Keeping your baby clean

Keeping your baby clean

We got our Model S last September and the thrill is still with us. My husband shines up this car all the time. It always looks great! We have never taken care of a car like we have our Model S. Not a gum wrapper stays in the car when we leave. This is fortunate since the car is constantly having it's photo taken. Anyone else anal about keeping their car in showroom condition?

RedShift | July 15, 2013

Yes, me. This car is my "space". It has to be spartan, clean and fresh smelling. Like I wish all things were.

Manta | July 15, 2013

I am, especially with the black paint. If I can, I'll schedule my errands around the rain and wipe it down to avoid water spots if I get caught in it.

moorelin | July 15, 2013

Had Audi's for >20 years. Washed one myself approximately never. 3x for 3 week old S85.

DigitalSavant | July 15, 2013

Same here. I kept previous vehicles clean, but never really wanted to do the job myself. The S, however, is quite special. I don't mind (actually enjoy) giving it frequent baths. Nearly 7 months of ownership, and it still doesn't feel like work.

kbahome | July 15, 2013

have had it for 3 months, and it leaves outside -- have not yet been through auto car wash....hand wash once every couple weeks (was more frequent back in april when we were getting more rain and spring time pollen and tree sap was everywhere).

Afraid to bring it through car wash

kbahome | July 15, 2013

oops -- that's 'lives' outside

Brian H | July 15, 2013

Life is complex, messy, feelthy, and odoriferous. Sorry it doesn't meet your standards. ;p

Anthony H | July 15, 2013

She gets a Junkman 2-bucket treatment every other Sunday, foam-gun and all, whether she needs it or not. Then the inside gets nearly detailed.

It's good therapy -- helps keep me off the Tesla forums.

Keith72 | July 15, 2013

You might want to also consider getting her coated. I went for the Opti Coat Pro, and it's amazing how clean the car stays. Opti Coat Pro is different from other coatings in that it's permanent (never has to be re-applied). I like not having to ever wax my car again in the Houston heat. The car looks fantastic and nothing sticks to it!! You can check out some of the other blogs for more details.

JKL | July 15, 2013


How much is this Opti Coat Pro cost you?

cerjor | July 15, 2013

I've been using Griot's Garage spray-on car wash. No water needed. They make car care products for show cars so this is pretty good stuff. I have very hard water and when using soap and water, it is really difficult to prevent spotting. The spray-on stuff takes about the same length of time to do the car and it looks great.

SCCRENDO | July 15, 2013

Lots of mobile car wash guys in Southern Cal. He comes to my home every 1-2 weeks and gives it a hand wash. Attempted one hand wash myself and also tried one of self drive through places. The hand wash guy does a far better job than me and is worth the money.

sunrunner | July 16, 2013

The only car I haven't trusted ANY car wash with. I think it's because the car 'gets' me

Keith72 | July 16, 2013

I paid $475 in the Houston area, but that included polishing the car first, and also treating the windows, wheels and lens. If you get it done right off the truck, you might save $100 off that price by not having the polishing done. Go for the Opti Coat Pro, not the Opti Coat 2.0.

Mathew98 | July 16, 2013

I don't drive my mistress in the rain. I use the backup ICE for wet weather...

The added bonus of washing the mistress yourself is that you get time off from da wife ;o

RedShift | July 16, 2013

I see, lot of you refr to the car as a female. I thought I was the crazy one for calling my previous BMW ' Katrina '.

Haven't named my Tesla yet.

tobi_ger | July 16, 2013

Hopefully not Sandy.

Colasec | July 17, 2013


I'd be interested in that service in SoCal. Can you please email me with a reference and pricing info? colasec.tesla -at- gmail. Thanks.

dirkhh | July 17, 2013

Umm. People. It's a car. Not a female person. Not a baby.

I drove my previous car (10+yo BMW station wagon) through the neighborhood car wash once every quarter, whether it needed it or not. And I intend to do the same with the Tesla.

Yes, it's fun to drive and everything. But seriously. It's a car.

Getting Amped Again | July 17, 2013

I heartily recommend this stuff:

Always wanted something I could use on paint, rubber, plastic AND glass, and this stuff is it. Creates a very slippy surface which seems to help with the Model S Dirty Butt issue. I even use it on the wheels.

Brian H | July 17, 2013

Can't be used on EVs. It's called 'ICE' spray.


skulleyb | July 17, 2013

It is only a car she likes to shine!
I think i spend more time in traffic than i do with my wife so its nice that she (the car) looks almost as good and as clean as the wife. LOL

Newampster | July 17, 2013

I use the Junkman 2 bucket car wash system with former. Drying with an electric leaf blower protects from scratches. I spoke to the detailer at the TSC and learned CA requires only water based paints, so the paint us soft and fragile. Best to protect it every 2 months with hand wax and polish after that. I have the list of products and ordered online. They should arrive tomorrow. Delivery was last Friday.washed 2x.
Can't wait to toss on a good shine. There are so many gawkers, I feel responsible to keep it looking as it should.