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    MR2 Obsessive jimi's Avatar
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    Looks great
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    It does look great.
    The OCD bit of me was always upset that they didn't put the writing on the other way up on the MR2... Can't blame you for that though!
    There's no rust on my car. But there are some sizable holes where the rust fell out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetpea View Post
    It does look great.
    The OCD bit of me was always upset that they didn't put the writing on the other way up on the MR2... Can't blame you for that though!
    You probably know already know this, the writing is that way because the 4A-GE was originally designed for use in a FWD car and in that orientation the writing is the right way round. The 4A-GZE on the other hand has the writing the correct way for a MR2
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    Engine bay looking really good. Nice work on the can covers.
    Yes i talk to myself, sometimes i need a professional opinion

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    Hi All,

    I have only done a few jobs recently on the Mister 2. First as a full body treatment, starting with clay bar, followed by using my new dual action machine polisher to give a full compound, then polish and then wax treatment.

    Having never used a machine polisher before, I was a bit nervous but the results were amazing. The clay bar really lifted the "matt" feel of the paint, the so many little imperfections were taken out with each stage. It took a while to do the whole thing, including masking any black areas, but was well worth it. Pics never do it justice, but are good to see anyway.

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    Other than that, I have polished the rear tail pipe using my dremmel and some autoglym (not in above pics) and just driven her! Any excuse to pop to a local farm shop during lockdown and now we have a bit more freedom I will head out for longer drives when the rain stops.

    I hope everyone is well.

    Rich

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    Nice work.

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    Hi All, I have decided I am bored in the evenings and want to tackle some other bits on my car. Last night, after giving the engine a spruce up and using some Autoglym rubber and plastic gel on the pipework etc (amazing stuff!) I got the urge to remove the front headlight pod and check the state of the metalwork.

    As expected I have some surface rust, as well as corroded screws holding the chrome surround on (had to dremel a few off). The cavity looks really good, with only a few very minor areas which will need treating, pics below.

    I wouldn't mind getting the units themselves shot/sandblasted and have been quoted 72 in vat to get the pair done - a bit pricey? That doesn't include painting... I thought it might be almost as cheap to buy a small blast cabinet, as I have a compressor - any recommendations for the cabinet or material to do the blasting? I have never done that before.

    Lastly, are the pods powder coated or just painted, out of the factory? The shotblast guy said it would cost more if they were powder coated but I don't know how to tell!

    Here are some pics:
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    I think they were powder coated from the factory.
    The guy sounds a bit high especially if he isnt coating or painting them. might be worth sing if you have another powder coater local. the parts wont be cheap to blast due to all the angles and cavities though
    There is definatly nothing wrong with getting a blasting cabinate and giving it a go but i would say if your expecting any sort of decent results and not have it take all week then you need a big compressor.
    As an idea my blasting cabinate is connected up to a clark industrial which can supply 14cfh and it works well but takes an age to get through powder coating and can be a bit slow on rust. im currently looking for another compressor to run in tandem.

    Crushed glass works well for a cheap media and gives a great finish but does get quite dusty after a while.
    if your wanting to strip them down the best thing i can suggest is some industrial paint remover, i quite like power strip it works well (do not use in an enclosed space, make sure you have ventilation!!)
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Power-Str...kAAOSwZZlbmN1c

    smother it on and leave it wrapped in cling film for half an hour and you should find most of the power coat has bubbled off and the rest should shift with a wire brush or a second application.
    once you have it mostly cleaned off then give it a blasting and paint/powder coat.
    Yes i talk to myself, sometimes i need a professional opinion

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