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gas station car washes yeah or nay ??

Has anyone ran their model s through a car wash at am/pm? this one by me isn't touchless.

Nay, read the owners manual that confirms that.

Look at the "two bucket" method on you tube (5 parts).
If you have to take it to a car wash, go to true 'hand wash' where there are two guys with mitts soaping your car.

Well I'd say it depends. Occasional brush was may be OK as long as they use soft brushes. I've been washing my BMW sometimes in a car wash we have close, they have choice of brushless and uses soft brushes. I haven't noticed any major swirl marks or scratches. In summer I typically wash by hand or choose brushless wash and then finish manually. In winter I sometimes pick brush wash.


You should read the owners manual.

Thank you. I know what the owners manual says, but that doesn't mean people won't try the car washes with the soft brushes or touchless ( which left a few water spots) I think I will stick to the hand washes. :)

Some are are ok with the touchless. I have heard regrets about going through a car wash if you have the larger wheels.

I wouldn't try anything less than touchless unless you have your car completely wrapped or coated. I wouldn't even use a brush for a hand wash.

I have heard from two different sources that the touchless car washes are not recommended because of the chemicals they use (both sources were companies that do XPel wraps). One said the chemicals strip the wax from your finish.

I've used the touchless car washes. Having seen brushed car washes really scratch up a couple of cars (not mine) I'd never use one of those.

I made the mistake of going through a 'soft brush' automated wash after it snowed and my MS was covered in salt. Unfortunately the next time the sun came out I saw that my car had a few subtle but visible superficial scratches. Then I hired a local mobile detail service to do a wash-clay-polish-wax job on the car. The guy ended up putting new buffer scratches on my trunk hood, I am guessing because there is a concave curve to it and he was using a 6" pad which was probably not ideal for there. Now I am having to get my own rotary polisher and get the scratches out myself because I don't trust anyone else.

So no, please resist the temptation, it isn't worth it. Use the ones that just spray without brushes, or have it done by hand.

The "spray ones" use harsh stripper chemicals that may take you down to bare paint. Beware. The only solution is to hire bikini babes to personally clean and polish, and spank them if they leave swirls or scratches.

Or do it yourself.

Brian- I will hire chippendales, thanks! lol

I washed and detailed it myself and it looks spectacular. I did use Eagleone nanospray carnuaba wax. Work s well so far, it leaves it really clean and shiny. :)

@Captain_Zap: I know what it says:

"Do not use hot water and detergents.

In hot weather, do not wash in direct sunlight.

If using a pressure washer, maintain a distance of at least 12 inches between the nozzle and the vehicle. Keep the nozzle moving and do not concentrate the water jet on any one area.

Do not aim water hoses directly at window, door or hood seals, or through wheel apertures onto brake components.

Avoid using tight-napped or rough cloths, such as washing mitts.
If washing in an automatic car wash, use “Touchless” car washes only. These car washes must have no parts, such as brushes, that can touch Model S.

Using any other type of car wash could cause damage that is not covered by the warranty.

Do not use chemical based wheel cleaners—these can damage the finish of the wheel.

It may say whatever, but there are "reasonable expectations" regarding car reliability so I don't think voiding warranty because of cash wash will hold well in legal proceedings ;-) Not everyone is able to wash car by hand and if it is required, Tesla should not sell car to people with disabilities.

Anyway, soft brush is not much different from driving at highway speeds in a pouring rain. Car should be waterproof enough.

I must say that I hadn't washed a car by hand in quite a long time, but do now with the MS. I took through a wash once in winter as it was caked in salt grime and I was pressed for time between problems. But now enjoy the wash time.

I am not one to take the time to hand wash my MS or let someone else do it while I wait. But I do go to the local $5.00 car wash with free vacuum every Sunday. It is not a touchless car wash and I have no bad experiences using it. I have never washed a car weekly before.

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