl kit components have been specifically designed and CNC cut to fit without any requirement for cutting or trimming. The only reason that trimming might be necessary is if the installer makes small angular or positioning errors during installation.
Why does EVANNEX provide two copies of every shape when I all I really need is one?
Vinyl installation can be challenging. For that reason, we decided to provide two copies of every shape so that the installer can recover from an error, if one occurs. Look at it this way, even if a perfect installation is executed on the first try, you'll have a spare set as backup in the unlikely event that the vinyl is damaged at some later date. We fully understand that this approach adds to the cost of the product, but we feel that it's the right thing to do to reduce the frustration that can occur if an installation error is made and/or if any part of the vinyl kit is damaged at a later date.
Do the Vinyl Kits provide a perfect fit for the OEM surfaces?
Each vinyl kit component fits the surface curvature and perimeter shape for which it was designed and fabricated. However, alignment varies with each installation (and the skill of the installer), and there may be tiny variances in fit. In general, these variances will be a half-millimeter or less. For most owners, any variance that might occur will be unnoticeable when sitting normally in the passenger compartment.
What do I need to know about vinyl?
For those who are unfamiliar with vinyl, we've developed general installation guidelines including surface preparation instructions and an accompanying video. These can be viewed at the Installation Tab.
Do you provide instructions for applying the Vinyl Kits?
We've developed detailed step-by-step written instructions for each vinyl kit. In addition, EVANNEX provides a detailed installation video for each vinyl kit. For those who are unfamiliar with vinyl, we also provide general installation guidelines including surface preparation instructions and an accompanying video.
Is surface prep complicated?
Not al all, but it does require care. The surface should be cleaned with a 60% water / 40% isopropyl alcohol mix applied using a lint free cloth or paper towel. The objective is to remove all dust, dirt, and greasy residue before vinyl installation commences.
Can I remove the vinyl if I decide to go back to the OEM surface finish?
Absolutely. Vinyl can be removed at any time. In fact, because vinyl kits are relatively inexpensive, some owners purposely remove their vinyl periodically and replace it with another kit with a different trim color to change up the look of their exterior.
Do the Vinyl Kit components wrap around the edges of OEM surfaces to provide a ‘completed’ look?
Eack kit is designed in a way that provides full coverage for the exterior element under consideration. In some cases, the vinyl kit is cut-to-fit because a specific exterior surface (e.g., the Tesla "T") is bounded in a way that makes that approach appropriate. In other situations we have designed wrap-around coverage (e.g., the door handle kit) so that the sides of an exterior element are covered appropriately.
What is the projected life of a Vinyl Kit?
Exterior vinyl should have a useful life of between 3 and 5 years.
Will the vinyl fade with time?
In general, vinyl is impervious to sun damage and will not fade or otherwise discolor.
Will water damage the vinyl?
No. You can wash your car normally.
Can the vinyl be scratched or otherwise damaged during regular use?
In general, vinyl is remarkably strong and resilient. However, if a sharp or abrasive object comes into contact with the vinyl, it can be scratched or torn, but that’s true of just about any surface. Just in case, we've provided two copies of each vinyl kit piece.
If I decide to remove the vinyl after some period of time, can I re-install it again at a later date?
No. Once the vinyl has set on the surface (requiring about 24 hours), its adhesion becomes stronger and more permanent. It can still be removed without difficulty, but removal will stretch and potentially tear the vinyl. It cannot be reused. However, we've provided two copies of each vinyl kit piece that can be used in this instance.
What if I damage a Vinyl Kit component while I’m installing it?
That's why we provide every purchaser with two copies of each vinyl kit piece. If you make a mistake or damage a piece, you got backup in hand.
What is your return policy for the Vinyl Kits?
Once the backing is removed from any component of a vinyl kit, it may not be returned for credit, replacement or exchange. The reason is that the kit cannot be resold once the backing has been removed. For more visit the Return Policy link in the footer.
How long does it take to receive my Vinyl Kit order?
The EVANNEX Exterior Vinyl Kit usually ships within 24 business hours of receipt of order. Delivery time depends on your location relative to South Florida and is typically within three (3) days for the continental U.S.
Do vinyl kits ship to international destinations?
Yes, the vinyl kits ship internationally.
A Word of Warning
The installation of vinyl looks easy, but it can be challenging. We say that not to discourage you from purchasing our vinyl kits products, but because EVANNEX has been praised by the Tesla community because our business philosophy puts the customer first. We don't want you to be frustrated or disappointed. Before you purchase a vinyl kit, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I installed other vinyl kits in the past or worked with vinyl in any capacity?
- Am I an experienced DIYer?
- Am I willing to read a follow detailed installation instructions?
- Do I have the patience required to apply and remove a vinyl piece until I get it right?
- Am I willing to overlook a small installation error when the totality of the end result is impressive?
- Do I have the time required to properly install each vinyl kit, recognizing the typical times (these can and do vary widely) for each are: B-Pillar kit ~ 30 minutes; Door Handle kit ~ 45 minutes; Tesla T ~ 20 minutes, and Charge Port Kit ~ 20 minutes.
If you answered "no" to any of these questions, we'd strongly recommend that you have any vinyl kit you purchase installed by a professional. Please note: the installation guidelines and instructions that follow will assist the installer and it's imperative these be reviewed in full before (and during) installation.
Generic Guidelines for Vinyl
To view and download a pdf version of written Generic Guidelines for Vinyl, click the button below:
B-Pillar Vinyl Kit
To view and download a pdf version of Dash Vinyl Kit Installation Instructions, click the button below:
Door Handle Vinyl Kit
To view and download a pdf version of Center Console Vinyl Kit Installation Instructions, click the button below:
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