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Washing and maintenence of Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by splitsec002, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. splitsec002

    splitsec002 Member

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    #1 splitsec002, Apr 12, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2013
    Hi everyone, I've learned a lot from these forums and wanted to share what I've found to take care of my model S.

    Here is a picture of all the items I've found that work great. All of these items can be bought at Amazon and some at your local auto shop.
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    Starting from the left and back.

    Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer Wipes
    I use these wipes on the interior of the car to wipe off dust. Use it on all surfaces.
    http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-G13600-Interior-Detailer-Wipes/dp/B000EORRXK/ref=sr_1_8?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365824745&sr=1-8&keywords=meguiars+quick+interior+detailer

    Liquid Glass Wax
    This wax is really the best wax I've found. I'd suggest anyone that has a Model S to apply it asap to keep your car looking in top shape. It adds a coat onto your car that makes water, dust, etc fly off you car much more easily. It also allows you to use water to dry your car. Here is a good link to show how it's done.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtoWk9thSEI


    You can use liquid glass on your windows too and it makes washing your car so much easier if you use the water drying method. This product is also very easy to apply and to remove. I can't say enough about this product. Everyone should use it asap to protect your paint!
    http://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Glass-LG-100-Ultimate-Polish/dp/B0002JMIEK/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365826177&sr=1-1&keywords=liquid+glass


    Chemical Guys Maxi Suds II.
    This car wash solution makes tons of foam with the foam gun. Makes washing your car fun and really speeds up on the time it takes. I wash my car weekly now and it seems to take about 20 minutes for a whole wash.
    http://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-CWS_101-Superior-Surface/dp/B003TPW5YM/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365824782&sr=1-1&keywords=chemical+guys+wash

    Microfiber Towels
    These towels soak up everything and are relatively inexpensive. Do not wash your car with those old squeegee things. They suck and you have to ring them out when they get wet. I'd suggest getting a 36 pack and also 2 large sizes to dry your car. I got the super large ones at the local auto store.
    http://www.amazon.com/Zwipes-Microfiber-Cleaning-Cloths-36-Pack/dp/B000XECJES/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365824813&sr=1-1&keywords=microfiber+towels+for+cars

    303 Products Aerospace Protectant
    I haven't tried this one yet but the reviews seem really positive to treat your interior dashboard, leather, etc.
    http://www.amazon.com/303-Products-Protectant-With-Spray/dp/B0004ELKC4/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365824932&sr=1-1&keywords=303+protectant

    Gilmour Foam Master Original
    This item is really handy and helps to save lots of time on your wash. Purchase the original because it comes with brass connections and will last longer than the plastic ones. My normal routine would be to:
    1. Rinse down Car
    2. Foam the whole car
    3. Clean rims first
    4. Wash car
    5. Rinse/Dry with water
    6. Dry with microfiber towels
    http://www.amazon.com/Gilmour-75QGFMR-Foamaster-Adjustable-Cleaning/dp/B000XTH1GY/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1365825054&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=foam+gun+car+wash

    Grit Guards
    Grit guards go into your standard 5 gallon bucket. It keeps all the dust and grit from moving around and scratching your paint.
    http://www.amazon.com/Grit-Guard-Wash-Bucket-Insert/dp/B000N3W8J0/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1365825286&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=grit+guard

    White wax Applicator Pad
    Use this in combination with Liquid Glass. It makes applying the wax so much faster and easier.
    http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-EvenCoat-Applicator-Pack-2/dp/B0009IQZQG/ref=sr_1_3?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365825322&sr=1-3&keywords=wax+applicator+pads

    Hose sprayer nozzle w/ quick connect fittings
    I'm sure you've all seen these but I wanted to write about the quick connect fittings. With the quick connect fittings you can switch between heads very easily. Saves time and you will love using them. I got my quick connect fittings at home depot.
    http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Aire-Original-Ultimate-Aluminum-Nozzle/dp/B0001L0DFA/ref=sr_1_3?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365825369&sr=1-3&keywords=hose+sprayer
    http://www.amazon.com/Camco-20135-Brass-Quick-Connect/dp/B003BZCZZE/ref=sr_1_2?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365825442&sr=1-2&keywords=quick+connect+fittings

    Kraco K2520BLK Black Rubber Universal Runner
    I didn't take a pic of this in the car but I found this to be a very good fit for the back seat floor. It was inexpensive and pretty good material.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000COBXNW/ref=oh_details_o05_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The last few items are simply scrubbing tools found at your local auto shop. Use microfiber ones again. They work great and last a while. Hope this helps some of you guys!
     
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    Thumbing the Griot's catalog, I noticed the lug nut brushes. They looked familiar. I rummaged around in the shop drawers and sure enough there was a brush from a long discarded Black and Decker power scrubber. DSCN3864.JPG It is a perfect fit. Moral of the story, never throw away anything that might be of use.

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    Gee that's big! Trust me it fits the lug nuts. I tried editing and adjusting the size. Didn't figure it out. Mods feel free to shrink if you want to fiddle with it. Sorry.
     
  4. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    Spent 6 hours washing, claying and waxing my car yesterday only to have a construction crew at work set up next to my car and start cutting concrete.

    Dust everywhere! Got a nice blast of dust when turning on the a.c. this afternoon...

    No consideration anymore...

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