Update 4: Summer Makeover!
One of the things that bothered me about 1994 Peugeot 405 Mi16 since I brought it back from Cooma it was the messy paint on the roof, spoiler and lower valance.
To be honest, the front of the car was simply strewn with 320,000 kilometers of stone chips, while the roof and spoiler were victims of the famous European drought of the 1990s.
Both needed a little love and a chance conversation with a friend, Glenn, over the Christmas holidays provided an opportunity (or an excuse) and so the Pug went to visit the ‘stand’ for a cure. youth.
It’s not a big-budget repair job, though, and nothing as fancy as glass removal or dent repair was even considered.
Mask. To block. Preperation. To paint. Shine.
The easiest of all repaint recipes.
A quick scan on the Paint Color Chart website confirmed that my duco was Magnum Gray Metallic with a much less exciting codename of ETA. Paint is recommended to cover a dark undercoat for a solid but relatively conservative “stormy” gray finish.
The most extreme part of the prep process was removing the front fog lights, which required some fine wiring anyway, and gluing on the plastic mask for the rest of the car. Keeping the interior glass and trim made this job much easier, and since the car was never claimed to be anywhere near concours condition, the touch-up approach worked well.
This was further streamlined when Glenn, while prepping the surfaces, noted that other panels were slightly off in terms of color match and commented that “this is not the car’s first visit to the shop of panels”. A quote for the ages if there ever was one.
Two coats and a clear coat, the car was left to dry over the weekend and given a quick buff to encourage all the other panels to look their best.
And, for a 30-year-old Frenchie, 320,000 km sounds pretty sharp!
Emboldened by the car’s chic new look, I was keen to up its sporty quotient by replacing the chrome rubbed inserts with red ones, like on the Peugeot 205 GTi. As factory parts they are expensive and hard to find, so I thought some improvisation was in order.
The insert strip is exactly 80mm wide. Ideally, electrical tape is too.
Ghetto mods don’t get much more frugal than this, and despite using professional-grade Nitto tape, the entire car trim wrapping process costs $4.
To ensure a solid “stick”, we prepped the chrome surface with 1200 grit sandpaper and cleaned it with rubbing alcohol. Just because I’m cheap doesn’t mean I can’t be thorough!
The tape was carefully labeled in place and left overnight to form a strong bond.
I won’t lie. As a cost-reward result, it looks fantastic (from a distance). Xibit itself would be proud.
To complete the transformation, I even added my 1990 Paris-Dakar Peugeot Camel Racing Team sticker for a period look.
The little Peugeot was due to make an appearance in an upcoming episode of Drive TV, so I wanted it to look a little less sketchy.
How did it all work?
Well, let’s just say the Mi16 story doesn’t end there…
Actual status – Look precisely!
Odometer – 321,207
Following – It was a meeting!