David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/18/19 1:37 p.m.

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By David S. Wallens• Photography By the author

Gleaming paint, sparkling chrome: It’s enough to capture just about anyone’s eye, car buff or not. However, no matter what the vintage, detailing a car so that every visible surface shines like a diamond takes some serious work.

“Generally, the cost is based on an hourly schedule,” explains Tim McNair, owner of Grand Prix Concours Preparation. Typically, he continues, a professional detailing job runs from $1500 to $3500—figure 25 to 50 hours of labor.

And that’s starting with a car that the average person would consider to be clean.

Welcome to the world of high-end detailing jobs, the likes of which are routinely shown off at places like Meadow Brook, Amelia Island and Pebble Beach. Tim has been in the concours-level detailing business for more than 25 years, and he’s not one for keeping all of his secrets to himself. As he recently showed us, a nice detailing job doesn’t have to be expensive—providing you’re willing to do the work yourself.

As he explains, making a car look its best is all about creating definition: pitch-black tires, bright amber lenses, and yards of gleaming chrome and paint. The end result is a car that pops. Tim recently visited us and demonstrated some tricks of the trade.

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hurstad New Reader
3/1/19 11:56 a.m.

Tim McNair is a master!


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