TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Cleaning kit for time @ SC

Discussion in 'Model S' started by C_A_Braun, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. C_A_Braun

    C_A_Braun Meet Voodoo, Our S60.

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2016
    Messages:
    25
    Location:
    So Cal / So Nev
    Does anyone carry a cleaning kit of any sort for polishing up your car while sitting at super charger?

    I am thinking of putting together a kit to keep in the frunk and looking for ideas on what I should carry in it? A few sizes of different microfiber towels. Windshield cleaner. Wheel cleaner/polish. Q-Tips (for the vents). What sort of spray solution for the paint to clean up dirt or bugs/bird crap etc?

    What else do you carry to keep your baby looking good on the highways?
     
  2. brantse

    brantse Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2015
    Messages:
    398
    Location:
    Somerset, PA
    Sorry, I don't have a suggestion for products to add, but I think your suggestion is a great idea. It also got me thinking....what if some quick detailers began setting up a "mobile" detailing service right there at the SpC? Depending on the location, it could probably be very successful.
     
    • Like x 1
  3. flyeyes

    flyeyes Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2015
    Messages:
    87
    Location:
    Memphis, TN
    +1
     
  4. whitecotton

    whitecotton Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2015
    Messages:
    125
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    That is such an amazing idea!!!
     
  5. CuriousG

    CuriousG Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2015
    Messages:
    722
    Location:
    Elk Grove, CA
    Spoken from someone driving on a dirt road. :eek:
     
  6. whitecotton

    whitecotton Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2015
    Messages:
    125
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    True, luckily its rare these days to go down a dirt road in my car!
     
  7. Don85D

    Don85D Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2016
    Messages:
    77
    Location:
    Markham, Ontario
    Unless you have access to water for a proper wash I wouldn't touch the exterior of the car while it is on a road trip. Detailing the interior would be OK.
     
  8. cman8

    cman8 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2016
    Messages:
    286
    Location:
    United States
    I use waterless wash often. It works well and doesnt swirl the paint. Its all on proper technique. Many companies do it now with it being more environmentally friendly. I use this(works well in direct sun). and tried to get some of this but never got a response back from them(Skip to 8:49 for the waterless part).
     
  9. AndreSF

    AndreSF Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    183
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    #9 AndreSF, Aug 2, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2016
    +1 on the waterless car wash solution. There are kits online that come with a spray bottle and instructions on creating your own solution/mix or pre-mixed. A spray bottle, a few microfiber towels, and you can "wash" entire exterior while charging if so desired.
     
  10. DrManhattan

    DrManhattan Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2014
    Messages:
    247
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I use a garden pump sprayer and gently rinse, then gently wipe the dirt off. It has worked well so far. I'm using the blue ONR stuff.
     
  11. cman8

    cman8 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2016
    Messages:
    286
    Location:
    United States
    The ONR is great stuff. There is a lot of great Waterless stuff out there now. Try Autogeek or Chemical Guys website for a few examples.
     
    • Informative x 1
  12. Foodnut

    Foodnut Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2015
    Messages:
    48
    Location:
    California
    +1 on the waterless wash and a bunch of microfiber.

    My only concern is I normally use the waterless wash in my garage, out of the sunlight.
    Parking at SC, and using this mean it'd dry out fast in the sun, particularly if the car is hot.
     
  13. cman8

    cman8 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2016
    Messages:
    286
    Location:
    United States
    Theres definitely some stuff that you shouldn't use in sunlight as stated in the instructions. Other stuff is ok to use in direct sunlight. You might just need to saturate a little more if its really hot out. I have yet to have a problem with this method. If your planning on doing some quick maintaining while charging, I would definitely look at the uses before buying.
     
  14. 3s-a-charm

    3s-a-charm Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2014
    Messages:
    1,147
    Location:
    Calgary, Canada
    Great idea!

    I would carry the following;

    - California Duster
    - Waterless Car Wash solution
    - several microfiber cloths
    - bug remover
    - spray bottle of water for rinsing bug remover
    - tire shine
    - interior cleaner
    - mini-vac

    All of that would easily fit into a nice Rubbermaid tub in the frunk so you don't get any products spilling on to the frunk floor.

    I've tried waterless washes in direct sunlight and you have to spend a lot more time as it dries very quickly so you can only do a small section at a time. In shade it is awesome!
     
    • Like x 1
  15. DrGuest

    DrGuest Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2013
    Messages:
    406
    Location:
    Bozeman, MT
    I have put a wet, soapy sponge in triple ziplock bags and have a water bottle filled with just tap water and use it to clean the bugs off my nosecone and front licence plate, and front lights. Soap it up and rinse it off and dry with micro fiber clothes. Windex and micro clothes are always with me to keep window and panoramic roof clean. One benefit of the pano roof is, that a little windex can clean a large % of the total car. :)
     
    • Like x 1
  16. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2014
    Messages:
    2,754
    Location:
    Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
    I also use waterless wash. I get it through CarPro. They are awesome.

    I carry a limited amount of exterior care stuff in my Frunk: MF towels (for different needs), window cleaner, waterless wash, California Duster. I never, ever waterless wash without a nice, gentle and thorough dusting to remove the scratchies.

    I carry just enough to have her look good. Home is a whole other story.
     
    • Like x 1
  17. TexasEV

    TexasEV Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    Messages:
    3,762
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    I keep a spray bottle of Optimum Quick Detailer and a microfiber cloth in the trunk for that purpose. Also a can of Stoner Invisible Glass for the windshield.
     
    • Like x 1
  18. C_A_Braun

    C_A_Braun Meet Voodoo, Our S60.

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2016
    Messages:
    25
    Location:
    So Cal / So Nev
    These are just the sort of suggestions I was looking for. Thanks everyone. Please keep them coming.
     
  19. Tech_Guy

    Tech_Guy Always in Ludicrous mode

    Joined:
    May 6, 2016
    Messages:
    461
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    IMO all those waterless products freak me out... paint is quite easy to scratch especially when dirty and your wiping that dirt / particles over its surface creating micro scratches. Honestly I detail my car at the supercharger but thats only because I had my whole car wrapped in paint protective film + The film heals the surface of any imperfections when its in the sun / heat... thus I can just wipe the bugs off on a road trip or fully detail my car with out water or concern of damaging the paint... If your wondering what brand PPF I used it was 3M Scotch Guard Pro

     
    • Like x 2
  20. bob_p

    bob_p Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2012
    Messages:
    939
    We went on a 2300 mile road trip a few weeks ago - stopping at multiple SC's over 4 days of driving.

    We actually didn't spend much time sitting at the superchargers, waiting for the car to charge. Most of the time, we'd take a short walk to use the restroom and get something to drink. And for some of the stops, we took longer breaks to get a meal (and let the car charge more while we were eating).

    And when in the few times we ended up sitting in the car waiting for the target charge level, it was nice to just relax for a few minutes.

    On the road trip - the only items we brought were window cleaner, paper towels, and a tire pump. At most of the SC stops, we would do cleaning pass on the windshield. Not sure if there would have been much benefit in doing anything else, because once we hit the road again, we'd get another round of bugs smashed on the front of the car...
     
    • Like x 3

Share This Page