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PPF with Automatic Car Wash

tmunns

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Sep 7, 2021
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California
Just had my Model Y wrapped with Xpel Stealth and am curious to see if anyone else uses automatic car washes regularly with PPF installed?

Thanks
 

acarney

Active Member
Jul 9, 2019
2,794
1,792
Richland, WA
Just had my Model Y wrapped with Xpel Stealth and am curious to see if anyone else uses automatic car washes regularly with PPF installed?

Thanks
You'll likely destroy the black trim (~$1700 to replace) so I would avoid it unless you also had a "chrome delete" done on the black trim around the windows...
 

diddy

Member
Jun 15, 2021
29
43
Southern California
Just had my Model Y wrapped with Xpel Stealth and am curious to see if anyone else uses automatic car washes regularly with PPF installed?

Thanks
I would not go through any automatic carwash, especially those with brushes. If you are in a pinch, go touchless however they use harsh chemicals to strip the surface grime.
 

tmunns

New Member
Sep 7, 2021
3
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California
You'll likely destroy the black trim (~$1700 to replace) so I would avoid it unless you also had a "chrome delete" done on the black trim around the windows...
I did not have a chrome delete done. Just took delivery of my Model Y last week so it came from the factory with the black trim.
 

acarney

Active Member
Jul 9, 2019
2,794
1,792
Richland, WA
I did not have a chrome delete done. Just took delivery of my Model Y last week so it came from the factory with the black trim.
That black trim will be chemically stained rainbow colors that you'll forever be covering up with product if you hit most touchless automatic washes.... ask me how I know and how I know how expensive the trim is to replace...

One thought is if you did a chrome delete (black vinyl wrap) on the black trim then you would have a physical separation between the metal and the chemicals and you could use auto washes...

Ceramic coating will not protect it though and I doubt wax would either...
 

Grovester

Member
Jul 16, 2021
75
58
Irvine, CA
Can you share the link to those products please?
I don’t have any interest in the products but for the cost of $30 I can keep my car clean in my garage. I also bought the chemical guys microfiber detergent to clean the micro fibers but jury’s out on that for me.

Wet or Waterless Car Wash Wax 16 oz. Aircraft Quality Wash Wax for your Car RV & Boat. Guaranteed Best Waterless Wash on the Market https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003TH3FXK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_6BR6AFYJAD6HV079KRTK

50 Pack - SimpleHouseware... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAAJLVG?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
 

mrwug

Member
Jul 30, 2021
203
111
Colorado
Every car I've owned over the past 18 years has had PPF on the front. Virtually every car wash I've gotten in that period has been an automatic one. No issues with the film.
 

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