Washing and maintenence of Model S

Washing and maintenence of Model S

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

303 Products Aerospace Protectant
I haven't tried this one yet but the reviews seem really positive to treat your interior dashboard, leather, etc.

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

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.

White wax Applicator Pad
Use this in combination with Liquid Glass. It makes applying the wax so much faster and easier.

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.

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.

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!

amirm | May 26, 2013

Have you seen the recent thread about the new 3M spray as a much cheaper substitute to Xpel or 3M film. Needs to be redone one a year but is a fraction of the cost. Would appreciate any comments on this product.

spraisoody | May 26, 2013

After about two weeks, the paint on my MS no longer felt smooth even after a good hand wash. I had it professionally detailed/clayed/paint corrected and them apply opticoat. Cost about $600 and I had my wheels done at additional cost. I was hoping opticoat on the wheels would repel the dirt and it does but I dont think it is worth it for the wheels. The car itself looks great and after a wash, the paint still feels smooth.

I am thinking about getting a de-ionizer to do the final rinse on the car, anyone recommend a good one?

Brian H | May 26, 2013

Use the same approach as recommended for teaching a mule.

steven.l.apfel | May 26, 2013

Zanio is what I have been using for years - I really dont trust any type of "forever" product. Sort of like no changes of transmission fluid for ICE cars - the fluid is good for the "life" of the car. Whatever that is

kback | May 27, 2013

Not in response to Steven above, because I don't truly know how long the Opti-Coat will last, but just to update: I had the Opti-Coat applied by Rich Grasa today. Looks and feels fantastic. Bad part - car needs to stay in garage for 24 hours for Opti-Coat to harden. So, 24 more hours of not driving my already beloved Model S. I can say that Rich did a beautiful job. How long will it last? The manufacturer says lifetime, but time will tell...

Robert22 | May 27, 2013


How extensive was your application? Did you include wheels and/ or windows?


kback | May 28, 2013


Just painted surfaces. Windows were treated with a product called Flyby30, a 6-12 month window treatment that is reportedly superior to RainX. Nothing applied to wheels as far as I know, though the detailer fully cleaned and detailed them.

jw669 | May 28, 2013

Properly applied, Opticoat 2.0 should last at least 3-4 years (Manufacture says forever).
Theoretically, since Opticoat Pro (Optiguard) is "thicker", it should last a little longer. There's a video on youtube of some guy spraying All Purpose Cleaner on OC, and it had no adverse effect. Try this on wax/sealant - it'll strip it

drew935 | May 31, 2013

I have applied Opti Coat 2.0 on a lot of more clients cars.

cb9 | June 16, 2013

Car wash newbie question: watched junk man videos and ordered much of the stuff recommended in OP. the first time I used the zwipes, I had to pick fiber-lint off the car. I threw everything in the washing machine when i got home (figured there was enough soap in the mitts) but today when I used the towels, they just moved the water around. I know fabric softener will cause towels to lose their absorbency so didn't use that. Any ideas? Waffle weave?
Thanks in advance!

P.S. thinking about xpel too - do I need to do that ASAP? Or if I keep car protected in a garage, can I hold off a few months or even a year? Or is it not worth doing after that long?

jw669 | June 18, 2013

@cb9 what detergent are you using? Micro-restore is a great MF detergent to use. ~2oz per small load.
As for xpel... the sooner you get PPF on the better as it'll protect you from inevitable rock chips.

As for anyone else who may be interested in Opticoat, I offer both 2.0 as well as Pro. Have done a few Model S's already

acegreat1 | October 22, 2015

Are these still good?