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Old 24-05-07, 16:17   #1
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How to restore VL Calais rear Garnish

Ive done a few of these now at home with no special tools or equipment, figured i'd share what ive picked up and some pics of the various steps.

What you will need!....

1xGreen scourer (available from any local supermaket)
1xCan of Prepsol (Wax and Grease remover)
1xLarge can of black bumper primer (brand I used was Motospray)
1xLarge can of Powerplus Midnight black
1xSmall can of Silver of your choice (Platinum silver is fine)
1xSheet of 1200 Wet and Dry (or similar grit, coarser if you prefer)
1xRoll of good quality masking tape

Assorted rags for wiping down etc, Tak cloth if youre fussy like me.
Cutting compound (I used 3M Perfect-It)
Finishing polish (I used Autoglym Super Resin)
Silver paint texta (for CALAIS badge)

The most impotant thing for starters is to find a Calais garnish with no major cracks in the plastic and the original striping sticker in good condition ie. not lifting massively at the edges and all lines still clearly visible.Even if the lines have faded and turned green that can be fixed in most cases!

First things first, take one faded Calais Garnish.....remove the CALAIS badge and clean ithe Garnish thoroughly with warm soapy water, obviously allow it to dry.







Take your Green Scourer and rub/scour everywhere but the sticker section (as this will damage/scratch it beyond repair)....remove the old painted silver stripes unless they are already perfect...



Take your heavy cutting compound (i used 3M Perfect-It) and rag, polish the sticker section until its like new....the more times/effort you put in here the better the result and the 'greyer' those faded green lines will become, finish the polishing process with a few coats of something like Autoglym Super Resin, seems to work brilliantly on plastic! See pic-



Next you need to repaint the 2 silver lines (ones each side of the sticker section) unless yours happen to be mint in which case skip this step.....



Once youve allowed the Silver stripes time to dry (leave 24hrs if possible), remove all masking tape from the garnish and remask the garnish so's the silver lines and sticker section are now covered in preparation for priming the garnish (you can re-scour the garnish with your green scourer if you wish, wipe with Prepsol then Tak cloth prior to priming).
Primed Garnish....



Once youve laid on 3 or 4 coats of your Black bumper primer, rub it back carefully with 1200 wet and dry or similar....wipe with prepsol and your Tak cloth and take out your Midnight black.....lay as many coats as you like allowing drying time between each, careful not to create pools/runs in the curves/castings of the Garnish-



Once dry, remove masking tape from sticker section....



Once the paint is extra, extra dry, take a mild cutting compound to it followed by a finish polish like Autoglym Super resin or similar....



As for the badge, what I did was scoured what was left of the old silver paint off it, scrubbed it with a toothbrush in the gaps....headed to my local news agent, got me a medium tip silver paint texta, carefully applied two coats of it, try to apply it all in the same direction and as lightly as you can, definately two coats required (allow drying between each) then clear coat the badge with a pressure pack to seal it.



And thats about it, its a few hours work spread over a day or two, nothing fancy required, im sure the pros will knock me for something but the results speak for themselves. Take your time between steps, make sure paint is sufficiently dry rather than rushing as you'll be fixing sh1t which is unnecessary.....
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Old 24-05-07, 17:26   #2
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Old 24-05-07, 19:45   #3
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good article mate.. end result looks like a ***in brand new genuine item.

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Old 24-05-07, 21:53   #4
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Old 25-05-07, 04:13   #5
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I could'nt get over how well the sticker came up. then the end result awsome work Wyndup.

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Old 25-05-07, 04:38   #6
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Old 25-05-07, 09:57   #7
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****ing tip top man, couldnt look better, well done!
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Old 25-05-07, 12:11   #8
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fwoah i can't believe how good the sticker looks!
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Old 25-05-07, 12:56   #9
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great article daz, looks exactly like a brand new genuine garnish.
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Old 25-05-07, 14:06   #10
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Thanks a lot guys!
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Old 25-05-07, 14:18   #11
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tech article, ! thanks mate
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Old 25-05-07, 14:22   #12
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Very good Work Daz, that should slow down the 1k ebay jobs

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Old 25-05-07, 15:53   #13
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Thanks man, I think theres maybe $50-$60 in paint etc at the most....even if you buy an average garnish for $100....youre well and truly in front, I did Anthraniks, he sent me his Garnish from Vic. Lol.
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Old 25-05-07, 16:13   #14
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Awsome write up.

Did mine today came out a treat. Got all the parts listed above from Autobarn. A few hours work well spent.

Thanks Wyndup.
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Old 26-05-07, 10:51   #15
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Top work man, it's amazing how new those stripes come up with some polish and elbow grease!

1 Question... How do you remove the 'Calais' badge without damaging the sticker or the double sided tape that the badge is held on by, and also how do you re-apply it securely?
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Old 26-05-07, 13:29   #16
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Old 26-05-07, 13:57   #17
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Antho, the calais badge I removed by sliding of all things a feeler gauge under it and levered it off a section at a time...even if you mark it a little, when you re-apply the badge it'll cover it again.
If your badge doesnt have the original locating pins like mine didnt, get some double sided tape (remove the old stuff) apply it to the back of the badge, get a scalpel or sharp stanley knife or similar and cut out the holes where it needs it.
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Nice work Daz!

Ive found that if the garnish is only slightly scratched, meguires Plastix (used in small amounts, otherwise you'll take the paint off) works a treat to bring it back up to scratch, as well as polish the stripe section after some 2000 grit wet n dry.

Also you can buy those graffiti type paint pens with a really fat tip to re-do both the silver lines and badge. The fat tip works great on the badge as you can paint it easily with just a couple of quick passes over it, same with the stripes
and a quality chisel can be used to take the badge off while being able to retain the original double sided tape. The chisel is also handy to remove the stripes from an otherwise damaged garnish and re-apply to a freshly painted black one.

Has anyone noticed there are two different types of calais garnish? The placement of the locating pins is different, and the colour that they fade to is different also, one goes more green (more common version) and the other fades to a more yellow colour.
I've seen a couple of examples of this....weird.
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Old 26-05-07, 18:25   #19
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Old 26-05-07, 23:07   #20
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I just polished the sticker and the rest today looks a lot better. i will paint it one day but i will redo thr silver on the badge.
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Old 30-05-07, 13:12   #21
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i did a similar thing to mine, but instead of painting the black part again, i just buffed it up with Mothers Paint Cleaner, works awesome on the window surrounds too.

heres how mine came up..... http://calaisturbo.com.au/showthread.php?t=102576
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Old 30-05-07, 15:49   #22
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Lol, pics are too dark man...but yeah, I agree, some of them can be brought back to life with a good cutting/polishing compound and some solid elbow grease but most these days are just too weathered....
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Old 30-05-07, 16:38   #23
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i did a similar thing to mine, but instead of painting the black part again, i just buffed it up with Mothers Paint Cleaner, works awesome on the window surrounds too.

heres how mine came up..... http://calaisturbo.com.au/showthread.php?t=102576
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Old 30-05-07, 21:18   #24
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good article darren! can u do mine for me?
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Old 30-05-07, 21:31   #25
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Yep, no worries Robbo, pop it round and i'll fix that fukn head of yours up while im at it?...ya smug cunt...
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