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Polishing The Opel Project

Im not sure how well these will come out but i thought i would post some pics of my paint polishing test. This is the process i will be using to polish the old Opel Project when it gets a bit warmer! Give it a clean and use 2000 grit to remove any dirt nibs etc.. The go over it with the Trizact 3000 discs then the Trizact 6000 dics then its onto a bit of refining with the Cartec Final Cut 9000 Then a final finish with Cartec Ultra Finish 12000 and a hand wax finish. Below are some…

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Quarter windows all fitted

Today i finally fitted all the windows trim and have both rear quarter windows all installed and adjusted up properly. Now I just have the door top trim and gutter trim to polish and fit which I’m going to do as I get time over the next couple of weeks. The next thing to do is when I have a nice day I need to mop and polish the doors so I can fit the door handles & door mirrors so I can fit all the internal door trim. I have some nice new locks fitted to the handles that…

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Chrome trim

My chrome trim was in pretty good condition but with the years of wear, it was never that shiny of some of it a little surface scratch which you can never really get out. And now I have all that nice new chrome on the handles and pillars I needed to do something about the trim around the gutter and at the bottom of the rear quarter window and door top. Drastic action was needed! After a quick test on a spare piece, I have decided to flat all the trim back to remove the chrome plating and give it…

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Chrome pillar fitting

Chrome pillar now fitted to the glass with a nice new rubber strip from ATZ in Germany fitted. https://atz-online.com/p/opel-manta-a-tuerscheibendichtung-an-b-saeule-links-neu/ https://atz-online.com/p/opel-manta-a-tuerscheibendichtung-an-b-saeule-rechts-neu/ These are now all ready to go in once I have fitted the rear quarter chrome trim.  

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Chrome trim time

Its been a while since i did some work on the Opel as the weather has not been ideal for car work and I have been sorting out some bits to be chromed. Today the weather was not too bad so I fitted a wheel arch time and hopefully next week I should get the door handles and C post supports back from chroming so then I can get those fitted and finish off fitting all the other trim. The plan is to do this over the next few months and be ready for March/April time to be back on…

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Front screen fitted

I had the front screen all ready to go and as the weather warmed up this afternoon I though it would be a good time to get the screen installed. I also picked up the satin black 2K paint for the sunroof today so hopefully I can get some paint on that over the weekend.  

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Rear screen fitted

As the weather was so nice today and the clocks have not gone back yet, I decided to make the most of it and fit the rear screen. I had a brand new rubber from ATZ in Germany. Amie gave me a hand to hold the screen in place while I pulled the lip around the inner with the old string technique! It went in nice and easy which was a relief 🙂

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Front end nearly finished!

I had a chance to do a bit more on the car today and have the wings fitted and the indicators in place. I just need to get some bulbs and that’s the front end sorted. I will fit the bumper after I have flatted and polished the front.

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