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Old 4th January 2018, 09:04   #21
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OK, today I washed in between the framework of the fuel filler flap with a toothbrush, after first removing it from the car, this was after removing all of the external chrome trims, wheel arch liners, bumpers and front wings, in order to give the car a good clean.

On the interior, I removed the door cards so I could vacuum inside the doors, and remove the side glasses to clean the parts you normally can't see.

Oh, and I removed the drivers door lock, took all of the tumblers from the barrel, washed and reassembled it, finishing off by polishing the stainless spring loaded flap, then refitting the escutcheon.

Does that count as excessive to anyone

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Nope, definitely not, the standard we should all strive for! That is what detailing is all about. I wish I had some of you guys' confidence and ability to really take things apart and know they'd not break or would go back in the right place properly, then there'd be no stopping me.

Keep those posts coming please, with photos if possible, they really inspire me and I'm sure others.
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Old 4th January 2018, 10:02   #22
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OK, today I washed in between the framework of the fuel filler flap with a toothbrush, after first removing it from the car, this was after removing all of the external chrome trims, wheel arch liners, bumpers and front wings, in order to give the car a good clean..............
I wouldn't have used a tooth brush - way too harsh.

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Did this a couple of years ago to the front end of the ZT



and also had the slam panel stipped and powder coated



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.........I wish I had some of you guys' confidence and ability to really take things apart and know they'd not break or would go back in the right place properly, then there'd be no stopping me.........
I know exactly what you mean. Engine cover, air cleaner and battery box is about as far as I dare go in the engine bay :



It all helps though, and every 6 years I pay a visit to Lates to get the belts done. While he's doing them, I take the opportunity to clean some of the parts that get removed in the process .




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.......... and also had the slam panel stipped and powder coated



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That's stunning and is something I'd love to do. I've wet sanded and polished mine, but the paint seems very thin and to do a proper job needs your approach . Getting it off would be no problem, but what about alignment with the bonnet catches when refitting? I'm fearfull that the bonnett would close, never to re-open .

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Quite easy, just mark where everything is with a bit of masking tape first, and measure height of crash beam before removing. Hardest part when I did mine was removing the little bolts from the radiator clips had to cut the plastic clips, then was able to get a set of mole grips on them and got new clips and bolts, and when re-assembled, put copper slip on them, and also used the old that were in slam panel, and put them back in panel that way the bolts were done and did not have to re-tap the threads. I am possibly going to get the ZTT slam panel and all the underside brackets on Gruple done in the next few months

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PS that engine bay of your looks better every time I see it
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Cheers Stu. Who knows, maybe when the warmer weather is here I'll be brave and have a go .

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I bet you never cleaned behind the wheel nuts ! Tut tut Brian, a bit slack lol
No, I did that today Les, after I took the tyres off to clean the wheela

However the parts I ordered last week arrived, so you can guess what is next on the list for the ZT



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On the subject of clean cleaning,just purchased some interior sandstone panels, Gave them a clean ready for fitting,not looking too bad,but what would be recommended for really, really, cleaning. Don't want to use something too harsh.
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On the subject of clean cleaning,just purchased some interior sandstone panels, Gave them a clean ready for fitting,not looking too bad,but what would be recommended for really, really, cleaning. Don't want to use something too harsh.
Baby wipes are a good start.
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On the subject of clean cleaning,just purchased some interior sandstone panels, Gave them a clean ready for fitting,not looking too bad,but what would be recommended for really, really, cleaning. Don't want to use something too harsh.
Vanish soap bar is good for interior stuff
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