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Toyota trim paint
I nave a Toyota Avensis GLS AUTO 1762cc registered January 99. I has done 109,000 miles approximately and the registration is S240 WCA. It is dark green and it has been absolutely great and I don't ever want to part with it !
However lately I have seen small signs of rust on the "black" trim round the windows which looks like either black satin or black matte or some kind of black (but not black gloss). Has anyone any information on this as I will rub it down and touch it up or preferably spray it but I want the correct colour match. The name of a supplier would be a bonus.
My Red Aygo (Almost Done)
Hi. Want to share some pictures of my 2006 Aygo. Bought as standard, invested about 1500 pounds into it to look like this. Its not over yet, planning to respray rear brake drum in black and front calipers in red and thinking about some decals on the sides. Maybe it will be helpful for others who also planning to do some changes on their aygo's.
Lenso 15" Samurai D1R alloys with 195/45/15 tyres ~ £630.
Rear brake drums and calipers respray ~ £35 if you buy paint yourself, i was quoted £80 to do it at garage.
Windows tinted for £90 in lime black 5%
Spoiler itself = £70 on ebay
Roof, mirrors respray in black+spoiler respray & fitting = £400
seat covers = £47
custom car mats ~ £40-50
resprayed rev counted and fan rings myself with the can of red paint. Mixed the right paint at halfords for £17. You just need to say the color code and wait.
Steering wheel cover £10 (now i took it away coz it was slightly too big).
Audio speakers Pioneer TS-g1021i 4" and TS-g1022i 4" (you can choose any brand for any price but the size that matters here. If you buy bigger ones than 4" you may find it difficult to install. To be honest the sound quality is better but still poor because the tiny speakers can't do any BOOM BOOM stuff. For base you may need to look for under seat subwoofer or one in a back).
Toyota Seat belt pads from amazon
Gear knob and new red leather cover. Leather cover takes so time to change because you need to take the plastic frame carefuly and sew the new one on (my wife helped with this one :D )
For more extreme gear knob fans i would recommend to look for these ones and if you buy please post some pictures because i am thinking about one myself but its not a priority at the moment.
Peek a boo sticker £1.89 :D
Tiny areal with red tip :)
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Grit Spots Showing On Pearl White Paint
By Dave R.
I've had my Gen III 2012 Prius from new (since September 12). The last one was black, so I had a change and this time went for the pearl white paint finish.
I've never really been one for washing the car, but decided that I really ought to look after this one - after all, any stains are likely to show up, and it's a lease car, so I have to pay an insurance excess if there's any damage etc, at the end of the lease..... so it gets cleaned every couple of weeks.
However - with the car not 6 months and 15,000 miles old, the paintwork on the doors is peppered with lots of tiny black dots. I guess that some are tar spots, but others are more like particles of grit embedded in the paint.
I'm sure the old black Prius didn't have this problem (you can feel the specks on the door if you wipe down with your hand). Have I just been unlucky and driven through a recently tarred road (not really aware of having done so.... and the speckling seems to be getting worse over time) or is it that the latest paint finishes are very soft and prone to pick up grit?
Anyone else having a similar problem with the white paint?
Any suggestions on how to clean these off (without wrecking the paint)?
1996 E10 Pinstripe
I drive a 1996 1.6 CDX automatic and it has been repaired after damage to a rear wing. Part of the paint job neccesitated removing part of the pinstripe on the side of the body.
Was the pinstripe put on as standard or is it the work of a previous owner? My personal preference is to remove the rest of the stripe as I think they look a bit naff, but am slightly concerend that it is being used to mask a scratch or a previous botched paintjob.
Any advice would be most welcome!