As mentioned earlier, Alan Smithee is a name that Hollywood puts on movies when the actual director renounces the film he has made, and refuses to have his name put on it.
However, the rules for using the name are a bit inconsistent. USUALLY a director is only allowed to renounce his fil, and use the Smithee alias, if he can legitimately argue that the finished product is NOT the film he made or wanted to make. That is, if a very ambitious, temperamental director makes a 3 hour film that he regards as his masterpiece, but the studio execs take it from him and edit out an hour of film… or force a re-shoot of the ending… or cut of funding before filming is complete… in ANY of those cases, a director can claim “this is NOT my movie any more.” In those cases, the studio is supposed to abide by his woishes, and put the name “Alan SMithee” as the director.
However, a director is NOT supposed to be able to renounce a film just because he realizes, too late, that the movie is a stinker! In the case you’ve described, “Bikini Car Wash” was obviously a stupid, trashy, expolitation film to begin with, and NO director could POSSIBLY have imagined it was ever going to be a work of art! I can’t believe for even a second that a director low and desperate enough to direct such a movie would hjave the pride or integrity to renounce it!
Is it possible that some movies are such obvious crap that a guy will direct them just for the paycheck (or the experience), but only if his name is never associated with the end product?