Zelandeth wrote: ↑
16 Nov 2017, 23:44
It's a very reddish orange. Looks more or less red depending on the light, and is one of those colours that cameras seriously struggle with.
I think its fair to say that the Cutting had an effect on the colour of the car, which could be seen as a 'negative', but similarly fair to say it looks a 100%+ better in the second pic than it did in the first, so 'who cares' about the slight colour change: I only kept it for 6 months in 2008, and never had cause to paint it, so I’ve no idea how close to the factory colour it was in the latter pix / how far away in the former ones.
There are similar ‘after cutting’ photos taken on a different occasion, in a second location where it looks just as good by the way, its not a 'trick', either of the light or has any fancy software been used. Obviously the 'perfect' solution is a complete re-spray but in most cases, that's not practicable.
Michel wrote: ↑
17 Nov 2017, 20:12
ZX looks great! What did you use on the plastic panels? I've got a Grand Picasso with some minor scratches on that I'd like to polish out.
I used Autoglym Bumper & Trim Gel [with the green coloured square, the gel itself is a green colour, too] on the plastics.
Its good stuff, a bit pricey, specially for a tight wad like me who often tries to [and does] cut corners by using ‘unbranded’ stuff
...but like ‘proper’ Jubilee Clips and Heavy Duty Zip Seal bags, this is one of those cases where only the pricey stuff will do [to the best of my knowledge].
Thankfully, I'm still using that same bottle: I treat the exterior Bump Strips and Window Trims [plastics, not rubbers] about every couple of years and the Dashboard, Door Cards & small associated fittings about twice a year... even the steering wheel, VERY sparingly. Many will say to avoid the steering wheel as it can make it slippy, but with a cautious, sparing approach & commonsense you can do that too.
A stranger with a very well presented Vauxhall Corsa (life has taught me that there’s a following for all makes, even Vauxhall Corsa’s) recommended it to me and told me ‘you can buy an Interior Gel too, but don’t bother with that; this stuff will do that too, and is better’. Wipe it on with kitchen roll.
Only caveat is, if you keep it in a cold shed, stick it in a jug of warm water to use as you’ll use loads more than you need and it can elsewise be so thick that, like Ketchup, you'll have a job getting it outta the bottle.
....you may have seen the car Michel, if your memory's good and depending on whereabouts you live in Reading as the car was often parked on a main road in that area, nearly 10 years ago. I still get there, from time to time and am happy to drop by and give an opinion in person on best treatment of the minor scratches in the course of a planned visit (Whitley area) end of this month.... cost is a cuppa, of course !