My 2006 Deep Black 197

Discussion in 'Gallery' started by Helpimonfire, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. Robert_197

    Robert_197 Paid Member

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    Looks good mate. I reckon if you black the tyres the wheels will be spot on.
     

  2. Jimmy

    Jimmy Good cop Administrator

    Awesome shine on the Deep Black! They do look so good when they're spotless!
     
  3. Helpimonfire

    Helpimonfire Paid Member

    206
    Fakenham, Norfolk
    2006 Clio 197
    Shame it lasts about 3.8 seconds!

    Had lots of good comments at work today with regards to the black wheels and how shiny my paintwork was. I just need to man up now and take some cutting compound to the super dull paint on the drivers door...

    Also unblocked my drain holes in the scuttle panel. I swear there was about 60 gallons of water in there :oops: Took the chance to clean the PCV valve too, it wasn't too bad to be fair, looks like it was replaced within the last couple of years. I guess I put it back together properly, the car still runs fine :grin:
     
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  4. Helpimonfire

    Helpimonfire Paid Member

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    Fakenham, Norfolk
    2006 Clio 197
    The missus just sent me a message... My package has arrived. I got her to open it and send me pictures...

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    Totally being fitted tonight! :grin:
     
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  5. Dystant

    Dystant Detailing Dale Paid Member

    Manchester
    Clio 200 CUP
    Just read your thread mate, car looks really good and proper mean with the black alloys :thumb: looks like you did an excellent job for some rattle cans!

    Steering wheel looks ace! Is it alcantara? Bet you can't wait to get it fitted :smile:

    If you don't mind me asking who did you get it trimmed by?
     
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  6. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197 with boost
    the wheel looks great..full alcantara??
     
  7. Helpimonfire

    Helpimonfire Paid Member

    206
    Fakenham, Norfolk
    2006 Clio 197
    Cheers guys. The wheel was trimmed by Royal Steering Wheels, I got lucky because this was one they trimmed as a display piece. It was slightly different to my specs so Jack kindly offered a discount on it.

    Full black alcantara with black stitching and a red leather band at 12 o'Clock. It's transformed the look of the car. I want a retrimmed gear knob and gaiter now!
     

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  8. Helpimonfire

    Helpimonfire Paid Member

    206
    Fakenham, Norfolk
    2006 Clio 197
    Used my new Karcher and Karcher foam lance today. Not too bad to be fair. Did my car and my missus car with it, produced a half decent foam but seemed to run off fairly quick. Cut through a decent amount of the dirt too.
    Ended up using Karcher foam, Meguairs Ultimate Wash & Wax, Auto Smart pink polish (a bit past its best, I'll be replacing this I think!) Finished with Meguairs Quick Detailer on top.
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    Turns out, Laguna Silverstone alloys and 20mm spacers give you a bit of poke...
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  9. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197 with boost
    yeah a bit of a poke :sweatsmile::poke:
     
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  10. Christopher

    Christopher Paid Member

    756
    Manchester
    200 Clubsport
    If they're for track, I'd remove those spacers beforehand! You'll beast your arches.
     
  11. Helpimonfire

    Helpimonfire Paid Member

    206
    Fakenham, Norfolk
    2006 Clio 197
    It was more to see just how daft it would be. I think they may JUST fit if I got some 215/45/17s on instead of the 225s but it would be tight.

    The Laguna wheels will eventually become my daily wheels when I get some shorter bolts and get the tyres swapped over, then the standard alloys will get a decent refurb and a decent coat of paint before some fast road/track tyres get put on. At the moment they're battered to hell. The Laguna alloys on the other hand only have a few minor marks, the old boy I got them from was annoyed that the tyre fitter took a chunk out of the rim haha.
     
  12. Christopher

    Christopher Paid Member

    756
    Manchester
    200 Clubsport
    Yeah, decent plan. Do you have the option Speedlines? I was surprised how light they were for an OEM 17"!
     
  13. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    I recommend mjjc foam lance from aliexpress, it is under 20£ delivered. It makes lot thicker foam compared to kärcher own foamer.
    Another option is PA-lance from elitecarcare.co.uk. More expensive but really good quality. I have had it 4 years and i wash once/week. Never had any problems.
     
  14. Helpimonfire

    Helpimonfire Paid Member

    206
    Fakenham, Norfolk
    2006 Clio 197
    I wish! Just standard 197 alloys sadly!

    The Karcher one was included in the bundle so I thought I'd give it a go. First go with a foam lance, seemed like a good thing so can't complain. What foam do you use?
     
  15. Antti O

    Antti O Gold Member

    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    I use Bilt-hamber auto-foam.
    Pa-lance in max setting:

     
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  16. Helpimonfire

    Helpimonfire Paid Member

    206
    Fakenham, Norfolk
    2006 Clio 197
    Went for a short jaunt out tonight to get a picture for the POTM thread...

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    Nothing else been done really, after using my foam lance for the first time I've not touched the outside of the car and the water is still beading off it nicely. I have swapped out the lumpy and out of date AutoSmart Pink Polish for some Auto Glym Super Resin Polish, I may get some polish from work too, it's supposed to be pretty good. A guy at work uses it on his black Audi A5 and it still beads up lovely even though he last polished it a month ago!
     
  17. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

    R27, ///M CS, Exige V6
    Cracking photos mate! She's looking proper gorgeous there. Seeing it in silhouette like that really highlights what a perfect hot hatch shape the Clio 3 is.
     
  18. Helpimonfire

    Helpimonfire Paid Member

    206
    Fakenham, Norfolk
    2006 Clio 197
    For those that may be interested, photos were taken with a Canon 40D with a Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens, saturation tweaked a little in Imgur. I thought about just using my phone but I haven't touched my camera for a long time so I thought I'd blow the cobwebs off it :smiley:
     
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  19. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Moderator

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Second pic above suits my eye a treat.

    CRACKING !!!
     
  20. Chris

    Chris Bad cop Administrator

    Can't be bad having two awesome photos to enter into a competition, tough descision!
     

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