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13th October 2017 13:49
Victor I used some kind of Diamond-type polish years ago, it was a high silicone polish heavily advertised at the time and it gave a good shine, wasn't a lot of hard work putting it on either. But what I found was that I could never wash the car very well after that, the water would all go into fish eyes and I couldn't work up a lather. It was a white car and it got dirt ingrained into so eventually I had to go over the whole thing with T-Cut to clean it all off then back to the trusty Turtle Wax.

Coachworks don't like these high silicone polishes, it's very difficult to paint over them even if they're wiped off with the usual cleaners. I'm just trying to get a second coat of Simoniz on mine because winter's just roudn the corner and there won't be many dry days left (up here anyway) to get it done now. Weather forecast for this weekend was good last Sunday but they revised it midweek and it's teeming down again.
13th October 2017 08:58
volrider When I bought the Zafira it was treated with the Diamondbrite, they give you a full kit as well, still have loads of the polish etc so the Antara gets that, worked well on the Zafira and the Anatra gets it twice a year. It also gets washed every three months whether it needs it or not
12th October 2017 22:37
Originally Posted by Grumps
Sounds about right I had the same.All it takes is a few bits of grit stuck between the strip and the paintwork.I would put some tape between the strip and paintwork
I looked at putting some of that clear tape on not long after I got the car Grumps, specially after reading about it on here. Thing is, any tape has to completely seal against the door surface to stop any grit getting between it and the paintwork. That channel where the chrome strip sits is full of contours and the door itself has a V in the centre. I experimented and wound up putting some grey cloth adhesive backed tape on and had to spend a lot of time cutting and trimming it to get rid of any wrinkles, gaps etc it also has to fit into the recesses where the plastic fasteners push into the holes in the door.

The tape has held up remarkably well although I'll probably renew it now although I'll have to heat it with a hair dryer so I don't damage the paint removing it. That's why I was just wondering about doing away with the chrome strip and put a decal on. btw this was my first choice of decal

12th October 2017 22:12
Grumps Sounds about right I had the same.

All it takes is a few bits of grit stuck between the strip and the paintwork.

I would put some tape between the strip and paintwork.
12th October 2017 22:05
Victor OK took the chrome strip off the back door and had a look for the rust. Had to look very close to find a small pin hole, not sure whether the chrome strip just touches or what. I know what appears to be a very small patch of rust can turn out to be so I scraped away at it a bit then rubbed it down, brushed on some Kurust, let it dry and touched up with some silver paint. tomorrow I'll clear coat it if the weather's OK.

I was looking at the back door with the chrome strip off and wondering what I could do to make it different looking. Then I thought - how about a fancy decal. Did a search about and this was my second choice

11th October 2017 22:00
Grumps Yeah common issue unfortunately best to try and stop it getting any worse or its a respray which should be covered by Vauxhall.
11th October 2017 18:04
Bigjohnsparky Grumps put up thread about fitting a clear protective film under chrome strip stops any vibration rubbing at paintwork to remove 10mm spanner two nuts inside door at ends then gently ease off trim held with plastic push studs Edited by: Bigjohnsparky
11th October 2017 17:58
Victor Talking about clean cars reminds me, found a rust spot on mine when I was polishing it. Rear door on the R/H side where the chrome strip meets the bodywork. Polished it all off with Brasso then waxed it but I'll have to remove the chrome strip and see if it's digging in somewhere then fix it. Hoping for some decent weather this weekend to do it.
11th October 2017 11:41
Wingman In the old days the Vauxhall owners handbooks used to state:-

"A clean car always seems to run better than a dirty one"

Perhaps it is just me, but I have always felt that too!
11th October 2017 11:28
Dulac Blimey! Never knew that lot existed: dedication indeed.
For my part, I rely on the paint to protect the metal and any washing and waxing just to make it look nice on the day - it can't last around here with filthy streets and blocked drain gullies in the roads. Even the rain is dirty. Glass and light lenses are probably the most important bits to keep clean but, I have to say, a shiny car seems to earn a bit more respect from others (as car dealers well know). Do these super finishes stop the paint from fading over the years, or is it just UV light? I have to say you don't see many rusty cars about these days, which I put down to improvements in the factory rather than owners waxing their cars.
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