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#314086 What Have You Bought Your Ford For Christmas

Posted by gazza21 on 22 December 2013 - 10:36 AM

As Advised by one of the staff of this website (Preee) i got these ones. this guy seems to know exactly what he's talking about so i went for it. 

Thank you very much! Just ordered some.. just what I was looking for lol.. how "tinted" are they? As they will be going on my pantha black focus lol

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#312161 Auto-Opening Boot?

Posted by gazza21 on 15 December 2013 - 08:02 PM

The heat shrink is optional, mine doesnt have any on but you can if you want. "once your boot pops the springs shoot it up enough for the gas struts to kick in" in theory thats right. Its usually better to buy new struts as quite often the old ones arent as strong to be able to open the door on their own.
With regards size. you'll have to measure the gap between the strut and the clasp when the door is in the closed position (can be fiddly for hatchbacks as theres not as much room to sit in the boot  :lol:) . once you have that its a matter of finding a spring that will fit, fully compressed, in that space. In the case of a mondeo estate the spring is about 2-3 inches when uncompressed, I cant remember how long it was when the door is closed.
Im not sure about tension but you need it strong enough to pop the door open, but weak enough so you can shut the damn thing afterwards.

Agh ok, I have loads of it around so I may wrap it anyway, just to make it look OEM looking ish lol... Yah I've not long had the gas struts fitted... At the moment I have to lift my boot about 1/3 way up before it lifts itself, so it's quite good..

Haha good point.. Nothing too powerful.. Looks like ill be in the boot with a flashlight again haha... I'll try get good dimensions in case anyone else has same focus as me, it may help them.. Then hopefully look for some springs lol. Thanks for your help.

#312057 What Have You Bought Your Ford For Christmas

Posted by gazza21 on 15 December 2013 - 03:19 PM

I have just bought some snow foam and clay bar kit to give her a good clean, and also the ST front and rear bumpers (unsure if its gunna need adapting to fit, but got a very good deal so bought anyway haha), and also some ST side skirts, to find out they are 3 door instead of 5 door haha, but once again got a very good deal for them, so will be able to make a profit on them if I come to sell.

#311760 Painting Lower And Upper Grilles

Posted by gazza21 on 14 December 2013 - 03:19 PM

Np Let us know how it goes, maybe some before and afters lol

#310036 Colour Coding

Posted by gazza21 on 08 December 2013 - 08:58 PM

Hey, I always use my local paint shop for paints etc... It's purely how your going to spray them? Are you going to be using spray guns and compressor? A proper job? Or rattle cans?

You will need to give it a good sanding down, going finer with each sand.. Use prep wipes and if any plastic parts anti static cleaner... You will then have to use a high fill primer and I usually use a good stick plastic primer... Then you would do your base coats and clear coats as normal.. Ensure you sand down between coats and do not rush, you should do fine!

#310023 Lacking The Glossy Look..

Posted by gazza21 on 08 December 2013 - 08:44 PM

Brilliant thanks for your advice buddie ,
I will take on board what you have mentioned and see what I can do ...

You sound like you know your stuff..

Much appreciated :-)

Not a problem, let me know if you need any advice, I've sprayed a fair bit myself from small to large scale, and also the family in the spraying business lol.


#310014 Lacking The Glossy Look..

Posted by gazza21 on 08 December 2013 - 08:23 PM

It's all in the spraying and the buffing... When spraying you can easily damage this "glossy" effect you are referring to, as it only takes the gun to be too close or not set up to the correct PSI to put too much on the final layers... As within the metallic paint the "flakes" which lay down on the paint are the things which reflect and give you this "glossy" shine.. So when put on heavy it gives less of a glossy shine.

Also the as you stated above, you can finish your paint job with a GOOD cutting compound which you would then buff up using buffing pads and usually and electric buffer (oscillating buffing tools are usually best for beginners), but before you use your compound you should also sand down your CURED final lacquer coat (I usually leave them for 24-48 hours), using very fine wet and dry. This could also achieve your "glossy" finish.

#309162 Some Call Her A Ford Focus, I Call Her Julia!

Posted by gazza21 on 05 December 2013 - 08:43 PM

Shame to see a not so good ending to a build thread! Was enjoying the read! Quick question on the st bumper,.. I take it that it is a facelift ST bumper? And if so you wouldn't happen to know if it would fit on the pre-facelift focus? Or does it require the bonnet and wings as well? Cheers.