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Leno's Garage launches detailed new aids to combat swirl marks and towel scratches

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You know Jay Leno, don't you? A funny guy, a big chin, or an even bigger car collection? Yes, that person. Now it seems to be involved in the automotive detailing design industry, providing a complete set of professional quality products for detailing designers and DIY enthusiasts. The last product is unimaginably called "evaporation", but it is designed to prevent scratches, eliminate streaks and create a high gloss finish without water spots. I think that's a good thing.

Waxing Poetics

Two-towel approach

American Made

Waxing Poetics

< p>Once, a long time ago, I was at vintage races in Seattle with the local Miata club. When I got there, two of the more anal reluctant members were talking, and I'm not making this up, about where to wipe water from their cars. I passed, wandered around the paddock for a quick look at who was already there, got back to my car about 20 minutes later, and these two guys were still talking about the best direction of drying motion to use. People like that worry me.

It's a level of detail and cleanliness in the car that I usually bother with. Look, I appreciate a clean car as much as the next gearhead, but there have to be limits. And I don't even really apply that to Leno. The guy has a fantastic car collection full of very rare and impressive stuff like Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs and steam cars from over a century ago. These are cars that you are obligated, both mechanically and morally, to take very good care of. Think of the time, hassle and money it took to repaint a Packard V-12? You don't want to skimp on the wax.

Jay Leno and his team worked with in-house chemists and product engineers for the Advanced Vehicle Care line, which includes Evaporate. Photo: Leno's Garage.

Two-towel approach

Enter evaporation. And, as the name suggests, it's a "drying aid." What Evaporate aims to do is to help prevent swirl marks and towel scratches by lubricating the surface of the vehicle during the towel drying process of a car wash. Laudable goals, of course. No one likes swirl marks and scratches. It also helps prevent water spots and leaves a shiny finish. Evaporate was created by Jay's team of professional chemists and designers (and how would you like that job?).

Applying Evaporate is easy. It is a spray product that you spray on a damp area of ​​the vehicle before drying it. First, you spray on the Evaporate, wipe it off with a damp towel, then buff to a shiny finish with a second dry towel. Leno, or at least Leno's press release, says "the easy-to-follow steps create a dramatically improved finish over conventional methods with little extra work", and I tend to agree. In fact, all of this just adds an intermediate step with little hassle.

Made in America

Evaporate is the latest in a line called Jay Leno's Garage Advanced Vehicle Care. And, like all of its Advanced Vehicle Care products, Evaporate is made and bottled in the USA, of course, since Jay is pretty patriotic that way. They say the entire line was designed by Jay and his team to clean and protect even the most delicate finishes with professional grade formulations. I'm not going to dispute that, given the cars Jay has to maintain. I saw more than one on the lawn at Pebble Beach.

Tony Borroz has spent his whole life racing vintage cars and sports cars. He is the author of

Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle.

Source: Leno's Garage.

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