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First job is to remove the paint from the areas we are going to bond the kit onto. We do not want to be relying upon other peoples paintwork for the strength of the bond.

Next we weld a metal strip onto the side seam. We do this on all Mini kits to give us something bigger and stronger to bond the skirts onto.

The kit comes oversize - particularly the rear arches which you can see clearly on the photo below - on the right as the kits arrive and on the left when cut down for fitting.

To bond the kit we laminate fibreglass matt onto the bare metal. Then once it has cured the fibreglass is sanded and nuts and bolts put in all along the bond line to double-secure the laminate onto the car. In this way it is both chemically and physically bonded.

The kit is then dry fitted - everything is screwed into place - including brackets to make everything line up. Generous cut-out for seam.

Kit must be sanded inside as well so that bonding adheres properly.


Smear the bonding paste on the car, on the inside or the arch and then squirt expanding foam into the arch.

I do these on my own these days, but it is very much easier with an assistant if you have never done them before since there is a time limit before the paste starts to go off.

Do one component at a time. We start with the rear bumper and arches, then the front bumper and arches. Finally the skirts which can be adjusted to account for differences from car to car. 

Remove the screws once bonding has cured.

Once all the foam and paste has cured - ideally after a few days sand all the extra away in preparation for the filler work.

Since the bonding shrinks slightly as it cures it is best to leave the bonding for a few days or a week to shrink before we start filling.

The same is true of the filler - it shrinks slightly as it cures. We like to apply all the filler in one go, and then leave it until the next day to cure before we sand it. The filler is slightly harder but you only end up sanding it once.

Leave it again before priming the car.

The car takes on a whole different look with a little primer. Normally we would wet flat the entire shell using a block for flatness. We might possibly re-prime it to make it really good before the top coat is applied.

In this case that was it. We were only doing the technical work that the customer could not easily get done elsewhere.


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