Hyundai is currently the second largest car manufacturer in India. One of the models that played a crucial role in popularising Hyundai in Indian market was Santro. Hyundai stopped manufacturing Santro for a while and brought back it in an all-new avatar. Even today there are several poeple in various parts of the country who own the old Santro or Santro Xing. We have seen several modification and restoration videos in the past. Here we have a video that shows how a 16 year old Hyundai Santro Xing gets beautifully restored to factory condition.
The video has been uploaded by BROTOMOTIV on their YouTube channel. Hyundai Santro was launched in the market to compete with Maruti’s WagonR which is also a tall boy hatchback. The video starts by showing the condition of the car, when it had arrived at the workshop. The owner was emotionally attached to the vehicle and that is the reason why he is restoring it and not replacing it with a new car.
The owner had maintained the car well and there were only minor dents on body panels. The main issue that this Hyundai Santro faced was rust. As it is an old car, many panels in the car had started rusting. In workshop, they start by removing bumpers and start marking all the major and minor dents on the car. Then they remove the paint and start correcting the dents.
Once the dents are corrected, the body lines on the panels are checked. This is important as it plays a crucial role in giving the paint job an even finish. All the parts were denting work has been done gets a coat of putty on it. The excess putty was later taken away during sanding process. Meanwhile all the areas where rust was seen were chopped away and new metal sheets were welded to those areas.
After all this, whole car was given a coat of primer. this was done in order to avoid rusting by any chance. Some of the area in the engine bay also need patch work. Rust was the villain here too. The front windshield was removed and the area where viper arms are connected to the motor also had had rust. This was also restored by removing metal from that particular area and replacing it with another.
Body sealant was applied and then the car was pushed to the paint booth. In here all the parts like bonnet, doors, boot, door handles were individually painted. This was done to achieve a uniform finish which is similar to what we see on new car. The bumpers – both front and rear were also painted. The headlights and tail lights were cleaned and the looked like brand new units. They even fabricated a battery box for this Santro as the original was completely damaged due to rust. The final product did look extremely good. The car looked like a brand new Santro Xing that had just rolled out from the production line. The quality of work done on this hatchback is commendable.