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Old 09-11-2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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Ford Fiesta Super Sport 1.3 - Enhancement Detail finished with Auto Finesse Spirit

Today saw me travel to a very cold Cradley Heath to restore a bit of life into the paint on this very rare, Fiesta Super Sport 1300.

The car itself is in superb condition, but has been re-painted quite recently and was covered in holograms and swirl marks. It's being exhibited at the Classic Car Show at the NEC this weekend, so I had (only) 8 hours to do what I could with her, in preparation for the show... no pressure then, given how unforgiving the NEC's lights are!!

I arrived at 8am or so, and took a few pics of the car before I began...


DSC00792 by RussZS, on Flickr

What an engine bay...

Rubber looking a bit weathered:


DSC00793 by RussZS, on Flickr

Generally very clean:


DSC00794 by RussZS, on Flickr

Mint interior:


DSC00795 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00798 by RussZS, on Flickr

It was VERY cold, so not many pics of the wash process. I started with Smart Wheels on the tyres and wheels:


DSC00800 by RussZS, on Flickr

Washed with Optimum Car Shampoo:


DSC00801 by RussZS, on Flickr

Dried, then rolled inside:


DSC00802 by RussZS, on Flickr

There was no presence of tar or bonded contamination, as it hasn't been used much since the respray. IronX did very little too.

I then assessed the paint thickness - I knew it had seen paint, so was expecting readings to be high, but there was quite a range from:


DSC00843 by RussZS, on Flickr

to...


DSC00845 by RussZS, on Flickr

Now, time to see how swirly it is....


DSC00805 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00806 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00807 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00808 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00809 by RussZS, on Flickr

Wow...

I had a play with about 8 combinations before realising that I wouldn't be able to correct this to an acceptable level without a 2 stage polish. At this stage, I agreed with the customer, that I would concentrate my limited time on the bonnet and roof, then upper panels on the car, then would return in a few weeks to sort the lower panels. We took this decision given that it was going to the NEC.

I finally settled on Scholl for cutting and Megs for finishing:


DSC00815 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00817 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00825 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00828 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00830 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00832 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00835 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00837 by RussZS, on Flickr

A quick pic after polishing...


DSC00840 by RussZS, on Flickr

Random green tape shot


DSC00841 by RussZS, on Flickr

Some deeper scratches were left - these will be dealt with next time:


DSC00847 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00849 by RussZS, on Flickr

Spirit was applied and left for a few minutes before removing:


DSC00854 by RussZS, on Flickr

Revive used on rubber and some plastics:


DSC00857 by RussZS, on Flickr

Also:

- Optimum Metal Polish on the exhausts
- Mint Rims on wheels
- Crystal on glass
- CG NLTG on tyres

I'm a little disappointed with the 'afters' as the lighting was poor, it was dark outside and I had no tripod...


DSC00858 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00859 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00860 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00861 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00864 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00867 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00868 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00870 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00872 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00873 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00875 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00880 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00881 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00884 by RussZS, on Flickr


DSC00888 by RussZS, on Flickr

I was happy with the results, but would have loved to have spent 2-3 days on it to get it as near perfect as possible, but time constraints dictated otherwise. I spent a lot of time ensuring the bonnet and roof were in decent condition.

It was a superb car and a real pleasure to work on.

Thanks for reading.


DSC00891 by RussZS, on Flickr

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Top work there buddy was that a police car on the 3rd picture
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Top work there buddy was that a police car on the 3rd picture
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Nope, it was a Breakdown company vehicle...
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Top job mate

What a car
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Nope, it was a Breakdown company vehicle...
Arh ok then
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Loving this one Russ great correction in the time the wheels have to be my choice on classic ford I used to co drive my friend in one of these, looks fantastic now interior looks nice, smart wheels for me this weekend, keep up the good work great review as always, thanks for sharing

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stunning works as usual fella
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I would not be disappointed there, that's pure perfection, Russ you are getting very good at this detailing, each detail you do, gets better and better.

Love the car, thats a very rare classic, that was crying out for a over haul.

Thanks for taking the time to post, i enjoyed reading this one alot.
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Good work there russ the 50/50 panel shots say enough about what was achieved
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I would not be disappointed there, that's pure perfection, Russ you are getting very good at this detailing, each detail you do, gets better and better.

Love the car, thats a very rare classic, that was crying out for a over haul.

Thanks for taking the time to post, i enjoyed reading this one alot.
Trip, you always make me smile with your comments, but you are far too kind with them thank you though

I should be in a unit soon where I can control the lighting and environment, so I'll be much happier detailing. I was getting a touch frustrated today in that unit, but it's better than being out in the freezing cold, which I've done more than my fair share of.
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