Cleaning a Tesla or pretty much any car

Cars get dirty when being driven and many car owners want to clean them themselves and get them looking great. To do so, you need to understand a little about what a dirty car really is and that preparation is typically more important than slapping a bit of "polish" on a quickly washed car.

Why your car loses its shine and how to put it back

It's important to know that the vast majority of modern cars have a base paint colour and then a layer of clearcoat over this. You really want to avoid doing anything that gets through the clearcoat, and it's getting the clearcoat flat, blemish free and sparking that will make your car look great. This guide talks through some basic steps. We've also listed the key products you may need on our Essentials page.

Depending on which of the above steps you do, you should have a lovely clean and glistening car ready for some form of protection.

The choices you have are:

You will see on the market products that claim to be all things to all people, the wash and wax all in one type products. They're ok for a quick top up, but in reality, they only remove the dirt and then place a layer of protection over the other forms of damage to the paint.