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Old 22-01-2018, 04:25 PM   #141
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I wasn't saying it as a negative and it does look lovely just a suggestion
Sorry - I hadn't taken it as negative - I just wanted explain why I chose it and would like to keep it the way it is. Its only an Aluminium skin so there isn't any scope to modify.

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Old 23-01-2018, 12:38 PM   #142
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Anti-squeak/anti-rattle felt tape arrived - I've applied a 10mm bead all the way round the outside edge. I'm not convinced any contact is made here but just to be sure.







I've also run a beed of silicone sealant inside each recess for the metal bars, smeared them in a film of silicone and re-inserted them - ensuring all cavities are filled. Previous squeaks here eliminated




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Old 23-01-2018, 01:25 PM   #143
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I've been thinking about what to do with the top side of the net thats slightly faded due to UV. I've already flipped the net so this is now underneath and the pristine side on top - however I'm considering painting/dying the faded side in situ with a fabric dye/paint such as this:

https://www.fabricspray.co.uk/shop/u...ck-fabric-dye/
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Old 23-01-2018, 02:10 PM   #144
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Final stage was to fit the upper frame. I applied a bead of sealant along all the edge clips/contact points on the upper frame and filled all the post holes on the lower frame - then firmly pressed/clipped the two together - done!.

Initially there was an obvious improvement - however as the sealant has dried its become almost completely silent. In hindsight I'd apply more sealant at each post hole (avoiding the net fabric) to ensure total coverage at each contact point, but theres definitely no need to go ever the top with the quantity of sealant.

For £35 - 40 and a little effort - Very happy!

Once dry I need to clean the frame and fabric net to remove some staining and grime - just about visible in the images here.






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Old 24-01-2018, 02:18 PM   #145
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Last night I gave the shelf a clean using a strongly diluted solution of BiltHamber surfex HD/water - saturating the fabric then lightly agitating with a detailing brush.



Wiping with a micro fibre lifted a disgusting amount of dirt/grime considering! - followed this with a light rinse with water, a pat dry before cleaning the frames with IPA. I created microfibre/grime art - an owl and dragon!



After the shelf had dried there was still evidence of staining in the mesh fabric so I repeated the the clean with surfex HD. After speeding up the drying process with a hairdryer no more stains visible.

For protection I've treated the Plastics with Gtechniq C6 Matte Dash and the mesh with Gtechniq I1 Smart Fabric. Hopefully the hydrophobic coating of the later will make the fabric easier to wipe clean, prevent staining and protect from spray when cleaning or rain.


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That's a very happy looking dragon, having been freed of the net
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Shelf is is now ready to fit to the car. The hydrophobic qualitiy of Gtechniq I1 Smart Fabric is fantastic! - which should help preservation. Gtechniq C6 Matte Dash has also restored a lovely finish to the plastics too!

I did a water beading test - droplets role around like marbles and just blow off!





Plastics looking good!






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That looks perfection, fantastic job
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Keep toying with a TT. i have two boys aged 7 and 5, what they like for space in the rear as i can't remember what they are like and just wanted a real world experience reply rather than me looking at one and deciding
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I haven't any experience on rear seat space practicallity as the Quattro Sport I have has a model specific factory rear seat delete - so its only a two seater. Other opinions appear to be that the rear seats are not practical. The load area however is more practical than you would think - especially with the seats (if fitted!) folded flat.

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