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AnsweredHot!Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics)

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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/09/27 12:27:51 (permalink)
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/10/28 18:29:11 (permalink)
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For those with NA engine lids you will know the struggle of cleaning the rain guard due to it permanently fixed to the engine lid and limited access to the paint. The rain guard sees the sun but rarely if ever gets polished or waxed. The fading below is especially noticeable on daily driven red cars.
 
Today's project I designed and 3D printed up detailing tools to assist with the job. It was probably the most satisfying and rewarding finish. I'm planning to do comprehensive top to bottom detail in the next few weeks, I will keep updates coming throughout the process.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/10/28 19:31:32 (permalink)
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Joel, yes! This is amazing. I like the perseverance.

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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/10/28 19:32:34 (permalink)
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/10/28 19:50:08 (permalink)
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Thanks, Kris! I decided to order the DA polisher after the meet up last weekend, should be arriving tomorrow. I gave myself an attainable goal of where I want the car to be in the next few weeks.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/11/05 22:49:00 (permalink)
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I was lucky enough to be able to do a full paint depth check over all the metal surfaces before I start any paint correction. I'm not after a mirror finish but I do wish to reduce the swirl marks and increase the shine.
 
The results came back as I had expected with the Japanese single stage paint, no surprises. I found 2 spots that were down in the 60-70 micron range but the majority of the paint was in the low to mid 100s. 
 
Quick and easy way to track the data is to take photos of each zone and write the measurement at the approx location.
 

 
The new DA polisher arrived. I started a test area on the frunk using different pad combinations. However after completing 1/4 of the frunk the machine sparked through the plastic guard vents and sounds like it's shorting out when the machine changes angle... Hopefully the interstate return/exchange is simple enough. I'm guessing it will be another 2 weeks before I can try again.
 
Photo of the test area. Reduction in swirls and increased brightness.
 

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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/11/06 09:40:51 (permalink)
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Impressive!!

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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/11/06 13:30:56 (permalink)
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Looks great. I'm happy for you to borrow my DA if you're keen to get stuck in.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/11/06 19:53:08 (permalink)
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Impressive!!

I'm looking forward to finishing it off.
 
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Looks great. I'm happy for you to borrow my DA if you're keen to get stuck in.

Thanks for the offer, Kris. I'm in no rush since I have a couple busy weekends coming up.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/11/07 20:13:40 (permalink)
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Oooooh. If you need to do more polishing practice Joel, my SuperRed2 Bathurst would be just perfect for the task! 
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/11/18 20:00:02 (permalink)
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Oooooh. If you need to do more polishing practice Joel, my SuperRed2 Bathurst would be just perfect for the task! 



One Super Red MR2 is enough for me! Lots of work but very rewarding to maintain.
 
I had no dramas with getting the replacement polisher, should arrive during the week. Apparently the fan was installed incorrectly during manufacturing process causing the noise but they couldn't find what caused the sparks. Hopefully the new polisher is trouble free when I get around to trying it out again. 
 
 
I've been experimenting with a 3D printed AW11 4AGZE dist cap block off. The first version was mounted to the engine without the factory heat shield but did have the extractors heat wrapped. It appeared fine under regular driving but when tested under more extreme conditions and started to deform. I made some minor tweaks to the design. The second iteration will be installed with the factory heat shield and will be monitored for any misshaping.
 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/12/02 20:14:00 (permalink)
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A few weeks back I attached new personalised number plates to the car. I was tired of seeing the faded standard issue plates. I'm still considering the number plate surrounds. The original plates were fixed to the front plastic mount with oversize screws, the replacement anti theft screws wouldn't catch. Quick easy solution was to drill out the holes out and add nut inserts.
 

 

 

 
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/12/02 23:27:20 (permalink)
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I finished up the detail this morning. It was a full days work on Saturday (10hrs?) + a second coat of wax on Sunday. My appreciation for the skill and patience of professional detailers has deepened. It's hard work and I wasn't aiming for perfection...
 
The DA polisher is a great tool to add to the arsenal. The finish I achieved with the machine polisher is far more refined than I could ever attain by hand polishing. The original goal was to reduce defects but most important was restore the brightness of the Super Red. I didn't take many photos during the process.
 
I will get some more photos during the week if I can find a nice quiet spot.
 
Progress shot

 
Replaced the spoiler gaskets

 

 
Finished

 

 
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/12/03 11:43:18 (permalink)
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Woo hoo! Now that's what I call shiny. Looks great Joel !   
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2018/12/03 11:44:28 (permalink)
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Cant wait to see the whettness in the flesh! This looks amazing.
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