Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 14 Oct 2017, 16:32

Not a clue Jim, it is on Avalon Citroen (Wells) plates however.....so not travelled far.

If you want to get some white paint sorted I will do the touch ups for you.....I will treat the areas and zinc primer ready for next week.

Yeh, the paint should polish up and glaze OK.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2017, 16:41

OK, will do Alasdair... That will be absolutely lovely :)

Really appreciate what you're doing :D

What's the paint code? I'm sure Halfrauds will have it...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 14 Oct 2017, 18:01

EWP "Polar White".....non lacquer

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 14 Oct 2017, 18:16

Stickyfinger wrote:
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EWP "Polar White".....non lacquer


Just keep.the TFR well clear from it, or it will have it back to a totally Matt finish in seconds!

Happened to me with two different cars at hand car washes despite my asking the folks there not to use it...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 14 Oct 2017, 18:25

LOL, it could not be flatter if you painted it with Farrow & Ball Chalk ! :)

As Polar white is a lacquer free paint it will matt off very quickly....not really worried about using it as it will be compounded anyway and a sealer applied with the buffer machine/pad (also machine applied) prior to a full wax polish and an acrylic "finishing" cream.

I just cannot have a dirty car on my driver, it makes me twitch :)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 14 Oct 2017, 18:31

Interesting, not heard of the sealing phase...what would be used for that? Curious as currently three out of the four cars in my driveway have no clear coat, so anything that can help them shrug off the elements has to be a good thing.

My usual approach has always to be to polish back (usually Autoglym Super Resin polish) followed by the Ultra Deep Shine for the wax phase if I remember rightly.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 14 Oct 2017, 19:36

http://www.best-auto-detailing-tips.com ... alant.html

I use this mopped on after the compound (also G products) http://www.farecla.com/automotive/1-2-g ... s-enhancer then this as a base wax https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simoniz-SIM001 ... B003SEXTYY also mopped on followed by this to finish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/megui ... od_97.html

I use the cheep spray "detailer" to help polish off the powder and smooth the mop action when buffing the final finish.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 15 Oct 2017, 01:02

Cheers for that! Will look into those once I get home.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2017, 05:23

Stickyfinger wrote:
14 Oct 2017, 18:25
I just cannot have a dirty car on my driver, it makes me twitch :)


I do understand... I'm going to wash the Activa soon as it's looking very dusty and neglected now... I must do something as it had a card stuck under the wiper yesterday from a scrap dealer offering seriously good money for old cars!!! :lol:
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EWP "Polar White".....non lacquer
I had a white Xantia estate in Polar White and that was as flat as a witch's whatsit too... Must be the colour!

I'll get hold of some paint tomorrow Alasdair...

I must say I'm getting really excited about getting my new little car :D Can't wait to bring her to her new home!

After your hard work on her Alasdair I'm going to have to carefully look after her now :) I will ;)

I'm delighted she has a Somerset registration too :)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 15 Oct 2017, 08:32

Scrap mans card...LOL. Get a car cover Jim, you are hardly worried about some small scratches :)

Did the bonnet/roof last night.......it is coming on Ok.....I am just cleaning it really and removing the oxide, I am not taking every scratch out as I see no need to thin the paint to much. (It was VERY thin when applied anyway !)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 15 Oct 2017, 09:24

CitroJim wrote:
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This forum really is full of the most lovely people :) Very top amongst that number is James (Hell Razor 5543) :)


Even a grumpy git like me has to begrudgingly admit this to be true!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2017, 12:08

Michel wrote:
15 Oct 2017, 09:24
CitroJim wrote:
21 Sep 2017, 15:50
This forum really is full of the most lovely people :) Very top amongst that number is James (Hell Razor 5543) :)


Even a grumpy git like me has to begrudgingly admit this to be true!


I'll now wager James has turned as red as a beetrot upon reading that :rofl2: It's true though :)

It's been a good morning...

I ran in the Willen Hospice Lake Run 10K this morning and achieved a new 10K PB of 53m23s :)

This was a big fund-raising run ton raise much needed funds for our local hospice. Staggeringly it costs £10k a day to run and all must come from donations... It receives no other funding at all :shock:

This was the run detail:

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2112657618

Not only did I run it but also ran there and back to save the hassle of parking at the event! Over 20K ran - the equivalent of a half-marathon :)

I got this medal:
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After running parkrun and cycling 56 miles yesterday I'm now going to give my legs a rest and play cars for the rest of the day.

I'm going to run up the Activa and wash it and also wash the 207. I'll also be starting to give the Activa a pre-MOT and see what it needs to have done to stand a reasonable chance of a pass...

More later ;) Stay tuned...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 15 Oct 2017, 15:08

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2017, 16:09

A good afternoon spent on the cars :) Both cleaned inside and out...

I fired up the Activa and was happy to find all still works perfectly...

I started Pre-MOT checks and all so far is good...

I did take the Activa for a quick drive (along my private test track) to de-rust the discs and generally see that she drives normally and happily she does...

I'm not feeling the love though. She feels hugely big, heavy and awkward compared to the little Pug... There was no pleasure in it.

My days of driving big cars are definitely over...

Still, delighted at how both scrub up... When given a decent wash :)
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I did rather enjoy my time out with them and soon I'll have the spanners out on the Activa to check the rest over for the MOT.

I couldn't this afternoon as I'm now done for the day and quite exhausted. Now I must rest ;)

It's been a good day :D

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 15 Oct 2017, 16:57

CitroJim wrote:
15 Oct 2017, 16:09
A good afternoon spent on the cars :) Both cleaned inside and out...

I fired up the Activa and was happy to find all still works perfectly...

I started Pre-MOT checks and all so far is good...

I did take the Activa for a quick drive (along my private test track) to de-rust the discs and generally see that she drives normally and happily she does...

I'm not feeling the love though. She feels hugely big, heavy and awkward compared to the little Pug... There was no pleasure in it.


I'm sure you'd be surprised to learn that the Activa is less than 100kg heavier than the 207, has a lower roofline, and is nearly 20cm narrower than the 207. It is, of course longer, by 49cm, but that and the extra weight are the only things making it bigger. For me, the dozy hydraulics, the longer wheelbase and the heavier controls of the Xantia (all Xantias) make them feel a lot bigger than they actually are. The 207 is a lovely nimble car, if a bit bumpy to ride in!