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Poll: Hand wash or Automatic Car Wash

Hand-wash vs Automatic car wash?


  • Total voters
    112
  • Poll closed .

SarasotaModelS

2019 Model 3 Performance
Mar 22, 2014
103
6
Sarasota, Florida
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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boonedocks

MS LR Blk/Blk 19” FSD BETA 2nd round
May 1, 2015
3,204
6,017
Gainesville GA
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.
 

Drucifer

Active Member
Nov 30, 2014
1,118
263
Charlotte, NC
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.
 
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:
 

invisik

Member
Supporting Member
Mar 13, 2014
650
13
Minneapolis
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.

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
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,894
Toronto, ON
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!

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.
 

Larry Chanin

President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts
Moderator
Aug 22, 2011
4,937
809
Sarasota, Florida
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...

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".

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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
 

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