Archive for The Motor Forum "We are mature men in the highest cadres of our careers"
 


       The Motor Forum Forum Index -> Your Motor
Chip Butty

Some light restoration

Before



During



After



600 grit, then 1500 grit wet and dry. Followed by a polish with drill polish bonnet. It's much better than before, but can be better. Think I'll use 2000 grit then find a better polish.

5 hours later after clay bars, G3 scratch remover, AG super resin and then G3 wax....





Pictures never do justice to hours busting your ass polishing.
Big Blue

Shiny shiny.

If I said I was spending 5 hrs on polishing the Gorilla I'd just be stabbed violently with a kitchen knife.
Nelson

my Mrs actively encourages me to spend 5 hours polishing my car

Great job. Lights are very impressive indeed. Great colour for the Jaaaaaaaag
Martin

Great job, well worth the effort.

Thankfully I don't need to spend 5 hours to get the cars looking good, but I'd be encouraged/supported to do it if it was needed.
Chip Butty

5 hours included the headlight sand/polish

It's a 13 year old car that hasn't been cleaned properly - so it takes some effort to get it back. A new car or one that has been looked after is much easier

Rinse
wash
clay bar
rinse
dry
paint correction
AG super resin
Sealer wax

To be honest - AG super resin is such a good product, I should have just used it after the clay bar. Not a big fan of the G3 stuff.

Also - note the absence of Truckosaurus - missus out as a ride instructor on a cycle training weekend.
Andy C

Looks great

Clay bar is a must and so worth it

I agree on resin polish ,  and a decent wax afterwards makes all the effort worthwhile , as it lasts so long

I've got a mate who just uses resin polish and nothing else. Looks great for about 3 hours and then all his hard work is undone .
What's the point ?!
Blarno

I still have the same bottle of AG Super Resin I bought 15 years ago. As you can guess, I rarely use it. Can't be faffed with all the effort.

We are sponsored by them at work, where I'm pretty much expected to clean stuff - I just use the rapid detailer and be done with it.
him

That has come up really well...

I'm particularly impressed by how clean the number plate is!
Racing Teatray

Big Blue wrote:
Shiny shiny.

If I said I was spending 5 hrs on polishing the Gorilla I'd just be stabbed violently with a kitchen knife.


Likewise.
Chip Butty

Quote:
Big Blue wrote:
Shiny shiny.

If I said I was spending 5 hrs on polishing the Gorilla I'd just be stabbed violently with a kitchen knife.


Likewise.


Are you two married to the same woman ?...

Chris M Wanted a V-10

Did you sort out all those nasty looking stone chips too?
Roadsterstu

Looks good. I presume it has HID lights, not halogen, in which case the light output shoud be better but was presumably good to start with?
JohnC

Racing Teatray wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
Shiny shiny.

If I said I was spending 5 hrs on polishing the Gorilla I'd just be stabbed violently with a kitchen knife.


Likewise.


And the press would have you thinking that men are the dangerous ones!
Tim

I got given a Meguiars kit for headlamp restoration.
I haven't opened it yet but the M5's lights look similar to CBs before picture.
Anyone used it?
Chip Butty

The kits are all very similar, you get pre-cut sanding pads that you use in order to remove all the old oxidation and then you get cutting compound and a waffle pad drill attachment to do the final polish.

Half an hour on you tube will show you what works and how to use them. Based on what I saw, I spent 3 quid on some wet and dry and 4 quid on a drill polish head (rather than spend 25 on a megs kit).

What you don't appear to get in the kits is any lacquer or UV protectant spray. Without either, the lights will cloud over again eventually - I just put some wax on them as I will have another go when I can be bothered.
Big Blue

Chip Butty wrote:
Quote:
Big Blue wrote:
Shiny shiny.

If I said I was spending 5 hrs on polishing the Gorilla I'd just be stabbed violently with a kitchen knife.


Likewise.


Are you two married to the same woman ?...


Ha ha. Kids and foreign partners change everything.
Michael

Good work. I did them on my D3 and the difference in the overall look of the car was well worth the effort.
Twelfth Monkey

Racing Teatray wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
Shiny shiny.

If I said I was spending 5 hrs on polishing the Gorilla I'd just be stabbed violently with a kitchen knife.


Likewise.


Ditto, although I might stab myself.  I admire the grit of those who do though, and great work on the lights.
Racing Teatray

Big Blue wrote:
Chip Butty wrote:
Quote:
Big Blue wrote:
Shiny shiny.

If I said I was spending 5 hrs on polishing the Gorilla I'd just be stabbed violently with a kitchen knife.


Likewise.


Are you two married to the same woman ?...


Ha ha. Kids and foreign partners change everything.


Certainly I sense a similar propensity for strong views forcefully expressed about most things, but most certainly about what do and don't constitute suitable uses of time and money.
JohnC

Chip Butty wrote:
The kits are all very similar, you get pre-cut sanding pads that you use in order to remove all the old oxidation and then you get cutting compound and a waffle pad drill attachment to do the final polish.

Half an hour on you tube will show you what works and how to use them. Based on what I saw, I spent 3 quid on some wet and dry and 4 quid on a drill polish head (rather than spend 25 on a megs kit).

What you don't appear to get in the kits is any lacquer or UV protectant spray. Without either, the lights will cloud over again eventually - I just put some wax on them as I will have another go when I can be bothered.


I am pleased to see that you masked up the paintwork and moved the bonnet out of the way. The amount of polishing required to get the headlamps back to clear would take the paint off if the pad was up against the edge of the paintwork as well.

I would get some panel wipe or IPA and wipe the headlamps down after polishing, to get rid of any residue and then use GTechniq G1 (and G2 to remove it) - that will give a few years of protection.
Tim

Is that just plain old masking tape round the headlights?

My Megs kit was a freebie!
woof woof

That's a nice car. I miss mine.
PG

Looks fantastic.
woof woof

Makes me want one!

       The Motor Forum Forum Index -> Your Motor
Page 1 of 1
Create your own free forum | Buy a domain to use with your forum