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Gleammachine 24-10-2016 08:38 PM

Original 1995 Mini Cooper: Gleammachine-Essex based professional.
 
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I was recently graced with this rather special commission, a 1995 Mini Cooper with original paint and a mere 488 miles on the clock from new.
Having been parked up in a garage for many years, with various covers over it, the car was an outstanding find for my client, all rubbers and trim in tact with just the rear silencer box needing replacement, no doubt rotting from moisture within.
Where the car had been covered, it had left its mark on the paintwork, and evidence of someone attempting some hand polishing with good old T-Cut or alike.
The paint depth readings were all healthy and averaging 140 um, being mindful of the originality of the car, a sympathetic approach was taken to the machine polishing side and clearcoat removal was kept to a minimum whilst removing a good 90% of the defects, and restoring the paintworks gloss and clarity.

Typical defects below with some before and after comparisons.

A brief comparison video.

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The machine polishing was completed over the course of several days, followed by:

*Paintwork primed using Carpro Essence.
*layer of Britemax Vantage & then a further layer of Zymol Atlantique.
*Rubbers and plastics treated with Gyeon Tire.
*Britework polished with Mothers metal polishes.
*Alloys sealed using Collinite Insulator wax.
*Finally a wipedown with Koch Chemie Quick Detailer.

Finished Results.

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Thanks for looking, comments welcomed and appreciated.:thumb:

Bristle Hound 24-10-2016 09:32 PM

Don't make 'em like that anymore

Greta find & fab work to restore it to as new condition :thumb:

James_R 24-10-2016 09:42 PM

Cracking car - lovely work Rob

fozzy 24-10-2016 10:47 PM

Beautiful example, cracking job there buddy

dave-g 24-10-2016 11:09 PM

amazing find for someone there! lovely colour and example of these.

fantastic work mate, great finish.

chongo 25-10-2016 12:22 AM

Nice little car that Rob. Never seen a blue one like that before, is it a special addition?

you done a great detail on that one mate:thumb:

tonyy 25-10-2016 07:45 AM

Stunning :thumb:

Bill58 25-10-2016 07:52 AM

That's a great job.

Boostaholic 25-10-2016 09:28 AM

Lovely job on a rare car strange the roof isn't white though?

Im after a classic mini but the prices and my fear of rust is putting me off :lol:

As said top work bet the owner was happy :thumb:

WHIZZER 25-10-2016 09:37 AM

That's lovely

Gleammachine 25-10-2016 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Bristle Hound (Post 5218526)
Don't make 'em like that anymore

Greta find & fab work to restore it to as new condition :thumb:

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Originally Posted by James_R (Post 5218532)
Cracking car - lovely work Rob

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Originally Posted by fozzy (Post 5218583)
Beautiful example, cracking job there buddy

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Originally Posted by dave-g (Post 5218600)
amazing find for someone there! lovely colour and example of these.

fantastic work mate, great finish.

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Originally Posted by tonyy (Post 5218692)
Stunning :thumb:

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Originally Posted by Bill58 (Post 5218693)
That's a great job.

Thanks chaps :thumb:

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Originally Posted by Boostaholic (Post 5218722)
Lovely job on a rare car strange the roof isn't white though?

Im after a classic mini but the prices and my fear of rust is putting me off :lol:

As said top work bet the owner was happy :thumb:

The owner did say he considered painting the roof white, but then decided against it. Turns out the original owner opted for the body coloured roof, opposed to the white.

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Originally Posted by chongo (Post 5218644)
Nice little car that Rob. Never seen a blue one like that before, is it a special addition?

you done a great detail on that one mate:thumb:

Thanks mate, as far as I know its not a SE, the colour is Tahiti Blue.

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Originally Posted by WHIZZER (Post 5218727)
That's lovely

Thanks Bill.

unique detail 27-10-2016 10:13 PM

Rare to find one with that mileage Rob looks better than new now..top work.

stangalang 28-10-2016 05:51 PM

Do love these things, great job and super cute car

Natalie 29-10-2016 08:51 PM

Original 1995 Mini Cooper: Gleammachine-Essex based professional.
 
Beautiful example, probably better now than when it left Longbridge!

I've always wanted a Tahiti Blue one :argie:



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Natalie 30-10-2016 09:06 AM

Just stumbled on a programme about the Mini on ITV4 :)

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TonyH38 30-10-2016 09:13 AM

What a superb example, and a fantastic job done.

Summit Detailing 30-10-2016 09:24 AM

Lovely in every respect:thumb:

Chris

Mumbles 30-10-2016 03:55 PM

Stunning finish, love that colour!

Great work.

Chris

Prkns 31-10-2016 12:45 PM

Beautiful. Awesome work!

Just makes me want to get a real Mini even more!

JayMac 31-10-2016 12:54 PM

Class looking, what a find!


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sm81 31-10-2016 01:08 PM

Koch chemie's detailers ph is 2.5. Doesn't it damage LSP?
Great work:thumb:

Gleammachine 31-10-2016 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by unique detail (Post 5220045)
Rare to find one with that mileage Rob looks better than new now..top work.

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Originally Posted by stangalang (Post 5220368)
Do love these things, great job and super cute car

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Originally Posted by Natalie (Post 5220924)
Beautiful example, probably better now than when it left Longbridge!

I've always wanted a Tahiti Blue one :argie:



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Originally Posted by TonyH38 (Post 5221094)
What a superb example, and a fantastic job done.

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Originally Posted by Summit Detailing (Post 5221100)
Lovely in every respect:thumb:

Chris

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Originally Posted by Mumbles (Post 5221211)
Stunning finish, love that colour!

Great work.

Chris

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Originally Posted by Prkns (Post 5221743)
Beautiful. Awesome work!

Just makes me want to get a real Mini even more!

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Originally Posted by JayMac (Post 5221752)
Class looking, what a find!


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Thanks for the comments all.

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Originally Posted by sm81 (Post 5221759)
Koch chemie's detailers ph is 2.5. Doesn't it damage LSP?
Great work:thumb:

Thanks, but not sure I follow you? Koch Chemie Quick Shine is a maintenance detailing spray that preserves the finish and doesn't affect the wax or coatings.

sm81 31-10-2016 02:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Gleammachine (Post 5221784)
Thanks for the comments all.



Thanks, but not sure I follow you? Koch Chemie Quick Shine is a maintenance detailing spray that preserves the finish and doesn't affect the wax or coatings.

OK. I thought that you were using Koch Chemie FSE detailer.

Cy-Zuki 31-10-2016 03:06 PM

Fantastic job and what a lovely colour!

youngwangie 31-10-2016 07:59 PM

WOW Great job

gav21041981 05-11-2016 01:56 PM

Nice job. Rare find that one

TheMattFinish 06-11-2016 11:51 PM

awesome work Rob!
Do love the old school minis

Mrbeast 07-11-2016 12:44 AM

Awesome!I loved!

B0DSKI 07-11-2016 04:11 PM

Top job that Rob

macca666 27-11-2016 07:55 AM

Great job there Rob it looks stunning as others have said probably better than when it left the factory.

The Tahiti blue looks stunning and I prefer the body coloured roof rather than white it makes it that bit different.

Was there not anything needing done with the interior it would have been nice to see some interior shots I love the retro look of cars of that era :thumb:

Beau Technique 27-11-2016 08:07 PM

Lovely bit of kit Rob.
Looks really nice.
Got a 50's/60's original with 32k on the clock to dabble with in the new year and quite looking forward to it.

Gleammachine 28-11-2016 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Beau Technique (Post 5236523)
Lovely bit of kit Rob.
Looks really nice.
Got a 50's/60's original with 32k on the clock to dabble with in the new year and quite looking forward to it.

Thanks Scott, really enjoy working on these, make for a nice challenge and plenty of interesting curves and areas to tackle. Look forward to seeing the Morris next year :thumb:

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Originally Posted by Cy-Zuki (Post 5221810)
Fantastic job and what a lovely colour!

Thanks mate.

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Originally Posted by youngwangie (Post 5221967)
WOW Great job

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Originally Posted by gav21041981 (Post 5224308)
Nice job. Rare find that one

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Originally Posted by mattthomas (Post 5224976)
awesome work Rob!
Do love the old school minis

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Originally Posted by Mrbeast (Post 5224991)
Awesome!I loved!

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Originally Posted by B0DSKI (Post 5225249)
Top job that Rob

Thanks Guys.:thumb:

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Originally Posted by macca666 (Post 5236163)
Great job there Rob it looks stunning as others have said probably better than when it left the factory.

The Tahiti blue looks stunning and I prefer the body coloured roof rather than white it makes it that bit different.

Was there not anything needing done with the interior it would have been nice to see some interior shots I love the retro look of cars of that era :thumb:

Thanks Macca, the interior was unbelievably "as new" so little work was required in that area.

No_Fear 29-11-2016 02:14 PM

nice little monster.great work

Mr Gurn 29-11-2016 03:25 PM

488 miles..... thats crazy!

Brilliant job.... i bet thats worth a fair bit too!

Bigp 30-11-2016 08:16 PM

Looks awesome! What a lovely original example.

Gleammachine 04-12-2016 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by No_Fear (Post 5237291)
nice little monster.great work

Thanks mate.

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Originally Posted by Mr Gurn (Post 5237321)
488 miles..... thats crazy!

Brilliant job.... i bet thats worth a fair bit too!

Thanks mate, I've no doubt this will only go up in price with the mileage and originality.

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Originally Posted by Bigp (Post 5238143)
Looks awesome! What a lovely original example.

A true time warp moment detailing it.

getthewheelsinl 05-12-2016 11:28 PM

Looks great - great job!!

Big Bru 06-12-2016 05:32 PM

Love seeing these mini's amazing work as always!

phooeyman 05-01-2017 01:03 PM

very nice, Shame the roof isn't still original factory white!!

Gleammachine 08-01-2017 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by phooeyman (Post 5256958)
very nice, Shame the roof isn't still original factory white!!

The roof is original paint, just not done in the typical white like most, maybe makes it a rarity?


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