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higgsy

Higgsy's Zetec S Thread

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looks a good match and im sure once its put on it will look good

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yeah looks pretty good match, I did what ben did and didn't flat the basecoat before clearcoat, the texture/finish of the ba.secoat was such that I didn't think it needed it. I also applied clearcoat 3 hours after basecoat. There are loads of threads on the internet regarding spraying and as per usual with the internet they contradict each other! Although most seemed to point towards clearcoating an hour or 2 after basecoat. Anyway the finish is good the way I have done it, just a few specks of dust here and there, that i need to sort out.

My method was:

Bought replacement bonnet lip

Sanded down with P400 wet/dry to key

Used Hycote grey plastic primer - 5 thin coats

Waited 24hrs - Then rubbed down/smoothed primer with ultra fine (light grey) scotchbrite pad

Wiped with damp cloth, then wiped down with isopropyl alcohol

6 thin coats/passes of genuine ford basecoat until the can ran out.

Left 3-4 hours - wiped over with lint free cloth/isopropyl alochol lightly to remove dust etc

6 thin coats/passes of ford clearcoat.

The ford cans (150ml) are just enough to do one of these bonnet lips, I could have quite easily done a couple more light passes of both cans.

The key here is to get the primed article as smooth and flaw free as possible before basecoat.

Gonna give it a few days and then clay/polish it lightly before fitting to the car, but no orange peel or anything at moment so all good!

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That hycote stuff is awesome primer, I use it all the time ;) looking good

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Bonnet lio fitted. Looks the dogs nadgers!

IMG_20140815_130416-picsay_zpslsqcrsew.j

Where did you get that grill from? Looks much better than my titanium one.

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Where did you get that grill from? Looks much better than my titanium one.

Standard zetec s upper/lower grille mate
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Would the lower grill fit straight into my titanium bumper?

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Yep straight swap, they are about £40

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Nice one. I take it you just look on eBay?

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Nice one. Cheers mate.

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liking the bonnet trim looks much better colour coded and imo ford should have done it that way from the factory

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Looking great Higgsy! Im tempted to paint mine now lol!

I take it you have already ordered your ST upper grille? :p

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liking the bonnet trim looks much better colour coded and imo ford should have done it that way from the factory

Agreed mate

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Looking great Higgsy! Im tempted to paint mine now lol!

I take it you have already ordered your ST upper grille? :p

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Do it mate only cost 40 to do - still have my old lip as a spare, leaving the grilles as is tho.

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Did you pick a new lip up from ford? Yeah its well worth £40 mate makes the front end look so much better!

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Did you pick a new lip up from ford? Yeah its well worth £40 mate makes the front end look so much better!

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Na, 20 quid non genuine from ebay, then 20 for primer/genuine ford paint.

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Looks good mate, the non-genuine lip I got didn't fit the recess on the bonnet so painted the original. :-)

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Bonnet lio fitted. Looks the dogs nadgers! IMG_20140815_130416-picsay_zpslsqcrsew.j

focus is looking great james some fantastic work done keep it up mate LHD reverse unit would look great on the rear aswell as additional boot light on opposite side,

See my profile page for links to the Guides if required,

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focus is looking great james some fantastic work done keep it up mate LHD reverse unit would look great on the rear aswell as additional boot light on opposite side,

See my profile page for links to the Guides if required,

I think this will be my next mod - got the stuff on my ebay watch list for it, plan to do it before the dark nights, within the next 6 weeks or so I think, goona use your guide fo sho geezer

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I think this will be my next mod - got the stuff on my ebay watch list for it, plan to do it before the dark nights, within the next 6 weeks or so I think, goona use your guide fo sho geezer

:lol: you da man bro!

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That's where mine is from, good quality and fit is spot on. :-)

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That's where mine is from, good quality and fit is spot on. :-)

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Do you notice that when you take a picture: the reflector on the genuine one shines but the clear lensed unit doesn't reflect as good?

Minor detail but just my observation,

The non Genuine ones are sold for around 12 pounds in china, so whatever there selling them on ebay for, is pure profit,

For the extra 7 pounds id go genuine but each to there own.

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