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#478964 Cheeky Online Car Dealers..

Posted by andyedge on 22 April 2015 - 11:18 PM

Don't get me started on ebay sellers using your pics on their listings! :censored: Cheeky :censored:

I have reported many to ebay which resulted in some of the listings being taken down, serves them right :angry:

#398596 Gel Badge Overlays

Posted by andyedge on 17 August 2014 - 03:49 PM

I think as long as they're quite subtle and match the colour of the car then they can look OK.

I had white/chrome on my previous white Fiesta and have black/chrome on my current black Fiesta. I'm perfectly happy with the way these look with the black/chrome being even more subtle as it is not that much different from the OEM blue/chrome on black.


I must say though I'm not a fan of the ones with contrasting colours such as orange or green that do not match the car.

#388835 Bargain Winter Tyres For Zetec-S Owners

Posted by andyedge on 22 July 2014 - 08:10 PM



Sorry couldn't resist  :)

#371008 Fiesta Specs For 2012?

Posted by andyedge on 03 June 2014 - 11:09 PM

Try the attached brochure  :)

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#368696 Surface Scratches And Swirls

Posted by andyedge on 27 May 2014 - 11:14 PM

As above use a good quality microfibre or lambswool wash mitt rather than a sponge for a 2 bucket wash and some good drying towels instead of the chamois.


To go further you ideally need some contaminant removal products such as Tardis for tar removal and Iron X for bonded metal particles before claying. The claying should remove any further contaminants leaving a glassy smooth finish, but this in itself will not remove any swirls already inflicted in the paint.

I find the Bilt Hamber clay easy to use as you just need water as a lubricant.

This process should only be done initially then every 6-12 months as necessary.


Removing the swirls to get a near perfect finish will need a 2-stage machine polishing process. This can seem daunting at first to the beginner, but I have done this myself for the first time with very good results. I bought my Panther Black Metal 2nd hand and it was covered in swirls which really showed up badly in bright sunlight.

The one thing that really gave me the confidence to have a go at machine polishing were the Junkman2000 videos on youtube:




There is an excellent series of videos for novices to machine polishing along with other helpful videos such as the 2 bucket wash technique.


I used a Das6 Pro polisher along with Meguiars 105 and 205 polishes and Hexlogic pads as recommended in these videos.


After polishing I used a combination of Autoglym Super Resin Polish followed by HD wax for protection.

I am really pleased with the results as my car now looks stunning, especially in direct sunlight  :D


If you are really serious about detaiing then I would recommend checking out the Detailing World forums for a vast amount of information:




Hope this helps  :)







#349564 Ford Rear Badge

Posted by andyedge on 31 March 2014 - 10:56 PM

Fixed your link Matt  ;)


If you are happy to move away from the OEM look then the DMB overlays are the way to go.

IMO White/Chrome or White/Black look best on White.



#347423 Air Fresheners

Posted by andyedge on 25 March 2014 - 11:43 PM

Lol, seen this thread going on for a while, and when I first spotted it, I thought to myself WTF, Next one will be what type of air is best to fill my tyres with haha. 

Pure Nitrogen apparently  :)



Back on topic my personal favs are California Scents Coronado Cherry and the hanging Jelly Belly in Bubble Gum and Tutti Fruitti (yum yum)

#299332 Drl

Posted by andyedge on 24 October 2013 - 08:58 PM

Looking good :) They're the 'official' MS Design ones right? See this thread for vision blue colour coded ones for comparison:



These were already fitted to the second hand Metal I bought recently & I wasn't too sure about them at first, but after seeing them I really grew to like them.

I got the car for a really good price, after seeing how much the DRLs cost it looks like I got an even better deal :D


Mine are colour coded in panther black. Here's a picture from the dealer's:




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#295637 ..

Posted by andyedge on 09 October 2013 - 09:09 PM

Been using the Autobrite foam lance with my Karcher PW for a couple of years now and can't recommend it enough. It has adjustable settings to produce a nice thick foam which clings really well.

Still available on a group buy through Detailing World:




I've only used it with their Super Snow Foam as I'm still working my way through the 5L bottle I got with it, a little goes a long way. The Magifoam is supposed to be even better.

#280576 Detailing And Cleaning.

Posted by andyedge on 06 August 2013 - 10:36 PM

There are lots of very good, highly recommended (and quite expensive) products out there. You only have to browse the Detailing World forums for a while to discover this.

If you are detailing on a reasonable budget like myself then I would recommend the following from personal experience:


Decent pressure washer. I have a cheap £100 Karcher pressure washer and it does the job.


Foam lance with snow foam for a pre-wash. I have the Autobrite lance & snowfoam as mentioned above. Used before every wash & rinsed off with pressure washer.


Microfibre wash mitt for wheels only.


Meguiars wheel brush for wheels.


2 x Lambswool wash mitt. One for top of car, one for lower section which tends to have more crap on it, especially during Winter.


2 buckets with grit guards for washing. One for shampoo & one for rinsing your wash mitt.


Wheels to be washed & rinsed first before using a new bucket of shampoo for the bodywork.


IronX or equivalent for removing metal fallout particles. Only used about every six months or so when doing a full strip back to bare paintwork.


Tardis for removing tar. Again only used every six months or as necessary, but will remove wax.


Bilt Hamber soft clay, can be used with water as a lube. Only really needed every six months or even longer. Just use gentle pressure & keep folding the clay as it gets dirty.


Autoglym HD Cleanse. Used on a full strip back to remove all previous traces of wax.


Autoglym SRP to fill minor swirls on the paintwork as a prep for waxing.


Autoglym HD wax as a final stage product. Should last a good six months.


FK 1000P for wheels. Also used for paintwork as a Winter protection.


Autoglym Body Conditioning shampoo. Used for every wash.


Autoglym Express Wax used after every wash. Also known as Aquawax, but much cheaper to buy in 5L bottles and used to fill a spray bottle.


Lots of MF cloths & fluffy drying towels.


Autoglym Fast Glass for windows.


 I couldn't give you any current prices for these as I bought most of my stuff some time ago as many of them last a long time, but a quick Google search should help you find the best prices.

You can also get a discount from some retailers as a member of FOC, just search for discount codes.


If you have a few hours to spare then the Detailing World website and forums will give you LOTS more information :)

#275501 Fiesta St Mountune Upgrade.

Posted by andyedge on 16 July 2013 - 09:41 PM

New video



#262385 The Fiesta.... In The Media !

Posted by andyedge on 23 May 2013 - 08:35 PM

Auto Express hot hatch group test, Fiesta ST comes out on top :)

(Edit: video won't play on this site, you need to click the youtube link to play)


#247977 Car Cleaned Professionally 30/03/2013

Posted by andyedge on 30 March 2013 - 09:28 PM

Wow, that was minging before, looks a lot better now & you can't go wrong with AG HD Wax :)


But....for them to have properly washed it, dried it & also apply the HD Wax in less than 2 hours is pretty good going. Please tell me they had 2 people working on it as it takes me way more than 2 hours to do that on my own.

#246896 2013 Upgrades

Posted by andyedge on 26 March 2013 - 08:36 PM

Yup, mine too :(

Love the look of the wind deflectors though & the fact you can open the window slightly without any rain getting in.

#160792 Anyone Who Has A Fiesta Mk7 With Alloy Wheels Please Read And Vote.

Posted by andyedge on 12 January 2012 - 01:13 AM

Just to add another twist to the buckled wheels saga. Took my ZS TDCi with 17" Streetpack wheels in for her 2nd service & was told by my local Ford dealer that one of the front wheels was buckled. This was along with both front tyres being close to the limit & one of the rears having a nail in the tyre which couldn't be repaired.

I decided to get a new wheel & 4 new Bridgestone tyres from elsewhere as Ford's prices for these were far from the cheapest option, no surprise there :rolleyes:

The new wheel & tyres were fitted at a local garage who said they could not see any significant buckle in the supposed buckled front wheel. I asked them to fit the new wheel anyway & put the one remaining good tyre on this wheel as a spare.

So now I have an expensive full size spare thanks to Ford :angry:

So it may just be worth getting a 2nd opinion before replacing your "buckled" wheels.