406 V6 Coupe

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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It's my day off work tomorrow so if the weather's behaving I think the 406 will be getting a thorough wash. I'm planning on using some Bilt Hamber korrosol which will remove any contamination from the paint (bonded on brake dust etc) ,then I'll be spraying the bottom half of the car with autosmart tardis tar remover, after this I'll give the paintwork a good clay barring to remove any other contaminants such as tree sap etc. If I get time I may even give it a going over with the rotary polisher. I'll get some pics up of the work.

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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Good stuff Mark and I admire you for washing cars at this time of year. I wimped out of just that job today despite the lovely warm sunshine we've enjoyed down here today...
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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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I've just washed the wife's freelander Jim, quite pleasant in the sunshine, let's see what tomorrow's like.

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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Up bright and early today to get the blingo washed and the 406 washed and machine polished, first off was give the wheels and arches a good clean then apply some Bilt Hamber korrosol to the wheels to remove any contamination, korrosol turns a reddy/purple colour and after five minutes is rinsed off. Surprisingly there really wasn't much come off.

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Next up a good wash and then rinsed and apply some more korrosol to the car, again not much contamination, surprising for a car this age.

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After a thorough rinse it was time for the claybar, using a weak shampoo mix as lube for the meguiars clay, this removed a small amount but nothing too serious, this car really has been looked after, I've known the clay to look really mucky even on newish cars. When the claybarring was finished the car was rinsed again then dried ready for machine polishing. The car was first machined with a combination of menzerna and 3M yellow top polish on a hexlogic orange pad, the finish was then refined using meguiars #205 polish on a 3M black pad which finished down lovely leaving a very nice depth of shine and improving the clarity. A coat of dodo juice rainforest rub wax was applied which I've not tried on the 406 before but I was very happy with the results, the tyres were dressed with finishkare Fk108as.

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Thanks for taking time to read this, any advice on polish/waxes etc just ask

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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Looking great Mark =D>

It's been a lovely day today. At lunchtime I could feel warmth in the sun. Shame I was stuck at work...
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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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It was nice here until about one then turned cooler, just managed to get the wax on before it turned too cold.

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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That looks a lovely job, often light metallic colours don't look anything special, but that certainly does. My VTS really needs doing, it feels quite rough to the touch and the amount of tar on the lower panels is amazing.
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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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Car looks superb!
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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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Thanks David. Fake concern, get some tar remover and an old microfibre cloth or soft rag, this will make a difference, don't forget to rinse it off really well after, if not it will destroy the claybar, then clay the car with plenty of lube, the paintwork will be transformed.

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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The coupe gets a chance to stretch it's legs today, it's out of the garage and just been washed. I may have plans afoot soon to possibly selling the blingo and using the 406 for the summer. The reason is it just rides so well and is just so comfortable compared to the blingo with its hard ride, there maybe something else appearing so watch this space.

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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Tell me more about the Berlingo... I can't remember which model you have..

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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It's a 2009 mk3 1.6hdi 75bhp van, great vehicle but the Pug is so comfortable, I'm just debating what to do with #-o.

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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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bxzx16v wrote:It's a 2009 mk3 1.6hdi 75bhp van, great vehicle but the Pug is so comfortable, I'm just debating what to do with #-o.

Mark
Ah, shame it's a van. My missus is making noises about changing our 04 plate Multispace for a newer one. I personally think, now it's been valeted properly, it's still utterly spotless and in VGC apart from the sodding suspension knock.

I say keep it ;-)
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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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The_Hairdresser wrote: I say keep it ;-)
I say so too... Better the devil you know...
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Re: 406 V6 Coupe

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I probably will, it's just that I've fallen for the coupe and the V6 burble and it's so addictive. I'll more than likely use the coupe as much as I can through the spring and summer. I was missing the Zx16v but this V6 really has won me over.

Mark