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Mercedes-Benz CLK 220 CDi - Juiced

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    Mercedes-Benz CLK 220 CDi

    I want to make this a pretty in-depth write up... Why? I was ‘looking back’ the other day and it got me thinking about all the things I’ve picked up from fellow Detailers across several forums and communities.

    Comprehensive reports and individuals’ feelings RE product/processes etc led me to where I am today.

    Right, the report..

    I’d been asked to take a look at a friends newly purchased Mercedes-Benz. 120% needed here, it had to look NICE. No pressure then, eh..

    Product
    • AutoGlym Bumper Care
    • AutoGlym Glass Polish
    • AutoGlym Vinyl, Rubber Care
    • AutoSmart G101
    • AutoSmart TARDIS
    • AutoSmart Brisk
    • Chemical Guys JetSEAL109
    • Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel
    • DoDo Juice Born To Be Mild
    • DoDo Juice Limeprime
    • DoDo Juice Supernatural
    • Gliptone Liquid Leather system
    • Jeffs Werkstat PRIME
    • Meguiars Last Touch
    • Meguiars Super-Degreaser
    • Meguiars All-Season Dressing
    • Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
    • Meguiars Wheel Brightener
    • Menzerna Intensive Polish
    • Menzerna Final Finish 106FA
    • Sonus Mild Green Clay
    • ValetPRO Snowfoam
    • Zaino Z8

    In order to fully work this one, I was able to keep it tucked up for a night or two..

    First inspection shots..

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    Swirls creeping through already:

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    Where do I start? Door shuts, they’ll do..

    Armed with AutoSmart G101 and some Super-Degreaser, I set to work with various sized detailing brushes and a few short sharp blasts with the pressure washer.

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    Well, that’s great; I haven’t got any after photos. (So much for the nice detailed report :p )

    Sills, once clean and dry, were later cleansed and protected with Jeffs Werkstat PRIME. Added a bit of ‘bling’ and removed the hard-water spotting.


    Wheels. Over-all, the alloys were in pretty good nick!

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    Usual process here. Meguiars Super-Degreaser onto the tyres and later scrubbed to lift embedded dirt. G101 flooded the arches and callipers. Wheel Brightener applied and agitated with various brushes/mitts. My make-shift EZ Wheel Brush was used to clean the inner rim and the spoke behinds were cleaned with my wheel mitt (as was the hub)

    With the wheels cleaned, I put some attention into removing the odd tar spot. AutoSmart TARDIS stepped up to this job..

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    Inner-rim before:

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    Quite a lot was picked up from the inners, only the odd random spec found on the front face. More importantly though, wheel-weight glue remains were everywhere!! Hate this stuff. Visually destroys the wheels. Gah.

    Again, out with the TARDIS and a quick prayer. But no, it was going to take more than a bit of solvent to remove this lot.. :(

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    My process? Swearing. Rubbing. Spraying. Agitating and Picking. Very lengthy process..

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    Good. Worth it in the end..

    It’s 11:17am.. 1hr 51min into the day and I’d cleaned the engine bay (will visit this later), flushed the sills and shuts and cleaned the wheels. Great! :(


    Pre-wash stage, here’s a few more mucky/’attention-needed’ areas:

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    There were some pretty deep scratches on the boot lid – this could be interesting later on.

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    Anyway, crack on..

    First stage in my wash sequence was a good blast with the pressure washer, followed by a thick coating of ValetPRO Snowfoam.

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    “Snowfoam..? Why, and what?” It’s used to lift surface dirt off of the car prior to touching it with the wash-mitt. Any physical contact with the paintwork, is bad contact! By no means does snowfoam eliminate the chance of inflicting swirls. It does, however, help reduce the risk and should leave a ‘debris free’ surface prior to washing it.

    Whilst the foam dwelled, I ran around with a brush and cleaned the usual areas.. Petrol filler-housing, light cluster surrounds and badges etc.

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    Foam rinsed off at high-pressure, working bottem to top.

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    Time to fill the buckets..DoDo Juice ‘Born to Be Mild’ mixed into solution in one, and, clean fresh rinse water in the other.

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    Merc was then re-foamed with the leftovers and the wash/rinse cycle was started..

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    Rinsed with open-ended hose to allow water to ‘sheet’:

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    Leaving signs of very little previous protection:

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    Moved in side at this point; it had started to rain and I didn’t fancy spending the rest of the day soaked through!

    So, a Sonus Green claybar used in conjunction with Meguiars’ Last-Touch.

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    The above shot shows the pick-up from the boot-lid alone. To touch, you knew the car needed a clay-session. Lots of embedded contaminants settled within.

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    A very important stage in any detail..

    Bodywork ‘clean’, and, Last-Touch leaving a bit of protection already:

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    I made the mistake here of claying before the ‘de-tar’ stage. I could feel the lower halves were covered with tar deposits... I left these areas till after TARDIS had been put down and then went back over them with the clay.

    Tardis microfibre used to lift the residue before:

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    And then afterwards:

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    Quite sufficient pick up.


    Car was taken back outside and rinsed with pressure washer. Time to dry with the Miracle Dryer:

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    Leaving the car looking a little something like this:

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    Sharp. Clean. Black.. (or so I thought..)


    Alright, so, 3hrs 43mins in to the day, and I’ve done all of the above. Pretty slow going! (I blame the glue residue in the wheels)


    Car was taken back inside and a bit of tape was applied here and there:

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    Right. Taking tips here from Ian @ FinerDetails – Small pad work was done first.

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    Then working round to the tailgate..

    Pretty thin here:

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    Lower halves worked with same Sonus spot-pad.

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    *not 100%, but, happy with that. Paint depth ranging from 110 to 87, so, not much to play with!!


    Moving up to the 3M polishing pad, I started work on the boot-lid.

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    50/50:

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    Quite an improvement. The deeper marks seen above still remain, but, again, didn’t want to push the boundary on thin paint.


    An attempt to show the difference in colour now one side has been polished:

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    The right side is a lot darker. Which is good. Yarh?!


    Various defects seen on the passenger side rear quarter:

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    How bad is this – natural light through the window highlighted (up-close) the ‘greying’ that is caused by the mass of swirls..

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    - Going to make for a nice turnaround!


    Deeper nicks left in the boot-lid:

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    Same rear quarter as above but in the halogen this time:

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    Messy.

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    And finished:

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    All of the above yet to be refined..
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    A natural light 50/50:

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    Nice.

    Further down the same side. Before and After:

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    Pads getting a bit ‘full’. Water spritz, speed 1.5 and the Meguiars Triple-Action Duty brush:

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    Similar story seen on the roof. Lots of swirls and the odd deeper mark..

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    My arms hurt and I’m bored of rotary work now.. It’s 5:41 so still a few hours left in the day; let’s take a break..

    The rest of the evening was spent:

    Sealing the alloys with ChemicalGuys’ JetSEAL109:

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    Spare wheel and tool-kit removed and hoovered/G101’d:

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    And for the final bit of rotary work, I machined the lip of the rear bumper:

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    To wrap things up, I dressed the ‘bay with AutoGlym Vinyl, Rubber Care.

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    Shower. Beer and bed.


    With a similar start time the next morning, I got straight back into it and finished the correction work.

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    Drivers front wing before/after:

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    Still visible, just.


    Completed the other side of the roof. Nice flake pop seen now..

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    Bonnet Before and After:

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    Then some work on the lower areas (under bump-strips and bumpers)

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    A fair bit of dust has collected on the car now – had best blast this off before moving on..

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    Love this beading shot – pre LSP shot, too.

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    Repeated the open-hose rinse stage to aid water sheeting and minimise the amount of standing water.

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    Happy with how the Menzerna had finished down, I opted for Limeprime for the refining stage.

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    After this was complete, I took the car back outside and had another clean-up session.

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    Owner had pointed out the tarnished window trims.. I didn’t think I’d be able to do much here, as, on my Avant the alu trim has been attacked with some sort of TFR and, over time, has pitted and worn quite badly. Nothing I’ve thrown at it has been able to revive it :(

    However. Out with Werkstat PRIME, and, we have results.

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    Far from perfect, but, better.


    3.57pm, time to put the first coat of Supernatural down.

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    10/12 minutes went by, ‘swipe-test’, and yes, ready to come off. In the space between wax layers, I killed time by revisiting the engine bay, and dressing the arches/tyres.


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    After Werkstat PRIME:

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    There was a terrible finish on the metal-work under the bonnet, really struggled to bring it to life and add some shine.

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    The wiper arms/catch-tray were pretty grubby and dull. Cleaned up and then had AutoGlym Bumper Care applied. Had to make several buffing passes with a microfibre afterwards – seemed pretty streaky. A probably case of “a little goes a long way!”, with AG Bumper Care.

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    Second wax application goes down:

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    Ohhhh getting there! Looks pretty sharp now.


    I’d purposely left some further glue in an alloy.. It was the biggest piece, I’d had enough at the time so thought I’d be best leave one for later! Hehe

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    Halogen re-rigged and a few shots taken before calling it..

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    ^Quality control checks my work.


    So, what have we got left? I want to get a Zaino Z8 wipedown done first thing, and then re-dress the tyres and seal alloys for a second time. After that, it’s just the interior to look at and run around cleaning up after myself (panel gaps with dust in, polish residues trapped in crevices and windows to polish)

    Shot first thing, after Z8 wipedown:

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    Britework cleansed and polished with Jeffs PRIME:

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    Thirty minutes or so were then spent removing dust, fingerprints and unwanted things. We’re pretty much there!! Alright!

    Nipped round the corner to chase the sun:

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    (My stripes dislodged again.. oow :( )


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    And back inside for a few hours..

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    In all, I spent 21 hours tidying this thing up. Was it worth it? Yes. Was my friend pleased upon collection? Yes. Did I learn anything? Yes. I’m always learning – love it.

    If you’ve got this far, I salute you. This has taken an age to write – nearly as long as the wash stage seen above lol.

    Thanks for reading though, hope you enjoyed it.

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    Good job :)

    Looks fantastic.

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    Good job :)

    Looks fantastic.

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    Saw this on DW, need to get back into write ups man, I seriously do...
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    You said it. You IZ SLACK MAN. SLACK! ;)

    Thanks Tom.
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    Another good write up Jim, stunning job :hi:
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    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)

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    What a job Jim, well done, the car looks perfec after the work you have done.

    Keep up the good work.
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    Thanks guys.

    Say, I have a 'walk-around' video here ready to upload, but, the REG plate still shows.. any ideas on how I can digitally remove it on the vid?

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    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)

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    Jim,

    Im not sure how to do it, but if you put it in the photoshop part, someone may be able to advise you from there...

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