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Vrooom! Espace 3.5 V6. Every day I'm polishin'


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#61 OFFLINE   Sloth in a bowl

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

How come other people got electric windows in the back of their Megane Coupes, whilst I get electric switches for the back but only hand pop windows?

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:47 PM

The electric switches should work the poppers. I don't think they're intended to be opened by hand if they're electric though so maybe it was an optional extra, and someone's either fitted low spec windows or a high spec centre console to a car that didn't have it/them



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 10:32 AM

Mine is the Privelige, it's got all the toys!

 

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 03:24 PM

I never knew the Megane Coupé had electric pop-out rear windows. I really want to see a video of them in action! Surprisingly lack of any on YouTube.
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 03:43 PM

The electric switches should work the poppers. I don't think they're intended to be opened by hand if they're electric though so maybe it was an optional extra, and someone's either fitted low spec windows or a high spec centre console to a car that didn't have it/them


Or it's a cut'n'shut - someone phone Watchdog!

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:34 PM

Values are on the up! https://www.gumtree....ior./1264256399


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

I managed to get the plug out of the TPMS, up through the floor, cut it off and then reassembled everything. Hopefully when I've found a connector for it I can reconnect it all from under the car.

 

I had a go at sorting out the misty headlamps tonight. Started off sanding with 1200 paper, wet, then a polishing sponge, then a mop thing. My father-in-law has a polisher which he uses on his boat, which I have borrowed (the polisher, not the boat)...

 

To counteract the nice polisher, I'm using an old tube of Autosol which has a hole in the bottom, and I need to use it before it dries out.

 

Before:

 

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After hand sanding with 1200 grit: (amazing the amount of cloudy water this produces)

 

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After a go with the polisher:

 

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As you can see, it was getting dark, so I'll take a look at it in the morning and do the other side. It's a lot better, certainly good enough for an MOT pass, but not 100%. I think I need to spend longer doing the initial sanding.

 

 


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:56 PM

Well, this is turning into an incre-he-hedibly dull thread at the moment, but posting updates here gives me a bit of mojo, so please excuse another headlamp polishing update.

 

Annoyingly when I went back this morning to look at the one I'd done, it didn't look that great. I could still see patches of oxidisation on the outside, and the top half of the lens - where I hadn't really sanded at all - had a nasty yellowish cast to it compared to the bottom half.

 

I decided I needed to be more aggressive. I sanded the whole thing back with 180 paper on a block.

 

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Then 1200 with my bare hands.

 

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Then a go with the machine polisher - Autosol (which I figured is basically cutting paste) on a sponge, then (er) Tesco furniture polish with the bonnet thing. Mmm, lavender.

 

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Having finished it there are still some bits that haven't come up that well.

 

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Overall though, the difference with the one that I haven't done yet is obvious. Now I just need a break in the rain so I can do the other one.

 

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:45 PM

Ideally you need some sort of UV protection. What is another matter completely.


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What's the retail on one of those plumbed in fire extinguisher systems?


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 03:30 PM

Ideally you need some sort of UV protection. What is another matter completely.

 

Ah. And presumably Tesco lavender furniture polish is not that?


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 03:32 PM

I done the other one. I was a bit more aggressive. I think it's come up better.

 

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Just need to find some UV protection!


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:18 PM

 

 

That is a very tidy low mileage example though.

Driver must be sub 5 foot to have the seat that far forward.


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:14 AM

Those headlights look good.  I only went to 800grit on mine, they're OK but still marred in areas.  Good enough, though.

 

How creaky is your dashboard?  Mine was pretty good but for some reason (perhaps because the car was laid up in the sun for most of August) it rattles like hell now.  Most annoying.


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 03:03 PM

Interesting. My dashboard doesn't creak at all, at least not that I've noticed, but it does buzz. It sounds like there's a very small motor running behind it whenever the ignition is on. It's suddenly started to annoy me because the car would be whisper quiet if it wasn't for that!



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 04:21 PM

It's an enormous plastic edifice with multiple parts so I guess it's not surprising it's getting noisy after 14 years.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 05:40 PM

Interesting. My dashboard doesn't creak at all, at least not that I've noticed, but it does buzz. It sounds like there's a very small motor running behind it whenever the ignition is on. It's suddenly started to annoy me because the car would be whisper quiet if it wasn't for that!


It's not the Aircon temperature sensor is it? The Laguna II which is very similar electrically has one with a little fan on. Mine was a bit noisy so I removed it, gave it a clean and a good squirt of GT40. On the Laguna it lives behind the rear view mirror. Plastic enclosure clips right off.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:14 AM

It's not the Aircon temperature sensor is it?

 

You know, as I was writing that post I was thinking, "I'm sure I've seen something similar on a Laguna thread".

 

SiC, you're absolutely right. The noise is coming from the pod behind the rear view mirror. Thank you!



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:01 PM

Ideally you need some sort of UV protection. What is another matter completely.

This, make sure to buy some UV protector to keep the polished look on those headlights for much longer.


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