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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2019, 04:01:17 PM »
Are they are benefits to running those open fog light grills? Cooling the brakes or the engine?

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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2019, 10:45:16 PM »
Are they are benefits to running those open fog light grills? Cooling the brakes or the engine?


They allow more cold air in......but more importantly they look so much better vw should have done this from the start :smiley:
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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #32 on: February 28, 2019, 04:45:54 AM »
Some nice updates Delano, liking the cover for the centre drinks holder. Very smart. :happy2:

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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #33 on: February 28, 2019, 10:21:19 AM »
Some nice updates Delano, liking the cover for the centre drinks holder. Very smart. :happy2:


Thanks Gmac .. i agree the centre cup holder looks so much better with the cover i can only guess it was an optional extra from factory. 

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Another update......
« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2019, 03:31:25 PM »
So this has happened ....decided to remove my side skirts for painting and in the process remove the 13 years of dirt behind them . To be fair they came off quite easy its just the glue from the tape thats the pain and takes time apart from that its straight forward...



side skirt removed and sill cleaned


IMG_1359 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr



All Painted.................................


IMG_1362 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr



Also yesterday i had X4 new toyo Proxes T1R fitted to my 18 inch monzas which have now been refurbished really happy with how it looks now so much better than the 17inch monzas ,,what a massive difference it makes.

IMG_1368 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr


Side skirts and wheels now on........


IMG_1369 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr

Also treated her to some new bulbs .

osram nightbreakers for the dip headlights
osram blue vision for the main beam
osam  blue sidelight bulbs

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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #35 on: March 04, 2019, 08:49:02 PM »

Today got to work on the passenger side headlight as it had gone cloudy so gave it a wet-sand and some compound polish it came out great nice and smooth.......



Before

IMG_1191 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr



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IMG_1194 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr

Project looks great, I’ve just got myself a GTi and am going down a similar route.

My headlights look like your passenger one (that’s if I’m being generous).

What paper and compound did you use?

I’m thinking of having a go at mine after seeing the improvement you had with yours!

Need to get myself a new genuine grill and surround too as my grills have gone a bit milky looking.

Great looking car!

Ollie


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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2019, 12:54:39 AM »
Hi OllieL  sorry about the late reply .....as for the headlights

Try as use a higher grade wet and dry sandpaper as possible that way when you have removed the cloudiness from the headlight and come to use cutting compound to remove the small scratches from the headlight what the wet and dry leaves behind. It will be an easier job for you.

wet/day sandpaper 3000 grit to remove cloudiness from the headlights
4000 grit for fine smoothing of the headlights
use a cutting compound to polish till crystal clear,

Hope this helps................
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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #37 on: March 07, 2019, 03:11:27 PM »
@OllieL
If you want a kit to include all that's needed to restore the headlights.. I can recommend this kit -

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cleaning/clay-bars-detailing-products/meguiars-one-step-headlight-restoration-kit?istCompanyId=b8708c57-7a02-4cf6-b2c0-dc36b54a327e&istItemId=-xwwaritppt&istBid=t&_$ja=tsid:94971|cid:865695745|agid:43902124735|tid:pla-327140593187|crid:202397318304|nw:g|rnd:12879280160500052752|dvc:c|adp:1o4|mt:|loc:9046111&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrbzis6fw4AIVjrftCh2laAwzEAQYBCABEgJ7UPD_BwE

I have used this myself and so have a few mates.. brilliant kit! Deano has done a brill job with his too.. but if you want all the stuff in one buy this will be the one!

@Deano45 keep the good stuff coming mate.. I love what you done with the side skirts.. I guess you did them yourself? how did you do them? The wheels do look good too! :happy2:
« Last Edit: March 07, 2019, 03:13:59 PM by muff1991 »

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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #38 on: March 07, 2019, 09:18:29 PM »
@OllieL
If you want a kit to include all that's needed to restore the headlights.. I can recommend this kit -

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cleaning/clay-bars-detailing-products/meguiars-one-step-headlight-restoration-kit?istCompanyId=b8708c57-7a02-4cf6-b2c0-dc36b54a327e&istItemId=-xwwaritppt&istBid=t&_$ja=tsid:94971|cid:865695745|agid:43902124735|tid:pla-327140593187|crid:202397318304|nw:g|rnd:12879280160500052752|dvc:c|adp:1o4|mt:|loc:9046111&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrbzis6fw4AIVjrftCh2laAwzEAQYBCABEgJ7UPD_BwE

I have used this myself and so have a few mates.. brilliant kit! Deano has done a brill job with his too.. but if you want all the stuff in one buy this will be the one!

@Deano45 keep the good stuff coming mate.. I love what you done with the side skirts.. I guess you did them yourself? how did you do them? The wheels do look good too! :happy2:

Hi muff1991 ...Thanks again for the kind words as for the side skirts ...unfortunately i did not paint them i wish i could a little out of my league of spraying. I got a local body-shop which i have used for the past 4 years really nice guys and do a great job.

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Small update.......
« Reply #39 on: March 07, 2019, 09:42:52 PM »
Small update which i forgot to mention on the last post this arrived Today .. I have managed to find a genuine Edition 30 rear valance in really good condition for a good price gave it a good clean and hopefully get it into the body-shop next week for paint in the mean time i have just ordered a new rear tow eye cover because it did not come with one..£21+vat  for a little cover wow ..just looking forward to getting rid of the black plastic rear valance....


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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2019, 08:21:31 AM »
I've done this on mine and it makes a big difference to the look of the car, probably the best cosmetic mod you can do to a standard GTI.  :congrats:

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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #41 on: March 08, 2019, 02:50:53 PM »
I've done this on mine and it makes a big difference to the look of the car, probably the best cosmetic mod you can do to a standard GTI.  :congrats:

I totally agree with you ...thanks



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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #42 on: March 08, 2019, 04:08:21 PM »
@OllieL
If you want a kit to include all that's needed to restore the headlights.. I can recommend this kit -

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cleaning/clay-bars-detailing-products/meguiars-one-step-headlight-restoration-kit?istCompanyId=b8708c57-7a02-4cf6-b2c0-dc36b54a327e&istItemId=-xwwaritppt&istBid=t&_$ja=tsid:94971|cid:865695745|agid:43902124735|tid:pla-327140593187|crid:202397318304|nw:g|rnd:12879280160500052752|dvc:c|adp:1o4|mt:|loc:9046111&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrbzis6fw4AIVjrftCh2laAwzEAQYBCABEgJ7UPD_BwE

I have used this myself and so have a few mates.. brilliant kit! Deano has done a brill job with his too.. but if you want all the stuff in one buy this will be the one!

@Deano45 keep the good stuff coming mate.. I love what you done with the side skirts.. I guess you did them yourself? how did you do them? The wheels do look good too! :happy2:

Hi muff1991 ...Thanks again for the kind words as for the side skirts ...unfortunately i did not paint them i wish i could a little out of my league of spraying. I got a local body-shop which i have used for the past 4 years really nice guys and do a great job.

looks wicked, and so does the bumper... how much you give for the spray job? have you been quoted on the rear bumper too? I want to get the rear valance too coz I reversed over a sleeper thing once and it had huge studs that fixed it to the ground, didn't know and pulled forward.. luckily slowly so I heard it pull, it ripped the mounting eye off the valance on the inside where it bolts onto the car and stretched the plastic into a point.. looks crap and screwed for weeks about it! but give me more of a reason to get an edition 30 rear valance ;-P

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Re: Deano Graphite Blue GTI
« Reply #43 on: March 08, 2019, 08:46:08 PM »
@OllieL
If you want a kit to include all that's needed to restore the headlights.. I can recommend this kit -

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cleaning/clay-bars-detailing-products/meguiars-one-step-headlight-restoration-kit?istCompanyId=b8708c57-7a02-4cf6-b2c0-dc36b54a327e&istItemId=-xwwaritppt&istBid=t&_$ja=tsid:94971|cid:865695745|agid:43902124735|tid:pla-327140593187|crid:202397318304|nw:g|rnd:12879280160500052752|dvc:c|adp:1o4|mt:|loc:9046111&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrbzis6fw4AIVjrftCh2laAwzEAQYBCABEgJ7UPD_BwE

I have used this myself and so have a few mates.. brilliant kit! Deano has done a brill job with his too.. but if you want all the stuff in one buy this will be the one!

@Deano45 keep the good stuff coming mate.. I love what you done with the side skirts.. I guess you did them yourself? how did you do them? The wheels do look good too! :happy2:

Hi muff1991 ...Thanks again for the kind words as for the side skirts ...unfortunately i did not paint them i wish i could a little out of my league of spraying. I got a local body-shop which i have used for the past 4 years really nice guys and do a great job.

looks wicked, and so does the bumper... how much you give for the spray job? have you been quoted on the rear bumper too? I want to get the rear valance too coz I reversed over a sleeper thing once and it had huge studs that fixed it to the ground, didn't know and pulled forward.. luckily slowly so I heard it pull, it ripped the mounting eye off the valance on the inside where it bolts onto the car and stretched the plastic into a point.. looks crap and screwed for weeks about it! but give me more of a reason to get an edition 30 rear valance ;-P

The body-shop gave me a good price £300 for the side skirts and the rear valence to be painted ...which i thought was really good considering the work so will drop that of next week for paint and should get it back in a couple of days..

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Another update......
« Reply #44 on: April 17, 2019, 07:39:24 PM »
Another update ..  I have now fitted my Edition 30 rear valance the guys at the body-shop did an awesome job as always and looks so much better than the black plastic one it came with so really happy with that......


 IMG_1419 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr


Also.. as you can see in the picture i now have a rear wiper delete .. unfortunately the wiper arm/motor had a split in it and water was going everywhere ..Thought about getting a new wiper motor for a split second. Then thought it would be nice deleting for a cleaner look..

 IMG_1396 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr


And fitted ...



IMG_1397 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr


Also decided to give all the seats another clean can't believe how much dirt came out ..but on a positive note they came up really well... I was surprised  also new seat badges fitted.


IMG_1410 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr



IMG_1413 (1) by DEAN JONES, on Flickr




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New 12mm Bimecc  hubcentric spacers added to the rear to get the wheels inline with the arch looks good just need a 10mm set for the front now to bring them inline...



IMG_1404 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr



IMG_1409 by DEAN JONES, on Flickr


And last of all i picked up my new lowering springs this morning ...H&R 29176-1...........................................................


IMG_1426 (1) by DEAN JONES, on Flickr




« Last Edit: April 17, 2019, 11:18:39 PM by Deano45 »