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.

mydi142002 | February 19, 2017

I've been using waterless car wash now for 2 years and it's so easy, you can do the whole car in 10 minutes. I heard about this stuff from the guys detailing at the Van Nuys Service Center. All you need is a spray bottle and some thick nap towels made for it -- but wash them in cold water and never use laundry detergent. My first Tesla was a Red P85 Performance Model S and those guys at the car wash (and even the professional detailer) left swirls and scratches. I learned my lesson. With my model X, nobody touches it but ME!

Babaron | February 19, 2017

Put be down as a shiner/waxer, as Ohio weather will allow. She stays in a heated garage so that's not the issue. It's waiting for the salt to be off the roads to do a wash.

drew | February 19, 2017

Yep I love to keep my titanium P90D clean. 11K miles since Sept and still looks almost perfect. I have not used anything but water to clean her, but know I should wax at some point. Only part I don't like is cleaning the wheels. In 2017 can't they come up with brake dust that doesn't stick to wheels like napalm?

mrjjp | February 19, 2017

Never machine washed. Destroys the paint. Use ZAINO Bros. products. I have for 18 years. Hand wash and hand wash ............ I too, leave nothing in the car wrappers etc. Vac after each use. quick clean for carpet I use a Lint roller.
Glad to hear I am not the only crazy guy in town.

BozieB | February 20, 2017

When I rotate the tires, I use that opportunity to wash & wax Both Sides of the rims. With hardly ever using the brakes, the brake dust doesn't seem to be such an issue.

eztider | February 20, 2017

Coated with Opticoat Pro Plus and taken to local car washes recommended by the local Tesla Service center. Not stressing about the car wash harming the coating.

tstolz | February 20, 2017

Installed a RO system with a 100 gallon reserve attached to a lowish pressure sprayer. I spray first, wash with soap/wax and then rinse ... comes out perfect .. no need to dry it.

CraigW | February 20, 2017

90,000+ miles, two Teslas, both black. Still wash with waterless cleaner (3D Waterless like the Tesla service recommended in SoCal. Best protection is a garage and picking your parking spots carefully. For some reason, these cars never get old, and neither does the attention you pay to their appearance.

pnajar | February 20, 2017

I like the old car wash down the street. As much as you like to baby your car just take a look at your windshield. If it has pits so does your paint. Road debris and normal life will damage many of your exterior surfaces much more than a old touch less car wash.

Ms_PriceLa | February 20, 2017

I'm not anal about cars but my husband has always wiped down his vehicles. You should hear his comments when he sees a dirty car, and please don't let it be a Tesla!! We, (he) had the custom full front end package, (bra) put on the car along with a ceramic coating, C.Quartz, on the entire car to protect it from dings and discoloration. Pricey to me but I guess its a guy thing. Now we just use a waterless car wash which I must say Smacky looks show room ready all the time. I have even wiped Smacky down a few times to show I'm a team player! I won't do the rims, a gal has to put her foot down sometimes!

Ms_PriceLa | February 20, 2017

Oh yeah, the guys at SD Wrap did a great job on Smacky!

nipper2 | February 21, 2017

Thinking of doing the Opti Pro Plus

BigD0g | February 21, 2017

I did gtechnique crystal serum, so far so good, love the idea of ceramic coatings, I didn't have an opti pro dealer in my area =(.

rozanne2 | February 21, 2017

My husband has figured out how to use his time at the Supercharger to the benefit of our beautiful new MS. He can wipe the whole car down and clean the windows in 30 min. We leave sparkling. He's even been offered jobs by other Tesla owners.:-)