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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 3:08 pm
User avatarCridaperPosts: 13970Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
I've never really ever tried to polish metal up before, I've always seen it as something that requires lots of spinning machines and carefully thought out compounds.

However since I have been replacing the fuel lines around the filter on the 4i I decided that I'd better replace the filter and ordered an original Motorcraft item.

When it turned up and I opened the box my buftometer went bonkers, there was a serious lack of bling. I shouldn't have been suprised really but I was disspointed to pull out a sort of light blue matt finished fuel filter with a rather naff direction sticker wrapped round it. Considering that I'd polished up the chromed fuel filter bracket last week I thought I'd better do something.

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Plain nasty oxidised cheap ass brand new Ford part.

While we were in the town earlier I picked up some sandpaper sponges and sandpaper sheets. Then after some gardening and a big fry up I set about attacking the filter. I went at with the sandpaper and managed to eek out a lusture. Then whipped out the curdled Gold Class Megs metal restorer and wow, black muck everywhere but it really started to shine up.

Really chuffed it's come out like this by hand.

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 4:34 pm
User avatarL33t n3rdPosts: 765Location: O-townJoined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
good work dude! :top:

now all you gotta do is slap it in place and take more photos :bow:


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 5:42 pm
User avatarBiggest Nappy EvaPosts: 6922Joined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
That's some impressive shine, especially when compared with the matt original.



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 5:47 pm
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Matt Wilcox wrote:
That's some impressive shine, especially when compared with the matt original.


You make fuel filters?



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 5:56 pm
User avatarCridaperPosts: 13970Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
Perhaps a bean tin with a pair of his old underpants in to strain the fuel.



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 6:21 pm
User avatarBiggest Nappy EvaPosts: 6922Joined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
Vauxnova wrote:
Matt Wilcox wrote:
That's some impressive shine, especially when compared with the matt original.


You make fuel filters?


I do not know what may have given you that impression, but the answer is a firm 'no'. The extent of my car knoledge is knowing where to put the petrol in and how to replace a wheel.



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 6:42 pm
User avatarHulkaruthersPosts: 5017Location: London, The SouthJoined: Wed Jun 23, 2004 4:00 am
Nice bufty.

You can get a good shine by hand - but motorised takes seconds rather than hours.

Shouldn't this be in the Workshop area?



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 8:42 pm
User avatarJoeyannePosts: 6454Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Sun Jun 06, 2004 4:00 am
Matt Wilcox wrote:
Vauxnova wrote:
Matt Wilcox wrote:
That's some impressive shine, especially when compared with the matt original.


You make fuel filters?


I do not know what may have given you that impression


Now do you? :D

I was amazed by how quickly Chris did the filter, it didn't even take one hour.

I thought it should maybe be in the Workshop too, I'll move it.



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 8:43 pm
User avatarCridaperPosts: 13970Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
Matt Wilcox wrote:
Vauxnova wrote:
Matt Wilcox wrote:
That's some impressive shine, especially when compared with the matt original.


You make fuel filters?


how to replace a wheel.


Come on now Jimi... I heard about the wheel changing story.



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 8:45 pm
User avatarCridaperPosts: 13970Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
JC wrote:
motorised takes seconds rather than hours.


It had made me more interested in a polishing wheel but sadly I would have nowhere to put and use such a device. Or in fact money to purchase one.



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:21 pm
User avatarHulkaruthersPosts: 5017Location: London, The SouthJoined: Wed Jun 23, 2004 4:00 am
You can get a cotton reel thing to go on a drill - though you'll want a mains powered one.

They work well.



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:32 pm
User avatarCridaperPosts: 13970Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
I'll stick to doing it by hand for now, I really can't afford anything like that. My barrel paint was my last expensive luxury for a while. It's not like I'm short of time to do these sort of things at home.



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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 9:54 pm
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ploishing wheel for your drill about £10 in total, I have bought one to polish up the bbs ive got for the mrs` golf :D



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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 9:59 am
User avatarCridaperPosts: 13970Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
All I'd need then is a drill.



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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 11:00 am
User avatarHulkaruthersPosts: 5017Location: London, The SouthJoined: Wed Jun 23, 2004 4:00 am
£10 from B&Q

I killed my Dad's ancient Black and Decker shining up some Wolfraces (lasted about 10 minutes)... B&Qs finest has handled plenty of abuse - damned powerful little thing...



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