Cosmic Grey 2005 EP3 Civic Type R

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Right then! Finally had chance to put my new trim removal tools to work and have a look at the inner sills through the rear speaker holes. I removed the rear bench for better access to the speaker trim panels first and glad I did:



Only a bit of surface rust, but not having that! I removed the seat belts & buckles, then prepped and painted with Hammerite 'direct to rust' gloss black:



Much better!

Right, onto the inner sills:




Not too bad, and just surface rust. You can see where I had the plates welded in from earlier. I removed the scab of rust from the passenger side where the new plate was welded in and used a can of Waxoyl Rustproofing on both inner sills - kills old rust / prevents new rust:



And the results, looking much better in there:





I cleaned up all the dust on the trim behind the speaker grills, gave the rear bench the Woolite treatment, and got the speakers, trims and rear bench all refitted.

And that's the latest on the car, more to come...... :D
 
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Another job done today. Since realising the pre-facelift came with a fuel filler pipe cover, and I've removed my nasty arch liners, I figured I'd get hold of one.

Surprisingly, Lings have them in stock! :eek:

Ordered from them, and it turned up a few days later:




Car jacked up, on jack stand with wheel off:



Cover fitted:




Another job off the list! And lastly, a garage lighting interior shot:



Despite being 16 years old, I still think it's a great looking interior! :cool:

ttfn! :D
 
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Right then! Finally had chance to put my new trim removal tools to work and have a look at the inner sills through the rear speaker holes. I removed the rear bench for better access to the speaker trim panels first and glad I did:



Only a bit of surface rust, but not having that! I removed the seat belts & buckles, then prepped and painted with Hammerite 'direct to rust' gloss black:



Much better!

Right, onto the inner sills:




Not too bad, and just surface rust. You can see where I had the plates welded in from earlier. I removed the scab of rust from the passenger side where the new plate was welded in and used a can of Waxoyl Rustproofing on both inner sills - kills old rust / prevents new rust:



And the results, looking much better in there:





I cleaned up all the dust on the trim behind the speaker grills, gave the rear bench the Woolite treatment, and got the speakers, trims and rear bench all refitted.

And that's the latest on the car, more to come...... :D
Awesome mate! Did you remove rust completely prior to painting, or just Waxoyl over top as it's a converter/treatment? Ask as i've started on mine, and its an absolute b*stard trying to d through speaker holes blind.
 
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Thanks mate :smt023

I previously had that area cut out and plated/welded (earlier in the thread). The rest of the surface corrosion on the inner sills, I originally coated with Jenolite rust converter on both sides. I then decided to use the Waxoyl rust treat / rust protect to keep it treated and protected, and also to make it more aesthetically pleasing all in black. The good thing with the hammerite, is that the spray nozzle works on any angle of the can.

I kept spraying, then using my phone's video camera with flash to see where I'd missed, then kept spraying and repeating till I'd coated it all.

Yeah, access to that area is awful. You've done well to get a wire brush down there! I feel sorry for your knuckles! :(

Craig
 
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Thanks mate :smt023

I previously had that area cut out and plated/welded (earlier in the thread). The rest of the surface corrosion on the inner sills, I originally coated with Jenolite rust converter on both sides. I then decided to use the Waxoyl rust treat / rust protect to keep it treated and protected, and also to make it more aesthetically pleasing all in black. The good thing with the hammerite, is that the spray nozzle works on any angle of the can.

I kept spraying, then using my phone's video camera with flash to see where I'd missed, then kept spraying and repeating till I'd coated it all.

Yeah, access to that area is awful. You've done well to get a wire brush down there! I feel sorry for your knuckles! :(

Craig
Ha ha that's been my trick to see progress, camera with flash :D

I'm probably going to take your advice with the Waxoyl after removing as much as possible. Peace of mind it's protected as much as possible then. Probably going to finish with Hammerite direct to rust silver just for rust overkill too.
 
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Ha ha that's been my trick to see progress, camera with flash :D

I'm probably going to take your advice with the Waxoyl after removing as much as possible. Peace of mind it's protected as much as possible then. Probably going to finish with Hammerite direct to rust silver just for rust overkill too.
No problem mate, don't think there's such a thing as overkill on rust with these cars!! :lol:
 
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Well, time for an update I guess!

So, I messed up and thought the cars MOT expired on the 20/11, when it actual fact it was the 2/11 :rolleyes:

Put the car in for MOT and it failed on handbrake efficiency :( Although not a bad single fail for a 15 year old car!

Due to the Covid-19 backlog of 6 months grace of mot expiration, the earliest they could get the car in for sorting the handbrake and retest was 2 weeks later. Damn....

I only drive the car once a week and it's garaged, so no big deal really. Cue 2 delivered food shops on the only slot available 10-11pm on a Friday night :lol:

Anyway, fast forward 2 weeks later, and the car is back in for the handbrake issue and mot retest. Also had them do an oil and filter change using Millers finest 5W40 FS while it was in. Rear brakes stripped and sorted. Believe it was a partially binding caliper.

Anyway:



Also grabbed a shot of the car when I got back from the MOT garage in the mist. Interior lights on leaving an arty silhouette of the Recaro seats :cool:



ttfn :D
 
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Been a while since last update, so here we are.

Few weekends ago, I jumped in the car and the battery was completely flat, prob enough to put on the dash lights and that was it! Sister's fella come round to jump the car off his Audi, and she started straight away. Thinking nothing more of it, that it was a case of cold garage, not driven that often, I went about my day.

I then decided to try start the car again 3 days later, completely flat again. Time for a new battery! Looked up the code for the old battery online, and found it was manufactured in 2014, so lasted pretty well, given shelf life is 3-5 years!

Ordered a new Bosch S4 battery from Euro Car Parts, which arrived next day.

So, out in the freezing cold, old battery disconnected and removed. Happy to see the battery shelf is in good shape. I gave it a clean while the battery was out:


Also cleaned the black plastic battery tray:


Battery fitted:




car all well again :D

Not much of an update, but, little things!
 
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Now then, not been an update since Feb (where has that time gone?!). So.....

Not been up to much with the car, it's pretty much how I want it, so just been driving it. I did, however notice some light surface rust on the rear arch lips. So it was reason enough for some work to be done.

As I'd already protected / waxoyled the welding I had done previously, I decided to do the arch lips in black 'direct to rust' hammerite to line up with it.

First up, gave the arch lips a clean, and then followed up with some masking. Small strips, one at a time to get the curvature of the arch:



and a close up of what I wanted to sort out:



Both arches masked up, I set about applying the hammerite black. All done and looking fresh and tidy:





Pretty happy with that. In addition, took some shots of the car in the sun - also T cut and polished the headlights:





Owned the car for 3 years, 1 month now and still love driving it :D

Thanks for looking as always,

Craig
 
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