Dogconker

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About Dogconker

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    S.O.C Official Forza Painter
  • Birthday July 6

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  • Location:
    Staffordshire
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    wildlife photography
  • Subaru Model
    XV 2.0D SE

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  1. Dogconker

    XV Birthday Cake

    Yeah that’s Herbie, he’s one of those naturally cute dogs!!
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    XV Birthday Cake

    Not going to lie, I am seriously impressed with how much it looks like an XV
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    XV Birthday Cake

    So, it’s my wife’s birthday next week, we’re going away in the caravan and meeting friends there, she doesn’t know this yet. but my real reason for my post is the cake I had made by TLC Cake Design. Looks pretty good did it from a photo, will be a shame to cut into it
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    Ceramic Paint Treatment - Test

    Ok, so it has been almost 2 months since I treated my car with a ceramic coating, the car was filthy, covered in fine dust and sandy water marks, mud and bug splats. So first thing I did was test the hydrophobic effect of the Hydrosilex coating, as video below, actually quite surprised at the result considering the paint felt like sandpaper. Water did repel off the paintwork and left the surface dry with a few beads. so then to cleaning the car, the guide says just pressure wash off, no need to clean with soap, dry with a good quality drying cloth (I used a meguair’s one) then lightly buff with a good quality microfibre towel. So how did that go? Well me and the wife hoovered and cleaned the inside of both XVs, washed the outside, quick spray of detailing spray to remove some stubborn braie dust and bug splats, though still much easier than normal. End result was 2 cars that look like they had had 2-3 hours work each on them, look freshly waxed, actually very impressed as we did both cars including the insides in 1hr 10mins. what you can’t see is that the paint feels as smooth as glass, I would have had to clay the whole car to get it that smooth normally And the cars look freshly waxed, even though all I have done is pressure wash, dry and buff (and a little detailing spray for the stubborn bits). it even works on the plastics, glass and matt finishes, even my windscreen app s hydrophobic now! So my summary review? This stuff really works, and I mean really, really works, it’s really easy to put on, once you’ve removed all the old wax and swirl marks, makes the car really easy to clean to a showroom finish without any effort and very little time. One thing I would say is use the dry application method, as tempting as it is to do the quick fix, all the detailers say you get a better finish with a dry application. You can buy it from Hydrosilexglobal.com costs about £36 for a mid sized bottle of which we used about 2 thirds to do both cars. I am seriously impressed with this stuff!
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    I’m not sure I’d go with the orange, i reckon black or clear might be more my taste. You might be best bonding it rather than riveting, as you say rivets creat a lot of stress on the plastic. have you been out with them fitted becayse I have a sneaky suspicion that they will howl like a banshee 😂 you’ll have to let us know how you get on.
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    I quite like the more aggressive look it gives the car to be fair. I bought mine with the car so it was a dealer install, cost me £80 + vat to supply and fit which wasn’t bad. Looks even better if you dechome it 😉
  7. Dogconker

    What did you do to your XV today???

    Threw me then, I thought found my car! 😂 it does help protect the bonnet from bug splats
  8. Dogconker

    What did you do to your XV today???

    I seem to have fewer chips thanmy wife’s old car that didn’t have one, the hydrosilex is supposed to help because it putd a tough silica layer over the clear coat. I used that Chipex system for chip repairs, was actually quite good, took some time but better results than I have had with any other system.
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    I am consideringbit to be fair, I need to see first if it lasts, if it does I’ll order some more, so far though the car is still beading and anything that lands on it seems to get washed off with rain, it’s not been cleaned for over a week will see how long it goes for
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    Defintely much easier to tow if you don’t drive straight over the top of the biggest hill in the peak district, journey back through Ashbourne a lot easier. It’s the length that’s the issue 12m long in total. Still, with my new ceramic coating still working well it still looked shiny
  11. Dogconker

    What did you do to your XV today???

    It is clean but not got the pull of the Euro 5, which is just as well as my wife gave me directions to the Peak District and took me past the highest village in England, with a really long steep drag up to the top which at one point had me in second gear!! made it though, I think we’ll find an easier route back
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    Shock!! I’ve just seen a TV advert fir Subaru XV on Channel 5!!
  13. Dogconker

    Ceramic Paint Treatment - Test

    So car has been coated a week now, this morning it was covered in dust and pollen etc, paint felt quite a bit gritty especially having towed tge caravan nearly 100miles and also down a crushed stone road, but we had a downpour this evening, water beaded on paint even though it was obviously dusty and dirty, just as it did in the video I posted earlier, rubbed my hand over the paint and it felt as smooth as silk again, so I guess it’s self cleaning in terms of dust etc. Even the bug splats on front bumper had mostly come off, just needed a help. But without me doing anything to it it looks like glass again. Actually quite impressed!
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    Ceramic Paint Treatment - Test

    Yes I will, towing a caravan at the weekend sk will pick up some crid, pollen etc. I wiper some bird muck off yesterdat that had gone solid but when I wiped it it just slid off. i meam you still have to clean the car but inlike was this finish doesn’t wash off it can only be abraded off. will see what the car looks like in a week or two
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    Ceramic Paint Treatment - Test

    Update. wife’s car is done so now to see how long it lasts and to see if I buy any more. Used about a third to 3/4s of a small bottle but I imagine you’d a lot less on subsequent treatments, anyway for now they both look the dogs! Very impressed. Lets see if it last the 9-12months they claim