Buying a 7 Superlight Twenty

Buying a 7 Superlight Twenty

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Stoco

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10 posts

18 months

Saturday 14th May
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Hey all,

Hopefully first time cat owner soon, considering pulling the trigger on a beautiful Superlight Twenty with bare metal ali body.

Before I pull the trigger, has anyone got any advice on keeping the body as corrosion free as possible.

Seen plenty of threads with all sorts on how to protect the chassis, but little on the bare metal body…

Anyone know if the bodies are treated with any protection at the factory? If not is there anything outside of meticulous cleaning & drying that will keep it corrosion free for a couple of decades?

Thinking any type of treatment, coating or a clear coat? Or is it better to just stick to cleaning and hand polishing?

Thanks

slime bomb

72 posts

43 months

Sunday 15th May
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Hey Stoco,

I had a Super Seven for 15 years, with 5 of those years bare alloy. There was nothing apart from hard work polishing by hand or a wheel. Once done it looked stunning, but it doesn't last long before it's back to polishing again.

I would have it painted and a clear coat every time!

mickrick

3,632 posts

150 months

Sunday 15th May
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Use aircraft polish. (See my Nuvite thread)

Eugene7

718 posts

171 months

Sunday 15th May
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This may help if, like me, you prefer a non-polished finish.

https://www.7-dna.com/spannering-2/keeping-eugene-...

Stoco

Original Poster:

10 posts

18 months

Sunday 15th May
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Eugene7 said:
This may help if, like me, you prefer a non-polished finish.

https://www.7-dna.com/spannering-2/keeping-eugene-...
Really appreciate this link! I definitely prefer the “drive it not polish it” approach & actually much prefer the look of a brushed finish personally! Eugene looks beautiful!

So how often do you need to perform each step in your list of cleaning & polishing for Eugene & do you still manage to get out and use it frequently or is there som element of being careful with the conditions you’re going out in?

Would also be interested to hear how you’re getting on with everbrite too?

Thanks!
Stoco

Stoco

Original Poster:

10 posts

18 months

Sunday 15th May
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Also just a thought a friend just shared with me… has anyone ever tried ceramic coating their bare aluminium caterham? Either on raw/brushed aluminium or on polished aluminium….

Just a thought as decent ceramic coats can last years, or is it asking for trouble on a bare ali caterham body?

Rob747

219 posts

153 months

Thursday 19th May
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Had my S20 for nearly five years now, keeping it shiny is a nightmare and basically stopped me from using it as intended.

So I got I painted and now it gets driven and enjoyed a lot more… pm me for details if you like.