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Old 23rd September 2008, 02:11   #106
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cheers:
i love my zen!
but i love my esteem even more.. its quite fast and the 1st 3 gear ratios are superbly chosen (for a petrolhead that is!)
i remember hormazd sorabjee's words in autocar india: wolf in sheep's skin
and the exciting review about how he took his friends in the 85bhp esteem with them thinking its the carburetted 65 bhp one.. they were flabbergasted
really really fascinated me (85 bhp was very healthy at that time)
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Old 23rd September 2008, 05:33   #107
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What kind of Paint are you getting done? as in, 2K or the duco?

Last year I got my NE painted at the end of summer, and it the monsoon hit just about then. The painter matched the White color during rain, and now my car looks Artic white only on a cloudy day, else it looks yellowish while!?!
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Old 23rd September 2008, 07:38   #108
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how many coats of color are you getting... I would recommend something dark like black or maroon.. do not go in for light colors as they are hard to maintain.
Sorry for OT and the late reply

you are first person from whom i am listening that a dark colour like black is easy to maintain than lighter colours
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Sorry for OT and the late reply

you are first person from whom i am listening that a dark colour like black is easy to maintain than lighter colours

The dark colors are recommended for the interiors and not the exterior, the exterior paint was finalized by Frankmetha, and was asking for upholstery colors.
Lighter color in a car tend to get dirty quit easily unless taken good care and needs cleaning often.
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Old 23rd September 2008, 21:29   #110
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saw the bumpers..
the colour has NICELY dried up on the car and its looking AS pearl as it can get.. lovely!
was disappointed a wee bit last night cos of the wet paint.. today all the fears disappeared, even in the night light.
didnt take photos though.. but i did take a photo of the bumper with the mesh that was freshly painted.. looking at the mesh here, i dont feel like painting it black now lol!

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Old 23rd September 2008, 21:54   #111
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Hey looks good, nice paint job. Can not wait to see the car completed, your getting the mesh in black or keeping it in this color?
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black.. white looks good but black on the mesh will look even better here..
considering the fact that the entire bumper is white, the contrast will look good!
even i cant wait for the car to be complete now.. was forcing my upholster to deliver the seats and he has now said saturday evening.. lets see
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Old 23rd September 2008, 22:08   #113
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@gendarmee

standox 2k original paint..
sorry about the ne, im a HUGE fan of its whiney engine and mushy gearbox which is still the best ever on a car till date!



one more question!!
i saw these BRIGHT white led lights that can be directly fitted in the slot where the interior light and the cabin lights are.. just the bulb needs to be replaced.
should i get them?


@cyrus
the engine bay had been painted yesterday itself.
the area behind the fuel filler has been painted also.. theres no visible area where the older colour still exists now..
the white colour has started highlighting the large gap between the 13" tyres and the wheel well now.. quite an eyesore but we must live with them

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standox 2k original paint..
sorry about the NE, im a HUGE fan of its whiney engine and mushy gearbox which is still the best ever on a car till date!
Nice.

Color isn't that bad, just that it isn't the exact shade that we wanted, now its sort off a different kind of 2 tone color!
Just so used too the NE that cant get an equal replacement!
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and yea, my zen is totally debadged but i dont wanna go for a debadged look on this one too.. so bought the original chrome lettering for the car.. all the badges including the 1.3l for the sides too.. lol
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The Mesh Looks REALLY good!! Actually, think twice before painting it black!! Whats the status on the Grille Mesh??

OT:
If there is a zen up for sale, will you please let me know! Preferably, MH01,,if not then MH02 or MH03.
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grille mesh:bought the type 2 (and half) esteem grille and chopped off the maruti logo..
lo and behold! there's a mesh!


ok .. bawa's got me confused here!!

BLACK mesh OR WHITE?

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Lemme work some photoshop magic again!! Wait a while..I have an Idea!!
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oh nice.. ps to glory..



oh and by the way:
update on the light smoking: we went to the standox booth to ensure that the right way to do it is what i've mentioned earlier..
and its seconded by them...
here's how it goes:
1. sandpaper the lights well with no. 800-no. 2000 sandpaper.. the higher the number, the finer the particles
2. wash with water very very well
3. buff with the roller
4. hold spray gun of desired colour (1:5 paint:lacquer) about 2-3 feet away from the source and spray in long bursts making sure you don't spray too much or too less at one place at a time.
5. let it dry
6. if you want a matte finish let it be, but if u want a glossy finish then clear coat it and wax it...



this is my DIY guide and will be considered successful only after trying it on my car..
doing that tomorrow.. hope for the best!

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oh nice.. ps to glory..



oh and by the way:
update on the light smoking: we went to the standox booth to ensure that the right way to do it is what i've mentioned earlier..
and its seconded by them...
here's how it goes:
1. sandpaper the lights well with no. 800-no. 2000 sandpaper.. the higher the number, the finer the particles
2. wash with water very very well
3. buff with the roller
4. hold spray gun of desired colour (1:5 paint:lacquer) about 2-3 feet away from the source and spray in long bursts making sure you don't spray too much or too less at one place at a time.
5. let it dry
6. if you want a matte finish let it be, but if u want a glossy finish then clear coat it and wax it...



this is my DIY guide and will be considered successful only after trying it on my car..
doing that tomorrow.. hope for the best!
thanks for the DIY Guide! I Wanna try it in the future!!
Also, Now that i have seen the White Mesh, I suggest you keep it white till it goes on the car.

Here is a darker black mesh! But it isnt clear as the photo is not very detailed!
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