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December 23, 2014
10:24 am
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Andi
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What do folk use to keep their ali bonnet/panels looking good?

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December 23, 2014
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I cheated and vinyl wrapped mine. Makes for easy repairs if I have a scrape.

December 23, 2014
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warm soapy water I am told is best for alloy.

Alloy has the advantage of lightness, and ease to work with, but it does tarnish quickly.

December 24, 2014
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Foxtrottransit said

I cheated and vinyl wrapped mine. Makes for easy repairs if I have a scrape.

Hmmm! What king of price is that? Im sure there are lots of variables but i`m assuming bonnet, rear and sides

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December 24, 2014
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Autoglym Metal Polish if you want to take the dullness away - see http://paul94-gbs-zero-build.b.....shing.html

December 24, 2014
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Cheers Paul,
That looks great, but still looks like labour intensive. Did you use a buffing machine?
I have just played around and done a test piece with some sisal mops and soap bars. It has come up like chrome but would take days to do.
As much as I like bling, I feel this would amount to certain slavery leaving no time to drive the car lol

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December 24, 2014
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The wrap was just over £400 and they came to my house and did it in my garage. All I did was leave the rear mudguards off and the front suspension off so it was easier to apply. Maintainance of it is just like paintwork so warm soapy water and wax polish.

Merry xmas

Matt

December 26, 2014
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Yes I did use a buffing machine where I could, but the elbow did take a pounding...

One other thing to note - cow sh1t and salt need to be avoided or washed off promptly to avoid tarnishing the panels. I only learned this last winter after a blast on a frosty morning. Got home put car away and went inside to get warm. Forgot about the car for a couple of weeks. It then took me hours to rub out the marks from the rear panel.

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