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Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by sorka, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. sorka

    sorka Active Member

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    #1 sorka, Nov 25, 2016
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    30,500 miles and still no swirls(under sun or paint light), scratches, dents, dings, or chips(thank god for x-pel ultimate). With the exception of the darned next gen seat bottom bolster seat crease, it could have come off the showroom floor yesterday.

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    Including the back sides of the brake calipers, axle boots, cv boots, etc :)

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    The 30,500 miles must be garage miles. How often do you clean or detail it and do you dry wash or not? The car does look great!
     
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    Just a little OCD? ;)

    Well done!
     
  5. sorka

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    Not often. Probably once a month on average. I don't dry clean. I know some folks say you can do it without scratching but you can't prevent swirls with no rinse cleaning systems despite claims.

    I used to use 3 buckets...one for soapy water and 2 for first and second stage rinses. But I stopped doing that about a year ago when I instead bought 14 micro fiber wash mits and use just one bucket with about a gallon of water with soap. There's no danger of not properly rinsing a mitt because each mitt is used just once(one panel or part of a panel per mitt side) and then the mitt goes in the dirty bucket. Never rinse the mitt and since I don't re-use the mitt, only one gallon of water is needed plus no rinse buckets.

    That said, I use the most water in the pre-wash and rinse stage. First, I power wash the car to blast 90% of everything off. That's about 2 gallons. Then I use the power washer with the soap dispenser nozzle to coat the entire car in car wash. That's about 1/2 gallon. Then another 2 gallons to power wash the soap off. Then I wash with the mitts. Then I power rinse with about 2 gallons. So in all, I'm using about 7.5 gallons of water.
     
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    Dirty!
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    Interesting approach using 14 fiber minutes and one bucket. It makes sense to me significantly reducing the chance of doing any scratching. I have been in conversations with an auto detailer who uses a dry wash system on his black truck with ceramic coating. I was unable to discern any scratching. I tried his product once and it seems to work with the additional upside in that much time was saved not having to dry out all the crevices from a pressure washer (particularly all the door and trunk surrounds). I am not yet totally convinced about the absence of scratches using this method but his black truck seems to be living proof.
     
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    Well it certainly is more environmentally friendly and if done right you you don't create obvious scratches but the fine swirls that show up under the sun or with a paint light can't be avoided in that case. But one might argue that it's still better to do that with a minor paint correction every few years than to do what I do. But for someone who uses water, I think I'm using as little as possible with low flow and high pressure and almost no water for the mitts.
     
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    Nice Job Sorka!
     
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    I wish I could say "no dings" It only took 2 months for some AS(^&*%%$& to open his door into mine. I tried a couple different methods but the ding is still there. :( Thinking about buying a glue puller. I'll test it on my sons car first :)
    While I hand wash in good weather I do use the car wash :eek: . In NY there's not much choice. Water to hoses is shut off in the winter. My local hand car wash knows me now since I have to put it in tow mode for them and then drive it out. Self-service washes are good too.
    Once I changed my purchase to a lease I decided not to do the X-pel. But the next Tesla will be a purchase and straight to the
    X-Pel guy :)
     

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