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Aston Martin DB9

Our client had only recently acquired this iconic piece of engineering excellence and wanted the paintwork to really sparkle.

 

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We started by washing the wheels with a proprietary alloy cleaner to remove all traces of general road dirt and brake dust and then pressure washed them together with the wheel arches. After inspection we then went round with some G&T to remove the tar specks and then rewashed again, another inspection – “Clean”.

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We then moved onto the bodywork – starting with a pressure wash to remove most of the general dirt and then continuing on with the 2 bucket system and a selection of brushes before washing off again.

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After inspection of the paintwork to ensure all general grime had been removed we started the claying process to remove any and all contaminants from the paint surface and windows. When we were happy with the results the car was re-washed and dried using soft towels and a water dispersant.

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Whilst the exterior was drying we attended to the interior by firstly vaccuuming carpets, then the dashboard, vents, dials steering wheel etc. The leather was in good condition, so after a clean down it was all treated with a good quality leather feed. Finally after cleaning and checking the whole interior we moved onto the paintwork.

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We applied cleaner to the paintwork prior to applying a coat of Raceglaze 55 by hand. The metal flake really stood out in the sunlight.

Turning to the wheels we applied some Rim Wax – again to bring out the sparkle and also to seal the surface.

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We cleaned and dusted around the engine compartment and also polished the exhausts.

We cleaned and polished the windows, inside and out.

Another coat of Raceglaze 55 was applied by hand and prior to the final inspection we applied a finishing glaze, before calling the client – job done.

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Audi RS2

The fantastic Audi RS2 – what a very special estate car this is – apparently there were only 2062 made Worldwide of that only 182 were right hand drive. Nick Mason has one, Jamiroqui has one and so does our customer. This was the first and only RS built by Porsche. Top Gear has voted this car as number 6 of their best driving cars.

Our client bought his car some six months ago and drove it as it was for a short period of time before bringing it to us.

After some initial inspection and discussions we started “Our Bit” (as it turned out it was a big bit).

 

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The whole body was wetted from the waist line down and we attended to the alloys and calipers. These were firstly coated with a good cleaner/degreaser and left to dwell for a period of time, then pressure washed off. This removed the loose rubbish and general dust. Then we applied a fine acid to both wheels and calipers – yes they are red (Porsche) after carefully brushing the wheels and calipers they were gently washed again – perfect.

Now came the larger job, the paintwork. Althought his car is 15 – 16 years old the paint was still in good general condition, just a couple of chips. We started by applying a non caustic traffic film remover to the areas that were the most affected by road dirt, wheel arches, under bumpers, door shuts etc. and pressure washing it off, we then started the two bucket method of washing the full exterior and finally washing down again. Before we went any further we clayed the entire body to remove all the contaminents, as you can see from the photo’s the car had been standing outside for long periods of time, lots of mould on the window rubbers and most other crevices. This was attended to prior to washing the vehicle again. It was dried with soft cloths aided with a spray of last touch before being taken into our workshops.

During the time we were working on the car the client visited us on several occasions to see how it was progressing. He also spends some time on Detailing Forums. This car will, might just end up on an Audi one very soon, hopefully with a link to us.

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Whilst the car was drying we decided to start work on the interior, first a quick hoover to remove most of the general bits and pieces. The Nappa Leather was just grubby from general use so we applied a cleaner to the seat squab, leather surround and doors. Next was the dashboard area, fiddley places to get to at the best of times, however after some time cleaning with brushes, cloths and detail swabs it looked very good. All the door, boot and bonnet shuts were cleaned and dried before treating the leather trim on the interior which included seats and door cards and dashboard. Cleaned and polished the insides of the windows – shut the doors – done.

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Now was the time to mask up the exterior ready for machining.

We measured the paint depth throughout the whole of the vehicle and noted this carefully, with this age of paint you can’t be sure it hasn’t had work before.

Because the paint was quite flat we used a medium grade pad together with a heavy German compound and started with the bonnet. After a few passes we noticed the paint seemed to come alive again and we found some “shine”. Continuing along the wings to the doors, rear quarter panels, tailgate and finally the roof. Changing to a fine/medium compound we started again on the bonnet and through the rest of the panels. The depth of colour and gloss was fantastic and left the metallic sparkling, great finish. The bumpers were finely scratched, especially the rear, obviously where items had been put in and taken out. After a fair bit of time with the machine they looked like glass. We decided on applying 2 coats of DoDo Juice as final polish this really brought out the metallic flec finish. Turning to the wheels, which looked clean after being washed and dried, they were treated to a good application of Rim Wax, this really brought out the fantastic deep silver reflective shine in the alloy.

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The car was taken back to our wash area and given a quick blast off to remove the dust that had accumulated during cleaning and polishing, it was then dried and the exterior windows cleaned and polished – with a final wipe over we examined the paintwork and interior. “I’m happy” Job done – Get the client in.

Our client was very happy with the results, so much so that he asked if we could keep the car for a few days till the weather had improved. We did this for him, unfortunatly when he did collect it, it was snowing. He did however tell us that the car would be back in the new year for a “Top up”

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Porsche Boxster S

This Porsche was booked in through Mark Kessells of Summercourt for paint correction including a hood and interior detail.

On first inspection swirls could be clearly seen as well as a few deeper scratches over the vehicle, the most prominent scratches being on the hood cover.

We started off with the wheels, these were coated in a non acidic wheel cleaner and the faces were agitated as well as the insides of the wheels, with various brushes, as far as we could reach.

The hood was next to be targeted. The whole roof was rinsed down and a mild wash applied, agitated with a soft brush and then rinsed. Once the residue had been removed the hood was then patted dry. This process had to be repeated 3 times to achieve the desired result.

A good pre-soak with a degreaser was applied to the lower half of the bodywork, including the wheel arches and shuts. Once rinsed the vehicle was washed with a lamb’s wool mitt, rinsed and then dried.

 

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Once the vehicle was dried and with the aid of a lubricant we set about claying the whole car to remove the bonded contaminants including the windows and faces of the wheels. This left a smooth feel to the paintwork in preparation for the paint correction.

Once clayed the vehicle was then re-washed and dried.

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Mick started on the paintwork. The vehicle was masked up with 3m’s blue tape. A reading of the paint’s thickness was taken to give him an idea of what he had to play with and identify any post-production paintwork the vehicle may have had. He then set about removing the swirls from the bodywork. In some areas there were a few deep scratches which were removed as a result of wet flatting. Mick then applied a finishing polish, which removed the fine scratches, resulting from the first stage correction. This left an incredible finish to the vehicle ready for a sealant to be applied.

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I cracked on with the interior, which consisted of the carpets being washed, the leather being cleaned and then treated with a conditioner and the plastics attended to.

On first inspection the dirt on the seats could barely be seen, but as you can see from the 50/50 shot, this became clearly visible.

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The vehicle was then re-masked and the car covered, so that we could apply the hood reproofer, which aids in the protection against fading, sunlight and staining. Once applied the hood was allowed to stand for a while and once touch dry, the tape and the covers were removed from the vehicle.

The paintwork was then sealed which enhanced the metallic fleck in the paint, leaving a rich deep colour, which as you can see, looked stunning.

The wheels were sealed with a specially designed wax, developed to reduce brake dust build up, by up to 75%. The product contains Carnauba which is one of the hardest forms of wax available, to give that wet look finish.

With the final inspection and wipe down, the completion sheet was filled in ……………..…job done.

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MG TF Hood Detail

This MG TF was in need of a hood detail. The green algae had really set in.

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The water was penetrating the hood, offering no protection.

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With the hood suitably soaked and then an APC was applied and agitated to lift the grime and algae. The process had to be repeated a few times to remove all traces.

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Once completely dry and free of grime & algae, a hood sealant was applied. This will not only protect against water penetration, but will also protect in the build up of grime and algae in the future.

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As can bee seen the water rolls off without penetrating the surface.

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VW T5 Transporter

A Black T5 Caravelle was booked for a Protection Detail.

 

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The first job of the day was to wash the wheels, they were coated in a non acidic wheel cleaner and agitated with a soft brush to loosen the brake dust and general grime. As well as the faces of the wheels we cleaned the inside of the wheels.

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After rinsing the wheels a degreaser was applied to the lower portion of the vehicle, boot and door shuts, allowed to rest and then rinsed along with the rest of the vehicle to remove the loose debris from the paintwork. The vehicle was then washed using the two bucket method from top to bottom and then rinsed.

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With the aid of a drying agent the vehicle was dried with a mircofibre towel, along with the wheels and shuts.

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We then set about claying the whole vehicle including the roof, windows and wheels, this as you can imagine took a bit of time. These T5’s are quite a big beast.

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Once completed the vehicle was re-washed and dried in readiness for the pre-wax cleaner.
There were a couple of marks on the paintwork which the client asked us to remove. These were corrected prior to the pre-wax cleaner being applied.

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After the pre-wax was applied and removed we set about applying a high content Carnauba wax to the entire vehicle, including roof and bumpers. All painted areas got two coats of wax, applied by hand. As you can see the paintwork looked simply awesome.

The vehicle was vacuumed and the plastics were wiped down, windows cleaned and the tyres dressed.
With a final wipe down, we managed to get a few shots of the finished article before the client arrived to collect the vehicle…..….. job done.

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Mercedes B-Class

A local Sky installation company called AV Contractors booked their car in for full paint correction and interior detail. With the vehicle being about three and a half years old, the paintwork had begun to lose its luster. The decision was made to detail the vehicle, as the client was keeping it for the next few years and thought that the additional time and effort required for paint correction would be worthwhile.

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We started with the wheels which were pre-soaked with an alloy wheel cleaner, agitated with various brushes and rinsed.

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After the whole vehicle was rinsed down a degreaser was applied to the lower half of the vehicle including the arches, door and boot shuts and then rinsed. Using the 2 bucket method and a lamb’s wool mitt the rest of the vehicle was washed and then dried with the aid of a drying agent.

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Once dried, we proceeded to clay the entire vehicle including the windows and wheels. The vehicle was then rewashed and dried.

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We then assessed the paintwork and measured the paint with our depth gauge, this gives us an indication of the paintwork’s condition, for example if there has been any prior damage to the vehicle and any areas we may have to pay special attention to. Once the reading had been taken we set about masking the whole vehicle and then Mick proceeded with the correction process.

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Starting with the bonnet we applied a Meguiars medium compound with a medium grade pad as the vehicles’ paint finish was flat (not very good for metallics) and after a few passes increasing the machine head speed to start the cutting process. This finally brought the original finish and appearance back to the panel. We then continued to correct the remainder of the car, which took many hours. After a close inspection we were then satisfied that the paint finish was now fantastic. (Well I thought so).

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There was a fine scratch on the near side rear panel, close to the rear lens, which was removed with wet flatting and machining.

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We then applied a cleanser to the paintwork before applying good quality Carnuba wax polish to finish the process and bring a final, bright, deep lustre to the car.

The faces of the wheels were then polished and sealed with Rim Wax and the tail pipe cleaned and polished with Meguiars All Metal Polysh.

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Seats and carpets were washed, with special attention to the staining on the drivers seat. The plastics were then cleaned and dressed using various brushes and detailing swabs to get into those “hard to access” areas (vents etc).

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Leaving only the windows to be cleaned inside and out and the tyres to be dressed, the vehicle received a final inspection before some final pictures. The whole car sparkled.

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Mercedes A-Class

Monday morning

During mid September, this A-Class was booked in for full paint correction and interior detail by a local company called Lightbox Photographic.

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The client had just bought the vehicle after deliberating over this and a new smart car and after careful consideration the client opted for the A-Class. With only 20,000 miles on the clock the vehicle had been very well looked after by its’ previous owner and with an average of 2,000 miles a year on the clock, the interior was in remarkable condition.

We only had the Monday to carry out the paint correction, as it was going to the sign writers early Wednesday morning and the client needed the vehicle back at the end of the day as this was his only form of transport. It was due to be back with us Thursday for the exterior to be finished and the interior detailed.

The shots show that the paint had started to fade and had lost its’ lustre and with time against us, the vehicle was washed in the usual way with the two bucket system.

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We were instructed by the client to remove all the badges, excluding the 3 pointed star from the front and rear, in readiness for the decals and to give that clean look. We had also been instructed to remove the stone chip protectants, located just forward of the rear wheels as these had gone yellow. The decals would be covering this area in any case.

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With the vehicle washed and badges removed it was dried, before being clayed including the windows and the wheels.

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It was then rewashed, dried and allowed to rest before being masked up, ready for correction.

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Meter readings had to be taken of every panel prior to any correction taking place. All of the readings ranged from 112 to over 140 microns, giving a good base to work from.

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We started with a medium/fine compound with a medium weight mop, this was enough to bring the paintwork and scratched surfaces back to a good pre polish finish. The wheel arch eyebrows also took a lot of time and effort as visually they resembled fine emery paper. However in the end and some hours later the car was ready for the client to collect.

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The client returned later that day to collect the vehicle and due to return on Thursday for us to continue..

 

 

Thursday morning.

With the vehicle back in our possession, it was rewashed, dried and allowed to rest while the interior received our full attention.

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The seats and carpets were tired looking so we lightly dusted all the upholstery with a good upholstery cleaner and after some scrubbing it came up remarkably bright.

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Next we attended to the plastics. All the interior plastics were cleaned and dressed, also those hard to reach areas were cleaned with the aid of a detailing swabs and brushes.

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With the interior completed and dried, the paintwork was then treated with a pre-cleaner prior to the sealant being applied. Two coats of sealant were applied by hand to the bodywork and buffed to a high gloss shine – Exterior Paint Completed.

The wheels were sealed with Rim Wax which brought out the reflective metallic shine, this great product is also designed to combat the build up of brake dust.

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Next job was the windows, they were cleaned and polished inside and out and made to sparkle. Then the tyres and exterior plastics were dressed – the vehicle was now complete…………..great job done.

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We are pleased to say that the client was exceptionally happy with the results.

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Golf MK1 Cabriolet

This 15 year old Golf Mk1 Clipper Cabriolet was booked in for full paint correction, hood, interior and an engine detail. They have owned this vehicle for some 12 years and it only comes out during the very few fine days we have a year. The vehicle is in excellent condition and is a credit to its’ owners.

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The hood had been previously cleaned with a pressure washer and the tram lines left by the water jet can be clearly seen from the photos below. Had this been a cloth hood it would have most definitely been a write off, costing many thousands to replace. Also in some areas the hood had started to go green with mildew.

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The paintwork had medium to light swirls which I have tried to show on the pictures attached, but as you can appreciate this is very difficult on a white car. Some of the paintwork including the body kit was oxidised.

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The engine was the first job of the day. It was coated with APC, allowed to dwell and then agitated with a brush and rinsed. APC was then applied to the under side of the bonnet, agitated and then rinsed. Care was taken not to damage the original labels.

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The whole vehicle was rinsed after the wheels had been done and the hood was the next job to do.
A mild cleaner was applied to the hood and with the aid of a soft brush, agitated and rinsed. The hood dirt was very stubborn and the process had to be repeated many times as the grime had been there for many years and did not lift on the first couple of attempts.

The golf was then washed in the usual way, with the 2 bucket system, dried and then clayed, including the windows. The client did not require the wheels to be clayed or sealed as he’d just had the originals refurbished and these were going to be put back on the vehicle when he got home. Once we had clayed the golf, it was rewashed and then dried.

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The day was an absolute scorcher and the golf had to be pulled inside under cover before the vehicle could be masked up for the correction process to begin. Readings were taken of the whole vehicle, which were well over 150 microns. In some areas they were as much as 225 microns – this is some thick paint.

As we had already established there was a lot of paint on the car we decided to apply a medium/heavy Meguiars compound as there were areas that needed more than just light attention. Again we started with the bonnet and after some passes with the machine we inspected the paint and finish. It came out very well (good old German paint). We then moved onto the rest of the car with special attention to the wings and wheel arch extensions. These were especially oxidised and very flat. After we had machined these areas we inspected the vehicle again closely, they looked like glass, as did the rest of the car. Finally a coating of DoDo wax was applied by hand and machine finished, the end result was terrific.

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The interior was vacuumed, with the seats and carpets lightly washed as they were not at all bad. The plastics were then cleaned and dressed with the aid of swabs and detailing brushes. These allow us to get into all those hard to reach areas – in the vents and around the switches.

We then applied a sealant to the hood, dressed the exterior plastics and cleaned the windows inside and out.

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The end result was truly amazing, almost glass like, the client was suitably impressed………job done

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Lotus Elise 111R

This car was a new acquisition by its owner who only collected it from the previous owner “up country” two days earlier. With only 20000 miles on the clock the owner wanted to ensure that his new pride and joy would be in the best condition possible.

He searched the internet, found Motomotion and gave us a call. We arranged for him to visit us with his car so we could discuss his requirements.

A few days later the car was delivered to us and we began work, after taking some photo’s. You know the kind, before and after.

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The first job we did was to wash the whole exterior, we applied a non caustic degreaser to the lower half of the body and let it do its’ work while we got on with removing massive amounts of tar from the side panels, front grille area, and wings. While there, a good strong cleaner was applied to the wheels. After this it was pressure washed to remove the dirt and grime from the exterior, not forgetting the rear diffusers. We then rewashed using the two bucket method and a lambswool mitt, rinsed off and dried the car.

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Next we removed the bonnet fillet panels which allowed access to the vents in the bonnet as these were very grubby and access was difficult, also the radiator grilles. These areas were then cleaned with a mild degreaser and a selection of brushes, rinsed and dried.

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We then turned our attention to the engine and engine compartment, although this area was dry and oil free it was very dirty and dusty. As a mid engined vehicle it was difficult to access this area but after a couple of hours with various cleaners, brushes and a little water it looked great.

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Now the bodywork. Although initially it looked ok from a distance, there were a lot of scratches and dull areas. We first clayed the whole of the bodywork ensuring we got all the contaminants removed from the paintwork, especially around the bonnet and rear panels where it was especially heavy. We then rinsed the car off again and dried it before masking up.

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Time to get the Polishing Mop out – We started on the bonnet using a medium cutting grade compound with a hard pad as we needed to get down to good paint (Laquer) and through the scratches. After a few passes with the mop we changed to a medium head, continued over the same areas and were very pleased with the results – a good surface, clean and bright. We then continued over the rest of the panels in the same manner, not forgetting the bonnet fillets that were removed earlier. Approximately 10 hours later the machining was finished.

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After removing all the masking tape we applied a body wash to clean the paint prior to polishing. The polish we decided on was DoDo Juice, which was applied by hand and left to dry before buffing off. The results were great, the whole body now had a deep shine, glass like, and the metallics in the paint really stood out. It looked fantastic.

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All that was left to do was the interior. To be fair it wasn’t nasty, but it did need a refresh. We hoovered and cleaned the plastics with a good cleaner and spent a lot of time around the vents with swabs and small brushes. The leather seats were then cleaned and treated with a leather feed restorer, the same attention was then focused on the door cards. Just the interior of the windows to do now, there is not a lot of room in a Lotus Elise to clean windows but eventually this was done.

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Finally, the bonnet fillets were refitted, the exterior windows were cleaned, the external plastics and tyres were dressed, also the exhaust was polished. The paintwork received another coat of DoDo juice.

We then inspected the whole of the vehicle – well pleased.

We started taking some “after” photo’s, which were looking very impressive, suddenly the skies opened and you can see the results in the final photo’s.

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