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Old 31-12-2018, 11:11   #1
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Front panel refresh

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I decided to tackle a few minor jobs over winter, stripped the front end down to clean up that whole area. Intercooler will be sprayed black and all mesh etc will have a fresh new coat.

I noticed some slight surface rust on the cross member that I want to deal with before it takes hold. I will redo the whole front panel to ensure it lasts.

What is the best course of action for this job?
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Old 31-12-2018, 16:59   #2
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I’ve literally just done the same thing as you to my 6. Stripped it down to the stage you have in the pics pretty much + a few other bits. Mine had little patches of surface rust on the front of that bottom frame, but it was only very light surface bits. I removed all rust and epoxy primed, then the usual top coats over the whole front panel.

I replaced my intercooler with a brand new one and replaced all bolts, hoses and plastics that are visible from the front, then resprayed front bumper and mesh. It’s well worth the effort, it completely transformed the front of my 6 - it looks especially good with the shiney new bits visible behind the front bumper! Worth doing right ��
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Thanks man, did you wire wheel back to metal?
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Thanks man, did you wire wheel back to metal?
You would have to bud
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Yep, do it right first time around. Winter project to keep me busy.
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How you getting on with this?
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Old 28-01-2019, 18:18   #8
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Slowly is the answer. Work and weather have meant I’ve not had chance or the inclination to do much on it. No rush as it’s off the road until spring.

I will update the thread though. Logged the work to date, but not enough to make it worth while to post yet.
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I couldnít be bothered and had a brand new end panel fitted instead


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Mine had a touch of surface rust, doesn't warrant a new panel

All stripped now, just needs to be repainted. I am also having all bumper brackets, associated fixings and anything else behind the skin powder coated and refreshed. No rush, so will have it back to new again.
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I want to do it to mine thatís why I am interested in how you were getting on. Sounds like your doing a good job. Also would like to upgrade oil cooler and radiator but need to research whatís best.
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Finally got back on to this job today. Luckily managed to get the car to the unit and utilise the 2 post ramp, makes life much easier!

Finished stripping the paint and surface rust, nothing too worry about and going back to metal gives me the finish I wanted.
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Once it was all stripped, I finished masking up (only doing the lower part) and applied several coats of etch primer to give the panel a good base for the top coat. Iíll let it all dry over the next week before applying the top coat.
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While I had it on the ramp, took a few shots. We all love the images so here they are.
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Had my cam cover redone recently too, doesnít warrant its own thread, so hereís the pics. Makes a huge difference to the engine bay.
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