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SOLID RED ESCORT RS COSWORTH

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by jr001, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. jr001
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    So, 16 years old and waiting for its full monty before making the journey south for the RS Cosworth gathering at Rockingham, organised by the BRSCC. This car is garaged most of the time and is kept very clean indeed.

    The front end of the car had some accidental damage in the past and had been resprayed about a year ago. So, from the doors forward consisted of reasonably new paint. No clearcoat here just pure paint, which made the paint readings make more sense than they ever do. It was all paint on the gauge’s readings (185 – 285 microns)! Well, apart from some primer underneath. The rear quarters and the rest was the original paint (115 – 148 microns).

    The owner was looking for something slightly different on this occasion and that’s what he got.

    A couple of before pics after the wash and clay that show the level of swirling.

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    Wash and Clay

    Main wash - No hose connection available at the time so it was out with the buckets and soaking the car that way. Washed with Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner and Megs lambswool mitt.
    Car rinsed by throwing buckets of water over the panels.

    Clayed with Sonus green, lubed with Megs Last Touch diluted 1:1. Pat-dried with Poorboys waffle weave towel.

    Polishing

    Due to front end being resprayed, I went for Menz 106FF on a Megs polishing pad and this did the trick on the swirling. The rear of the car had to be given 3.02 on polishing pad. This however did not do much of a job on its own. Some patchy swirling remained. Rear end was thus given 106FF to finish it off and it did so very nicely. This included the tricky rear spoiler. Some RDS of course, considering the age, had to remain.

    The rough detail of the polishing for those interested:

    Roof (original) – one hit of Menz 3.02 (900 rpm then 1700rpm then 900rpm, one hit with 106FF (900-1500 - 900)

    Doors, bonnet, front wings and front bumper and front lowers – 106FF (900 –1500 - 900)

    Rear quarters (original) – 3.02 (900 then 1700, then 900), followed by 106FF (900 – 1500 – 900).

    Rear spoiler (original) – Menz 3.02 (900 – 1600 – 900) only went 1600 max here, but didn’t produce enough heat to cause any worry about the plastics. There’s something about the plastics on this car, they are very much more solid than today’s plastics. Very impressive. They did not heat up much at all, but I thought I’d only go to 1600 rpm anyway.

    Rear bumper – 106 FF as above.

    Side Skirts – 106 FF as above.

    It’s fair to say that this was my first car that demanded a bit more thought to the levels of polish being used. A bit of variety providing some new learning.

    Some of the ‘during’ pics to show progress

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    Still a little bit of fine tuning on the bonnet to complete, as you can see from the above pic

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    Working front the front OS you can watch the progress:

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    Sadly, by the time the HD Cleanse and Carboning had been completed, the clouds had obscured the sun. Here’s some final whole-car shots to finish off anyway, who needs the sun to show off a 365bhp stage-3 beauty like this!

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    Cheers,

    JOHN
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    Very, very nice. Good work there John.
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    Great result - would still love to own an Escort Cossie!
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    The photo of the Bonet Vent should be in the Louvre.

    Sweet. :thumbsup:


    Oh ! Great job by the way . . . :)
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    Nice car, but not sure about the owners "cool wall" in his garage.........!?!?!

    A bit lame maybe..!?!?
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    ^^^Mr. Observant! Made me laugh...
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    It's a cracking garage actually. A sofa in the corner made from car seats, some nice posters, hif-fi, tv and sky box, ashtray, a wee table for the beers, even a couple of naughty ford posters. The guy's a ford fanatic and I'm working on him to get the Focus ST and his wife's Boxster too.

    The garage is a place of refuge. Personally I might not have the display that you've mentioned because I've not owned or known enough people with those kinds of cars to put the display up!

    A brilliant two days and a fantastic guy to work for. The double glazing guys were fitting the whole house out with new windows and they kept coming in to watch and have a bit of banter. I loved every minute.

    Thanks for the kind comments. I've grown to really like this car, even more so after I got some other photos of it after it came back from the UK RS show in Rockingham. You can view these on the other thread.

    Thanks again,

    JOHN:icon_thumright:
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Awesome car, cracking work! Cheers for sharing! :icon_thumright:
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