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post Sep 2 2010, 09:54 AM
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Hi everyone, New to this Forum and proud owner of a recently repaired Insurance Write Off.

The car is a 2006 XD Elantra 2.0 HVT Auto. Bought it from the "Hail Damaged "car Auctions.

Not sure how to post photos here so i will attempt to just use my photobucket. Here is the car being repaired -



Just after painting it -



During the week we had the car inspected at our Motor Registration Department and it was passed and Registered.

Now it sits in my garage and i will begin to Detail it properly over the next couple of weeks. First job will be a polish using the Flex Polishing Machine together with Lake Country CCS Pads and Menzerna polishes. Then i will seal the paint with ChemicalGuys Jetseal 109, followed by a wax with Wolfgang Fuzion. The new paint should have a nice shine by the time it is finished.

Thought i might photograph the different processes as it is done over the next couple of weeks and post the photos on this Thread if anybody is interested. I am not a detailing professional - just a weekend enthusiast.

This is the first Elantra that i have owned and really enjoying it so far.

Look forward to meeting you all via the keyboard and hope to post here regularly.

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post Sep 2 2010, 11:22 AM
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post Sep 2 2010, 04:54 PM
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Hi Fellas, Thanks for the warm welcome.

The car looks a whole lot better already. It was painted about a month ago, and has already been scuffed and then buffed with Farecla cutting compound.

Here is how it looks before i start the Autopian Polish





Also need to figure out how to get the black side mouldings back to black again, as i was a bit clumsy with the sander and the mouldings now have that awful whitish look. Have been reading the Thread about making them shine in black again. Tried a few methods last night without great success, so i am going to wet rub them with 600 grit, followed by a dressing. Should work - but i will lose the Textured finish in the process. But shiny black is better than Textured white.

Here is a Link to my photobucket account which has photos of the Elantra and a few other Hail damaged cars we are repairing

http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg34/ro...damaged%20Cars/

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Wow that must have been one heck of a storm to knock the steering wheel over to the wrong side smile.gif

That looks like some seriously time consuming work. Any pics before the repair started?

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Great work.Its always nice to have a freshly painted car.


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WoW that's alot of damage! but it's looking really great!! If only Bigs wasn't taking his vacation and moving he'd be all over helping you.

I found for me that using some shoe polish worked great for my side moldings to get back to an even black colour. And I haven't had to re-apply it in over a year, and still looking great! I used KIWI brand (thought I make a review of it, but guess not) You should check out the review section and post up some results for everyone to read about.

A tip - if you're doing another Elantra, the black trim pieces can be relatively easily removed...


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afob3, Good one, but our steering wheels are on the correct side -



But not to worry, this one has the wheel on your side - This is my 69 Mustang Grande Coupe. We have just finished Restoring it. The main part of our panel work involves Importing and Restoring Mustangs.
The Hail damaged cars were a one in ten year event. Did not want to miss the opportunity to buy these cars at very low prices. The finished Hyundais are in great demand among the families of our people. Have not needed to advertise any for sale as yet. They are taking an average of one week each to repair and paint.





Do not have any before pics of the Elantra, but it was similar to this -



slowgls, I agree it is nice to have cars with fresh paint. Nothing more satisfying than making that paint absolutely gleem. The Elantra in this Thread has been a car that i have wanted to own and drive for a long time. Was always of the opinion that they are an ideal size of car. This model used to be advertised in Australia for $19,990 Drive Away - no more to pay.

Sarge, of all the Hail Damaged cars that we bought, the Elantra probably had average damage. Took one week to repair and paint. The Accent in the photos below was painted yesterday. It had the worst damage. Took our painter ( Andy ) 10 days work to get it to this stage. Pity i never took any before photos of it. It was hammered





This is the work on the roof of an accent he was working today -



Thanks for the tip about the boot polish. Will save a lot of work. I will take photos of the application and post results as you suggest.

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Hi a_v, Thanks for the welcome.

I see you are in Victoria. Sure wish i could be there tomorrow to see the Collingwood v Footscray game. Should be a Ripper.

Go the Mighty Magpies!!!

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Oh Yeah! You can kick a goal sometimes!

Speaking of which - we kicked a giant goal this week! - With the cars i mean.

We were faced with a bit of a dilemna. 2 of the Accents we bought had broken back windows, and another one had had the back seats removed by the previous owner. That car had been turned into a courier car with an MDF board where the back seats should have been. So i needed a set of back seats and also the rear seat belts. To replace the back windows on the other cars was going to cost $320 per car for the glass plus about $100 to fit. Figured if i could buy a smashed car then we would have a complete tailgate with window and also the back seats for the other car. Been waiting patiently for such a car to come up at the Auctions. Finally found one this week. Paid a total of $544 for the car, then my son drove from Adelaide to Ballarat in Victoria to pick it up.

Here is the car -



I was not sure whether a tailgate from a 3 door car would fit on a 5 door car, so this morning we fitted it up - Fits like a glove!



The bonnet on the smashed car had escaped the crash and was undamaged, so we fitted that as well. Both panels are the correct colour so the time saving alone was worth it. Figure that we saved $420 with the tailgate plus $270 on the bonnet, making a Total of $690 saved already. Bloody Ripper! It cost $300 to go and pick up the smashed car, so it owes $844 in real money. We will use the back seats for the other Accent. Problem solved! Then i will sell off the parts we do not need on Ebay and hope to turn a good profit overall. Started the engine today - all good.







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