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E-320 Avantgarde Mercedes - Jeffs Werkstat'ed

Discussion in 'Detailing - Sponsored by Slim's Detailing' started by Jimmeh, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh Active Member

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    I was invited back by the owner of the Aston Martin DB9 to spend a few hours pampering his daily runner, an E-320 Avantgarde.

    I planned to whiz around the outside, cleanse, and put down some protection then treat the leather to a good ‘feed’.

    An early start and the forecast doesn’t look too good. Hmm.

    Product
    • AutoSmart G101
    • AutoSmart Tardis
    • AutoSmart Brisk
    • AutoGlym Glass Polish
    • DoDo Juice Born To Be Mild shampoo
    • Gliptone Liquid Leather system
    • Jeffs Werkstat PRIME
    • Jeffs Werkstat Trigger
    • Jeffs Werkstat GLOS
    • Meguiars Super-Degreaser
    • Meguiars All-Season Dressing
    • Meguiars Last Touch
    • Meguiars Endurance Tyre gel
    • Sonus Green Claybar
    • ValetPRO Snowfoam


    Process

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    Wheels weren’t too bad – some bad pitting on the inside though and wheel-weight glue remains.. The front end was covered in kamikaze bugs, just the usual for the mile-munchers! Sills/shuts were quite grubby, G101 saw to this. The black window-trim was quite badly stained.. Werkstat PRIME Strong was able to sort this later on in the day..


    Wheels

    G101 for the rim and arches
    Meguiars Super-Degreaser for the tyres

    Tyres scrubbed, arches cleaned with a long reach Vikan brush and my make-shift EZ Wheel Brush worked the inner-rim. Wheel mitt & small brush used to clean the front facing.

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    The wheel facing was quite badly corroded. A lot of the build-up on the inner rim wouldn’t shift either would benefit coming off the car here for a proper seeing too.


    Sills and shuts

    G101 used again here.. The odd splash of Degreaser on the hinge surrounds to remove thick sludge build-up.

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    Wash process

    First up, G101 was left to soak up the bug splats on the front end, lower bonnet, screen and mirrors. First foaming session and some of the smaller, intricate areas were cleaned with a detail brush.

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    All surrounds/crevices were quite built-up. I had a feeling claying would be very beneficial today!

    Car was re-foamed with ValetPRO SnowFoam and given the Two-Bucket wash with DoDo Juice’s Born To Be Mild shampoo..

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    Severe lack of protection on this motor:

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    The Merc had probably the biggest tar build-up I’ve ever seen! Take 10 minutes, some Tardis and a clean Microfibre cloth. Et voila!

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  3. Jimmeh

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    Dust caught in the window shuts removed with the Megs slide-lock brush

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    Interior hoovered. Dash/plastics de-dusted and doorcards spot cleaned with G101. Leather seats cleaned and conditioned. Windows polished inside and out.

    And that’s about it!

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    Total time 7hrs 2minutes.

    Car popped back in the garage, packed up, and I was on my way. Nice car!

    Thanks for reading

    Jim
     
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    Once happy I’d ridden all of the tar, I moved on to removing the other bonded contaminants with a Sonus claybar.

    Here’s a shot of the general pick-up seen throughout..

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    A few post claying shots^


    This left the car looking a lot smarter already:

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    Now, for the past 20/30 minutes, it’s been spitting. Only light rain, but, enough to prevent any polish going down... Had to move inside in the garage (a tight squeeze!)

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    Once inside and under the strip-light, I could see the condition of the paint..

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    Not great. Covered in hazy patches and lots of uniform scratches.

    Bearing in mind our approach was mainly Protection, I decided to go with Jeffs PRIME Strong via DA followed by the Trigger applications.

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    Just to the right of the light reflection, you can see the 50/50 line going up.. Paintwork considerably darkened and deeper clarity seen.

    Not too bad for an AIO.

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    The lights were set to Auto; gave a nice spread on the Audi’s rear quarter

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    Prime worked by Porter Cable 7424 and a Megs yellow polishing pad.

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    Smaller/tougher to reach areas by hand an a mf pad.

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    Smaller backing plate set up and used a Sonus spot(?) pad for the light clusters:

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    Britework & trim also polished with Jeffs Werkstat PRIME.

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    The badge was a bit fiddly.. Supporting the rear, I was able to lift a lot of stubborn dirt off to leave a ‘like-new’, Mercedes badge

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    Two applications of Trigger 30 minutes apart. Followed by a final GLOS wipedown. Tyres dressed with Megs Endurance. Wheels sealed with Chemical Guys JetSEAL109.

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  5. WX51TXR

    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Nice work as always Jim, and your write ups are as thorough as your work! :icon_thumright:
     
  6. quattrojames

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    Nice job, first time the car had ever seen any real attention by the looks of it.

    What year was it?
     
  7. Jimmeh

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    Near enough, James. I *think* it was a 55 reg. ~74k on the clocks.
     
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    Jimmeh Active Member

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    exceeded bandwidth allowance.. damn it!!

    'Pro' account, here I come.
     

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