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Poll: Hand wash or Automatic Car Wash

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by SarasotaModelS, Aug 18, 2015.

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Hand-wash vs Automatic car wash?

Poll closed Sep 17, 2015.
  1. I only hand-wash my Tesla.

    70.5%
  2. Automatic drive-thru wash

    12.5%
  3. Combination of both

    17.0%
  1. SarasotaModelS

    SarasotaModelS 2016 85D Midnight Silver/black pano, 21s, Next Gen

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    #1 SarasotaModelS, Aug 18, 2015
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    I just had my wheels powdercoated and decided to go for a spin through an automatic car wash which I have never been to. I have never had an issue with automatic car washes up until now. After emerging from the car wash, I noticed multiple, small chips on both the left front wheel and left rear wheel. The damage was done by the tire conveyor belt mechanism. Doubt I will take my Tesla through another automatic car wash!
    Just out of curiosity...I want to see how many Tesla owners hand-wash their vehicles vs automatic car wash...
     

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  2. Khatsalano

    Khatsalano Member

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    You forgot to make your post into a poll to see how many owners are using automatic washes vs. hand washes.

    - K
     
  3. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    Are those 21s?
     
  4. boonedocks

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    I have come to the belief that all of my curb rash has come from auto car washes. I had my BMW AH7 wheels re-coated and car polished and opti-coated at the same time as my new 85D. My BMW had multiple places only on the left side wheels where is looked like I had rashed them. My S/O fully believed I had done all the damage. Now after 3 months of driving and hand washed on both cars only, no signs whatsoever. I will never use an auto car wash again on any car for that reason.
     
  5. SarasotaModelS

    SarasotaModelS 2016 85D Midnight Silver/black pano, 21s, Next Gen

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    Yes

     
  6. Drucifer

    Drucifer Active Member

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    There is a middle point. I sometimes hand wash, but if I do auto wash, I only use brushless wash where you drive in and park and the washing arm circulates around the car multiple times and then you drive out.

    I answer combination of both, but I am not chipping my 21's on a conveyor thing.
     
  7. jshear

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    I had my car C Quartz Finest and clear wrap on the front end so I only hand wash mine. I use the 2 bucket method to avoid scratches. I only use a Car Pro wash mitt and I use a Microfibre Madness towel to try my car. I highly recommend using the same products. Here are some links to the products. I hope this helps all of you.

    Prepping Your Wash Supplies Detailing Video

    Car Washing Detailing Video

    Sheet Rinse Technique Detailing Video

    Drying Your Car Detailing Video

    Dry Me Crazy | Microfibermadness.de

    Merino Wool Wash Mitt - www.CarPro-US.com


    Cheers

    Jeff:biggrin:
     
  8. Barry

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    This is what I do - only no-touch, brushless car washes. I didn't pick an option in the poll, as this isn't listed.
     
  9. Swell

    Swell New Member

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    We wash by hand with the no rinse car wash. I saw a video posted somewhere in this forum and the technique is easy, quick if you work with someone and the car looks great.
     
  10. TTT

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  11. invisik

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    Yes, touchless car wash only. The car is never fully clean, but way cleaner then it was before the wash. I picked Automatic wash in the poll.

    I do like when the Service Center does a waterless wash on it though.......!

    -m
     
  12. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Had the exact same experience with my car when it was about 2 weeks old. I was able to touch them up with a bit of matching paint, but it wasn't perfect. At that point I decided that the 19" Tesla rims would be delegated to "winter duty" and I bought a set of Rial Luganos for my summer tires. Mounted a set of new Nokian Hakka R2s to the Tesla rims.

    EDIT: I mostly hand wash in the summer, but it's not possible in winter. I have found an automatic wash that uses a big conveyor belt you just drive on to as opposed to those rail mechanisms that pull you through by the tires.
     
  13. tliving

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    Combo - only because in the winter its too cold in New England to hand wash and then touchless which does a shabby job but at least gets off the salt and grime.
     
  14. Blu Zap

    Blu Zap Grinning member

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    The local SC in San Rafael, CA. gives free washes at the local Brushless Car wash. It actually damaged my rim guards on the auto pulley that I got from EVannex. At least the rims were okay. Since then, I always request a hand wash and they are happy to oblige.
     
  15. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    I see that you are from Sarasota. We are fortuate to have one of the best Master Detailers and Paint Correction Specialists around right here in Sarasota. And he is a TMC sponsor.
    I'm not suggesting that you exclusively have your car detailed, but its good to know that Pete is located right "down the street".

    Florida Detailing, Paint Protection, Tint - Sponsored



    By the way, if you are interested in joining our Florida Tesla club, please click on the link to Florida Tesla Enthusiasts in my signature.

    Larry
     
  16. InsaneDriver

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    Hand Wash only, use multi-bucket process (soap, rinse #1 and rinse #2). I have a couple of sets of micro fiber towels, only use the brown ones on the wheels, they never touch the paint. Always use Pinnacle Products from autogeek.net on the Tesla.
     

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