Make up removal

Make up removal

Anybody had the misfortune of having a woman's facial make-up rubbed onto the "ceiling" of your MS? Well it happened to me (as difficult as that may seem to be). Now even more difficult is cleaning it off. The make up is waterproof too. Has anybody else have this happen and how do you clean it off?

stealth_mode | 16. Juli 2013

...I don't even want to know how it was rubbed on to the ceiling...

AmpedRealtor | 16. Juli 2013

All of my passengers must be devoid of makeup and must wear hair nets at all times while in the vehicle... lol

Captain Ducman | 16. Juli 2013

without video, it never happened... hahaha

Sorry about the makup, and no clue how to remove it.

nickjhowe | 16. Juli 2013

Do you have the Alcantara headliner? Check out - it suggests to try (very carefully) ethyl alcohol to remove makeup.

Bamboo8 | 16. Juli 2013 protect the innocent I can't say how it happened but I do need to get it off ( or I need the phone number of a good divorce attorney... I wounder if that attorney in the Florida case is taking new clients? He seems pretty good.)Seriously though folks I need some ideas..H202??

Reilly McHugh | 16. Juli 2013

Lmfao!!! Good luck bud

q177onique | 16. Juli 2013

Must have been a very fun evening. I take delivery of my S85 at the end of the month so I'm not speaking on personal experience with the S but a Tide stain removal stick or one of those makeup removing cleansing cloths (they come packaged like wet wipes) have worked for me in other cars.

stangel | 16. Juli 2013

I must be driving mine wrong... Bamboo is having way more fun than me.

AmpedRealtor | 16. Juli 2013

The important part is to not smudge it or smear it. I might suggest lightly spraying it with an oxy type of solution and then holding a towel gently against the stain to lift it off. If that doesn't work, you might try a steamer.

SevenOfNine | 16. Juli 2013

Female Tesla owner here. Did you try (1) Makeup remover? You can get a small bottle from the travel size bins at Target. Apply to a cotton ball then rub onto the makeup. (2) Soda water? (3) OxyClean?

PS - Your wife already knows. We always do. And that's what you get for skimping on that pano roof she suggested.

Bamboo8 | 16. Juli 2013

@7of9: I have the pano roof.... if I didn't it would have been worse. It was a good thing that it came off easy from the rollbar.
@Strangel: chicks like the car....they just do
Everybody else: Thanks for the suggestions.
Well I'm going to make a Target run for some "items"....

Brian H | 16. Juli 2013

Vertical face plant?

Wipes off with vodka.

RLA_P12194 | 16. Juli 2013

One of the guys at the service center recommended Windex for Alcantara stains. Windex, apparently, will not harm the underlying glue that affixes the headliner. Also, blot, don't rub.

CalDreamin | 16. Juli 2013

Suggestion - test the cleanup chemical on a less conspicuous part of the headliner first, to make sure it doesn't cause damage.

Captain_Zap | 16. Juli 2013

I was worried about the blue dye in Windex coming into contact with the Alcantara. Has anyone tried it?

SevenOfNine | 16. Juli 2013

They make clear Windex.

sq1mike | 16. Juli 2013

I use ArmorAll carpet and upholstery wipes.

fuellss | 16. Juli 2013

I would do a tester on another area first...All the suggestions make me a little nervous...I don't even check my makeup in the vanity mirror anymore, I don't want to get the visor area in my previous cars..Good luck!

Bamboo8 | 16. Juli 2013

Life is a classroom. Lesson for today:
1. Using a soft bristle toothbrush helps to get the dried portion of the makeup off. Using (blotting) oil free make-up remover then Rubbing Alcohol seems to have done a decent job but once the area dries the verdict will be in.
2. Stolen moments can be difficult in the Model S. I anticipate that those moments will be easier to secure in the Model X with the increased headroom.

PorfirioR | 16. Juli 2013

David Letterman style top 10 potential responses:

10. Quick, buy a clown outfit (complete with make-up) and tell your wife that you have been secretly attending clown school at night.

9. It might have been easier to get her to the back seat by using the door, although that would mean putting the car in park.

8. After you solve the make-up in the ceiling problem, don't forget to get her footprints from the back of the front seats.

7. That's not what hyperloop means. Please keep your car upright.

6. Note from ACME, our Mark 1/Mod 1 ejection seat is not recommended for cars. Also, don't push that button...

5. I had the same problem when I left a toy mouse in front of the passenger seat to play a prank on my wife. Although in my case, there was also blood on the driver's side.

4. Add more make-up to the ceiling and sign it. Tell your wife that you just came from the service center and that is what they do now for the "signature" edition.

3. Dude, you are doing it wrong. "Pimping" your ride means something completely different.

2. You are lucky. Glitter on the ceiling is much worse.

..and the #1 potential response...

1. Buy another identical Tesla Model S and strictly enforce the "no make-up and no glitter in the car" man-rule. Keep the other one as your "flopcar".

Brian H | 16. Juli 2013

You obviously live in decadent CA.

Mathew98 | 17. Juli 2013

@PorfirioR +1000 Keep 'em coming...

hamer | 17. Juli 2013

Inquire around to find the best detailer in our area. See them. Ask them to think carefully about the issue and to try to clean it if they think they can without doing any further damage to the headliner.

If they are competent, experienced, and ethical, and some are, they will think carefully about the issue, try out a tiny amount of whatever the use in an inconspicuous area first, and be able to do what they can without further damage.

Why would you ask a bunch of anonymous Tesla owners and not ask an expert? A detailer will likely be so overjoyed at seeing a Tesla Model S that he or she will do everything he or she can to help, and very carefully.

randyy | 17. Juli 2013

@hamer, best answer yet. We use a professional when we are in over our head. I wonder if the OP used a professional when he made the stain.... I suspect a professional would not have left a trace....

jjs | 17. Juli 2013


Best answer: PorfirioR

Most helpful: @hammer


mpottinger | 17. Juli 2013

Brake cleaner. Use a blotting cloth. COLOR TEST FIRST.

LEvans | 17. Juli 2013

I would let a good car detail person handle that.

kback | 17. Juli 2013

PorfirioR - very well done!

carlk | 17. Juli 2013

Your wife may know how to do it.

Sorry I did not know you want to hide it from her. ;-)

Michael S | 17. Juli 2013

if you have the brushed suede the simplest thing to use is a CLEAN pencil eraser. works with pens marks, make-up, etc. no muss no fuss.

My wife taught me this, as she knows all things suede..................

J.T. | 17. Juli 2013

This might sound indelicate but make reservations at a fancy restaurant so your wife gets all made up, engage in amorous activities with your wife in the car, making sure to make contact with the headliner then have her clean it.

Mathew98 | 17. Juli 2013

@jtodtman - Sound like the OP took another passenger other than his wife for an undisclosed activity in the car that resulted in the makeup in the headliner snafu.

The wife, aka da boss, would surely notice the makeup in the headliner before she enters the car for any type of activity...

Lesson learned, don't ever play the boss for a fool...

ssarker | 17. Juli 2013

Eagerly reading this thread to try out some of the solutions offered to get (my own) lipstick smear off the visor once I get my MS back from service. NO vanity mirrors in the roadster loaner and had to put lipstick on BEFORE getting in the car this morning.

Bamboo8 | 17. Juli 2013

Happy to report that the evidence has for the most part vanished with just a shahdow of it ever being there. After the alcohol evaporated overnight I was happy to see that it was for the most part gone.
THank you for all of your ideas.
I know this will come in handy to some other poor sap because as most of you know driving a MS brings wanted attention. It is like driving a batmobile....

@jtodman: That sounds like a first degree felony of some sort. SOunds like you really put some thought into this...hmmmm

Brian H | 17. Juli 2013

Good vodka has no scent or taste.

JAFIC | 17. Juli 2013

Eh bamboo, "most" will do for man. You need to do "ALL" for woman.

might be a little extreme, but better safe than sorry.

Mathew98 | 18. Juli 2013

@Bamboo8 - I'm with you with the wanted attention with the MS.

Sometimes I feel like a $2 ho, correction, a high class working girl while I'm driving my MC red MS. There's a constant a stream of gawkers and thumbs up everywhere the car goes. Not to mention of those dang finger prints all over the exterior.

I have not been fortunate enough to get one of those extra curricular activity in my car yet. Nor do I want to deal with the consequence of such encounter.

RedShift | 18. Juli 2013

Hey Bamboo,

Got any advise for those of us who WANT to get makeup on our ceilings.
Plz, not clown makeups!

Mathew98 | 18. Juli 2013

@Redshift - I can direct you to the local PD undercover sting operation if you

Bamboo8 | 18. Juli 2013


Brian H | 19. Juli 2013

If you drink, don't drive. If you must, don't smooch the roof.

Al Sherman | 19. Juli 2013

Try this:

I've had good results with it.

4SUPER9 | 19. Juli 2013

Folex. The best fabric cleaner I have ever used.

Bamboo8 | 19. Juli 2013

@RedShift - Ok here's how you do it
1. Own a MS85 ( sorry folks P85 moddels dont work as well)
2. Move to so. Cal - the temp is right
3. Make sure the MS85 is perfectly detailed
4. Stir GENTLY remember the car is HOT
5. Add Brut eau de toilette on male subject in the car to enhance flavor
6.Present with top two shirt buttons open revealing a hairless chest
7. Drive and wait.......

Bamboo8 | 19. Juli 2013

ohhh Make-up is not included

RedShift | 19. Juli 2013

Thanks Bamboo.

I can get everything on that list. Including fake chest hair.

fluxemag | 19. Juli 2013

This could totally be the plot of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

RedShift | 19. Juli 2013

Oh, I mid-read 'hairless chest'. My bad, I thought you needed a gorilla chest. :-)

I guess I am all set then.

stsanford | 19. Juli 2013

I'm sorry, but this thread should go private and some details have to be shared. I've wasted way too much brain power today on the mechanics of how this all happened (and I have 2 kids... then again, maybe therein lies my problem... been a while since there's been any of THAT kind of spontaneity in my life)

Happy Friday everyone!