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      02-22-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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Swissvax'ed Georg's 1987 Mercedez-Benz SL560

This is probably my most thorough detail ever. it took 4 days between two people, totaling about 86 hours of combined labor between the two of us.


This 1987 Mercedez 560SL belongs to Georg Weidmann, the CEO of Swissvax. It is his personal car here in Miami that he purchased a few months ago. The car had been in an accident about two months back, and needed a new hood, driver side fender, front bumper, etc. The car had holograms all over the newly painted area, and the original paint was full of RIDS, deep scratches, overspray, and oxidation. This car has a single stage lacquer paint, thus making it VERY soft and hard to polish it perfectly without holograms, even with Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Medium / Professional and a Black Swissvax pad.

The car needed some serious polishing, not only on the paint, but the metals and interior wood as well.

We used mostly Swissvax products from Georg's personal detailing bag which he gave to us to use on his car.

Anyways, onto the pics and process.

Here's the products we used:


Exterior:
-Swissvax Car Bath
-Swissvax Paint Rubber (Yellow) / Swissvax Quick Finish
-Swissvax Mechanical Paint Repair (Isolated spots, trunk, hood) / Swissvax Strong pad
-Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Strong (2-5 passes depending on the severity of the scratches / Swissvax Orange pad
-Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Professional / Black Swissvax pad
-Swissvax Mirage (As requested by Georg) applied by hand
-Swissvax Metal Polish
-Swissvax Nano Express (Rubber bumpers)
-Swissvax Protecton
-Swissvax Crystal

Engine:
-Swissvax Engine (diluted 1:1)
-Swissvax Protecton
-Swissvax Metal Polish
-Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Regular

Interior:
-Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Strong and followed by Professional on the wood trim
-Swissvax Wood Polish
-Swissvax Protecton Matt
-Swissvax Leather Cleaner
-Swissvax Leather Milk
-Swissvax Leather Healer
-Swissvax Metal Polish
-Swissvax Crystal
-Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Regular
-Chemical Guy's Lightning Fast

Wheels:
-SONAX wheel cleaner
-1Z Industrial Cleaner
-Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Medium
-Swissvax Autobahn
-Swissvax Pneu


i may have left a few out but i believe that covers all the products

I would have applied Lotos Protectant to the convertible roof, however Georg asked that i left it alone.

Here's how she looked before...



















In this next picture you can see the compounding marks left behind from the body shop that repainted the hood and fender. the left side is untouched and the right side is after two passes with Cleaner Fluid Strong and an Orange pad.



The pinstripe around the car is hand painted on, so i had to tape it up while doing the heavy polishing





Some more before pics











Beni spent countless hours polishing all the metal trim pieces on both the exterior and interior. In this pic he's polishing the 560SL badge using a Chop Stick to really get into the small spaces. i find these work really well to get in tight spaces with a microfiber towel.






In order to polish the wood trim i had to tape up all the plastic pieces because i didn't want any polish getting into the cracks that would be nearly impossible to remove. I used the makita with a 3.5 inch Uber pad to apply the polishes.





and after polishing, before Swissvax Wood Poliish...





Here's a before pic of the metal supports to the convertible roof. these were very oxidized and cleaned up nicely.







And after...





Swissvax Mirage applied by hand






And 4 days later.... Finished!













Georg had put his personal things back in the car before i took these pictures of the interior.







Thats all for that one. Thanks for looking!
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awesome work! i love seeing old cars come back to life
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That's gorgeous!!!

How did you clean the engine bay? Just towels and elbow grease? Or did you actually seal parts off and spray it down?
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That's gorgeous!!!

How did you clean the engine bay? Just towels and elbow grease? Or did you actually seal parts off and spray it down?
Nothing needed to be sealed off. I cleaned it as I do every other engine.

I sprayed Swissvax Engine all over the engine bay, agitated with with a Swissvax Detail Brush, and rinsed with an open hose. Then I turned the engine on until it got to temperature in order to dry everything. Then. I applied Swissvax Protecton, applied Cleaner Fluid to all the painted parts, including the cylinder heads, polished the metal intake manifold, etc.
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How did you do the wood trim on the interior? Did you do it by hand with a pad or with a special tool? Id LOVE my wood trim to look that good again!
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Great work, really nice car! Took the Makita to the wood trim, huh? I've gone so far as waxing mine, but might have to try this in the summer! Looks like a huge improvement.
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absolutely amazing - I have a 560 SEL that has been sitting for two years. You make me
want to start the restoration.
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God dang. Those trunk shots are jaw-dropping dude. Like a frigging mirror.
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Very nice turn around
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Wow, amazing work.
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awesome work! i love seeing old cars come back to life
me too man
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Nice work, beautiful Benz.
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