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Old 05-13-2013, 03:02 AM   #1
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She's finally back.....

....ok, i know this is technically a 'show and tell' thread but i am soooo pleased to have it back. Restored to full original glory.

6 weeks in the body shop, full bare metal respray. New nuts bolts rivets brackets, clamps etc etc.

Totally stock and now not a single stone chip, dink, dent or scrape.

Not eveyones cup of tea but it's rocking my world!


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It looks SWEEEEET! Worth the wait.
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I wish mine looked that clean!
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:52 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, every panel gap has been adjusted for perfection and i am dead fussy about really clean lines, hence the de-badge. Im really please with the result, it certainly got alot of attention on the roads this weekend.
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She does look sensational and, I'm sure, worth the wait!
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Very nice! Looks perfect.
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Looks very Shagoir-faire !
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T-man, SS, thanks guys
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JD - that's a ringing endorsement. Cheers
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Looks beautiful!
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I'm assuming she is Ocean Blue metallic with Savanna beige interior - my favourite colour scheme for a 986 (OK - mine is the same combo). Let me recommend Dr. Color Chip for the little stone chips and road rash that will eventually occur (I know, you don't want to thnk about that yet). I've had great luck with it - it easy to use, doesn't stand proud like touch ups with match sticks/brushes and the colour match on my car is outstanding.

Now that you have her back (and back in near-new cosmetic condition), enjoy!

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:16 AM   #12
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SS, thanks for the tip, I will definitely look into that.
It's actually Midnight Blue metallic (just poor lighting and an iPhone).
The interior is Monople Blue.
I addressed the IMS in January with the LNE retrofit kit, replaced the RMS and clutch at the same time. Flywheel was fine.

I know there will be other things along the way but thats what you get with any 11 year car, albeit with added P-tax.

You may have spotted the exhaust bypass pipes as well.
Similar to Fister for you guys but I found a place close to me in the UK who performed the surgery. The sound it's incredible to be honest.

I have a long wish list of things to do but I have a long time as well. I don't plan on selling.

Thanks everyone for the kind and positive feedback. It makes it all worth while.
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Get thee to the clear bra shop.

The previous owner who only logged 9K miles had it done on my car.
Not one paint chip for nearly 6 years until I swapped bumpers.
There were markings on the clear bra but you really didn't notice them since there was
no paint discoloration. I have a body shop close by that does a pretty good of painting the
bumpers cheap. But the next time I have the metal repainted I'm definitely going to have it done again. Judging by the YouTube clips it sounds like a skill worth picking up because the labor rate to do it is kind of high for a basic panel type car like the 986/996. For a car with more intricate lines, cut-outs, ducting certainly not easy.

Car looks great. If you can get FK 425 polymer spray from FinishKare over there I highly recommend it for dark colored cars. Once you've waxed your car with whatever type of wax you like and its dried fully, the 425 spray leaves a teflon finish for the paint which makes it harder for dirt to stick and easier to clean. Once you've run your fingers across the paint you'll know what I'm talking about. I've not seen that property in any other over the counter or boutique brand detail spray. I buy it by the 1 gallon jug from www.autogeek.net
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Great stuff- thanks PL. sage advice as always .
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SS, thanks for the tip, I will definitely look into that.
It's actually Midnight Blue metallic (just poor lighting and an iPhone).
The interior is Monople Blue.
I addressed the IMS in January with the LNE retrofit kit, replaced the RMS and clutch at the same time. Flywheel was fine.

I know there will be other things along the way but thats what you get with any 11 year car, albeit with added P-tax.

You may have spotted the exhaust bypass pipes as well.
Similar to Fister for you guys but I found a place close to me in the UK who performed the surgery. The sound it's incredible to be honest.

I have a long wish list of things to do but I have a long time as well. I don't plan on selling.

Thanks everyone for the kind and positive feedback. It makes it all worth while.
Looks lovely, what wax are you using to protect the finish?

Isn't the interior Metropole blue?
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Hi Michigan,
Thanks buddy, ha ha yeah- that would be the colour! It's been one of those days.

I've always been a fan of Poorbys and Chemical guys. I use Poorboys Natty Paste blue, followed by Poorboys black hole to eliminate swirls and usually top it off with jetseal.

However Perfect Lap has given me an alternative regime. I'm always open to new suggestions, especially from dedicated owners and fellow enthusiasts.
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ultra clean! Ithink I may debadge after seeing your rear
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Hi Michigan,
I've always been a fan of Poorbys and Chemical guys. I use Poorboys Natty Paste blue, followed by Poorboys black hole to eliminate swirls and usually top it off with jetseal.

However Perfect Lap has given me an alternative regime. I'm always open to new suggestions, especially from dedicated owners and fellow enthusiasts.
I've used those same ones, great products. Keep using them if you feel the intervals you like keeping are not promoting more swirls. The product I recommended merely goes on top as a final 'locking in' touch. Not really a sealant though, just a longevity product of sorts to keep the 10/10's final shine from going to 7/10's to quickly. But the towels are the bigger culprit, from now on the long nap like the Griots blue and green (I'm sure others make a similar towel, probably on Poorboys' site) are the only towel that touch metal, followed by a proper buffing/concourse towel. The typical microfiber towel sold in packs at autostores is now for bumpers, wheels and interior only.
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I'm on the case with towels first thing tomorrow.
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Supernice car, prob cleanest on the board!

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