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    Default The best laid plans... (Lots of Pics.)

    A mate bought himself a Veccy B from a local garage last week. He brought it round on Thursday evening and asked if I'd help sort out the interior.

    The car had obviously been attacked with TFR on the outside as it was "clean" where the sponge has made contact but the sills, all the interior plastic and the whole engine bay had been had been sprayed with some sort of sticky gunge which was attracting every piece of dust around it.

    The paint itself was the roughest I've come across and was as flat as pancake. A few random scratches covered the bonnet and roof and there were a lot of swirl marks which was only to be expected.

    So he dropped the car off at 9.00 am yesterday and I was ready with all the gear set up except the Rotary which turned out to be a big mistake...

    First job was the interior.







    The vaccum was not switched off for 40 minutes. It was filthy but the worst areas could now be identified and spot treated with APC mixed at 10:1 then 4:1 where the original mix was failing.



    With all the grit beginning to come to the surface next up was the Vax



    So after wiping every bit of plastic with APC to get the sticky stuff off two hour later the interior was done. This used to take me 20 minutes until I met Lump.

    So leaving that to dry it was on to the exterior. Loads of areas had been missed and the plan was to get to every nook and cranny.



    Wheels and arches first with Very Cherry, APC and assorted brushes. I also used a weak mixture of TFR for the tar spots.

    Note the stick on VX badge.



    Next the car was snowfoamed with the sills being covered in APC first.
    TFR was added to the bottle.









    After washing the car was dried. Like Fil I'm sticking to the Chemical Guys drying towel from now on. The Megs Water magnet can't compete so has been relegated to drying the sills and door shuts.



    The engine bay was then degreased ready for wax and Gliptone later.

    The car was then clayed using Sonus green clay and the last of my NXT Quik detailer. This was bad. This is one square foot of the drivers door.



    So after another wash and dry I taped up the car and fired up the Rotary. Literally. Smoke poured out from the exhaust fins and it smelt like a bonfire.

    I was a tad annoyed at this point as Fastcut and Ultrafina by hand was going to be a challenge.

    So after kicking the garage door a few times I checked what else was on the shelf.

    Megs stage one which I use all the time as a paint cleaner was not really an option as the paint was in too bad a way but I then spotted an old bottle of Autoglyn SRP at the back of the shelf. I had used this quite recently but not on a car covered in swirls but I know it can produce great results if worked in small areas and has the advanage of filling and cleaning as you go. Something I would have done seperately.

    Two hours later the SRP had done a great job. The swirls were still there but much less noticeable unless the sun was directly on the panel. So I applied some Black Hole Glaze to try and fill some more before finishing with Valentines concours Wax. I was going to use 915 but the Valentines added just a bit more of gloss to the paint I'd not been able to machine Polish.

    The outside plastics, glass, wheels and Arches were then dressed but the NXT metal polish failed miserably on the exhaust. I've never been a fan since I bought it so I'll need to find something else.

    Returning back to the interior I used Poorboys Natural dressing on all the plastics before cleaning the windows and applying wax to the door shuts. The car smelt really fresh by this time with the oily gungy smell banished.

    So the results.

    Interior







    The engine bay had was already cleaned so just degreased it before waxing the metal and using Gliptone on the plastics.



    Outside









    The glaze is doing it's job for now and hopefully when I get the rotary sorted I'll try again.

    I've now learnt though don't throw anything away and SRP is even better than I remember it being.

    Thanks for reading.
    Last edited by Stevel; 8th March 2009 at 11:46.

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    what a great thread mate, lovely job too, can see you worked really hard on that, your friend must be chuffed!! TOP BANANNA!!

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    that must of put £500 on the price of the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie69 View Post
    what a great thread mate, lovely job too, can see you worked really hard on that, your friend must be chuffed!! TOP BANANNA!!
    Yep. He was a happy bunny.

    Quote Originally Posted by Preey View Post
    that must of put £500 on the price of the car


    I forgot to ask him how much he paid. Underneath it's a nice honest motor.

    Thanks for the comments guys.

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    top bannana mate great thread loads of pics and nice result at the end, how long did it take ya ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lump View Post
    top bannana mate great thread loads of pics and nice result at the end, how long did it take ya ?
    Started at 9.00. Finished around 3.30 ish. That was non stop though. Pretty much when i thought I would but without the sore arms.

    The interior was a killer. The worst I've ever done but I'm sure it would have been a walk in the park for you. lol
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    fantastic result though mate, nice to rescue an old motor and give it a new lease of life, i see so many on there way to the scrapers yard. Detailer saves banger read all about it


    very mate

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    Top job done there Steve, bet your mate's well chuffed with it now.

    Sorry to hear about the rotary hope you get it sorted soon

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    will you be my mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baz07 View Post
    Top job done there Steve, bet your mate's well chuffed with it now.

    Sorry to hear about the rotary hope you get it sorted soon
    I was fuming mate. Maybe go for an upgrade now.

    Quote Originally Posted by swainey View Post
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    I already am.

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