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I use it as my primary polish, goes on easy by hand. no special treatment needed. I top coat it with a sealant to keep it fresh though. I use CarPro Reload spray as a top coat / sealant. works a treat!
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Cheers Jay. Never done any car detailing before so the out come will either give me the bug or send me to the local valet!
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Used this to stop the seat squeaking and creaking http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...quick-fix.html

Also had the scuff marks on my seat removed. It looked worse than the picture.

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Did you apply it by hand? Any tips?
Like JabawokJayUK said, I apply by hand. I washed then applied PoorBoys (applicator and then fibre cloth to buff off), then I add a coat of Collinite 915 wax for sealant.

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Fitted both new windscreen trims, rear door adhesive protection and expansion tank cap. Also replaced some rusted screws in the engine bay - need some more as they show up the rest.

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Fueled him up whit 40L of premium diesel and went out on the road for some fun. Ended up doing 600 kms on those 40L which gives an average of 41-42 mpg.
Things better start running fine now as i've just picked it up 2 days ago after a nearly complete engine and acessories replacement and overhaul.

Had to change Clutch system completely, thrown a DMF in as well and had no chance but to send the gearbox to a specialist for some reseting and bearing changes.
While it was partialy disasembled i toke the liberty to remove the IC and tubbings for a reconditioning, cleaned it and repainted in pitch black coating. Amazing the quantity of gunk it holds over the years.
A full clean up, desinfection, and gas recharge was done to the aircon, it now freezes hell if needed!!! in both sides!
Cockpit polen air filter changed
A new KN air filter got in too.
All of the engine´s fluids were also removed and new better spec's ones went in, selenias, paraflus, dot 5.1's, all the 9 yards of it.

Some more minor thinkering was done:

Fuses completely changed, had a few whit the wrong capacity operating.
I now operate a 159 whit a 90% hollowed DPF thing.
Exhaust sytem was re-secured to its moring points, some rubber supports were in need of change as well some of its steel fixxing points were starting to bend, car's underside now looks straight and undisturbed.
Did had a hard time finding enough bolts and on the right size and type to correctly strap the underside engine armor back to the car!
Injectors and common rail got tested and corrected, they say it's now back to regular operative values, even though i felt no difference in behaviour.
After all the mechanic-electronic work was done and all of the car was re-asembled i lost my nerve and got it to an engine detailer wich made a nice work leaving it to a near brand new look. He even repainted the engine cover and applied some sort of glaze to it, looking very nice overall.

Somehow, safety electronics and VDC related systems were not working on full capacity even tough no warning lights were coming on for that purpose, all was reseted and i can feel that the VDC is back on control.

I'm still tired as i toke a few days of work to perform as a helping hand to the technicians so to save a few bucks on labour hours (yeah, i'm a cheapstake rat!!!)

I dont feel the car is all that better than it wasbefore, besides some improvements on gearbox handling and gear picking up from stand still, well it feels more 150ish horsed now as the 1535kgs feel lot lighter for the engine to move.

Sorry for the long post, had to share the situation whit someone...
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All of the engine´s fluids were also removed and new better spec's ones went in, selenias, paraflus, dot 5.1's, all the 9 yards of it.
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Don't fully understand it but apparently DOT 5 is to be AVOIDED
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/showthread.php?t=398033 (Brake fluid change or not ?)


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Yeah, everything is to be avoided meetling on an Alfa Romeo! That's the same mythology as the infamous power steering fluid change from red to green or vice-versa! I did change it too, not now, maybe 2 or 3 months ago and did felt easier to steer and the car has been more silent wen turning from lock to lock, maybe the new tyres have something to do whit it too, i dunno!

About the brake fluid, I heard that one too, and read the thread also. The only problem i see in using 5.0 or 5.1 is that's a overspec fluid for the car's braking needs. Plus, i bought a non siliconed one. And Instaled braided steel hoses on all four braking corners, 2mm wider and 1cm longer than the OEM's.

I guess i will end up turning this car into the beemer killer, but first i want to make it more efficient, safer, easier to drive and above all turn it into the reliable saloon it should be...
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Wash and scrub up for the old girl today.

1) Snow Foam
2) De-tar spray on front half & wheel de-iron
3) Fairy liquid wash (acidic stuff gets rid of contaminants well )
4) Towel dried
5) Black Hole Show Glaze'd for a killer shine
6) PIAA Screen Protect and Coat on all glass (water streams off the glass with this stuff!!)
7) Dr Leather on all the interior

Arms hurt, cramps in muscles, possible sun stroke.... must be miller time?
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Also had the scuff marks on my seat removed. It looked worse than the picture.

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How'd you do that? Mine are a bit scuffed in places
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Good and bad day

Got caught by a hidden stone wall after having to take evasive action from a fake 4x4 going too fast down a county lane. Couldn't see the wall behind the undergrowth.

Sad day for my baby.
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Thank goodness I didn't damage that wheel! Only a day back from the refurb.


So the work started.
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Good and bad

An improvement.

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Finally the good bit

Then the good bit to put a smile on my face. Subtle but I love it.

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How'd you do that? Mine are a bit scuffed in places
I read quite a few posts on it and enquired about buying some stuff for it. If the seats were black I probably would have done it myself but I wasn't too sure about colour matching red. Instead, I went to a local firm who specialise in leather repairs and renovations for car seats and sofas. The premises gives you the impression they are real craftsmen. Cost me £75 though, but took less than 2 hours.

They were also working on some old navy blue Alfa seats that had seen better days but were bringing them back to life.

I've posted the supplier details in the North West forums, but I suspect its a little bit too far for you to travel.
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Drove down to Portsmouth, got a ferry to Caen, drove to a friend's house near Morlaix in Britanny safely, enjoyably and without incident. Woke up this morning, packed-up the car to drive down to Bordeaux, and had an altercation with a low stone wall at my friends house - result; stone wall has some minor paint additions and a bit of moss was dislodged, but my 159 has a load of scratches on her rear . Completely my fault - too excited by being on holiday .

No dents or deformation, just the scratches low down on the rear "bumper" panel luckily, so hope it can be sanded down and sprayed to make good - still, a bit of a downer at the start of my hols.

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I totally feel your pain.
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Drove down to Portsmouth, got a ferry to Caen, drove to a friend's house near Morlaix in Britanny safely, enjoyably and without incident. Woke up this morning, packed-up the car to drive down to Bordeaux, and had an altercation with a low stone wall at my friends house - result; stone wall has some minor paint additions and a bit of moss was dislodged, but my 159 has a load of scratches on her rear . Completely my fault - too excited by being on holiday .

No dents or deformation, just the scratches low down on the rear "bumper" panel luckily, so hope it can be sanded down and sprayed to make good - still, a bit of a downer at the start of my hols.
Oh dear, I hope it's not too expensive to fix and you enjoy the rest of your hols.
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Took the 2.4 jtdm Sportwagon in for its service today to my wonderful Italian Alfa mechanic Luigi. What he doesn't know about Alfas isn't worth knowing and he is a good friend as well. We had a great chat while he was working. Everything went pretty smoothly. I got him to change the dirty red steering fluid for the correct green stuff and he cleaned out the reservoir as well. It already feels smoother and quieter. I will change it once more to get rid of the last remaining drops of the old fluid. It is bizarre that the factory filled them with the wrong fluid when the sticker clearly states that Tutela G1 should be used. One issue was that the dipstick has been leaking and has perished the rubber on the lower engine stabiliser. Unfortunately both of the local Alfa spares guys had none in stock so we will have to wait till a shipment comes in. My wife and I feel privileged to own the 159 and a GT 3.2 V6. They are fabulous cars.

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Just noticed that some **** ran into the back of mine when I was parked at the office yesterday

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Whatever it was must be big/high as there's not a mark on the bumper

Very pea'd off
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Me too, simple job that's so satisfying as it tidies the car up a treat!
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