Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Auto Dimming Mirror

Looking through eBay and came across a Auto dimming mirror cheap.
Thought it be rude to pass it, so bought it and fitted it. 
I ran 2 extra cables for the auto dimming side mirrors. I hope to wire them up soon as I can find some or have a spare £600 to buy the glass. I doubt I'd have the spare £600, so i'll keep an eye for some cheaper ones.

Normal Standard Mirror. 
No Mirror and all cleaned up.
New Mirror fitted and cables slowly getting ran. 
All wired up and fitted nicely. 


New Lower Door Trims

If you, a friend or family member have ever owned a A4 B5 with original door mouldings on, you would know about the metal strip inside rusting and then the whole unit falling off.

This happened to me so off to eBay I go and buy a set of genuine ones with the new plastic internals.

This is the set I bought.
Great delivery, turned up with in 2 days and came with some spare clips, 4 new screws and 4 new door blades.

Before with the drivers side missing.
All removed and cleaned.
New ones all fitted.

Fitted Sun Shades

This is something I've been after for a year or so, well since I've seen them on a A4 B6 and thought they was better than window tinting and cheaper. 

With all the hot weather we've had in the UK recently it gave me the push to order some up. 

I found them on Vanstyle.co.uk last year but they've recently updated their web site and I can't find them any more. Did a quick eBay search and found the same sellers with the same product.

Ordered on Monday and they turned up Tuesday. Brilliant service and a great product. 
Fitting was easy. Line the blinds up with the correct window and give them a little bit of persuasion and push towards the glass. The boot and rear doors have little clips that fit between the rubber or plastic trim to help keep them in place and that's it. 

Here's the pics of them fitted to my A4 B5 Avant. 
Drivers Side Rear Door. Internal View.
Drivers Side Rear Door. External View.
Passenger Side Rear Door. External View.
Passenger Side Rear Door. Internal View.
Drivers Side Rear Quarter. External View.
Drivers Side Rear Quarter. Internal View.
Passenger Side Rear Quarter. External View.
Passenger Side Rear Quarter. Internal View.
The Boot. Internal View.
The Boot. External View.
This is my attempt of showing the light difference in side the car.

Doors open. Kind of like no blinds.
Door Shut. Pretty Good Representation.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

From Red/Orange to White

I was recently tasked with changing the colour of a Audi dash from the normal Red/Orange to white.
I had mixed success with this but I will do a blog post about that when I've fully finished it.

While playing about the clocks I thought I'd try and convert some other bits with my leftover LEDs. 

First was something simple. A window switch.


My attempt to of a darker pic.

With only a few LEDs left I part of a old Radio.

Before


After.


That's it for now.
I'll do a post about the clocks when they are complete and I'm happy with them.




Friday, 21 December 2012

Double Din Dash Bodge

I recently bought a stupid cheap double din unit for my B5.
It had one slight issue, the dash surround was broken.


I knew this before I bought it and I can buy another one and still make a saving over any other complete unit.
While I wait for my old dash to sell, I thought I might as well bodge this one together and coat it in plasti dip. 

The bodge. What I should of done is filled the wholes in but for some reason I never thought it until I started spraying.


Dip time.



Mid dip


Also did the section around the hand brake. 


Drying


You Can still see the bodge. I should have filled the holes, sanded and made it look a bit better really, even if its only going to be in the car for a 2-3 weeks but I got impatient and wanted to dip.

With about 4-6 coats it came out very well I thought and the dip kept the orignal pattern of the plastic.



Hopefully going to fit it all this weekend along with a new evaporator and double din stereo. If the fitting kit turns up.

My Adventure In Plasti Dip

I thought I'd share my adventures in Plasti Dip.

It started off small, little 400ml spray tin and I did my engine caps.

Gave them a good scrubbed with APC, rinse off with water and let them dry in the sun.After a couple of minutes I started to spray them.I did several light coats until they looked even and dark.Moved them in the house for 24 hours to full dry and then fitted them to the car.


I also did my dip stick since it stuck out a bit.



That's it, I got the bug. I then walked around the car finding out what else I can dip.My attention went to black and rubbering items on the car. Window rubbers and wipers.

Same process as the caps but with out the ability to remove them from the car easily and move in to a my spray booth (a cardboard box). I left them on the car and tapped up the windows and body to stop over spray.

After a clean, rinse, dry, spray, remove over spray and tape. They was done.






That's it, I love this stuff. I'm off to buy a spray gun and 5 litres of the stuff and go mental.And that's that I did.

I don't like randomly spraying items just for tests, I like it to have a reason for it to be painted.That way I'm not wasting money, time or dip on pointless dipping. But I found one and it was the girl friends 206 GTI.Someone colour coded the rub strips but did a really bad job and it started to come off.To save money and give me some practise I decided to dip them.

I removed all the side trims. Sanded them down cause they was starting to flake. Made them smooth, cleaned with APC again and set about painting.

All the trims removed and sprayed.


Not a bad finished but it did not help that it started to rain.


Now it was time to do the car.

I left about a 2 inch gap between the bit I wanted to paint and the new paper. Its better doing it this way then trying to mask a good, neat line between the strip and the bumper. The dip will not bridge the gap, so you get a perfect line on the trim and once its dry you can peel the over spray dip off, quick clean the surrounding area and you're finished.







The bit I always enjoyed. The peel.


With the pug done and some nice weather for an afternoon I thought it be rude not to do something else.

So I did my grill


and my roof.



Close up




Now I'm sat here wondering what else I can do.