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After being informed that images only work in here and me wanting to show off the 159 to it's best and do my usual commentary on the way I thought I'd leave the thread in the detailing section alone and put up all the pictures the way I like to do it over here, so I hope you like :D

I started on Friday with this


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Dunno where the leaves came from :confused:


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The wheels are in a depressing state and want a refurb, but I did what I could in the time available


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I jacked and supported the car and removed each wheel in turn


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The wheels were cleaned with AF Imperial, soaked in Tardis and Iron-X'd to get them clean. They were then waxed with AF mint rims :D

Arches were cleaned with APC and jetted, liners dressed with Chem guys bare bones


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I was going to do the callipers black, but the red paint just fell into my hand :rolleyes:


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I know, my finger is in the way :tut: and this is the worst wheel on the car. The centre caps were removed and realigned with the valve caps

The interior is the bit I was waiting for though, the plan was to steam clean all the leather surfaces, it makes your leather nice and matt again, not shiny like leather conditioner does but here's what I was faced with


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Nasty stain on rear armrest


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Crud in the nooks and crannies


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Notice the dirt on the drivers seat


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This is a 50/50 shot, the left side has been done with the steam cleaner which I wrap an MF cloth around and scrub lightly


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It's difficult to see in the pictures, but you can if you look carefully


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Steamed the rear seats and got rid of that nasty stain


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And the finished drivers seat


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The steering wheel was rank, I have no befores though but it was just filthy :vomit: Took me ages with small steam cleaner ends and cotton buds in warm water to get it like this


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After that it rained. The key was bugging me though, so out came the cotton buds and furniture polish


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Looking better


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New badges are on order


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Keyring has been won on eBay today, a red leather one too


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Thanks to the rain, the car was left like this after being pre-washed with VP Orange Pre-wash via the pump sprayer and 2bm washed with AG BSC


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I couldn't leave the fuel filler as it was though, so that was attacked with APC and a brush


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Wheels got finished OK though


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The tyre on this one doesn't match the rest which bugs me, so I'll do something about that soon

And the rear with the realigned centre caps


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So did the engine bay which I also steamed


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Today I was able to begin the claying and polishing. I used BH Auto clay soft with AF Glide as lube. The paint felt rough enough to strike a match on so I was expecting great things


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The paint looks dull with no reflection, check out the dirt from the wheelarches too :eek:


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Now I get into the groove and plug my iPod in and just polish away totally oblivious to the world and I forget about WIP shots totally, I used my normal enhancement method of Chem guys Yellow pad with Megs 205 to bring out the flake and ramp up the gloss aswell as removing 90% of the swirls and all the clay marring

Then my favourite pre wax/seal DJ Lime prime on a finishing pad is worked in by machine and my LSP of choice on light coloured cars, AF Power Seal, a friction activated sealant you put on by machine. After that, the whole car was wiped down with AF Finale QD, the glass cleaned inside and out and sealed with DJ supernatural on the screen and Nanolex urban on the side and rear glass. Black trim was dressed with AF Revive and the tight bits where the machine doesn't fit were done by hand with AG HD wax. Shuts were polished with AF Tripple and I layered with mint rims on the wheels and applied a couple of coats of AS Highstlye to the tyres


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Smarted these up with some Autosol and wire wool


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Gunna give them another go to remove all the soot

It's just rained here so I took these beading piccys too :D


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Nice work OCD boy, its a piy you can't get replacement key cases and just swap the insides over.
 

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Nice work OCD boy, its a piy you can't get replacement key cases and just swap the insides over.
I know, that is a pain, but I hope the badges'll do the job :thumbs:
 

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Good job there Sean, but how dirty where those wheels before? I couldn't sleep at night if mine where 1/100th of that.
Still looks cracking now:thumbs:
 

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I've only just bought the car, so I can't be held responsible for that :tut:

Thanks too :thumbs:
 

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The weathers turned great over here now so I've finally got some sun shots :D


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Dunno where those spots came from, they weren't there before :confused:


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Car is just on the cusp of hitting 88k miles and I've already found a couple of things to add to the to do list, namely the cracked foglight, the blind-man-with-a-stick rear wheelarch repair which I thought I could live with, but I can't :cry:

Still love the car and the noise is to die for :thumbs:

Thanks for all the comments guys
 

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Soooooooo, I've not finished here yet, further up the thread is the knackered key badge and this bugged me, so I awaited the arrival of the only solution I could find, cheap stickers off fleabay.

So prise the badge off


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And the result?


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As you can see, they are too big, but in reality they are OK, I held it on with araldite and you have to give it a good push otherwise the key doesn't fit in the slot!

Also upgraded my keyring


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The next thing on my hit list was combating the scores of stonechips. I thought I'd give chipex a try on recommendation, and I have to say, the blending system is great as are the brushes and cloths. The polish isn't great but I'm used to machine polishes, so meh. The paint is of superb quality, but they guarantee a 100% match. I was sceptical being silver, and I was right to be, it's too dark, but never mind, once you've done your stuff with the blend fluid, you've got a job finding what you've done to polish! For polishing, I machined with Scholl S40 with a cyan pad and re sealed with AF Powel Seal

Here's what happened


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The dots are quite clear before blending


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And after blending, we have...


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Not too shabby, but there are a few I want to work on again. In other news, Gtechniq L1 has been applied to the seats, no pics but they look the same. Next thing, the wheels are going Alfa anthracite grey :D
 

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There's more actually! After studying the stone chips on the flared rear arches, I wanted to combat any more forming, and I was depressed by the lack of floormats, so fleabay came to my rescue again with a genuine set of mudflaps, floormats and a rubber boot liner like the one I have in the 307 all for a reasonable £169.99 :D

I also found some Alfa valve caps


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The mudflaps are great and well worth the money, fitting like a glove; the Italians can't do decent working diagrams though, I could do better on the back of a beer mat. After drinking the beer :wow: While I was here, the exhausts got another polishing session and I painted the whole thing in silver heat proof while I was there as I didn't like seeing a rusty exhaust!


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The floor mats were given a couple of coats of Gtechniq I1 before fitting


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While I was browsing 159 options, I came across some cool looking load nets, but at eye watering prices!!! I like these as is keeps stuff tied down, an off-roading mentality I still have from my Land Rovering days, which with the sale of my Discovery and caravan will make me a 1 Land Rover man again. Anyhoo, I found these at a car boot for a couple of quid and they do the job!


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Finally, the front number plate was wonky and annoying me, so was straightened


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That's all this weekend, But I can revel in now having 6 weeks off to sell my tat, and sort the dirty 307 before SWMBO starts asking why I'm lavishing the Alfa, she already thinks I'm up to something :tut: :eek:
 

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Looks awesome :thumbs:

Saluti, Giordano.
 

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I thought I'd put these here as this can now be a blog for my car as I think I've almost run out of things to do to it now!

First things first, the car went to Gus at Alfatune to have a new stainless exhaust fitted along with a remap. He opined that the injectors were a little slow to respond, so another bottle of injector cleaner has since been emptied into the tank. I thought it was a good car to drive before, but now, well, there will definitely be no diesel owners keeping up with me. As for the noise, I think I win there to, there's never been much contest, but now, 1700 miles after fitting it's getting to the point of being settled and quiet with a lovely burble at low revs and a hell of a growl in the higher revs :D

It's now on 90.5k miles and I'm still in love with it, here's the new zorst


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I'm well chuffed with that :wow:

It's just had another detail and finale top-up, I've also ordered the wheel filler and Alfa anthracite paint to refurb the alloys as they look cack, I let them get dirty because they look better, I only clean them if the dirt is disturbed!


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These will soon be grey :thumbs:


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And the rest of the car with the new grill I got, might to the rest of it as I quite like it :wow:


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Next thing is the HID's which should be here by the end of the week. I know they're illegal but they won't dazzle anyone through the projectors so I don't care. I must be going blind as these are the crappiest headlights I've ever had in a car, so for the first time I'm having HID's to see what's what. I have at least gone for a legal 4300k temp set up and I already have LED sidelights. After that, towbar (detachable of course) and I should be done :thumbs:
 

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cracking job sean :thumbs:

whereabouts on anglesey are you?
Thanks :thumbs: I'm in Menai Bridge, which today is like driving through clouds cos it's foggy!

Good job mate :thumbs:
Cheers :D

I've decided to go for the extra mesh grills, so they have been ordered :wow:
 
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