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      08-12-2009, 04:06 PM   #1
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ScheerSpeed Detailed: Trashed Mercedez CLK500

This is a 2004 CLK 500. the car is barely driven only on occasions and had only 17K on the odometer!

At first sight, the car looked as if it hadn't been washed in at least a few months. The brake dust was very caked on and the dirt on the paint was all dried up and stuck to the paint. If i had a foam canon it would have been perfect to use, but unfortunately i dont own one.

enough of me talking and i'll let the pictures speak for themselves

Products:

Cleaning

Exterior
-Wash
-1Z Anti Insekt
-CG CWC
-Meg's mitt
-P21s TAW

-Wheels
-CG CWC
-P21s Gel
-P21s TAW
-EZ detail brush
-Swissvax wheel brush
-OXO tire scrubber
-ARO


-Wheel Wells
-P21s TAW
-Meg's APC+
-Meg's Super Degreaser
-DD wheel well brush



Engine
-P21s TAW

Clay
-Special yellow poly clay
-ONR lube


Polishing
-Exterior paint
-Menzerna SIP via Orange über pad (2 passes)
-Menzerna PO85RD via blue über pad
-Makita 9227C
-3M Yellow Foam Backing Plate
-1000w halogen lights
-Brinkmann Dual Xenon
-ISA 50/50 wipedown
-DD über MF towels
-Racatac

LSP

-Paint
-1Z Glanz Wax
-FK1# 425
-Optimum QD
-CG 530XL MF towels

-Wheels
-Swissvax Cleaner Fluid
-Swissvax Autobahn
-FK1# 425
-CG Barebones (wheel wells)
-Optimum Opti-Bond

Engine
-Meg's Hyperdressing

Glass
-Sprayaway glass cleaner

Interior
-Leather Master Trio
-1Z Cockpit


Before:

Here you can see just how caked on all the dirt was


















The engine bay looked as if it never had been washed...









To start off i gave the dirtier parts of the car a spray with P21s TAW and gave the wheels a generous coat of P21s wheel gel. I sprayed off the TAW after about 10 minutes, and then went to have breakfast while the wheel gel worked it's magic for about 30 minutes. After breakfast i gave the car a thurough wash using Chemical Guy's Citrus Wash n Clear. Then while the car was still wet i clayed the entire car (including windows and wheels) using the "Special" yellow clay with Optimum No-Rinse as lubrication

Look at how dirty the clay was...







After claying the entire car and applying tape to all the edges this is how the paint looked... i didnt think it would have been so bad...































As you can see, the paint was in pretty bad shape. I decided first to try Menzerna Super Insensive Polish with an Orange Über pad. it cleaned up pretty nicely with one pass, and two passes left the paint 99.9% perfect.


Here's a shot after two passes with SIP





and the hood after SIP and Alcohol wipedown





another 50/50





I Had to take a break to change the song





Two more 50/50's







and another






A 50/50 on the trunklid







After a lot of hard work, sweat, and some elbow grease, here's the final product:













































Miami beach...





Thats all, thanks for looking!

Dom

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      08-12-2009, 04:30 PM   #2
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wow. the after pix almost look fake the car looks so good!
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      08-12-2009, 06:07 PM   #3
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Awesome work!
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Paint looks great, were the windows too etched to get the water spots out?
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      08-12-2009, 06:49 PM   #5
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Amazing work (as usual)
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      08-12-2009, 06:53 PM   #6
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awesome turn around!
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      08-12-2009, 11:06 PM   #7
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Amazing work. I wish you were in AZ I would have you do my car although mine is in much better condition than that.
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      08-13-2009, 12:08 AM   #9
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Great turnaround, that paint was a mess.
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Really nice job.

I would lose the six-star filter on your camera; you don't need it. The excellence of your work speaks for itself, those little stars just distract from it.
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That's MAGIC!

You can touch my car anytime
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Wicked job dude. T
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unreal. what a neglected car.
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Really nice job.

I would lose the six-star filter on your camera; you don't need it. The excellence of your work speaks for itself, those little stars just distract from it.
those stars were natural, i didn't use a filter...

thanks everyone!
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haha, did you add those sparkles in yourself? lol looks artificial!
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Kudos kid. Very nice job. Ne1 else notice the Pilot Sport A/S tires? I guess it's not surprising since the owner rarely drives the car. They're probably original tires.
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Thumbs up Great work!

What a difference - it's showroom new again. I love looking at a freshly detailed black german car.

This Merc looked like it was washed with a bucket full of Miami Beach sand and shells from the ocean. It's sad that 98% of cars on the road, regardless of color, are neglected by their owners.
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Wow... Nic job!
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Miracle..back from the dead. Wow excellent work.
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Bravo! You did a wonderful job!
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Wow. I have to come to you to get my car detailed.
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