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Post by Gar Green on Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:15 am

You're right, I don't ever intended on using it, but I would rather have it and not, than not have it and need it.
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Post by Gar Green on Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:24 pm

Here's a teaser for you

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Post by Loveness on Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:49 pm

That's a beaut Gar! Black badge would finish it off nicely.

I had considered attempting a plastidip job to do the same thing but this may change my plan...
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Post by Gar Green on Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:55 pm


Just got my grille back from being wrapped gloss black.

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I think it sets the front off nicely, and not being a fan of chrome, it's worked out well.

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Post by Loveness on Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:20 pm

That looks great, where did you have it done?
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Post by Gar Green on Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:39 pm

Loveness wrote:That looks great, where did you have it done?

A local sign writer did it for me www.weekswork.co.uk

I'm happy with it at the moment. They also wrapped another numberplate backing trim that I had as i'm getting paint peel on this one. I didn't have time to remove the bumper to fit that so i'll get it done next week. I've also kept my standard grille to hand just in case I have a change of heart and want to revert back.
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Post by JDVitara on Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:12 am

I can't find these in the Aftermarket Accessories section - am I missing something... tee hee! Very Happy
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Post by Gar Green on Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:22 am

JDVitara wrote:I can't find these in the Aftermarket Accessories section - am I missing something... tee hee! Very Happy

It's the standard grille that I took apart and had the individual chrome strips wrapped in gloss black vinyl.
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Post by Gar Green on Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:13 pm

A special package arrived in the post, from the land down under.

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As some of you may know, the Vitara S is known as Vitara Turbo in Oz, and has the badges to match. They're unavailable in the UK and as I found out, very hard to get hold of.

I'm thinking about removing the S badge as I think it looks a little over crowded. And the S can easily be replaced.
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Post by Gar Green on Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:17 pm


My new spot pad kit turned up this weekend, It was bought from www.cleanyourcar.co.uk.

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This is going to be used with my DA polish machine to tackle the swirl marks which currently reside on the pillars and infotainment surround. I chose to go for Poor Boys cutting compound and matching quick detailing spray as they're a brand I trust.

Results to follow...
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Post by Gar Green on Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:59 pm

Out and about in the sunshine today and couldn't resist to grab a few photos

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Post by Gar Green on Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:27 pm

Bit of an LED interior light upgrade done today,

Looks a lot more modern now.

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Post by maddog66 on Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:15 am

Gar Green wrote:Bit of an LED interior light upgrade done today

What bulbs did you use for the interiors??
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Post by Gar Green on Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:22 pm

Festoon bulbs for the center light and sun visors and 501 for the map lights.
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Post by JDVitara on Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:05 pm

Are the centre and sun visor led replacements the actual festoon shape or do they have an aluminium heatsink on opposite side to the led's?
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Post by Gar Green on Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:53 am

JDVitara wrote:Are the centre and sun visor led replacements the actual festoon shape or do they have an aluminium heatsink on opposite side to the led's?

Just festoon. Same ones as I used for the centre rear lamp. But the pins needed a little squeeze together to hold the lEf tight.
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Post by Ziga Vitara on Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:14 pm

I have now seen your front grille wrapped in black, it looks awesome!
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Post by Gar Green on Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:31 am

Ziga Vitara wrote:I have now seen your front grille wrapped in black, it looks awesome!

I'm currently back on my chrome grille, I lost one of the black slats because I didn't re-fit correctly, entirely my fault.

So, I have 4/5ths of a £140 black grille if anyone wants a project
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Post by Gar Green on Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:57 pm

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Post by Tributeeiir on Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:24 pm

So pretty

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Post by Yorkshire pud on Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:58 pm

I really love that brilliant red colour! But will it fade with age or has that issue been fixed with modern paints?
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Post by Gar Green on Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:28 am

Yorkshire pud wrote:I really love that brilliant red colour! But will it fade with age or has that issue been  fixed with modern paints?

It won’t fade, no. But, if not cared for correctly you may get oxidisation which will give you a faded appearance and a rough surface.
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Post by Grumpy Souter on Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:31 am

Just got round to posting pictures of my wrapped grill. Unlike Gar I used matt vinyl.
A WORD OF WARNING: My first wrap was with gloss vinyl which I then replaced with matt, when removing the gloss the adhesive pulled off the plastic "chrome" and and rendered the chrome bits useless. If you wish to remove vinyl always warm with a hair dryer to soften the glue.
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Post by blackbart on Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:34 pm

I must admit I have not yet looked but is it easy to remove the chrome slats?

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Post by Gar Green on Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:25 am

blackbart wrote:I must admit I have not yet looked but is it easy to remove the chrome slats?

Few screws for the backing plastics, few more screws holding the chrome in and then they slide out.
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