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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/02 15:39:11 (permalink)
Just took the car down to the Alps for a long weekend. 1400 miles of lovely clear French roads. Car was superb and didn't miss a beat on either motorway or alpine roads. No rain so had the roof down the entire time.
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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/02 16:00:47 (permalink)
Nice what parts did you visit, any issues with the current problems? Any pictures?
 
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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/02 16:16:11 (permalink)
Very nice. Would be interested to hear what the situation is over there with accommodation etc
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Nice what parts did you visit, any issues with the current problems? Any pictures?
 




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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/02 18:43:24 (permalink)
Sounds lovely did you bother with travel insurance as foreign travel still not advised or has that changed?  Hard to keep up these days!!!
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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/02 18:45:47 (permalink)
Good question and is car ok, insurance wise?
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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/03 09:48:21 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Nigelh 2020/07/03 10:04:35
Hi all, we are lucky enough to have a place there (near Chatel), so just spent time travelling around locally. Rubbish at taking pictures but here's two I managed to take, including a very empty Eurotunnel train! Car insurers said all was ok but Travel Insurance was a no no.
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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/03 09:53:44 (permalink)
......needless to say we're now in quarantine until 10th July !!
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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/03 10:09:01 (permalink)
Wonderful. Thanks for the info. Was due to take mine this week (Languedoc area) but hopeful for later in the year... 
post edited by Nigelh - 2020/07/03 10:10:20
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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/03 20:26:37 (permalink)
Finished "refurbishing" my wheels on a DIY basis.  My advise for anyone faced with 20 spoke wheels that are in a poor cosmetic condition is to get them done professionally!  This particularly applies if they are, like mine, originally chromed.  I found it very time consuming to try and rub down all the spokes and trying to spray them with rattle cans was difficult given the various surfaces that the spokes presented.  Also very wasteful of paint as a lot of it went between the spokes!
It obviously depends on the condition and type of wheels.  If they had been straightforward not too bad alloy turbo styles then yes a good job probably can be done. But with lots of spokes and corrosion then the tyres should have come off and the valves taken out so all parts could have been accessed to do a proper job.
My wheels now look a lot better than before (see pic) but they are not perfect.  I used just over 4 cans of Hycote etching primer and just over 4 cans of Hycote silver wheel paint.  I also used part of a can of Hycote Adhesion promoter where copper was showing through under chrome.  One tip is that the etching primer is fairly dark and this has resulted in a darker than expected silver.  If I was doing it again I would put a coat of white primer on first before the silver.  
Although it has been interesting to do, if they need doing again then they will go somewhere to be blasted with the tyres off and a thick layer of filler primer before getting a professional spray job.  Most of the main refurbishers wouldn't touch them because of the chrome but I did find some of a more "back street" nature who would have done it although not guaranteeing that they would be as good as new.
 

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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/04 09:57:21 (permalink)
Well done for persevering - I think I would have given up. Sanding down something is my most hated job.
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Re: What did you do with your 996 today? 2020/07/04 20:41:16 (permalink)
Good job on the wheels. Done this twice on other cars and know the pain you went through. Only you know the imperfections, others will not notice.

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