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    Not been able to make a start on cleaning the car up after hardly touching it all winter because of the really crap weather so far this year and with show season heading towards us rapidly, I've been panicking about getting the car up to scratch for Brentwood next week.

    Having pulled out of the Rutland water meetup because of the weather, sat around at home today and the weather started to pick up so making the most of it Amy and I made a start on the car.

    Purely concentrating on the painted panels for now. We washed each panel in turn, then clayed each panel (and by god did some crap come off with the claying), then I made a start with the d/a using the only cutting polish I have here Autoglym paint renovator which isn't really designed for use with a d/a but as long as I kept it well lubricated with detailing spray did the job brilliantly.

    So far the entire passenger side and the bonnet have been done and while I was d/a ing that, Amy made a start on the exhaust tips which to be honest looked like they'd need to be replaced they were in such a state, but with a lot of work by Amy they're coming back to life again.

    Bear in mind there is ZERO polish on the car at all in these pics, these are after the d/a ing to get rid of swirls and some small scratches. I got most of them out, there's a few which didn't come right out but I'm reasonably happy so far and hopefully a decent polish will fill those in before glazing.

    Depending on the weather and if Bob's detailing meet goes ahead or not we'll make more progress with it tomorrow one way or another, failing that I've taken Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off work next week to get this done before Brentwood, fingers crossed we'll get it all done in time.











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    That's looking good Ian you and Amy doing a good job
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    That is looking sweet Ian.

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    Looking good Ian. You don't half make Any earn her keep mate, lol

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    Looking good Ian/Amy, should be cracking when it's all done.

    I can just imagine me asking my good lady to away out and polish up my exhaust, I'd hear the laughing for weeks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Looking good Ian. You don't half make Amy earn her keep mate, lol
    Lol, it's the other way round fella, she's the one that pushes me to do stuff otherwise I'd be sat on my arse in front of the telly, she cleans the car more often than I do
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    Wow that is some serious shine you got going there. Cars looking awesome.

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    Not polished yet either, I'm pretty happy with it so far. If the weather holds out, we'll get the rest d/a'd and then polish and glaze it up and can do the other parts of the car later in the week (engine bay, wheels, interior etc).
    "Doing a good job here is like wetting your pants in a dark suit, you get a warm feeling but nobody else notices"
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    looks good to me . no chance off mine being done this weekend , so it will be next week before the show the way things are , ill see you in the morning .

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    I think you had the 'shiny' filter on the camera again Ian .... looks a treat .....................

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