How to Detail a Triumph Spitfire


Park the car on a flat surface. Put the top up if it is not already up. Rinse the entire car with a hose or pressure washer. Rinse the undercarriage and in the wheel arches and behind the bumpers.


Wash the exterior, including the vinyl top, with a soft wash mitt that has been dipped in a bucket of car wash and water. Clean the entire car, including the bumpers, lights, etc. Clean the wheels and tires with a separate wheel brush or another wash mitt. Rinse the car with the hose and then dry it with lint-free rags.


Wax the paint with a high quality polish. This can be done by hand or with an electric buffer. Apply a small amount of wax to the paint, swirl it around and then buff it out with a terrycloth towel or with the buffer.


Clean the top with a vinyl cleaner, which will also protect it. Clean the plastic window on the top with class cleaner and a lint-free rag. Clean the rest of the windows in the same manner. Polish the bumpers with a high quality chrome polish. Apply vinyl dressing to any exterior rubber components.


Open the engine cover. On the Spitfire, the entire front of the bodywork lifts up, making it very easy to clean the engine bay and the surrounding chassis. Cover any wires or sensitive components with plastic, securing the plastic with rubber bands. Parts to cover include the fuse box, the distributor and the spark plug wires where they install on the engine. If the engine bay is extremely dirty, you may want to rinse it out before you wash the exterior. Rinse the engine bay with the hose. Use a gentle setting to avoid getting too much water near sensitive components.


Spray a citrus degreaser (better for your health and the environment) onto the entire engine as well as any exposed chassis components and the inside of the engine bay. Scrub any dirt and debris away with a wire brush. Finish cleaning with rags. Dry the engine bay. Use metal polish on any metal parts. Spray vinyl dressing on any rubber hoses and lines and wipe them down. Be sure to clean the inside surface of the engine cover, as well. Use a small detailing brush for hard to reach areas.


Vacuum the interior in the front and behind the seats. Use vinyl cleaner to clean the seats, door panels and dash top. Use a small detailing brush for hard to reach areas. The Spitfire has a wooden dash face that can be cleaned with a household wood polish. Use glass cleaner on the gauges and the glass. Use metal polish for the interior metal components like the door handles and window cranks.

The Triumph Spitfire is a small but very stylish British roadster. Powered by a four-cylinder engine, the Spitfire, while not fast, is certainly an entertaining car to drive. It is also becoming more and more rare and is steadily increasing in value and desirability. Detailing a Spitfire is pretty much like detailing any other classic car. Like many classic roadsters, this one is a combination of metal, rubber and wood, all of which look great when they are properly cleaned.