Episode 156. Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet. BP03 URK. (Part 2).

Well, the summer is finally here... Apparently, and what better way to haul your ass around than in a convertible?


Of course, when I took this photo it had rained, but that's OK, I have just planted some grass seed, and so I wasn't too worried about the rain, infact, I was glad to see it! Long term sufferers of my pointless views may well be wondering how I am getting along with the Beetle, and if I feel as disappointed with it as I did with my Golf cabriolet back in 2015. Well, I've got to say that I am getting along with it far better than I did the Golf! I realise that they're basically the same machine, but for some reason the prettier bodywork of the Beetle makes this car more appealing to me than any Golf has ever done! Except for perhaps...


My old mk1 Volkswagen Caddy, as far as Golfs go, this is the only one for me! My Volkwagen back catalogue is not huge, but it seems to go like this. Original Beetle cabriolet, loved it. Golf cabriolet, dissapointed with it. Caddy pick up, loved it. Scirocco, dissapointed with it, and now new Beetle cabriolet, really quite like it. I'm wondering at this point in time will my next Volkswagen encounter be met with disappointment? Anyway, I guess I'll burn that bridge when I get to it!


So for now, both Mrs Clint and I are swanning about with the roof down, and it's pretty cool if I'm honest. My feeling is that the Beetle isn't quite as good as the Focus, but its a pretty close thing. I like how the Focus looks, but the Beetle is a far better looking car. But that being said, if I could only keep one, it would be the Focus, simply because it drives better, it's more comfortable, and is slightly bigger. But there really is very little in it, honestly, to choose between the two it's almost at a point where I would flip a coin to decide!

Anyway, one area that my Beetle doesn't shine is the bodywork. you may remember that when I got it, it was covered in polka dots, all arranged in a hap-hazard manner. These polka-dots were all covering various blemishes on the bodywork, mainly chips, scratches and laquer peel. The worst of which was on the passengers side door. Even the four inch polka-dot couldn't hide this bad laquer peel...


Yep thats pretty bad, and was a good proportion of the door. I wasn't really sure what to do about it, and so I decided that what I should do is rub down the edges carefully, and then try to apply more laquer to try and make it less noticeable, I figured that I really had nothing to lose. So out came the finest wet'n'dry that I had, and for the best part of an afternoon I carefully feathered the edges of the laquer. Once that was done and washed I let it dry in the sun, and then applied nearly a whole aerosol can of clear laquer! By the end of the day it was looking like this...


I think it's almost certainly better than it was, but it still wasn't good! It almost had a satin finish to it. I thought that the best thing I could do was leave it in the sun for a week or so, and see how it looked. So thats what I did, and left it parked at such an angle that if the sun was out, it would shine on it. After leaving it to harden for a week or so it did look marginally better, I guess, but still not what you'd call factory fresh! I decided that the next step would be to carefully, and lightly T-cut it, and then polish it. Much like before with the wet'n'ndry sandpaper I was very gentle, and took my time with it. but after I'd finished, although it was much much better, it was still clearly visable. I think that the problem here was that where it has had no laquer on that part of the door for so long, the red paint had faded far faster than the rest of the door with the laquer still on it. It was a pinker shade of red, rather than a red if you know what I mean. I thought about just leaving it, as it was far better than how I found it, I then thought about polka-dots, but I just couldn't bring myself to stick them back on. But that brought me on to thinking about some sort of graphic. I consulted the bay of E, and searched for "universal car side graphic". There was a lot to choose from, and most of them were pretty hideous! I found mountains, a wolf head, skulls, tribal tattoos, running horses, flames, a surfer, even a naked woman (which I thought would definatley be detrimental to its re-sale value!) Of course, there were also simple stripes, but I thought that they would be no good halfway up the door! I did think about a roundel with a number on it, but gave that a miss because it's not Herbie! Then I came across a sort of broken chequer design, which was quite big, and on the picture it was the length of the side of a car. I thought, that'll do!


I mean, they look extremely high quality, and clearly if they're good enough to put on... Whatever this thing is, then they're good enough for me! Besides, those big blocky graphics look like they'd cover a multitude of sins! I paid my thirty quid, and my new high quality blocky graphics were winging their way to BelongaClint from Hong Kong! I've got to say that they got here pretty quickly, the listing had said to allow getting on for three weeks, but within a week they were here! With my previous (surprising) success with vinyl graphics that I have had lately I headed out to the Beetle with my squeegee, a water spraying bottle, and a sharp knife. Within an hour or so I was looking at this...


I put them on the other way up from the picture for two reasons. Firstly, I thought they looked better this way up, and secondly, they covered more blemishes this way up! I'm not sure they're quite as large as the picture implies, but without knowing the size of the car it's a job to know. They are, however the size that it says they are on the listing, so I can't complain. They were a little trickier to apply than my previous efforts. I think this is because they are very thin vinyl, they're quite large, and I was trying to apply them to a vertical surface on my own. Needless to say I got a few air bubbles, and a few wrinkles. But I did the best I could to flatten them out. I am pretty happy with the result though, as I actually think they suit the Beetle quite well, but more importantly, they do cover up that huge blemish on the passenger door, or at least, they make it less noticeable from about ten feet away!

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