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#1 james132

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:14 PM

Had the focus a week now and thaught id give a go at doing my first 'detail' clean. My two previous cars have been 10+ years old so have never really bothered that much, just the normal bucket and sponge jobby.
Read a few bits and pieces on here regarding detailing and thaught id give the focus a little more attention.

I went out and bought these:

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Today was my first full day off since owning the car that its not been raining to jumped at the chance. I also fitted the new carbon- chrome badges (have one on the steering wheel aswell but forgot about taking a picture)

I sprayed the car down well first then shampoo'd it well. Then for the first time clay bared the car, found out this is a very long process, especially when its 5degrees C outside! After the claybar I shampoo'd the car again. I then waxed the car which made a hell of a difference. Took a good 4/5 hours to do that.

This was the result:

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Just waiting for the cree reverse bulb to arive (was posted today due to the postoffice damaging the last one and returning it back to the company without me knowing) so should be here monday I expect. Other than that the only other thing on the list right now is to work out how the tow bar works so I can take the bikes out!

Any comments/advice welcome.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:47 PM

Looking good mate... Did you go the whole hog with a clay bar and everything??

I'm planning on doing mine tomorrow morning, ill do some before, during and after shots if i get up early enough...

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:01 PM

Top Class mate, looks excellent fair play to you B)

your back must be hurting after all of that but its well worth all the effort,
dont forget to spray some WD40 in the key hole of the bonnet latch, these are prone to siezing
also a ST rear spoiler would look brilliant on your motor, they are a straight swap ive fitted one to mine uses the existing 5 bolts just bolt off and bolt on simples Click Here B)

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 06:04 AM

Yeah just dont forget to put some silicone round all the mounting points or youll have water leaking in

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 09:29 AM

Looking good mate... Did you go the whole hog with a clay bar and everything??I'm planning on doing mine tomorrow morning, ill do some before, during and after shots if i get up early enough...


I was going to do some before, during and after shots, but it was just too cold to even bother with the camera haha.

Top Class mate, looks excellent fair play to you B) your back must be hurting after all of that but its well worth all the effort, dont forget to spray some WD40 in the key hole of the bonnet latch, these are prone to siezing also a ST rear spoiler would look brilliant on your motor, they are a straight swap ive fitted one to mine uses the existing 5 bolts just bolt off and bolt on simples Click Here B)


Yeah I was knackered! I noticed the bonnet latch had already been replaced on this car with the history. Will keep on top of that one.

I like the look of the st spoiler.. Iv got a few things planned but not got the money to do it all yet.
On the list is:
Colour code bump strips front and rear (above front fogs)
Colour code current rear spoiler or change for st
New set of alloys thinking of st alloys, after that perhaps the eibach pro springs depending on ride height.

Yeah just dont forget to put some silicone round all the mounting points or youll have water leaking in


Water leaking through where?

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 11:41 AM

Hi James

That looks clean!!!

Can i ask what that bottle of Redex at the back is for?

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 02:49 PM

Water leaking through where?



on the rear spoiler there are 5 bolts that go through theboot panel and in to the rear spoiler,
when fitting ford just put foam rings around the bolts to preventwater from getting in to the car,

but over time these tend to deteriorate and allow water to get in to the car,
so it is advised to fill around the bolts with some silicone sealant to prevent
this from happening in the future,

I have done mine yesterday but if you plan to fit an ST rear spoiler I would
recommend waiting to fit it before applying the silicone,

see the image below for the bolt locations in the boot panel.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:36 PM

I was going to do some before, during and after shots, but it was just too cold to even bother with the camera haha.


I did clean mine this morning... first time ive used a sponge to clear ice of the car lol!!

Still looks ok, first time ive ever used this diamondbrite stuff, not that impressed...may e it was the cold weather, but its just smearing rather than rubbing off...

Had to get the machine polisher out this morning to get it off..

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 04:11 PM

Hi James

That looks clean!!!

Can i ask what that bottle of Redex at the back is for?

cheers


I clean the windows with it :D
















I just picked it up the same time as the wash so it was there :lol:

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 04:14 PM

Lenny- Thanks for the info, Will definatly bare that in mind if, or should I say WHEN I get an st spoiler :P

Took the car up to one of the local body shops today to get a quote on colour coding the bottom bumper trims, bump strips, lower grille in satin black, and a small scuff on the rear corner of the bumper.. 420 +VAT, dose this seem reasonable? Seemed alright to me, will try some other places aswell but there the best known place locally.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 04:36 PM

New reverse light fitted, not tested it in the dark yet, will pop up tesco later to see how it is in the carpark once its dark, Seems bright though :D

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 07:37 PM

New reverse light fitted, not tested it in the dark yet, will pop up tesco later to see how it is in the carpark once its dark, Seems bright though :D




Looks good mate,

if you plan to upgrade the reg plate bulbs to match the reverse thes ones are ideal Click Here i have them fitted in mine too,

and they cover the whole plate nicely in matching 6000k white B)

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 07:40 PM

Looks good mate,

if you plan to upgrade the reg plate bulbs to match the reverse thes ones are ideal Click Here i have them fitted in mine too,

and they cover the whole plate nicely in matching 6000k white B)


Oooooh Lenny, you have gone and done it now :rolleyes:

You keep emptying my bank account for me!

They might well be next on the list along with led side lights :lol:

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 08:43 PM

Oooooh Lenny, you have gone and done it now :rolleyes:

You keep emptying my bank account for me!

They might well be next on the list along with led side lights :lol:



lol sorry mate,

its a disease i have myself :lol:

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:25 AM

A very good job you have done there james, apologies for kind of hijacking your thread (please feel free to tell me where the door is!) but as you have just done a good clean!!

What product did you use on your windscreen? I need to clean mine, as they seem to be a bit greasy, leaving marks after the wipe has finished. I have used raw washing up liquid. and various cleaners combined with a bit of screenwash, but they still seem greasy on the outside... so what did you use, and does it leave streak free wipes of the blade?

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