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    Polishing Heatshields ! .....

    I mentioned that I would 'have a go' at polishing my heatshield.
    Hard work to get an immaculate finish, but luckily I was not after that

    It's a 1.6 16v.

    First take off the plastic engine cover, undoing 2 female torx headed screws,
    and unclipping attached pipes, remove oil cap.
    (helps to get a nephew to help out cheers Andy)

    Replace oil cap, so you don't lose it !
    This will give you easier access to the top 2 male torx headed screws, and the 3rd lower down.

    Remove them to remove the heatshield.


    Next stage is to start sanding down the metal, getting as smooth a finish as possible.
    This is the bit that you should take time and care with if you want a top notch finish.
    Try and remove all pitholes etc.

    I bought a 'Wolfcraft Hobby Polishing Kit' (which fits a drill) for around £11 from Machine Mart,
    read the instructions and attach the first stage polishing mop,
    spreading the polish bar onto the mop.


    Then 'buffed' the heatshield extensively.
    When satisfied, change to the stage two mop and again spread polish bar onto the mop head.
    Go over the previously buffed areas, and notice the difference:
    Left stage one & two................ Right just stage one


    So you can see the results achievable, with some effort,
    I'll get a finished daylight pic, with the heatshield refitted !
    In the meantime, hope this inspires you !

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    I'm inspired, gonna give this a go i think and not just one the heat sheild

    Good show as always John
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    Looks good and is fairly cheap 2 do 2! Think i shall have to follow those masterful pictures and get mine polished 2 (though i cnt use the nephew cos hes only 8 months! d'oh!)!

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    i done mine like that
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    that's really good for not much outlay the bling to £ ratio is good
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    I bought a courtney one, and it dosnt come anywhere as clean as that :shock: - lol
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    Im sure Brett told me at PV04 that he scrubbed his for days (by hand bless him) to get it looking like that.
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    Nice job John I might give this a go sometime
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    hmm (DarrylB looks at his exhaust with intent!)

    that looks excellent! I'm gonna give that a go! although I've never heard of a shop called Machine Mart. so will have to search for a similar kit.

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