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Old 19th May 2016, 21:39
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A few of us use NI plates as a cheap way to hide the age of gage car. 79 plus transfer was a lot cheaper for my plate than anything genuinely old.
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Old 19th May 2016, 22:13
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A few of us use NI plates as a cheap way to hide the age of gage car. 79 plus transfer was a lot cheaper for my plate than anything genuinely old.
How ironic - I am an Englishman based in NI and everyone over here prefers an English plate because no-one can guess the age of an English Reg
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Old 20th May 2016, 08:13
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Hi 306Craig, nope sorry I'm in sunny Buckinghamshire.

The Z3 came with the plate, so thats a bonus

Other plates have meaning to us. Well spotted though, didn't realize those were so prominent in the background.

Cheers.
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Old 7th June 2016, 17:56
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Smile its back......

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Old 7th June 2016, 19:18
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Come on don't tease, post some pictures.

Are you pleased with it?
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Old 7th June 2016, 19:43
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Oooooh shiny.
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Old 7th June 2016, 20:29
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Wow the finish looks unreal......
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Old 7th June 2016, 21:29
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Looks good - well that pic does - come on stop teasing us
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Old 7th June 2016, 22:17
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Looks good - well that pic does - come on stop teasing us
It does look good but I thought it was supposed to be brushed aluminium
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Old 7th June 2016, 22:30
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Sorry, couldn't resist putting up a pic.

Car came back today as a 'painted shell' I.e. All panels fitted to car and aligned/painted, but I now have to fit everything on to it and undertaken permanent wiring. Car arrived just as the heavens opened so got in under cover quickly, haven't really had chance to see it in sun light yet, but it is shiny for sure, will start putting more pics up as I go, however need to let paint settle for some days before before touching it, I know everyone's keen for more pics and I promise to post more soon.

My first impressions of paint are very good, and I am told in sunlight it gives a pearlescent shine too.

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Old 7th June 2016, 22:31
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It does look good but I thought it was supposed to be brushed aluminium
Oh yes long story on that one, but will expand more when on pc proper keyboard and not iPad one finger typing!
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Old 8th June 2016, 09:37
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Cool Brushed Alloy paint

The paint that was used to give the brushed alloy effect needed to be applied at a high temperature, too high for a GRP surface (Warping and shrinkage), but am told would be ok on a metal surface. They did try it at a lower temperature and it came out a matt grey finish. So it was re-done. I was looking for a chrome finish originally and brushed alloy was the nearest I could get to it, so this is why we tried it. The paint was an effect paint from Germany and I am told was high metal flake content but really runny like water, unlike normal paint which is much thicker in consistency. So I ended up with a silver high reflective finish paint, which is bright and shiny and much closer to my original thinking. The car was painted gloss white before the effect paint was applied, apparently this makes it more reflective. The whole process took sometime with considerable amount of hours to get it to where it is now, which I am grateful to all concerned

Please kindly don't ask me any technical questions on the above or flame me if you think it is nonsense as this is what I have been told and I am certainly no paint expert or anywhere close to being one.
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Old 8th June 2016, 09:59
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Can't wait to see the pictures. I think this finish is going to be a "love it" or "hate it" with nobody in the middle.
Always nice to see something different.
I must say that the more I saw the pictures of the build , the more the dove grey gel coat grew on me.
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Old 8th June 2016, 10:07
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You must be so excited to be close to the end. I am very keen to see the paint effect, although it may be one that pictures don't quite do justice to. I really like the look from the teaser pic and the description.
Good luck on the home straight,

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Old 8th June 2016, 16:30
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The paint that was used to give the brushed alloy effect needed to be applied at a high temperature, too high for a GRP surface (Warping and shrinkage), but am told would be ok on a metal surface. They did try it at a lower temperature and it came out a matt grey finish. So it was re-done. I was looking for a chrome finish originally and brushed alloy was the nearest I could get to it, so this is why we tried it. The paint was an effect paint from Germany and I am told was high metal flake content but really runny like water, unlike normal paint which is much thicker in consistency. So I ended up with a silver high reflective finish paint, which is bright and shiny and much closer to my original thinking. The car was painted gloss white before the effect paint was applied, apparently this makes it more reflective. The whole process took sometime with considerable amount of hours to get it to where it is now, which I am grateful to all concerned

Please kindly don't ask me any technical questions on the above or flame me if you think it is nonsense as this is what I have been told and I am certainly no paint expert or anywhere close to being one.
I know you have waited a long time for it and I had heard they were not enjoying the job.
Your car looked great in grey and I had enjoyed the build so as long as your happy with the finished car there is nothing more that matters.

As with the others where's the pics?
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Old 8th June 2016, 16:34
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Make sure they give you whatever is left in the paint tin, very useful for minor scratches and chips. It could also be worth buying an extra litre in case you need to paint any of it at a later date. Chances are it will be a bugger to match, that is if you can still get the paint.
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Old 8th June 2016, 19:27
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Here you go, I moved it out of garage tonight to have a closer look, The door gaps are mega compared to what they were and paint is nice and shiny even in low light of the day, cant wait to get it out in full sunlight.

Obviously there lots of work to do now and I will have to be extra careful putting it all back together.

20160524_105710 by eric holm, on Flickr
20160524_105735 by eric holm, on Flickr
IMG_4964 by eric holm, on Flickr
IMG_4967 by eric holm, on Flickr
IMG_4971 by eric holm, on Flickr
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Old 8th June 2016, 19:46
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Looking good, was worried about the "chrome" finish but it does look good.

Was it baked before painting to avoid the problems Smash had and did they paint the inside of the boot this time?

How are you going to make the grill surround shinier that the rest of the car?
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Old 8th June 2016, 19:51
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Looks superb great finish well done cant wait to see the side profile !!
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Old 8th June 2016, 21:20
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Even with what you have shown so far I like it a lot. Strangely enough it is so shiny it would be tempting to go black on some of the bright work to complement or highlight it

An already lovely looking car that shouts at you "look at me "

My compliments as I think you deserve the results of a patient wait

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