Detailing Thread

General discussion about our beloved Tercel 4WD cars
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by dcn » Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:41 pm

Waaaait a sec, weren't they blue before? I didn't know you swapped em shoulda read closer. Thanks either way though :)
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by dlb » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:46 pm

nope, they've always been this middle of the road light brown. they're the original seats, i only swapped the driver's with the passenger's. or are you thinking of the seats i cleaned in the project car, reggie?

http://tercel4wd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6526

if that's the case, i can take some shots of those as well. i may as well and put them in that thread too so that people can see how they turned out.

*edit* just posted some 'after' photos in the seat cover cleaning thread:

http://tercel4wd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7& ... 449#p53449

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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by JRI1988sr5 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:18 pm

hey im new here never was a big tercel fan because i didnt know anything about them i have had my tercel for four months now it has 300,000 miles on it and running strong there is nothing i like more then taking a nice afternoon to clean my car and make it shine
although i was curious what you would reccomend for the everyday scratches one might aquire? any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by dcn » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:20 pm

Meguiar's Scratch X or similar works fine. Doesn't have to be Meg's, but I like their stuff.
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by ARCHINSTL » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:25 pm

Heyy - Welcome to the Club! Where are you located?
Try claybarring it before using the Scratch X (good stuff, though!) waxing - I did it almost 5 years ago and was simply amazed. I did it again this past Summer because of some careless overspray on my part and was pleasantly surprised how easy it went the second time, even after 4+ years and that Goldie sits outside - no garage. Your first claybarring will take maybe 4-5 hours, but WELL worth it!
You might do some repainting on the bumpers and plastic trim - there are a couple of threads on it.
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by JRI1988sr5 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:57 am

im located in shelton washington i know i can get the scratch out its just a relatively long one and i do not want to have just one polished spot and i heard it takes alot of work and dedication to polish a whole car. is there a easier way?
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by dcn » Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:19 pm

Some of those were damn near complete sentences. Asshat spammers.
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by Guthrie » Tue May 09, 2017 10:08 pm

Just curious, does anyone have a method for removing the black coating from the trim pieces? I think the chrome would look nice, but spray-painting it black sure would be easier.
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by Petros » Wed May 10, 2017 1:40 am

a sharp razor scraper should do it. it would be a lot of work to get it all "chrome".

I like the flat black, easy to maintain. though even with roughing up the metal with sctochbright pad or sand paper, it does need to be repanited every few years.
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by ARCHINSTL » Wed May 10, 2017 12:46 pm

I used the razor scraper method - VERY tedious. Then I used a small foam roller and RustOleum's satin black paint; 11 years later, it is 90% intact.
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Re: Detailing Thread

Post by Petros » Wed May 10, 2017 2:02 pm

I did something similar, but used fine scotch bright to buff the stainless so the paint would stay. the only place where it came off later was where I left the original coating in place because it was well bonded at the time. apparently the coating is not paint, but some kind of plastic that shrinks with age, and becomes detached. So removing it all of it is the best way to resolve the problem.
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