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How to Wax or Seal Your Tesla Model S Like a Pro - Adonis Detail

How to Wax and Seal Your Tesla Model S The EASY Way:

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You have invested a good amount of money into your vehicle and perform regular maintenance to its mechanical parts. But oftentimes regular maintenance of the paint surface is overlooked. This is due to a couple of reasons, “waxing your car is hard” or “It takes too much time” or “it was waxed last year” are some very common statements I have heard over the years.

I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be a chore! Waxing or sealing your vehicle doesn’t have to be a weekend long endeavor with the right products and the right techniques.

In this article I am going to go over some of the methods and products I use and explain their differences, advantages and disadvantages to hopefully help you better take care of your vehicles paint surface.

First lets briefly examine the different types of protection:
1) Wax
2) Sealant
3) Paint Coating

Wax: It has been around for decades and is often the “go-to” choice of protection due to its popularity. Wax looks great after its applied and is a fairly easy product to use. But waxes are not very durable and oftentimes barely last a full month meaning monthly waxing is required to adequately protect your vehicle. Waxes are great for show cars, but for daily driven vehicles they aren’t the best choice.

Polymer Sealants: The next level of protection available now, polymer sealants look great and have the potential to last 4-6 Months! The difference between a wax and a sealant is in the science. Since technology has advanced in car care products Polymers have been produced that bond to the clear coat on a molecular level increasing the level of durability they have.

Paint Coatings: This is the best level of protection available at the moment. Products such as Opti Coat ,CQuartz or CQuartz Finest have completely changed how you protect your vehicle. With durability last anywhere from 2-5 years the days of monthly or yearly application are a thing of the past. These products are similar to polymer sealants but are often made from Nano Silica (aka Glass) or ultra strong nano polymers that cure to form a protective barrier over your clear coat.

There are several products I recommend that are easy to apply and will add significant protection and gloss to your vehicle. I have personally used each one of these products and can attest to their great results.

I will be highlighting three different products on a scale from hardest to apply to easiest.

First up is a liquid polymer sealant:

1) Polymer Sealant: Blackfire Wet Diamond or Menzerna Powerlock. These are both great products that add tons of gloss and shine and will protect your vehicle for 4-6 months. (Total application time: 1-2hours)

-Application is very easy! Always work on a cool panel out of direct sunlight.

-Shake well before using. Apply a dime_size amount of product to a foam applicator and work into paint using a circular motion. Let product dry to a haze and buff off residue with a clean, soft microfiber towel.

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Next up is a silica based spray sealant thats as easy as spray on, wipe off!

2)CarPro Reload falls in between the Polymer Sealant and Paint Coating level. Its very easy to use, looks great and has a durability of 4-6 months! I use reload on my personal vehicle every few months to help boost the CQuartz Finest coating I have on there. (Total application time: 45min-1hour)

-Do not apply in direct sun
-Apply to clean surface as follows.
-Apply to 1 section at a time (1 Spray per approximately 3 sq. ft.)
-Use an mf towel to wipe, spread, then buff off immediately.  
-Use second towel or dry side of first towel and wipe and check before moving to next section

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More Info:
http://www.carpro-us.com/reload-inorganic-spray-sealant-400ml/

And finally, the EASIEST protection currently available! CarPro Hydr02. Its a touch less sealant and is almost too good to be true!

3) CarPro Hyrd02 is a silica based concentrated touch less sealant. Its as easy as washing your car! After you have cleaned the vehicle and have rinsed any soap or dirt off, you dilute your Hyrd02 1:3 water, spray on surface and rinse off!

CarPro HydrO2 is formulated with Hydrophilic glass fibers, silicon polymers, and fluoropolymers and can be applied to all vehicle surfaces!  Paint, glass, plastic, convertible tops, wheels, calipers, and wheel wells are all easily within reach with HydrO2.  HydrO2 was specifically formulated to save time and therefore money for all the Car Pros and enthusiasts alike!  This new innovative coat forms an ultra-water-repellent coating and is applied by simply spraying and then rinsing off with only water!   (Total application time: 5-10min)

-Do NOT apply HydrO2 in the sun or to a hot surface! Applying in this manner will cause streaks that do not wipe off easily.
-In shaded location or shop wash your vehicle and remove any dirt from the surfaces.
-Surface must be well cleaned from soap residue and left wet wth water.
-Dilute 1 part HydrO2 to 3 parts water (measure cap supplied 30ml).  We recommend a spray bottle for fast and easy application.
-Spray fine mist of diluted HydrO2 on no more than 1/4 of vehicle before rinsing.  Very little is needed and no overlap is needed.
-From time you start spraying a section to rinsing off should be NO more than one minute max in optimum conditions.  
-Immediately rinse well with strong water pressure to produce physical shock and create a well formed coating.  
-Repeat steps 5-7 on the next section of the vehicle rinsing well before moving to next section.
-Finish by "flood rinsing" the vehicle without a spray nozzle to push all the water off from top down.
-Dry any remaining water by blowing off or with a clean microfiber waffle weave towel.

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More Info:
http://www.carpro-us.com/hydro2-touchless-sealant-concentrate-100ml/

If you have any other questions please feel free to email me at Tim@adonisdetail.com or check out my website www.adonisdetail.com for more info about paint coatings.

Thanks for reading!

-Tim
Adonis Detail, San Diego

Nice work! Thanks for taking the time to write this...

Thanks for reading Andrew! Glad I can help

Tim, I have clear bra on my vehicle. Hood, Front Fenders, Front Bumper, Nose Cone and also above the rocker panels. So I have a few questions. Firstly, do I apply it on top of the areas that are coated? And secondly, will this product reduce or remove the swirl marks I already have? If not, what do you suggest for that before I coat with CarPro HydrO2? How often is this applied generally? Thanx!

Avoid getting on glass? Headlights/taillights?

Hey Judimasters, you can apply any sealant or wax on top of the clear film including Hyrd02. Although these products do protect the paint surface they will not remove or "fill" any defects such as swirl marks, washing marring, light scratches etc. Although it is possible for you to remove these yourself I recommend hiring a professional to perform a paint correction as there is a good amount of skill involved when working with polishers and abrasives. If you'd like you can email me where you are from and I can send you a recommendation for a detailer in that area.

David, Hyrd02 can be used on any surface. Even on wheel wells and tires! Same goes with the polymer sealants and Reload. They may not last as long on a plastic surface but they will protect and shine.

Thanks,

Tim

@timcoats1@gmail.com

any thoughts on waxing on a car that has opti-coat pro?

Yes you can wax on Opti Coat Pro but it is not necessary and will not do much. Opti Coat pro will reject much of what is on the surface on top of it.

How does OptiCoat compare with CQuartz?

Does anyone know a good detailer to Opticoat my car in the Toms River / Lakewood part of NJ?

It seems like the Opti-coat really shows the fingerprints, I was wondering if a coat of wax would eliminate/help it?

Jamon:

Opti Coat and CQuartz are very similar yet different.

I've listed their specs on my site, but basically Opti Coat will give you slightly more durability against chemicals such as degreasers, bird poop etc. But CQuartz will look better, give better water and dirt repellency and better swirl/scratch resistance due to it being a thicker and harder coating.

http://www.adonisdetail.com/cquartz-finest/cquartz-finest-vs-opti-coat/

JstACarGuy: Phil @ Detailersdomain is in Norwood, NJ. I'm not sure how far that is from you but they do great work.

tezzla: Opti Coat is a very "sticky/tacky" coating another reason I prefer CQuartz but Optimum does make a product called Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer that should help with that.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Optimum-OPT-M36/Instant-Detailer-Gloss-Enha...

I would stay away from waxing/sealing on top of Opti Coat as it will NOT adhere to the coating.

I just used the CarPro Hydr02 for the first time on my Model S. No matter how quickly I wiped it off after spraying it on (diluted 3:1 as required), it looked streaky. After about an hour's work it looks like I will have to rewash my car tomorrow to make it look good. It looks okay in some areas but others look like greasy smears. I am going back to one of the better liquid waxes tomorrow that have worked well for me in the past.

And it's pretty expensive, too. I would give it 0 stars out of 5.


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