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TOPIC: Meet "Graham" - early Mini R56 Cooper

Meet "Graham" - early Mini R56 Cooper 5 months 1 week ago #54089

One of my 2nd cousins visited after Xmas, this is their 2001 Cooper, one of the last ones built. It's been a daily driver since new & TBH I don't know how much more life it's got left in it - maybe a couple of years of increasing patching, but it's really got to the point it needs a full restoration, which will be completely uneconomic :(

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Meet "Graham" - early Mini R56 Cooper 1 month 1 week ago #55530

My first attempt at vinyl wrapping - satin birdseye maple on the two hard dash trim parts:

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Meet "Graham" - early Mini R56 Cooper 1 month 1 week ago #55531

Also had a go at the mirror caps - after the passenger side took a bit of a knock I wanted to make it a bit more visible ... I got a used pair off eBay, and hoping that BMW's use of water based paint extended to the mirror caps, I gave them a light rubbing down, primed with Hycote White Plastic Primer, then rubbed down again..

The first colour coat (Hycote Fiat Golden Yellow) went on fine, but near the end of the 2nd coat, one of the caps got hit by what I thought was a kamikaze greenfly. After leaving it 48hrs turned out to be a very small flower petal held on by the merest touch, so came off really easily.

Colour coat 3 went on, then a couple of coats of clear. I went a bit too far on one & got a large sag :( I left it for a week before rubbing out. TBH I'm happy with the standard I achieved, but I'm unconvinced by the overall look now.







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Meet "Graham" - early Mini R56 Cooper 1 month 1 week ago #55532

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Meet "Graham" - early Mini R56 Cooper 1 month 1 week ago #55533

Amazing work on your cooper Jonny. Congrats.

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