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DIY Coating, Polish, Sealant for new MS?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by chriSharek, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. chriSharek

    chriSharek Member

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    Folks, I am the type of car owner that actually enjoys washing and detailing my own car. I don't mind "having to" wax it even once a month if it's going to look great.

    Having said that, I'm interested to hear what car products you have used that really give the shine/pop/mirror-like finish to your MS - and something that a do-it-yourselfer can install.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    Chris: If you are old school, Glass Wax. Also check out Zaino Brothers coatings. Also Check out Chemical Guys which carries A full line of sealers, prep and supplies... Great service from them... Also of course Griots....
     
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    opticoat and be done for a while. You can use the upkeep products but I would say that opticoat will be the best I have tried. I also use Chemical Guys stuff, its really good I like their honey dew soap in my foam cannon. lathers the cars up real nice. Just got my MS and am already washing it today hahaha.
     
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    All the comparisons I have seen seem to show that regular waxing produces a better shine that the sealants like Opticoat. The sealants are lower maintenance which those who don't like regular washing/waxing really appreciate. I have had great luck with Zaino products on my Viper and have been using Glare on the Model S with great results. Zaino was much more fun with all the different products they have.
     
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    I went with CQuartz. As a DIY, I love it. Took me a full weekend to prep/clean/apply. All I really do now is spray the car off. Apply Reload every so often. Going on a year and seems to be holding up great. I think it actually works/looks better on darker color cars. I have my next MS on order and can't wait to see how it looks on Blue...

    Had done/tried all the waxes over the years and really like this nano-coating approach.

    It's all about the prep. I did the full monty (clean, iron x, clay, Erasure, quartz, Reload). Take your time and enjoy the process if you can. I also did my wheels and its amazing how easily the dirt/grime rinses off.

    We are in northern California and have very moderate weather. Little to no rain last year, so my car can easily stay very clean for a long period without washing.

    I think you can get the best pricing from Autogeek (they are always running 15-20% sales)...plus just across the state for you.
     
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    I have always been a DIY guy too - love to work on my cars, but OptiCoat is amazing. OC-ed my Model S and will do the same with the MX.
     
  7. chriSharek

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    I appreciate everyone's comments. I understood that if I went with Opti-coat that I really shouldn't wax monthly or do anything to it. Truth to this?

    I am leaning towards the Glare and/or Zaino.

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    Marty, do you have a link or website for the CQuartz? I haven't heard of that yet. Thanks, cs
     
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    Yes--the Optimum folks say that wax would not adhere to the coating, so its a waste of time. Not sure about that, but you certainly to not need to wax to maintain the protection--30 months later, water till breads and sheets and I can usually simply hose my car clean.

    That being said, OC does leave that slick just-waxed feel, which I do miss. I use Optimum Instant Detailer when I was my car now--it adds extra depth and does leave that slick finish. I have a blog post that goes through my wash regimen: Washing Your Model S with A Product - Blogs - Tesla Motors Club - Enthusiasts & Owners Forum
     
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    I use Zaino and love it. Last for years and looks great. Very easy to apply.
     

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