Stunning Mustang Customisation and Respray

Stunning Mustang Customisation and Respray

You may want to go and get yourself a nice cup of tea and a biscuit as such a beautiful classic deserves a king-size blog!

This amazing project came to us through Moonshine Motors, a local American vehicle specialist workshop based in Derby. They introduced us to the owner after we resprayed a Ferrari 308 GTS for them earlier in 2019. Having had bad experiences with body shops in the past (including the ‘business’ that originally painted this mustang) had given them reservations about recommending. After seeing the Ferrari not only were they highly impressed with the quality of our workmanship, but also the ability to turn the jobs round in a more reasonable amount of time than they had previously experienced.

When the vehicle arrived on site with us the bodywork was not of a particularly good finish to say the least. There were many imperfections in the paint, inconsistent panel gaps, distortion, the list was endless. Not the kind of finish you would expect considering the company that carried out the work had the car for over two years?!

We were also tasked to fit a large bonnet scoop, which although being a bit of a 'love or hate' addition certainly added to the presence of the front end (not that it needed any help in that area).

The first step was to measure and realign all the panels. This may sound like an easy task but it had been made that much harder by panels being modified and in some cases shims added rather than aligning them correctly. The front panel and chin spoiler were particularly challenging, they were so tight fitting that they required a lot of modification to line up correctly and prevent them from causing future issues. We also discovered when measuring the panels and the gaps that one front wing was several inches shorter than the other?! A correctly sized new wing was supplied and fitted so that we could begin the panel alignment process. Due to the size and weight of the panels this was a 2-technician job throughout, one to undo / tighten the bolts whilst the second supported the panel. Once we were satisfied that the gaps were consistent all handles, mirrors, trims etc were removed.

We had to disregard that this car had recently been painted, unfortunately every panel was going to require a lot of work as the panels themselves were all so badly distorted. Every panel was carefully manipulated, filled and sanded to make sure every bit of distortion was removed. As you can see from the images, there was a lot of work required for this to be up to the standard required by the owner. Although an arduous task for even the most patient of technicians, it was all completed to perfection ahead of schedule ready to be fully primed.

The large bonnet scoop was quite testing due to the size of the item. This needed mounting to the top of the bonnet before being smoothed in. The aim was to ensure a seamless join so that it looked to be part of the original bonnet, which is exactly what we achieved!

The final stage of the preparation work was to fully prime and flat the whole vehicle. To get this car ready for paint took many hours, even the very best paint can’t hide poor prep work, so nothing short of 100% will ever do.

The owner had chosen a metallic grey colour which we applied before several coats of premium lacquer. The lacquer was then fully flatted down and machine polished to give it that ‘smooth as glass’ look. The gloss level that our premium lacquer gives and more importantly, retains, isn’t done justice by the images. The depth and reflections that could be seen in this paint were truly amazing.

As the car was loaded up onto the trailer to go back to Moonshine it was a truly proud moment. Off to finish the mechanical work, so as such we weren’t required to fit the glass, lights etc as this was already removed before it came in.

Absolutely amazing job by the CCC team. An interesting experience and we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to be involved in such a great project.

Needless to say the owner was very happy with the result and the much more swifter turnaround time that we were able to complete this project in.

The really happy ending to this story is that as we kept to the set deadline the owner was able to surprise his son and use the car to take him to his school prom, I bet that turned some heads!!

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Alfa Romeo Paintwork Restoration

Alfa Romeo Paintwork Restoration

Alfa Romeo Paintwork Restoration at Complete Car Cosmetics Derby.

To round another busy year off we squeezed in this minor paintwork restoration on an old Alfa Romeo, well that’s how it started...

The car itself was pretty solid where it needed to be, the usual areas of corrosion on most cars are the wheel arches and this Alfa’s rear arch was pretty badly affected.

Once we had removed all the corrosion there was a large section of the inner and outer rear arch missing, particularly on the passenger side.

We sub-contracted the metalwork out to a company that specialise in this type of work as it requires bespoke fabrication and they returned truly outstanding craftsmanship.

This made the final re-construction of the arch a lot more straight forward for us, removing the need for excessive amounts of filler.

It always makes financial sense to cover as much work as possible in one visit, this makes the repair process more cost effective for our customers.

Working our way around the car we found other issues that would require our attention before the car was going to go any where near the spray booth!

These ‘other issues’ included:

  • Large stone chips and cracks to the fibreglass bonnet
  • Front and rear bumpers chipped and cracked
  • Paint reactions from poor previous work where ‘economical / localised repairs’ had been carried out
  • Door edge damage
  • Tailgate dents + scratches
  • Corroded mirror unit bases

The repair and preparation work was carried out by our skilled panel technicians before being passed over to the painters to apply the paint, ensuring a flawless finish.

The finished product was another piece of fine work by all the team involved at Complete Car Cosmetics and a vehicle to proudly put our repair stamp upon.

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Green VW T5 Paint Repair

Green VW T5 Paint Repair

Green VW T5 Transporter Paint Repair / Respray at Complete Car Cosmetics Derby.

This van came to us a little worse for wear after someone used a product that was excessive to remove the vinyl lettering they wanted to take off and it took the paint off with it!

We had a job on our hands here...

Firstly all the side and front glass was removed to ensure a good paint seal, along with all the mouldings, handles and mirror units. Our immediate attention then turned to sanding the paint down to remove all the rough surfaces where the paint had been affected before we re-primed the panels.

We may make this all sound incredibly quick and easy but it is a task that has to be carried out to perfection as paint hides nothing, especially poor prep work!

Once the panels had been primed and prepped, it was time to establish the colour it had previously been painted! As our customer had bought it already in the custom colour they had no information as to what colour or type of paint it had been painted in! Given that the colour was a one-off pearl finish the task of establishing the colour began. Fortunately we have the assistance of full technical support with our paint mixing scheme when we need it (which isn’t too often!). With our combined knowledge / equipment and with Akzo-Nobels expertise we were able to match the colour, much to the delight of the new owner.

Another great job by all the team involved at Complete Car Cosmetics with another extremely happy customer!

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Peugeot Tailgate Damage Repair

Peugeot Tailgate Repair

Tailgate damage repaired at Complete Car Cosmetics Derby.
 

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Fiesta ST Accident Damage Repair

Fiesta ST – Accident Damage Repair

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Insurance authorised repair on this accident damaged Fiesta ST, another faultless job for the team at CCC!

Our customer nominated us (as opposed to using the ‘insurers repairer’) to carry out the repairs to their pride and joy after viewing our many online reviews.

We liaised directly with the customers insurance company’s engineer to ensure the repairs to this vehicle were carried out swiftly and correctly.

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20 Year Old Jaguar – Deep Gloss Finish!

20 Year Old Jaguar – Deep Gloss Finish!

Great job by the team at CCC on this owner's pride and joy.

Certainly doesn’t look 20 years old now with that deep gloss finish!

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Maxton Aero kit fitted to Focus RS

Maxton Aero kit fitted to Focus RS

Maxton Aero kit fitted perfectly to this beautiful Focus RS.

Another very satisfied customer for Complete Car Cosmetics Derby.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport – Accident Damage Repair

Land Rover Discovery Sport accident damage repair

Land Rover Discovery Sport with a large dent to the rear quarter.

Repaired and painted by our highly skilled team recently, returning it to its perfect pre-accident condition

Another very satisfied customer for Complete Car Cosmetics.

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BMW M3 CSL – rear quarter damage repair

BMW M3 CSL rear quarter damage repair

Rare BMW M3 CSL we were entrusted to repair the rear quarter on this week. We repair all makes and models, from just a stone chip to a full respray.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport – Accident Damage Repair

Land Rover Discovery Sport accident damage repair

Land Rover Discovery Sport with a large dent to the rear quarter.

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