the staff of Motorsport Marketing
the staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
11/5/15 12:38 p.m.

Tim McNair has detailed cars at the highest level, including Pebble Beach showstoppers. No matter what your budget or venue, you can apply these five detailing tips.

1. BEHOLD THE BAMBOO STICK
The humble bamboo skewer– found in any grocery store for about 2 cents each–has enough muscle to help detail your classic while being gentle enough to not leave any marks. Use them to dislodge the crud caked up around your emblems, chrome trim and clear bra.

2. DUST WITH PASTRY BRUSHES
For about $10 you can pick up an assortment of quality pastry brushes that feature plastic ferrules, comfortable handles and soft, non-shedding bristles. These brushes are excellent for dusting your interior, from the dash vents to the center stack.

3. PACK A BAG
If you have some detail supplies in the car and something bad happens–bug splatter, bird droppings or the like–you can take care of that little problem before it becomes a big one. What to carry? Tim recommends some quick detail, microfiber cloths, glass cleaner, pastry brushes and bamboo skewers. Keeping the liquids in 4-ounce spray bottles takes up less space. For a stylish carrying case, check out the shave kits offered by Couch Guitar Straps. Each leakproof bag is made from NOS automotive vinyl upholstery.

4. CLEAN TIRES BEFORE DRESSING THEM
To make tire dressing last longer, first clean the rubber–although, Tim notes, you may be satisfied with the result after just the first step. Tim’s favorite tire cleaners: Black Magic Bleche Wite, the product formerly made by Westley’s; Spartan SD-20, also useful for cleaning away rubber picked up on track; and Griot’s Garage Rubber Prep, which will also remove the mold release compound from new tires.

5. USE WAX TO REMOVE WAX
Tim prefers paste wax, and once it sets he buffs it away using a microfiber cloth dampened with spray wax. This ensures maximum coverage while minimizing dust and easing the wax removal process.

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The Hoff
The Hoff UltraDork
11/5/15 12:42 p.m.

"he buffs it away using a microfiber cloth dampened with spray wax. " This seems like it is a very useful tip. You usually have to wash the car after waxing to clean all the wax dust off. Will try this next time.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/7/15 12:55 p.m.

Yeah, Tim is great with simple, low-buck tips. We have worked with him many times. His answer is never "buy the most expensive product."

Usually it's more like "be thorough."

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
12/7/15 1:01 p.m.

Sort of makes me wish I had a car that was worth washing at all.

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