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35 minutes ago, 808 Estate said:

Well a quick visit to Half Frauds where I was liberated of 50 quid, but I left will armfulls of cleaning products.

Spent the day scrubbing the interior with foaming upholstery cleaner and attacked the outside window rubbers and plastic moulding edges and door jambs with a toothbrush in a brave attempt to divest the vehicle of its acquired moss.  Then another as the first one broke. Then another as the second one ran out of bristles. By now the outside looked worse than yesterday before I jetwashed it, so had to wash the  outside again. Cleaning duties ceased at about 4 as I had used my entire new pack of cleaning cloths as well as all my bike cleaning cloths and had to chuck everything in the washing machine.

There are a couple of big squares of dried dhesive on the roof that appear to have evolved enough to support a vegetative habitat.

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After using almost a whole can of label remover and a hand full of coffee stirers, theres still a load of hardened glue left. If anyone has any ideas for shifting it, please let me know. :D

Maybe petrol, I know @sgtberbatov has some he is trying to get rid of ?

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On 5/26/2020 at 7:02 PM, 808 Estate said:

Well a quick visit to Half Frauds where I was liberated of 50 quid, but I left will armfulls of cleaning products.

Spent the day scrubbing the interior with foaming upholstery cleaner and attacked the outside window rubbers and plastic moulding edges and door jambs with a toothbrush in a brave attempt to divest the vehicle of its acquired moss.  Then another as the first one broke. Then another as the second one ran out of bristles. By now the outside looked worse than yesterday before I jetwashed it, so had to wash the  outside again. Cleaning duties ceased at about 4 as I had used my entire new pack of cleaning cloths as well as all my bike cleaning cloths and had to chuck everything in the washing machine.

There are a couple of big squares of dried dhesive on the roof that appear to have evolved enough to support a vegetative habitat.

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After using almost a whole can of label remover and a hand full of coffee stirers, theres still a load of hardened glue left. If anyone has any ideas for shifting it, please let me know. :D

I’ve used nail varnish remover (cheap as chips solvent) to remove stubborn sticky stuff that’s gone hard. In face it’s great for removing almost anything on both outside and some interior bits. 
 

CFD 

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If you run out of foaming fabric cleaner, I've heard from a couple of different sources that old fashioned shaving foam* in a can is exactly the same stuff and a fraction of the price. I picked up a can of said in Tesco the other day for 70p and hit a bolster on the Corsa's drivers seat with it. To start with, I thought I'd bollocksed it up - a vigorous vacuuming of the cushion did not seem to get the stuff out again and it left a pasty whiteness. But 24 hours later, left to its own devices, it seems to have worked quite well. I will be performing further tests, but so far, it hasn't done any harm and does seem to have removed a fair bit of grime.

* not the gel stuff

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My sister did a project on Gel shaving foam in 1986 in her industrial.placement on a chemistry degree.  It's basically soap with a foaming agent. As is normal shaving foam. So yes it should work as a cleaner. 

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Well its taken some effort, but after 4 days of grafting, its a bit cleaner.

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I did get through 3 bottles of foaming carpet cleaner, a whole bottle each of interior and exterior surface cleaner, half a bottle of glass cleaner and at last count, 22 cleaning rags had been used.  However, it seems as though the Waxing Herptiles did a decent job on the wagon.

It is now quite clearly obvious there isnt a single damage free panel anywhere. On the upside, car park paranoia is no longer an issue. :D

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Several sacrifical cleaning implements later.

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And having used almost a full bottle of wheel cleaner things are looking a bit better.

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Although on close inspection, the wheels are still pretty crusty. I dont think anything less than blasting and powder coating will improve things much more to be honest.

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Decided to "do something" about the tow bar and spare wheel carrier Both are looking a bit orange in places.

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Getting the spare wheel off turned out to be a right bugger. Even using an 18" breaker bar, then standing on it, one wheel nut wouldnt budge.

Time for a good squirting of WD40 and go for a cup of tea.

Try again, nope, another squirt and another cup of tea.

Eventually it shifted. It appears the wheel had corroded and fused itself to the wheel nut.

I now have an eliptical wheel nut hole. ?

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I attacked the frame with whats left of my cleaning pad and wire brushes and gave everything a good coat of Jenolite.

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I will give it a day or 2 to do its magic and when the sun re-appears slap some satin black on everything. :D

 

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Ooh whats this? :)

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Shiny things

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Full cam belt kit, alternator belts and a water pump. My friendly spanner man is visiting today.

Old alternator belts were pretty fucked.

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Luckily the old cam belt was in surprisingly good condition and nowhere near to failing. The new one along with tensioner and pulley were promptly fitted.

Didnt have so much luck with the water pump though. Got the new improved one with integral rear housing, but it didnt fit (unless you dissassembled lots of the engine).

Sending it back for the quick and easy swap version. Rough Trax were very decent and understanding. :):)

 

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I bought some standard, rear struts and springs for my Surf recently, only to decide afterwards I'd buy a full +40mm all round kit from Roughtrax.

I have the springs and struts sat in my lock up doing nothing, if you'd like them for the cost of postage, I'd like to send them as they'll be there forever otherwise and I'll never do anything with them.

Had the kit fitted today and the difference is epic, mine had sagged a fair bit and the struts were finished, it handles so much better now. I'll take some pictures when it's light tomorrow.

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