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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Deanxm » 04 May 2012, 17:19

he's joking right? the guy detailed his Dyson [-X , note to self, must go outside more...................

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by CitroJim » 04 May 2012, 19:49

Deanxm wrote:he's joking right? the guy detailed his Dyson [-X , note to self, must go outside more...................


:lol: :lol: :lol: Lovin' it...

Wonder if he'd come and do mine. Mine really looks battered and rough. I guess it's been used too many times in the workshop...

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 04 May 2012, 20:36

If i ever start talking about detailing hoovers etc please feel free to delete my post :lol:

I like restoring things as much as the next guy but seriously.....find something more interesting to do with your time :oops:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Citroenmad » 04 May 2012, 23:40

DickieG wrote:
Deanxm wrote:MMMMMMM ford granada light lenses, yummy lol

Don't you mean upside down Rover SD1?


They are aren't they :lol:

Still, a TVR Griffith has upside down Vauxhall Cavalier mk3 rear lights and a Cerbera Fiesta mk3 rear lights.

Doesn't a Jag XJ220 have Rover 200 rear lights hiding behind grills?

Nice bit of parts sharing :lol:


Detailing a Dyson, hmm, that must be a joke? :shock: 8-[

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by DickieG » 05 May 2012, 00:48

What is detailing? :?

Is it another name for Cleaning?

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Citroenmad » 05 May 2012, 00:55

It is Richard, cleaning to the extreme :lol:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by CitroJim » 05 May 2012, 10:17

Citroenmad wrote:It is Richard, cleaning to the extreme :lol:


Indeed. You might say I detailed my cooker this morning :wink:

In fact I detailed my whole house. It was worse than a pigsty after my extended bout of overtime and weekend working.

I'm off to detail the workshop next...

It looks like the Somme... As does my garden. That'll need detailing soon too...

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Post by addo » 05 May 2012, 10:21

I once dismantled the range hood and spent a weekend cleaning it. By the sound of things, you'd understand. :lol:

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Post by CitroJim » 05 May 2012, 10:27

addo wrote: By the sound of things, you'd understand. :lol:


I most certainly do :)

I have a touch of OCD in many areas and I doubt that surprises anyone on here really :roll:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by davetherave » 05 May 2012, 11:10

I think we had an idea Jim, your idea of a catastrophic LHM leak is around a single drip isnt it? For me it requires at least constant flow!

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Deanxm » 05 May 2012, 12:08

DickieG wrote:What is detailing? :?

Is it another name for Cleaning?


No, cleaning is what you do when something is dirty, detailing is what you do when something is clean :lol:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by XantiaMan » 05 May 2012, 23:04

DickieG wrote:What is detailing? :?

Is it another name for Cleaning?



Its an american term for valeting.

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by red_dwarfers » 05 May 2012, 23:09

Interesting, so I've been misusing the word!

I always used it near enough in the way that Dean said :lol:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 06 May 2012, 21:53

Detailing is dependant on who you are talking about and what the person wants doing to their car. A large proportion of people post up that they have detailed their cars when it is clear they have just done a valet...handwash and wax...aka cleaning. Like the works van i cleaned up :wink:

Thats why my sideline is called refinishing...The process of removing as many imperfections as possible restoring the finish to as close to factory as you can. Today i noticed a bunch of scratches and marrs in the bonnet of the Xantia in direct sunlight. About 2 hours work later these have been permanently removed via machine polishing with a variety of compounds and pads. That is the real idea of refinishing. It is the process of restoring as close to factory finish the appearance of the car through a variety of processes and products.

Im not interested in flying the flag of the larger detailing community which from what i can see is largely filled with nonsense....For example, I read a post earlier on from some guy who wanted to know what he should buy with a budget of £200.....Whats the point in that? You can buy the machines and products but you then have to know what to do with them or else its just "stuff" in your shed.

What i get my kicks from is the restoration aspect of whatever im working on.

I cant get enough of my two favourite shows..American Restoration and Chasing classic cars.....both feed my desire for fixing things up :)

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 13 May 2012, 18:13

OMG im sooo tired :shock:

Ive just got home from doing the Lotus Excel......bigger job than i anticipated....

The car was booked in for a single day vehicle enhancement.....Usually takes about 7 - 8 hours dependant on condition. Anyway.....armed with my new DA polisher and Rotary in tow i loaded the boot with my arsenal and set off looking for an 8 o clock start. I got started at 8:45 once he turned up and we had a chat about what he wanted and discussed problem areas etc.

Firstly, the car was worse than i remembered it (usually the case) and being a fibreglass car dumbly i thought it would be quite a soft finish which would come back quite easily. Couldnt have been further from the truth :shock:

The paint is red and not laquered....naturally it had bad oxidisation on all the verticle facing surfaces which are also the biggest :roll: Eventally the cer demanded 3 passes with the rotary using a heavy cut compound and compounding pad, then a single pass with the DA and Meguiars ultimate compound. After washing it again i still wasnt 100% with it so gave it a single hit all over with Menzerna final finish on a finsihing pad then topped it off with a single coat of Meguiars Tec Wax. Finally, i was happy with it :wink: Serious graft !

I got finished after the usual other areas were cleaned at 16:30 and went to pick the owner up.

Upon the garage door opening his single response was WOW ! So i guess i did a good job then :)

Pics to follow.....