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Discussion in 'Model S' started by SKEarlyFord, Aug 3, 2017.
Do we use automated car washes for our S? What's best to use to freshen up black leather interior?
Touchless is ok per the manual. Brushes not so much.
Dont go through automatic car washes. Because the car was made in Cali, the paint is softer than other cars paint and scratches easily.
as for leather, any leather cleaner/conditioner is fine.
I use an automated car wash on a weekly basis and haven't had any issues, it does have brushes and I haven't even noticed as much as a single swirl since I bought the car 8 months ago.
Just put it in Neutral. Or don't bother, but then you'll get the proximity warnings going off all the way through.
I use a touchless car wash for both vehicles and after a year there is not a single swirl mark on either car. The following link details the type of carwash I use:
Be sure to fold in your mirrors
This has been an ongoing discussion over many threads. Just do a search and you will see a plethora of information and opinions. Personally, I go 1-2 per week. They personally drive my car through (rather then deal with the neural vs tow mode). No issues with paint. I don't fold my mirrors in either.
Is your car wrapped?
I have a combination of 3m vinyl wrap and plasti-dip to accommodate my compulsion to remove all chrome. It has all held up. I am exactly 1 year in. The kick plate on the drivers side needs a little touch up (from rocks, not car wash), but otherwise holding strong. Even the dip on my rims has remained flawless.
I would stay away from car washes that drag the car on a track or any sort of pulley system. there are many washers where the car remains stationary and the washing mechanism moves.
Expel Pro + Cquartz coating on both of my Tesla'MS. Never a regular/automated car wash, always touch less and then hand dry the cars. 2013 MS still looks as good as my 2017.
I use a regular car wash occasionally. Suspension on high and in neutral. No real problems.
You know that's complete nonsense, right?
I use an automated wash at my local Costco, and it even has those foam "brush" things. I am a terrible person. The biggest thing is getting aligned right to not scratch your rims on the tracks, then just put it in neutral and stay seated in the car.
I do NOT use the kind of washes where they send your car through without someone in it - then the car has to be in tow mode, and that sounds like a nightmare if someone messes it up. So I just use the Costco wash and call it good. (I do have a full PPF wrap, tho)
For those who are interested, here is the experience from another Forum Member:
Warning against touch based car washes!