Care of Bodywork


Avoid using a dry cloth to wipe dirt and dust from the paintwork and plated surfaces. Dust is an abrasive and if removed in this way, will scratch the polished surface. Wash the vehicle frequently with plenty of running water and a lean soft sponge. Soften and, if it is possible, remove the mud with water before using the sponge . When all the dirt is removed, sponge off and dry with a clean damp chamois leather. Never wash or polish the vehicle under a hot sun.

Removing Grease and Tar

Remove grease and tar by sparing use of white spirit, but do not apply this rubber, especially screen rubbers or wiper blades.

Glass Surfaces

Glass is easily scratched. This may be avoided by always using a damop chamois leather which is specially reserved for use on glass only. If silicone polishes have been used on the body, take care that the polish does not come in contact with the glass. It is extremely difficult to renove and will cause the windscreen wipers to smear. Popular for motor sport is to treat the glass (particularly the windscreen) with a propriety treatment such as "Rain-X" which will bead rain and allowing driving in the rain without the need for the wipers to be switched on! The glass must be scrupiously cleaned before its application and re-application is required.

Chromium Plating

Frequent washing and thorough drying is recommended, especially during the winter months when there is greater likelihood of corrosion caused by contamination by road salt. Wax polishing will hold back some corrosion here.

Aluminium Bumpers and Window Frames

Treat as for chromium plating. It must be remembered that, although these are of an anodised finish, any scratching of the finish will undoubtedly lead to corrosion of the surface (due to the action of salts in the atmosphere alone). Refinishing may be achieved by use of nickel polish in the case of minor scratching or dulling of the finish. If the damage is severe then fine wet and dry rubbing paper (600 grit) or wire wool may be used, with paraffin (kerosene) as a lubricant, to remove the worst pf the marks; afterwards using nickel polish.


After a period of use, the formation of traffic film will cause the paintwork to lose its lustre, even though the vehicle has been carefully and regularly washed. The original brilliance may be restored after washing by using a reputable non-abrasive cleaner and polish. Being the most durable, wax preparations are perferable, but where these are used regularly the old wax must be removed with a cleaner before further application of the new wax. The fequency at which polishing is necessary will depend upon local conditions of air pollution.

Care of Interior

Brush and clean the interior of your TVR regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner whenever possible. The upholstery may be cleaned with proprietry upholstery cleaners in accordance with the manfacturers instructions (but always test it on an unobtrusive area before general application to ensure compatability). Leather upholstery and the steering wheel responds well to the use of saddle soap. Interior glass surfaces only may be cleaned with a non-abrasive household glass and mirror cleaner (do not use on the exterior as this will impede vision by smearing).