The Mahindra XUV500 was one of the most popular SUVs in the market when it was launched. It became so popular that the wait became longer. It was unlike any Mahindra that was sold in the market till that date. It was futuristic, premium and offered occupants a comfortable ride. It was a proper three-row SUV and even came with an AWD option. Over the years, Mahindra has made changes to the XUV500 and updated the look and feel. With the launch of the XUV700, Mahindra decided to discontinue the XUV500 from the market but, even today, the SUV still has its fans. Here we have a video where a rusty old Mahindra XUV500 looks as clean as a brand new one.
The video has been uploaded by BROTOMOTIV on their YouTube channel. In this video, the first generation Mahindra XUV500 arrives at the workshop for restoration work. The crew inspected the vehicle before starting work. They found that the SUV’s bonnet, doors had rust issues apart from any repairs. So they got down to business and ordered all four doors and bonnet for the XUV500 from Mahindra. When the ordered parts arrived in the workshop, they started working on it. They removed the bumper, grill and headlamps to see if there were any other parts with rust problems.
On opening the bumper, they found rust on the panels. The rust problem on this XUV500 was more than they expected. The car’s fenders, floor and even the car’s doors were rusted. All these rusted panels were cut out and replaced with new metal pieces. The seats and dashboard were completely removed from the car to determine if there were any other panels that were experiencing rust issues. A blogger who is one of the owners of the workshop mentions that there is no point in restoring a car if the cost of restoration is much higher than the original value of the car.
After replacing the rusted panels, they started working on the car’s dent. It had minor dents and the car was repaired with a dent puller machine. A thin coat of putty was then applied and excess putty was removed using a sander. Once this was done, a coat of prime was applied to the entire vehicle. This included the interior with many of the metal panels replaced. After the primer was applied, the car was taken to the paint booth and the owner chose to go with just the white shade.
However it was different from what originally came with the XUV500. It was a shade that Lexus offers in its cars. The car was completely painted white and all the panels like bumper, bonnet, doors were all individually painted. This helped them to finish the factory. The alloy wheels of this SUV remain the same but the silver colored wheels have been painted black for a contrasting look. The finished product looked stunning and felt like a brand new SUV rolled off the production line.