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2/22/19 10:14 a.m.


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story by Tim McNair • photography by the author

Get to one of the country’s top concours events early, and you’ll find Tim McNair of Grand Prix Concours Preparation detailing the most immaculate entries.

Spray detailers have come a long way. What started as a quick method for keeping our cars presentable between washes or touching them up before a show has become a staple in the community.

Whether we’re shopping for a clay bar lube or a replacement for a soap-and-hose session, we have all manner of brands, colors and scents to choose from. Most of us, though, probably didn’t put too much thought into the last spray detailer we brought home. Maybe it was just the cheapest bottle at the auto parts store. Or maybe it was a sample handed out at an event.

The formulas are all basically the same, right? Well, maybe not.

We rounded up several options for a head-to-head comparison. Eric Peterson of Leydon Restorations provided the shop space and test vehicle: a filthy 2008 BMW 5 Series.

We taped the hood and trunk into equal sections–one per cleaning product. Each cleaner was sprayed onto the body and then wiped off using a generic microfiber towel.

The bottles all had similar multifunction spray heads, and all were turned to the spray setting. Most of the cleaners required two or three sprays per section. Scents were described by our judges’ consensus.

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pirate
pirate Reader
2/23/19 10:02 a.m.

Recently used a product called Aerolon Tech Shine which is applied after washing to a wet car. After application the car is rinsed and dried. Leaves an incredible shine that seems to last. Would like to see test compared to other products.

Donatello
Donatello New Reader
2/23/19 11:53 a.m.

OK, it's shiney. But how many seconds will this take off my lap time?

pirate
pirate Reader
2/23/19 2:28 p.m.

Well don’t know about how much it will take off lap times but company advertising and advertising on TV car shows said it was developed for airplanes and racing powerboats to reduce drag. Only thing I can vouch for is made my Fiesta ST really shine with the least amount of work of any wax job I ever did. Will admit I try to keep it looking good anyway. 

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