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Washing - is there a long thread I can’t find?

11thIndian

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I’m going to give Thunder Road her first wash this weekend. Is there a thread about best gentle wash soap and best solutions for interior surfaces? I had armor all wipes for the hard surfaces (backs of seats and shoe scuffed door bottoms), and I already have microfiber cloths for drying and green works glass cleaner for... the glass.

is there a thread or any quick tips? Looking up videos on two bucket method tonight.
 

Wennfred

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If you have a 1700psi pressure washer, look at the Tri-Nova foam cannon and their blue soap, it’s all I use. First power wash it to remove the dirt, then hit it with the blue tri-nova soap and foam it up good, let it sit for 3 minutes and rinse. The best towel that I have found that works awesome to pick up all of the water is Chemical guys waffle towel, car comes out looking brand new. Will look for my videos.

Chemical Guys MIC_781_01 Waffle... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BQYCIVI?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

TriNova Foam Cannon and Gallon... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0763V5LBH?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Twinkle Star Pressure Washer Gun,... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6S5JR7?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Twinkle Star 3000 PSI 25 FT High... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TCHKH58?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

And for inside the car, it’s what some of the top detailers use:

303 (30382) UV Protectant for... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0185PU38A?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Chemical Guys CLDSPRAY100 Foaming... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077Y8321R?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share


Note that in the video, that is the generic foam cannon that comes with that power washer, look on YouTube for the Tri-Nova foam cannon. It does a better job foaming up the car.

Fred
 
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Wennfred

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As far as Wax, I use Eagle One Nanowax and Chemical Guy’s Jet Seal, and for the windshield & Glass, the Chemical Guys foam glass only spray that I listed above. I take this and my micro fiber towels on road trips to remove bugs off the bumper and windshield while I’m charging at a Supercharger. Keeping the Model 3 looking spotless always.

Don’t get too crazy with the 2 bucket system, I mean it ok if you want to waste more time and pay more money buying all of that but it’s not necessary.

I follow Dallas Paint Correction on YouTube, the guy is legit and will tell you what works and what crap to stay away from. Good Luck and make washing your Tesla fun.

Fred
 
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PNWLeccy

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@Wennfred you seem like you really know your stuff when it comes to cleaning but for someone who lives downtown in high-rise, with access to only a hose in the garage... what is your minimalist suggestion on washing supplies?

I’m not a guy who wants to clean my car often and would prefer it to be fairly quick. What’s the best bang for your buck?
 

Wennfred

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@Wennfred you seem like you really know your stuff when it comes to cleaning but for someone who lives downtown in high-rise, with access to only a hose in the garage... what is your minimalist suggestion on washing supplies?

I’m not a guy who wants to clean my car often and would prefer it to be fairly quick. What’s the best bang for your buck?
Situations like that, where you are limited due to underground parking etc. I would find a good mobile detailer, one that can do the job while at work. Originally from Brooklyn NY home of the high-risers so I know.

Fred
 
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shiftkenny

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@Wennfred you seem like you really know your stuff when it comes to cleaning but for someone who lives downtown in high-rise, with access to only a hose in the garage... what is your minimalist suggestion on washing supplies?

I’m not a guy who wants to clean my car often and would prefer it to be fairly quick. What’s the best bang for your buck?
2 bucket technique then no rinse for maintenance would be best imho
 

Wennfred

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Lots of maintenance in Seattle with the type of weather from rain and snow, but it’s doable. The Eagle One Nanowax is what a lot of showroom or car shows people use for touch ups, it’s easy to put on and remove, leaves no flakey or chalky residue.

Fred
 

shiftkenny

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Oct 19, 2018
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Lots of maintenance in Seattle with the type of weather from rain and snow, but it’s doable. The Eagle One Nanowax is what a lot of showroom or car shows people use for touch ups, it’s easy to put on and remove, leaves no flakey or chalky residue.

Fred
Ah yes seattle will be rough to do any no rinse..
 

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