One of the biggest things you might have noticed the first time you climbed into your Tesla Model 3 is the screen. There’s no missing it — the touch interface takes over everything you thought you knew about dash controls and gauge clusters in favor of one unified display.
That screen is glorious, useful and exactly what most Tesla enthusiasts wanted from the car. But it’s also an insane fingerprint magnet.
You probably notice prints and smears on your phone screen all the time, but a quick wipe against the leg of your pants or the sleeve of your shirt takes care of that. But the Model 3’s display has a lot more real estate and can’t be taken care of with a quick swipe. What about when you’re driving down Highway 5 and the sun’s at just the right angle to highlight the smattering of fingerprints (or worse yet, scratches) and blot out your dash display?
Hence the screen protector — specifically Abstract Ocean’s offering, which is made of 9H tempered glass. Customer reviews tout the protective layer as easy to install, easy to clean, and more resistant to both fingerprints and scratching than the original glass screen of the Tesla display. The oleophobic coating repels oils and moisture much like the lens on a good pair of sunglasses or a freshly Rain-X’d window. If that doesn’t sound ideal for your massive touch interface, you might be missing something.
After all, you put a screen protector on your phone, right? And many people have anti-glare or privacy protectors on their laptop screens to suit their needs. If you spend enough time in your Model 3 and it’s at the top of your list, Abstract Ocean’s display protector is the move for you.
If you haven’t had any issues with your display collecting fingerprints, you may not need to worry (or spend $45). Several Tesla owners have reported that just keeping a microfiber cloth inside the car for occasional screen wipe-downs, and keeping your hands clean as much as possible, is enough to do the trick.
Along the same vein, the center console is designed really well but has one killer flaw — the material Tesla used here feels really subpar in a car that’s otherwise terrific. The glossy plastic panels attract fingerprints, dust, and smudges from you and your passengers and detract from the car’s interior, making it feel, well, kind of dirty.
Thankfully there’s already a dedicated aftermarket console wrap to solve this problem, covering the old surface in a stiff matte composite layer that will never show prints or smudges. The wrap comes in a variety of colors, too, leaving you to coordinate however you want.