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      C9- Battery compartment-



      C10- 4x4 Shift motor shield-




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      C11. Tyre lettering. .

      Because, why not?
      Can anyone guess what paint is this BTW?







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      Quote Originally Posted by bhvm View Post
      I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed working on my 4x4.
      Wow...is the word. The OOOOOMPH factor of DIY is un parallel. I can feel the satisfaction you must be getting after doing the things, and I know how much time, energy, money and efforts it takes to do all these things. Its exactly like my Matiz....with every thing done...the car get more better and enjoyable to drive. Kudos!!!!

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      Quote Originally Posted by bhvm View Post
      Can anyone guess what paint is this BTW?
      I dont know which paint you have used....similar case, my son painted sidewalls of his Royal Enfield Continental GT's tyres with Asian paint white color(4-5 coats)....with a small painting brush of my wife, and it has not only come up good but it's still there as nice as new even after almost 10 months.However which paint you have used?

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      Quote Originally Posted by vehfreak View Post
      the car get more better and enjoyable to drive. Kudos!!!!
      Thanks man! Thats a 100% correct! The satisfaction cannot be had even in Brand new car.


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      However which paint you have used?
      Let a few more guesses come, I will tell you.

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      c4- Wheels

      Wheels and Tyres are one of the critical components of any vehicle. They are closest to the ground and have some serious duties to perform. Which also means they don't live an easy life. Unfortunately, As you can see the Rims of my beast were pretty Scratched up. There were also pinpoint rust at spots.

      Removing the wheels-





      Look at the beautiful 4x4 assembly-



      A closer look explains all the damage-











      Started sanding the rim with a buddy-


      We started with 180 Grit sandapaper to smoothen the larger scratches and moved up to 320 Grit for finishing. Wet sanding technique was used.

      How it looks after sanding and washing-



      applying 1st coat of Anti rust-
      You can see the rust at inner bead area on unpainted rim.


      2nd coat-


      3rd and final coat-



      All Rims Painted-



      Adding primer to prepare Paint surface-





      1st and 2nd coat of Paint.
      The paint shade is METALLIC GRAPHITE.


      Gradually building up the layers-



      Overall about 5 layers of Paint was used.
      The Final spraying was done with Tyres mounted so that I could cover up and scratches due to Mounting Machine.





      After this 2 coats of Clear Coat was used.


      Here is how the Finalized Rim looks like-




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      Quote Originally Posted by bhvm View Post
      W- You always wanted a project car na? This could be one.
      W- It means you could try your hand at painting and learning custom mods.
      W- One life. Live it.
      Hello BHVM Sir
      Just like everyone else, I too enjoyed reading posts on this thread.
      Since you are so much into DIY, I advise you to buy a Dremel (Or make a one ) with various burrs + attachments and use it to clean/sand the area wherever required. This will save time and efforts plus may give better cleaner results.
      As for the painting, I don't know what brands you are using but avoid aerosol paints. Whatever Cans I have used doesn;t last long and comes off with a touch of petrol so I started using normal Asian paints for metallic surfaces in a container that get attached to Vaccum cleaner in blower mode. This paint stays on surface just like normal paint, costs less (Cane- Rs 100+ for few ml, Paint - Rs. 100 or so for a litter + Turpentine oil).
      Also, do DIY Fibreglass molding with artificial leather with contrast stitching for dashboard just like XUV W11. You are doing so many things to bring parts back to their original shape, now do something for visual aesthetics. Dashboard is dated and asking for few bling instruments like barometer, thermometer, compass, incline decline tilt meters, or a HUD - everything inside leather trims.

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      Quote Originally Posted by toshar View Post
      Hello BHVM Sir
      Just like everyone else, I too enjoyed reading posts on this thread.
      Since you are so much into DIY, I advise you to buy a Dremel (Or make a one ) with various burrs + attachments and use it to clean/sand the area wherever required. This will save time and efforts plus may give better cleaner results.
      As for the painting, I don't know what brands you are using but avoid aerosol paints. Whatever Cans I have used doesn;t last long and comes off with a touch of petrol so I started using normal Asian paints for metallic surfaces in a container that get attached to Vaccum cleaner in blower mode. This paint stays on surface just like normal paint, costs less (Cane- Rs 100+ for few ml, Paint - Rs. 100 or so for a litter + Turpentine oil).
      Also, do DIY Fibreglass molding with artificial leather with contrast stitching for dashboard just like XUV W11. You are doing so many things to bring parts back to their original shape, now do something for visual aesthetics. Dashboard is dated and asking for few bling instruments like barometer, thermometer, compass, incline decline tilt meters, or a HUD - everything inside leather trims.
      Hello There toshar!
      I am glad you liked the write up. You have many great ideas. lets discuss Point wise.

      1. I have my drill which also does somewhat dremel duties. Its humble 20 year old Black and decker.



      I also have buffing (Spiral and mushroom Buffs) attachments and those ones for Grinding and de-burring.
      I also have A few sizes & Types of Wirebrush (Straight edge, Cup etc)

      But this time I went with good old method of Wet sanding and Elbow grease as it offered me fine control to finish up scratches. I also did not want to completely remove Factory Primer. Just make it smooth.

      2. I use rustoleum.
      Let me remind you that these mods were done somewhere in Late 2017. Its just Finishing touches and Write up took more time.
      I am thankful that the vehicle as it stands today is just as fresh and paint has not come off. Even the steering paint which has seen 10k Kms past painting.

      Many people have said that Spray cans do not last or fade off. It might be possible they have used inferior method of application or inferior quality of paints.

      Also, All the Undercoats (Anti Rust) And hidden areas (Cowl, Scuff plates, area below carpets) was actually Asian paints. Yes, Regular Brush with oil paint gives very nice and thick coat to prevent rust. I can compare one coat of Oil Paint with about 5~7 Coats of spray. Thats how thick they are.

      3. The vaccum attachment is a neat idea. I have never tried it.

      4. I haven't disturbed Dashboard yet. There are airbags in it. Will be keeping those things last after I do ICE and all.
      I remember the HUD and Instruments (Compass, level etc) In Old gen Pajero SFX. Something like that could be added as an accessory. That could be very neat for offroading.

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      C5 The Hub Caps-

      The Hub Caps were also in sorry state with cracks and scratches all over.





      Filled clear Epoxy in cracks and deep cuts-
      (You cant see it easily as its transparent.)



      Sanded-


      Although the caps look horrible, due to levelling of Clear Epoxy and then sanding, they feel super smooth to the hand.



      Adding Primer-



      2nd coat of Primer-




      Hub caps with 3 coats of GRAPHITE-



      Finished wheels and Carps with 2 coats of CLEAR



      The Unsung Heroes-



      My Final product on the vehicle-



      Do you like it?

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