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Old 17-02-2018, 10:01 PM   #11
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a few friends who said it would only last a couple of weeks blah blah blah
Guilty as charged. The Alfa was nice though.

It should come up a treat after we machine polish it
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Old 18-02-2018, 07:45 AM   #12
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Gave the car its first maintenance wash yesterday. It was absolutely filthy from where I had taken it off road the week before last. Also there was still a lot of the tyre grease from where the four new tyres had been put on. Eagle eyed viewers will notice my private plate has now gone on the car too. So here are the before photos

















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Old 18-02-2018, 07:50 AM   #13
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Now I didn't bother with any proper cleaning photos during the wash stage as we have all seen a car covered in snow foam/shampoo. I only think it is worthwhile when doing a full decontamination. However I did take some photos from where I had used iron fallout remover on the wheels as they had quite a bit of baked on brake dust, plus I love the bleeding look.



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So for the washing stage I used. AF avalanche (cherry). Garry Dean's perfect shampoo. Sonax BSD as a drying aid. AF revive on plastic trim and finally AF satin tyre cream. Here are the results. Would have been nice to have the sun on it but by the time I had finished the sun had gone behind the trees/houses. Oh and Brasso with a couple of microfibre clothes on the two exhaust tips. I will do a full polish up of the rear silencer at some point in the summer.

















I am pleased with the results. With it being the first time I have washed the car I can now tell that there are about six million tar spots down both sides on both paintwork and plastic trim. Is it still ok and safe to use tar remover on plastic trim?
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Old 18-02-2018, 09:07 AM   #15
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Looking good

Re the tar - next door neighbour used my AG tar remover on his mini and used it on the plastic trim pieces without any issues at all...

He was amazed at the difference and how easy it was to use.
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Comes up a treat, nice colour.

Don’t use any spray on tar remover on the trims, it bleaches them, ended up using autoglym or turps after seeing the results at my neighbours car using tardis.

These cars pick a lot of tar up for some reason, original mud flaps reduce that a bit.

They always get very dirty inside the back doors and the front bit under the bonnet.

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Looking good mate. Car cleaned up well.

Something I did was to transfer AG Tar Remover to a spray bottle, found it so much more effective than applying it to a cloth. It's not the most cost effective way of applying it, but it works well.

P.s. personally, I prefer the 'not particularly exciting' threads as they usually have the most dirty/clean turnarounds and they are people's daily drivers.

Keep up the good work.
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Very nice , enjoy
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After such a good start to ownership of the Kuga it all went downhill at the weekend. Car broke down a mile from home with the wife driving. It wouldn't engage into any gear when running. Had it recovered etc. Long and short of it is the slave cylinder had given up the ghost, in doing so it has contaminated the clutch too meaning that needs replacing as well. Also whilst doing all of that it seems crazy and false economy to not change the flywheel. So hello £900 bill!!!!
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After such a good start to ownership of the Kuga it all went downhill at the weekend. Car broke down a mile from home with the wife driving. It wouldn't engage into any gear when running. Had it recovered etc. Long and short of it is the slave cylinder had given up the ghost, in doing so it has contaminated the clutch too meaning that needs replacing as well. Also whilst doing all of that it seems crazy and false economy to not change the flywheel. So hello £900 bill!!!!
Ach nick. That's nuts. Sorry to hear that chum. If it's any consolation, the clutch and flywheel are a fairly common issue on cars these days, so at least yours is now future proof.

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