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I’ll be honest, I never even thought of that.

I am thinking of having the rear lights slightly tinted in the future. Mmm


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I thought I’d take a quick frontal picture of the tinted sunstrip, took this picture whilst my car was parked at work.



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So it’s that time again, Gina is due a service!

I’ve got her booked in at LVS in Lincoln for a minor service on the 3rd October. This is slightly later than last year but it’s the earliest Saturday I could get.


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After procrastinating for so long about getting the calipers painted, I’m doing them today!

I’ve got everything ready, just need to finish my coffee and breakfast and I’ll be outside getting this long awaited job done.

I will of course be posting afew before and after pictures.

I’m going with hammerite smooth red paint, I think the calipers will really pop behind the dark grey monza reps.

Pictures coming later on, once I’ve got them all done.


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Just finished painting the calipers, and as promised, here’s some before and after pictures.

Front before



Front after




Rear before



Rear after






Just realised Gina looks quite high, it’s due to the suspension being unsettled with me having it up on axle stands.


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So now the calipers are painted, I’m leaving the car parked up to allow the paint to fully dry.

I’m hoping tomorrow is going to be good weather again, as my car needs a wash. Also being paid to detail a neighbours car aswell, so I’ll be busy tomorrow.


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Looks well my old friend, be nice, as you rightly say, to be fully settled on the suspension and sat right again and when it’s fully detailed, will look absolute top drawer.
 

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Yeah caliper look nice, how do you go about doing your calipers and what paint did you use. Did you take everything apart or paint whilst still on caliper

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I forgot to add that information,

So basically I used a small wire brush, a can of brake disc cleaner, afew old microfiber cloths, hammerite smooth red metal paint and afew small paint brushes.

I also wore a face mask as the brake dust can be bad to breathe in.

Step 1,
jack the car up and use axle stands and remove the wheel.

Step 2,
Use the wire brush, on and around the caliper avoiding the rubber boots of brake lines, wheel sensors etc etc

Step3, use the brake cleaner and cloths to wipe away and clean area you want to paint.

Step 4, mask off any area you don’t want paint on. ( I didn’t do this today )

Step 5, apply the paint with thin coats until happy with the coverage.

Step 6, wait a short time and carefully refit wheel avoiding touching the caliper.

Step 7, move onto the next caliper and repeat the above steps.


I used hammerite smooth red brush on metal paint on my calipers. I’ve used this type of paint before and never had any problems. Just make sure to put light thin coats on, build up the layers slowly.


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I forgot to add that information,

So basically I used a small wire brush, a can of brake disc cleaner, afew old microfiber cloths, hammerite smooth red metal paint and afew small paint brushes.

I also wore a face mask as the brake dust can be bad to breathe in.

Step 1,
jack the car up and use axle stands and remove the wheel.

Step 2,
Use the wire brush, on and around the caliper avoiding the rubber boots of brake lines, wheel sensors etc etc

Step3, use the brake cleaner and cloths to wipe away and clean area you want to paint.

Step 4, mask off any area you don’t want paint on. ( I didn’t do this today )

Step 5, apply the paint with thin coats until happy with the coverage.

Step 6, wait a short time and carefully refit wheel avoiding touching the caliper.

Step 7, move onto the next caliper and repeat the above steps.


I used hammerite smooth red brush on metal paint on my calipers. I’ve used this type of paint before and never had any problems. Just make sure to put light thin coats on, build up the layers slowly.


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Further advice, if you do paint the calipers, using brush on or spray paint, try not to drive the car or wash it for at least a day.
Give the paint as much time as possible to dry.


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Morning folks,

So I’m at LVS near Lincoln having an annual service on Gina.
I’ve just seen the health report that they do and all is good.
I’m very happy with Gina, she continues to be a great car to own and run.

The only extra I’ve asked for today was a brake fluid change, it’s not been done since I’ve owned her, so I thought why not.

I can highly recommend LVS, they are based just off the A46 between Lincoln and Newark.
They are a independent vag specialist and are very reasonably priced.


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Hey, so Gina is in for her mot this morning.

I’ve done my usual mot prep and topped up fluids etc etc.

I’m a little nervous as always when it comes to mot time. Gina was part of the mot extension scheme, so it’s had more time on the road since the last mot.

I’m confident she will pass but I’m just nervous about the emissions side of it, due to having a remap months ago. The egr and dpf are all intact, so I’m hoping for no issues.

I’ll post later once I get the results.


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So Gina is now at the mot place. I’ve walked to Tesco to have a breakfast whilst I wait.

I’m hoping she’ll fly through it.
Since the last mot, she’s had new brakes all round, new suspension all round, new wheels and tyres,
And last week a interim service, including brake fluid change.

I’ve been running her on shell v-power which I had it mapped for.

I’ll know more in 40 minutes.


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So I’ve just checked online,

Gina passed her mot without any advisories, clean sheet. So happy right now.

Just gotta finish my coffee and go collect her.


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So I’ve just checked online,

Gina passed her mot without any advisories, clean sheet. So happy right now.

Just gotta finish my coffee and go collect her.


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Lol I know how you feel got.mine next week and I'm always nervous even though I fix things my self but it is emissions that scares.me too.

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