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I've asked before but don't think an answer - do S1 Elite/Eclat not have a stickey-out mould join at the middle? Were they dressed from the factory?


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Darker than Dark brown?

 

Only leaves Black?

A darker colour to Sable is Roman Bronze.

 

Shiney Bits:

 

I was let down with a set of replacement anodised trims. Having found that finding replacements was difficult and expensive if needing a full set I set about thinking outside "of the box".

 

I have considered the vinyl wrap idea, neat but not perfect.

 

Then I came across a web site that I have seen. 

 

http://www.customcreationpaints.co.uk

 

They have a You Tube video demonstartion.

 

It is based on silver nitrate technology, will cover almost any substrate rough, smooth, soft or hard and will last 5-10 years if applied correctly.

It would appear that it would be ideal for pitted trims as their process is applied after filling and fettling. They even say pitted Mazack castings i.e. Elite tailgate hinges can be covered.

 

The basic kit costs £155 which includes a few bits and pieces for application and they say the process can be done insitu although off the car is better as masking could be a problem.

 

Too good to be true??

 

(No financial interest)

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Having had chrome vinyl wrap applied to the nose of my wifes car (by the manufacturers when it was new) - I can say it has lasted 11 years, and is only now showing a small wrinkle. (the car - not the wife....)

 

If wrap lasts 10 yrs, I think I would be more than tempted to buy a roll and use the hairdryer if I needed to.

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£155 ex VAT. £186 with it. Plus shipping......

 

The basic chroming kit I assume would cover all the bright trim, mirrors and a few more knick knacks around the car (ashtrays etc). The only extra cost I believe is a two pack lacquer coating to achieve some long life.

 

Compare this to Lotus Bits price of secondhand trims alone and it is not too bad a price, if it works.

I am sceptical of the process, I will need some convincing. Something tells me it may yellow or fade.

 

What did you think of the You Tube presentation? Too good to be true?

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I am impressed by the product to be honest and I might give it a go. Am going to get a quote for the vinyl wrap first and then see from there.

Thanks for pointing it out!

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Car will be all painted and back with me on Friday. Looking forward to seeing it all done, dreading putting it all back together!

Is that Roman Bronze?

 

Looks fantastic just imagine what chrome will do.

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such a 70's colour. My brother had a Mk4 Cortina in that colour or a while.

 

I suspect it will look a lot better on an elite than on a cortina. Looking forward to seeing the pics of re-assembly.

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There is little to compare between Pacific Blue and Roman Bronze as my two most favourite colours from the 70s.

I owned a Mk3 Cortina, a Mk2 Capri and a MK2 Escort all in Roman Bronze.

There are a number of shades it looks as though you have gone for the darker one which is definitely the best for depth of colour.

Can not wait for the pictures.


Putting the engine and gearbox back in is going to be nerve wrecking experience!

Slow and careful and don't forget the mounting bolt to Allen head mod.

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Can't wait to see some pictures!

 

I've always loved these cars in Roman Bronze, that's the colour my car is probably going to end up.

 

Darren

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Got it! Looks fricken amazing. Thanks to Mark at Stocks (www.stockscoachworks.co.uk) for being a top bloke and keeping me updated through the whole process.

Just trying not to scratch it now.....

They had a nice Essex in their workshop too.....number 18

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Question:

Why use rivets to secure the various pieces of external trim clips and bits when I could use screws?

If rivets have to be used then I'm happy to do it, I just thought it might be easier to use self tappers.

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