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Another black Mercedes.. S-320 CDi

Jimmeh Mar 28, 2010

  1. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh Active Member

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    Mercedes-Benz S-320 CDi

    After completing both the black 650i Cabriolet and the black GL420 CDi, the Father of the household wanted his (yes, you guessed it) BLACK S-Class doing. This time going through a single-stage machine correction..

    Previous BMW and Mercedes report’s found here:

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?91148-Mercedes-Benz-GL420-CDi
    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?92263-BMW-650i-Cabriolet-Dodo-Enhancement


    And two images:

    650i cab:

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    GL series:

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    Product

    • AutoGlym Fast Glass
    • AutoSmart G101
    • AutoSmart Tardis
    • Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel
    • Chemical Guys JetSEAL901
    • Dodo Juice Supernatural
    • Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
    • IPA
    • Jeffs Werkstat Prime
    • LTT Auto Ultra Foam
    • LTT Auto Ultra Protect
    • Meguiars Last Touch
    • Meguiars Wheel Brightener
    • Meguiars Super-Degreaser
    • Menzerna 203s
    • Poorboys BlackHole
    • Sonus Green Mild Clay
    • Zaino Z8 Grand Finale


    Before and After:

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    Inspection:

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    Hidden beneath the dirt, the paint’s looking a little flat.

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    After setting up base, I always start with the wheels/shuts.

    Wheels/Tyres/Arches – Megs Wheel Brightener. AutoSmart G101. AutoSmart Tardis. Megs Super-Degreaser. EZ Wheel Brush. Wheel mitts. Vikan Long Reach brush. Envy Brushes. Sonus Green clay

    Shuts – AutoSmart G101. AutoSmart Tardis.

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    I spent close to an hour on the wheels alone; the inner rim was far gone. The facings suffered from pitting in the corners, Sonus Clay and Tardis were able to shift the most of.


    Snowfoamed > Washed > De-tar > De-contaminate (Clay!)

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    A selection of sap and tar being dissolved by Tardis:

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    This car had LOTS of tree-sap on. Little yellow specs that were an absolute bugger to shift!


    Claybar after half of the bonnet: (yellowing from sap build-up)

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    After bootlit:

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    Car re-washed and water-sheeted over the panels to aid the drying stages.

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    Wash stage = 4 hours.

    Once inside and garaged, the scale of the job became apparent.

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    A grey haze caused by a sea of swirls. But check out the above photo on the bootlid, some awesomely deep scratches on there!

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  2. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh Active Member

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    Starting with a test section on the bonnet,

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    Menz 203s de-swirled the car, but, struggling with the deeper stuff.

    50/50 on the o/s front door:

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    Bonnet 50/50:

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    o/s rear quarter before and after (a hazy grey, to black)

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    A big 50/50 on the bonnet under strip lights:

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    I think that was about the end of day 1.. Half the bonnet, drivers side and the half the boot lid complete. A long day ahead tomorrow!

    50/50 in the morning on the boot-lid. LOTS of deep scratches.

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    N/S door 50/50:

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    Before/After:

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    Once complete, car taken back outside for a good blast with the pressure washer; lots of dust from the polishing stage to remove!

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    Last edited: Mar 29, 2010
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    Whilst dodging a brief rain-storm, I managed to again sheet-water over the car to aid drying.

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    …as seen, only a few dots of water left to collect now.


    S-Class after being BlackHole’d.

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    Wax on, Wax off:

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    At this point, I quickly dressed the tyres as I wanted to catch the last of the afternoon’s sun for some photos. Windows, wheels, final wipedown etc yet to follow..

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    …and back inside before the rain returns! (Which it did)

    Final exterior touches were finished..

    Grille and other britework polished and protected with Jeffs Werkstat Prime.

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    After:

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    Alloys protected with JetSEAL901.

    A final wipedown required to remove any wax gassing smears, but, this can wait till later as the interior needs doing yet.

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    Leather quite dirty..

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    Starting with a good hoover throughout. Leather then cleaned with LTT Auto Ultra Foam.

    50/50 on drivers’ seat.

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    Notice on the next photo the left-hand side appears ‘shiny’ under the flash. (This is down to the engrained dirt)

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    Some funny patterns/stains spotted on the passenger seat; LTT’s Ink and Dye Removal Kit couldn’t shift these….?!

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    Once leather clean was complete, a damp wipeover given to clean any residues and hydrate things. When dry, Auto Ultra Protect used to, well, to protect!


    Windows cleaned..

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    Plastics, doorcards and dashboard wiped with G101. Scuffs removed off of the plastics on the seats with a JML Magic Sponge.

    Wooden trim treated to Jeffs Prime. Pedals given a quick scrub. A last check over, and, interior finished. Pushing 8pm now..

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    Exterior received a Z8 wipedown and I began to pack away! 18 hours in total.

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    Turns out, the owner doesn’t actually use a solution (shampoo) to wash the car. “Why not?” In fear of stripping previous protection.. I can see the reasoning behind this, but, there are ‘wax-friendly’ shampoo’s out there (Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild as seen above for instance) and the idea behind a well “lubricated” and “slick” shampoo is to help prevent the ‘dragging’ of dirt over the bodywork during contact washing. I can only assume this is how the flurry of deep scratches have appeared..

    Will leave you with this..

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    Thank you!
    Jim
     
  5. JD09

    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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    Superb as always chap. Mines turned into a nightmare, hence the lack of write up!!
     
  6. phoenixv6quattro

    phoenixv6quattro staylowmovefast

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    Very impressive! Your work/threads, always inspire me.....Is that feline a detailing enthusiast? Admiring your work no less......:icon_thumright:
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2010
  7. Gops

    Gops Badger 5 Edition VCDS Map User Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    Again.. brilliant!
     
  8. S3 Rav

    S3 Rav Well-Known Member

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    good work bud
     
  9. MRYETH

    MRYETH New Member

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    Another quality job!
     
  10. A3Tom

    A3Tom Smell my finger.

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    Nice work Jim :)
     
  11. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :) Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon Manual

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    Great job again dude.....well done on the multiplicity skills as well ;)
     
  12. N8

    N8 Kowalski Details VCDS Map User

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    Nice on Jim, I've done one of these, lovely cars.
     
  13. rasA4

    rasA4 Four Rings Mafia Specialist Team V6 Audi A4 saloon

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    sweeeet
     
  14. The Maestro

    The Maestro S3 ~ MTM 330BHP ~ Milltek TBE

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    Hi Guys,

    Being one to venture into DIY detailing, thank you for the step-by-step reality guide. It's a bit of a mine-field but posts like this make things easier to understand and are confidence-building.
     

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