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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:56 pm 
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Many thanks indeed to Ady & Debbie for hosting our little gathering today. The weather threatened, but we threatened back (I'm not sure what with, but we did) and it cleared up lovely 8)

Great fun polishing up cars and showing the sceptics just exactly what all the fuss is about. Stupid me forgot his camera, so the phone pictures are all dull and poor quality, but out official photographer Rolf will hopefully be along with some pictoral documentation of the day. We even set up shop offering services, light bodyshop work, polishing and all round '80s cool :twisted: There's some photoshoppery to be done first, so won't spoil the surprise ... Rolf?

Meanwhile ...

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Let's be logical. Why not start with a before pic. :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:28 pm 
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Rolf will be along tomorrow to save the day. He's no doubt got some good pictures.
... no befores from me ... just a handful of random shots:

Nowt better than a street full of SAABs ... and nowt better than Classic 900s, eh?

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Debbies 'vert's ass:

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... and bonnet:

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The 'Cirrus Whites' have a stand off ...

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... 8 valves rules, BTW :twisted:

... and without giving too much of the game away, here's Ewen C :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:51 pm 
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Bonzo Dog wrote:
Let's be logical. Why not start with a before pic. :wink:

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You're getting a bit confused there Simon. That's Andy's T16 after Paul had let him try his polisher out on it; a bit more powerful than Andys so a little bit of burn through. Nothing a bit more compound won't sort out........


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:46 pm 
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Yeah, that's definitely and AFTER picture :D

Highlight of the day for me was when I was polishing Debbie's bonnet and the little lad (what was his name? ... no, not Ady ... the other little lad :twisted: ) came bumbling over with his fishing net and said something like, "I can't see the engine yet" ... he'd obviously been setup to ask if I'd polished through into the engine bay :lol:

If we're up for it again ... and I don't see why we wouldn't I'd like to have a crack at Rolf's with the rotary. I reckon I could get some substantial clarity into that finish. I need to finish Debbie's 'vert and I'd like to make a start on Ady's.

... towards the end of August, but not Bank Holiday weekend? Discuss on Tuesday.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:57 pm 
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Start of the day and 6 C900s lined up outside Ade and Debs - all with shockingly unpolished bonnets!
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Ade washing Debs Vert. Impressive as he hates cleaning cars.....
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Paul explains how he is going to spend the next 6 hours polishing Debs bonnet....
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Ade washing my 900i 8v. Impressive as he hates cleaning cars.....
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Synchronised C900 bonnet polishing - as to be seen in London, 2012.
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Ade washing is own T16. Actually, he looked pretty depressed by then....
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Paul polishing Andys tailgate so it actually does shine enough to show the blemishes!
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Paul explaining to an innocent passer by how it is important to buff oil back into the paintwork when it has dried out too much and why 6 hours on one bonnet really isn't enough.
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Mine looking a bit sharp after a mere 4 hours of Andys time (sides still to do!) and an application of Pauls trim detailer.
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It all went so well, we decided to set up business over the road.......
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Actually, a fun day. Listening to Paul and Andy getting excited over their detailing kits and comparing buffers was fun even if the rest of us didn't understand a word of it. Looking forward to part 2!


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LOL ... nice one, Rolf :D
... are there any "glamour" shots of the 'vert afterwards?

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Yep - some close ups. Will post Wednesday


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The finish and paint on the black vert is amazing!

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ShadowWorks wrote:
The finish and paint on the black vert is amazing!


There's a peculiar technique there which works well on two stage finishes (often called "single stage" paint, which does not have a clearcoat) - what you do is using a very soft pad and some glaze, work it right out until the pad is only just moist and then you use the heat in the polisher to "re-liquify" the paint. On that paint finish, it moves the paint around, covering up all the little white dots of primer from stone chips and pushes an astounding depth into the paint. If you do that on a clearcoated car, it will haze and go milky.

I must say, I was very pleased with that finish - the paint was very dry with lots of substrate scratches and marring. It's all good now - there's still deep scratches, which could be flatted but the object was to de-swirl and get some lift back into it. The boot looks as good, too - shame about the dings.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:22 am 
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So ... who's up for another? What date? Another BBQ and making the most of the "British summer". Towards the end of August, but not Bank Holiday weekend? Where?

Ideas, chaps ...

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