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Old 17-02-2018, 09:50 PM   #1
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biggest mistakes......be honest!

been looking at the prices of 90's classic, hurting too as i sold a '89 205 GTi for a grand about 15 years back.

then i remembered what i once did to the paint work had some bird poo on it and as i was washing it - with a sponge and fairy liquid - it wldnt come off so got my mams green scourer on it

once it dried i realised what id done! so i rang a mate of a mate, cant remember who he was to be fair, and he came round with some G3 and polished it out! first experience of detailing.

didnt learn really tho, and i was still young - 23 i think.

next one was even better.....replaced the 205 with a 206 Gti on a W plate. gave 4800 for it as there was a tiny bit of rust coming through under the rear window.

this is the same time as wheeler dealers is taking off so i think i fancy a bit of this.

got the paint code from halfords and some primer and started sanding away with some sandpaper from wilkos! after a few layers of primer and top coat it was pretty obvious i'd ballsed it right up

so off i went to a Chips away place near me on the industrail estate. as i showed him it i didnt explain myself too well and he thought i was saying he did it he was that shocked he cldnt speak. i says 'no mate, i did it' and the relief was quite funny.

anyway a ton later and its sorted. the 206 was the last car i took to a swirlomatic too as it scratched the rear window.

great car the 206. till i wrote if off driving up the backside of someone at a t-junction who was waiting for a post card to come before finding a suitable gap to pull out into

What was your biggest detailing mistake!

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Old 17-02-2018, 10:01 PM   #2
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Mine was coming across this bloody site! lol
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Old 18-02-2018, 07:14 AM   #6
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In fairness because of this forum I have never made a massive balls up. My worst is probably where a bird on my car and I just left it for a week. Then when I finally washed it off. My word it took some scrubbing and also it had eaten away at the lacquer.

Second worst is probably a joint balls up. Once I let snow foam bake on in the sun and on a separate occasion I let iron fall out remover bake on in the sun. My word it is difficult to get them off!!!
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Old 18-02-2018, 07:56 AM   #7
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Not a detailing mistake but years and years ago when i had a bit of money round me i let a sierra cosworth 3 door go for £1500 as i wanted rid quick, these days worth upto 80k
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Many years ago I got carried away while using Tcut on my cavalier SRI and went straight down to bare metal. Luckily it was only on one small area but still not a good idea
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I bought some Meguiars MF cloths. Nice and soft, super nice. Except I left one of those tiny bits of plastic that held them together jammed in one of them. I didn't notice and off I went happily buffing away. I must have been super lucky as I don't think I managed to catch the paint with it. My heart sank when I saw it though - I'll never make that mistake again.
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Have a look at the end of the car cleaning gurus latest vid, lucky it was a cheap family car!

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