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Washing our Model S

There have been opinions, rumors, statements etc. about not sending our new cars through a carwash. Overall this seems to make good sense. While I believe the issue of injuring the battery has been thoroughly dispensed with, I’m still picking up advice that an automatic carwash is not a good idea because: a) the Model S is an aluminum body; b) it will damage the paint armor; c) the Tesla paint is water-based; and/or d) fill-in the blanks. Again, some of these reasons seem to make sense. But here’s the rub: I am rapidly approaching the age where spending an hour giving my Model S the tender loving care it deserves is impractical because the back isn’t what it used to be. For the record I have been washing my family’s cars and then my own cars since before I could drive. It has been a religious experience which served to really bond me to the beauty and pride of owning a nice car.

However, life intervenes.

So (finally) my question is what do you think the real implications will be of running it through a normal car wash, that isn’t brushless? I know I can always try to find someone to hand-wash my car regularly, but is this carwash business really hype or will I be risking serious damage to the vehicle? What do y’all think?

@BrianH - agree he likes to talk, but he's entertaining "A brother in his garage productions" - priceless.

Linex the entire car and all you'll ever need to wash it is a garden hose. Nothing sticks to linex, not even bird s#%t LOL.
It is scratch proof and pretty much damage proof. I have an FJC that is 100% linex'd and I have seen some Audi's 100% linex'd. It looks good on some cars and on others it doesn't, depends on color.

I'm hoping there are new Model S owners who can share experience in keeping their new cars clean. Car washes anyone? Therefore: bump!

BMW advises against mechanical automated car wash's ( rotating brush type ) due to damage of trim pieces and roof racks. If one of those fingers gets under the edge of a trim piece it will be gone in a flash. I always take my car through jet type automated car wash's. does a much faster job then I can and recycles water. Once a year I clean well by hand. If you are worried about those chemicals, never let rain-x touch your car, it discolors plastic trim, I have had wheel arch trim discolored on two vehicles directly below the window where washer fluid runs off, before I realized why.

Plastic trim? The thought!!!!

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