Register Login
Mr FIAT - Your #1 source for vintage car parts
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 26-02-2011   #1
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Aberdeenshire
Posts: 263
Thanks: 13
Trader Rating: 0
lkc has donated!
United Kingdom 
Now I remember why I don't wash my car

The GP got it's annual wash today and yes it looks good but I've uncovered more work that has to be done :rolleyes2: Which means I have a couple of questions for you lot

1) There are stone chips in the paintwork that have to be dealt with so what is the best way of repairing them?

2) Thanks to Aberdeenshire councils pathetic way of fixing the roads I have bits of tar stuck to the paint work. How do I remove this without causing more damage?
__________________
Grande Punto 1.6 Mjet in Exotica Red - the FS workhorse. Occasionally clean but usually full of boxes and other stuff.
lkc is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #2
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Aberdeenshire
Posts: 263
Thanks: 13
Trader Rating: 0
lkc has donated!
United Kingdom 
Forgot I took pictures (it's been a long day)

A comparison picture taken with the crappy camera phone



The rear wipe blade came off when I was washing the back window so I popped down to the folks to see how they're meant to be fixed on and at the same time borrowed their camera. David Bailey has nothing to fear from me :lol:



__________________
Grande Punto 1.6 Mjet in Exotica Red - the FS workhorse. Occasionally clean but usually full of boxes and other stuff.
lkc is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #3
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3,047
Thanks: 128
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
chip stick if the paint is fresh not perfect but unless you spray the entire panel with the chips on its never going to be.

tar wise. t-cut, petrol anything with thinners in tbh but be carefull if you rub too hard for too long the paint will go too. but its not THAT dangerous lol.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

clock34 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #4
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Aberdeenshire
Posts: 263
Thanks: 13
Trader Rating: 0
lkc has donated!
United Kingdom 
Thanks Steve, more questions ahead from the clueless one. How does Chip stick work? Is it a simple colour filler?
__________________
Grande Punto 1.6 Mjet in Exotica Red - the FS workhorse. Occasionally clean but usually full of boxes and other stuff.
lkc is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #5
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
That's a fair difference during the wash! Looks good after you've finished

Tar wise, Carlisle council have been doing the same. I use 250ml bottle of Autobrite Targo, which seems to be rebranded as tar glue remover and only comes in 1l or 5l. It sprays on after the wash, dissolves the tar then wipe off. Another product that is highly recommended on DW is autosmart tardis, it's used in the same way as the targo. However like me, you won't want be buying a 5l bottle, here is a 250ml bottle, ooh dear I think a bit of ebaying later could be in order :lol:

I'll try find some pictures of tardis working later and post them up
__________________
Now owns a Fiat and a Suzuki h34r:
imported_richard33dees is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #6
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Aberdeenshire
Posts: 263
Thanks: 13
Trader Rating: 0
lkc has donated!
United Kingdom 
Thanks for those recommendations Rich, spray on wipe off is about my level of effort.
__________________
Grande Punto 1.6 Mjet in Exotica Red - the FS workhorse. Occasionally clean but usually full of boxes and other stuff.
lkc is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #7
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Aberdeenshire
Posts: 785
Thanks: 8
Trader Rating: 0
M21MFS has donated!
United Kingdom 
Tar n Glue (or bug n tar I think asda bill it as) will do the trick. Just as above, be careful and it'll be fine!
__________________
New sig coming 2020..
M21MFS is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #8
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Glasgow
Posts: 8,120
Thanks: 308
Trader Rating: 3
ycming has donated!
United Kingdom 
Get some Tar remover, then that way you know is 100% safe for the paintwork.

Seeing the car get an annual wash, i'd just leave the stone chip as there is nothing you can do to stop it from happening. Just have it sprayed when is really really bad.

Ming
__________________
Wanted : Nothing at the moment
ycming is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #9
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
Quote Originally Posted by Harper
Thanks for those recommendations Rich, spray on wipe off is about my level of effort.
Just remember though that any protection that could be there will likely be removed. A DW member has not long posted this regarding tardis working

Quote Originally Posted by YcMing
Get some Tar remover, then that way you know is 100% safe for the paintwork.

Seeing the car get an annual wash, i'd just leave the stone chip as there is nothing you can do to stop it from happening. Just have it sprayed when is really really bad.

Ming
:lol: this is my approach, hence no front images in my thread. Quick fix soon to follow tho :yes4:
__________________
Now owns a Fiat and a Suzuki h34r:
imported_richard33dees is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #10
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Aberdeenshire
Posts: 263
Thanks: 13
Trader Rating: 0
lkc has donated!
United Kingdom 
Oh ffs, all that effort yesterday and tonight a flyer is shoved through the letterbox advertising a mini valet (wash exterior, hoover interior) for £10. It took me an hour yesterday just to wash the GP - I'd have gladly paid the tenner :lol:
__________________
Grande Punto 1.6 Mjet in Exotica Red - the FS workhorse. Occasionally clean but usually full of boxes and other stuff.
lkc is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #11
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Glasgow
Posts: 8,120
Thanks: 308
Trader Rating: 3
ycming has donated!
United Kingdom 
see i believe minor stone chip could be removed with a machine polisher! Speak to them peeps am sure they could sort it out for ya
__________________
Wanted : Nothing at the moment
ycming is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 27-02-2011   #12
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 397
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
Quote Originally Posted by Harper
Oh ffs, all that effort yesterday and tonight a flyer is shoved through the letterbox advertising a mini valet (wash exterior, hoover interior) for £10. It took me an hour yesterday just to wash the GP - I'd have gladly paid the tenner :lol:
:no: Eastern Europeans with BrilloPads, I don't think so............:lol:
__________________
Current Car: Ice White Volvo V40 Cross Country D2 Lux Powershift
Also my other toy: Honda Shadow VT750DC-2
imported_tifosotony is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 28-02-2011   #13
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Perth, Scotland
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
StripedBennett has donated!
United Kingdom 
One recommendation for tar removing i use on the GP and dad uses on the audi is a spray can called Liquid buffer. This stuff is very easy to use, just spray on, leave for 20seconds and then wipe the melted tar off. so easy and doesnt murder the paintwork
__________________
StripedBennett is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 28-02-2011   #14
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Aberdeenshire
Posts: 263
Thanks: 13
Trader Rating: 0
lkc has donated!
United Kingdom 
Quote Originally Posted by tifosotony
:no: Eastern Europeans with BrilloPads, I don't think so............:lol:
aye, you're probably right. Maybe it's just well I did it myself - even if I did miss lots of places
__________________
Grande Punto 1.6 Mjet in Exotica Red - the FS workhorse. Occasionally clean but usually full of boxes and other stuff.
lkc is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 01-03-2011   #15
by name and by nature
 
muppet42's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Posts: 807
Thanks: 37
Trader Rating: 0
muppet42 has donated!
United Kingdom 
From the pics, the GP looks rather decent - like the style of the later ones before the Evo came in

I've got a tonne of stone chips and tar on the Stilo as well. Was going to get a front end respray, but if I were doing that, the whole car probably needs it done :/ I hear your pain on the whole tar removal as well, plenty of that on mine too. That and brake dust are my main annoyances when washing the car, though there's always going to be plenty of products to sort them that'll fill my increasingly cramped cupboard space :laugh:
__________________
muppet42 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Reply
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump