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Old 08-09-2018, 11:30 AM   #1
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Ford Focus Tidy Up

Morning all,

We picked our new (to us) car this week, an 07 plate, petrol 1.6, Zetec, Ford Focus for my partner. Sheís had her Ka for 3 maybe 4 years now so it was time for a change before it decides to disintegrate into a pile of rust and plastic on my drive. In fairness the Kaís not in bad shape and has had all the welding done and we always looked after it:



But it just isnít big enough for us and dog anymore. I have also decided my cars too nice to put the dog in, so something was required.

Weíve been on the look out for something bigger, with ok miles for a while and when this turned up it made great sense. Thankfully my dads in the motor trade so when this came in part exchange, we went for it.





Mechanically the cars in great shape, no knocks, runs lovely and drives well. On the whole the body works in good condition (one wing aside, which is badly painted) but in need of a decent polish and clean. The interior, however, is grot. Human slim, suspect stains, grime and the best part of 11 years of dirt everywhere.













So the plan is to tackle the interior today. Going proper budget, but where I am financially poor, I am time rich, so going to take my time and itíll come out fine. Products mainly been in the garage for years or found under sink.



That said if itís not coming up Iíll borrow a steamer and wet vac from someone so no stress there.

Once itís dry out Iíll get a few more exterior shots. Hoping to get at it tomorrow in my dads workshop which Iím excited about. More to follow there.

As per any car weíve had I always do a big shop of bits to tidy it up and make the most of the car so on order we have;

- Front and Rear Dash Cam
- Allegedly Genuine Rubber Matts
- Rubber Boot Liner
- Dog Guard
- Bluetooth hands free kit
- Aux Cable
- Service Bits
- Replacement Door Handle

The only bits thatís arrived are the door handle, I needed the lock cover, but couldnít get it in itís own but for £12 I managed to get the whole thing in the correct colour. This is now on the car.






Also you can see some serious ring scratchís to be sorted.

Anyway, finishing my brew and about to get stuck into the interior, wish me luck!






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Half a seat done!

Always amazes me how much grime comes out!


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Thats going to be a tidy motor once you have finished
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More or less done for the day.

Also gone over the car checking for any bits that need sorting and done a few odd bits, mainly bulbs and checking oil etc. I have found the following though;

- gearstick gaiter clips broken.
- number plate light needs replacing but screws rounded.
- small patch of rust on the bottom of the wheel arch.

Nothing major but will get them sorted ASAP.



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Lovely Jubbly matey, hard work, I bet, your efforts are worth it.
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Looking really good fella, you will get so much satisfaction when it's all finished
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Got my dads workshop / showroom for the day so been hear since early getting the car read to polish. Now I thought he had a DA which I have used in the past; but thatís died so itís the rotary polish today!



Honestly a little hesitant to use it as Iíve seen some horror stories. Iíve used it a few times in the past so hopefully wonít add to the horror stories. Just going to take my time. *** LOL see below!

Anyway, car all cleaned and ready. Pre wash with traffic film remover, pressure wash, 2 bucket method, pressure wash off suds, tango as a drying aid, towel dry.



Noticed a few stone chips, which it was always going to have, itís done 80K nearly after all, but will order a touch up kit this week to sort the worst.

The main areas I want to sort today are the wings, ones badly faded and the overs mot great either. Also want to sort around the door handles which are all stretched. Iím not going for perfect correction, mainly because of not capable of that, but just want it to be shinny!

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Well the absolute worst has happened. The wing I said was badly painted must have been only dusted with paint. As one pass with next to no pressure has taken the paint. Absolutely livid, feel like having a cry.



Did a few test patches with no issues, so gutted. Off to get some paint to sort it, until I can get the wing done.

Hands up, Iíve messed up and am happy to admit it. Moral of the story is always use a paint depth gauge I guess.

Off to cry in a dark room!






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