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Is this safe to use on a Model S?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by hingisfan, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. hingisfan

    hingisfan hingisfan_Mark_V

    Oct 19, 2013
    Kingston, Ontario
    Hi guys,
    I'm wanting to detail my Model S, I have standard white.
    I was thinking normal wash with microfibre cloth, followed by isopro alcohol and micro cloth, followed by Meguiar's DA Powerpak Comound Meguiars DA PowerPak Compound - , followed by Opti-Gloss.

    The only thing I'm not too sure about is the Meguiar's Powerpak Compound. The pad attaches to an electric drill. I just wanted to make sure this will be ok with the Tesla, as I know it has softer paint than most cars. I assume I would just make sure to not apply more than a few pounds of pressure on the drill while using it.

    Any advice would be most appreciated.

  2. nagerseth

    nagerseth Tesla Enthusiast/Owner

    Jul 18, 2014
    Washington, DC
    I've never done this myself, I leave detailing to professionals. That being said, I know most people would never put a drill-based system to the car.
  3. TTT

    TTT Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    San Diego
  4. Jool

    Jool Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    If you have never used any sort of buffer on a vehicle, I would not make my first attempt with that drill-based compound system. It's far too easy to cause swirl marks, holograms, or even cut through the clear coat entirely. A dual action polisher is much more forgiving.
  5. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    Yeah, I have one of those dual action polishers, but haven't used it in years. I find it's just as easy to do it by hand.
  6. Drucifer

    Drucifer Active Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    #6 Drucifer, Aug 13, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2015
    I have a dual action orbital polisher. It works great on the wood floors of my front and back porch when I need to reseal them and get the last stage of the finish right.

    I have a drill. It makes holes.

    Just saying.
  7. ckessel

    ckessel Active Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    I did a bunch of research into doing detailing myself recently. Pretty much everything I've read says to use an orbital buffer. Specifically, the porter cable 7424xp is mentioned repeatedly (I think there are some newer models of the same thing with slightly different numbers/letters).

    Spend the ~$130, save your multi-thousand dollar paint job :)

    The entire duragloss line is pretty well recommended. Also, do NOT buff the clear bra or you'll remove it's very thin shiny layer. Just normal detail cleaning on it (e.g. Plexus or some such).

    Again, this is mostly after spending several hours reading up on detailing on various forums. I haven't actually done a detailing job yet on my car, maybe at the end of summer.
  8. artsci

    artsci Sponsor

    May 10, 2012
    Timonium, Maryland
    I would strongly advise not using compound of any kind unless the paint is seriously degraded.
  9. Brightonuk

    Brightonuk Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    Go to Detailed and read the how to and pro blogs they have a wealth of information.

    DO NO USE A DRILL OR WALMART/AUTO ZONE CHEAP POLISHER invest in a Porter Cable 7424XP Random Orbital Buffer a less expensive Polisher but well worth it as it cuts your time polishing/buffing down by 70%

    I use Meguiar's M205 on a Microfiber Cutting Buffing Pad as part of my bodywork cleaning regimen but to do it right, it take time and prep thee is a lot more than just washing and compounding if you want a perfect base for the sealant.

    Once that sealant is laid down anything left under it is there for good (or lots of extra work to correct the mistake) including dirt swirl and dust.

    I strongly suggest you read the "How to's" on Detailed Image they are written by pros who know their stuff, set aside a day and enjoy the hard work it is so worth it when you wake up the next day and step outside and see your hard work result in a showroom shine.

    Good Luck
  10. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

    May 13, 2012
    Agree on skipping the drill bit, and as Artsci implied, you should always start with the least aggressive polish and pad to get the job done.

    The PC 7424 is a very safe DA polisher as is the Griots Garage 6 inch DA polisher. If you're serious about detailing your car and want to make a habit out of it, pick up either of these two polishers and check out as was suggested or

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