The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Moderators: theelanman, GeoffSmith, Sy V, Elanlover, muley, Enright, algirdas, nitroman, clemo, Specky, dapinky, Dave Eds, Nige, DaveT

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Thu 22.12.2016, 21:10

And finally for today a few pics of the boot lid



Lotus Elan detailing53.jpg
Lower boot lid section ...before correction


Lotus Elan detailing54.jpg
After


Lotus Elan detailing55.jpg
Before correction


Lotus Elan detailing56.jpg
After


Lotus Elan detailing57.jpg
Upper boot lid before correction


Lotus Elan detailing58.jpg
After
Elan SE , Mk1 Mx5, Celica GT4, Mk1 Golf Gti Cab,Vw Camper van, Daimler 250 V8, Ferrari 348
DavieBow
Tinkerer
 
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri 25.11.2016, 22:59
Location: Wolverhampton

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby CalElan » Thu 22.12.2016, 22:22

Those are pretty impressive results.. Especially when you turn the lights off
User avatar
CalElan
Enthusiast
 
Posts: 227
Joined: Sun 14.12.2014, 01:26
Location: Mountain View, CA, USA

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Thu 22.12.2016, 22:25

CalElan wrote:Those are pretty impressive results.. Especially when you turn the lights off


Thank you ,
That's just the correction stage , once that's done we follow it with a glossing stage , that's where it really starts to take shape
Elan SE , Mk1 Mx5, Celica GT4, Mk1 Golf Gti Cab,Vw Camper van, Daimler 250 V8, Ferrari 348
DavieBow
Tinkerer
 
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri 25.11.2016, 22:59
Location: Wolverhampton

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby clemo » Sat 24.12.2016, 12:36

Great thread DB ...

Now that you have the high shine on the main panels what do you do with the duller bits that are left underneath the tape ?

Cheers

Clemo
Jim Clark S2 on the way . The one with the Yellow spoke wheels .
User avatar
clemo
Moderator
 
Posts: 4262
Joined: Mon 21.04.2003, 23:24
Location: TORQUAY Devon. Cream first then Jam obviously.

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sat 24.12.2016, 13:05

clemo wrote:Great thread DB ...

Now that you have the high shine on the main panels what do you do with the duller bits that are left underneath the tape ?

Cheers

Clemo


The next stage is a final polish / high gloss polish , because this isn't an aggressive process you can go right to the edges , in reality you're only talking about 1mm of unpolished surface right over the leading edge of the paint so the final polish blends these in with the rest
Elan SE , Mk1 Mx5, Celica GT4, Mk1 Golf Gti Cab,Vw Camper van, Daimler 250 V8, Ferrari 348
DavieBow
Tinkerer
 
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri 25.11.2016, 22:59
Location: Wolverhampton

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby simonbuk » Sat 24.12.2016, 22:46

Amazing results - just goes to show what builds up on the surface and what we live with !!
Simon - Black S2. Simonthesailor

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So buy an Elan" - Mark Twain.
User avatar
simonbuk
God
 
Posts: 906
Joined: Sun 13.03.2016, 12:50
Location: Orpington, Kent, sometimes Worthing, West Sussex sometimes The World !!

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Rusty Wishbone » Mon 26.12.2016, 18:51

Davie,
Thank you for posting this thread. It is great.

I always fail to achieve a good finish between the L O T U S letters so the paint tends to look different there to the paint on the rest of the panel. What really annoys me is when I leave the residue of polish there (Mer seems to be worst for this). In one of your most recent pictures, you have taped the letters up, but how do you get into the gaps to give a good finish which is consistent with the rest of the panel?
Rusty Wishbone
Fanatic
 
Posts: 623
Joined: Fri 28.12.2012, 13:16
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Rambo » Mon 26.12.2016, 19:42

Why not take the badges off rather than try and clean them in situ ?
User avatar
Rambo
Swivel-hips
 
Posts: 6088
Joined: Wed 24.12.2003, 00:37
Location: Heraklion, Greece

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby dapinky » Tue 27.12.2016, 10:56

This was one of the reasons that I used a vinyl decal for the lettering when the car was resprayed - annoying trying to get the white residue off, and only a soft brush and water seemed to do anything without scratching the paintwork.
Dave

Just the one now, but this one's mine! - and it will be finished eventually.....

go on - click this link - you know you want to!
User avatar
dapinky
Moderator
 
Posts: 7727
Joined: Sun 15.10.2006, 12:54
Location: As far west as you can get in West Wales before you become Irish (Pembroke Dock).

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Tue 27.12.2016, 12:41

Rambo wrote:Why not take the badges off rather than try and clean them in situ ?


When I go back in and crack on with it later this week this is something I may do , I haven't researched the cost for new badges yet , I could always put the old ones back on I guess but if I'm gonna go to the trouble of taking them off I'd rather fit brand new ones .......I do however have quite a trick Nano polishing tool that I can get in all the nooks and crannies with though
Elan SE , Mk1 Mx5, Celica GT4, Mk1 Golf Gti Cab,Vw Camper van, Daimler 250 V8, Ferrari 348
DavieBow
Tinkerer
 
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri 25.11.2016, 22:59
Location: Wolverhampton

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Rambo » Tue 27.12.2016, 12:52

DavieBow wrote:
Rambo wrote:Why not take the badges off rather than try and clean them in situ ?


When I go back in and crack on with it later this week this is something I may do , I haven't researched the cost for new badges yet , I could always put the old ones back on I guess but if I'm gonna go to the trouble of taking them off I'd rather fit brand new ones .......I do however have quite a trick Nano polishing tool that I can get in all the nooks and crannies with though


My suggestion of removing the badges was more aimed at Rusty Wishbones question Davie but if you are having a go yourself and can get the badges off in one piece I wouldn't waste your money getting new ones as they are quite expensive.

I would probably try and remove the 25 years of crud by putting the badges in an ultrasonic bath for a minute or so
User avatar
Rambo
Swivel-hips
 
Posts: 6088
Joined: Wed 24.12.2003, 00:37
Location: Heraklion, Greece

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Rambo » Tue 27.12.2016, 12:59

Rambo wrote:I wouldn't waste your money getting new ones as they are quite expensive


Sit down and prepare to be shocked :shock:

SE badge £19.99

Élan badge £27.19

Lotus badge £43.93

Add on VAT plus P and P on these prices and I think you might be retaining your old ones :wink:
User avatar
Rambo
Swivel-hips
 
Posts: 6088
Joined: Wed 24.12.2003, 00:37
Location: Heraklion, Greece

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Fri 10.02.2017, 22:51

Here you go guys ,
finally got round to doing a bit more on the paint work , finished all the paint correction , then followed that with a high gloss final polish and finished the car with a ceramic coating to seal in all that natural high gloss shine , its a different car now looks ace .

Lotus Elan detailing110.jpg
Paint correction completed giving the paintwork a natural high gloss shine , then sealed and protected with a ceramic coating.


Lotus Elan detailing117.jpg


Lotus Elan detailing114.jpg


Lotus Elan detailing78.jpg


Lotus Elan detailing71.jpg


Lotus Elan detailing92.jpg


Lotus Elan detailing87.jpg


Lotus Elan detailing98.jpg


Lotus Elan detailing99.jpg
Elan SE , Mk1 Mx5, Celica GT4, Mk1 Golf Gti Cab,Vw Camper van, Daimler 250 V8, Ferrari 348
DavieBow
Tinkerer
 
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri 25.11.2016, 22:59
Location: Wolverhampton

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Rusty Wishbone » Fri 10.02.2017, 23:27

Spectacular.
Rusty Wishbone
Fanatic
 
Posts: 623
Joined: Fri 28.12.2012, 13:16
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Fri 10.02.2017, 23:38

Rusty Wishbone wrote:Spectacular.


Thank you mate ,
i'm going to shelsley walsh breakfast meet on Sunday , tempted to take her out for a spin
Elan SE , Mk1 Mx5, Celica GT4, Mk1 Golf Gti Cab,Vw Camper van, Daimler 250 V8, Ferrari 348
DavieBow
Tinkerer
 
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri 25.11.2016, 22:59
Location: Wolverhampton

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Rusty Wishbone » Sat 11.02.2017, 00:04

Perhaps I should post a picture of my Elan at the moment. You would weep at the deep layer of filth from winter driving down the lanes.
Rusty Wishbone
Fanatic
 
Posts: 623
Joined: Fri 28.12.2012, 13:16
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 11.02.2017, 00:30

Rusty Wishbone wrote:Perhaps I should post a picture of my Elan at the moment. You would weep at the deep layer of filth from winter driving down the lanes.


:agree: You should. Anything like this ? This was clean in the morning, went to Hull and back in a day and this is what it looked like filling up after 400 miles ... pressure wash next day to get rid of that extra weight!

20170105small.jpg


Yours is looking great DavieBow. :clap: Nice Reg' Number too.
Phil

Leave me alone, I think I know what I'm doing.
Cars: Subaru Forester 2.5XTN, Eclat Riviera & brace of Pacific Blue SE's.... and now an Elan+2S !
User avatar
lotusflasherman
God
 
Posts: 2039
Joined: Fri 05.09.2008, 00:14
Location: Hadleigh, 15m west of Ipswich or 800 miles south (Cap d'Agde)

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Steve A » Sat 11.02.2017, 01:06

:lol: Well that's two extremes of cleanliness covered
"If everything is under control, you are going too slow."
User avatar
Steve A
God
 
Posts: 1961
Joined: Tue 18.09.2007, 12:44
Location: South East Essex

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Giniw » Sat 11.02.2017, 01:19

:lol:
Nice dual tone paint!
User avatar
Giniw
God
 
Posts: 947
Joined: Sat 21.04.2012, 20:46
Location: France

Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Saltire » Sat 11.02.2017, 09:05

Giniw wrote::lol:
Nice dual tone paint!


Triple tone, surely? As the Rolls-Royce coach builders used to say "Ivory over Pacific . . . . over mud"
Jonathan

S2 no 512, BRG/LRG, magnolia interior, last of four UK S2 to this spec
User avatar
Saltire
Fanatic
 
Posts: 713
Joined: Sun 05.04.2015, 22:27
Location: Left foot in Wiltshire, right foot in Gloucestershire, heart in Sutherland

PreviousNext

Return to Projects - Other (Minor)

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest