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Mercedes SLK 320 - Dodo'd

Jimmeh Oct 1, 2009

  1. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh Active Member

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    The SLK was a relatively new purchase, and, had just returned from a 2000 mile trip round France. Nice.

    Hoping to go in with a bit of an ‘Enhance and Protect’ style spec, I opted for DoDo Juice Limeprime and a Megs yellow polishing pad. This knocked out ~50% of the hazy surface swirls – unfortunately, there were a fair few deeper marks that wouldn’t be corrected this time round..

    Product
    * AutoGylm Glass Polish
    * AutoSmart G101
    * AutoSmart Bio Brisk
    * AutoSmart Tardis
    * Autosol
    * ChemicalGuys JetSEAL901
    * Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
    * Dodo Juice Limeprime
    * Dodo Juice Purple Haze
    * LTT Auto Ultra Foam
    * LTT Auto Ultra Protect
    * Meguiars All-Season Dressing
    * Meguiars Last Tough
    * Meguiars Super-Degreaser
    * Meguiars Wheel-Brightener
    * Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
    * Zaino Z8

    How the car looked when I arrived:

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    And then how the car looked some 7 hours later:

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    So, get the kit out, set up and take a good look around..

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    Not too bad.. Will have a better idea when it’s ‘clean’ though.

    As per, the wheels were worked on first.

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    Not many photos from this stage.. I actually took a fair few, but, silly me, I’d left the exposure compensation thing on real low (as previous shots had lots of sun glare in! – D’oh!)

    Basically, Super-Degreaser onto the tyres and caliper (Which was pretty caked up..), G101 into the arches and Wheel-brightener deep into the rim and shot in behind the spokes of the alloy. Agitated with a whole array of brushes and mitts.


    Once all four sides were clean, I had to shift the car forward a foot or two to access the area that sat behind that chunky caliper. *grr*

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    I took a look round the engine bay and thought it could do with a once over, too..

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    Again, cleaned with a Super-Degreaser/G101 mash-up and various ‘detailing’ brushes. Rinsed. Dried. Dressed (later on whilst garaged..)

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    (Megs All-Season dressing used on this occasion)


    Before getting too far ahead of myself with the body wash, I went round a few areas with surplus APC to shift the French bugs..

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    (Bumper, wing-mirror, lower bonnet, roof lip etc)


    Then, after five minutes of trying to wake the Karcher up, I delivered the first of two snowfoam’s to soften the dirt.

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    Before this stage, the door shuts were cleaned (same process as engine-bay really (minus the dressing!))


    Once I was happy that the window rubbers, joins, seals and crevices were clean, I filled the two buckets and loaded some Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild.

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    Re-foamed, and, delivered the wash with a Megs Lambswool washmit.

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    To rid of the ‘standing water’ after the wash, and, ensure the panel gaps etc had no suds in, I did some ‘sheeting’ with an open-hose:

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    Sonus Green Clay was used to lift the embedded contaminants.. To touch, the car wasn’t too bad; just the odd rough section here and there.

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    Usual spots where tar build-up occurs were checked and cleaned with AutoSmart Tardis… Nothing too drastic.


    The front bumper had a small scrape - red paint had been left with a couple of scuffs.

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    Tardis was used to shift the paint, but, Limeprime wasn’t able to clean much of the scuff up I’m afraid. Next time, Menzerna will on the case.


    More beading..

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    (Only means one thing, more sheeting!)


    Once dry, the sun gave a helping hand in inspecting the paintwork:

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    After a bit of a taping session and the odd jaffa cake, I’d started with the small pad work.. SFX2 with Limeprime..

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    This included the A & C Pillars, the tailgate, the front/rear bumpers and the wing-mirrors.

    I then stepped up to a larger Megs yellow polishing pad, secured to the Gloss-IT backing plate (which I’m still quite enjoying..)


    The boot-lid before:

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    The boot-lid after:

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    Lots of deeper marks remained, but, time wasn’t on my side and major/minor correction wasn’t on the ‘to do’ list this time round.


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    Still, can’t complain at that! Well done Limeprime.


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    I was having a few troubles with the sun-glare for my photos... Introducing my shades helped mask the glare a bit..

    Before/After (not the best example..)

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    It then clouded over, (thankfully the machining had been finished) so, the Merc was tucked up inside for a few hours…

    Wax on: (Dodo Juice Purple Haze)

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    Wax off:

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    Exhaust tip cleaned with Autosol:

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    To further clean the boot sills, I had to ‘raise the roof’, so to speak.

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    At the same time, the rear window was polished with AutoGlym Glass Polish.


    Moving on to the interior, I start with the door-cards..

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    A bit of a 50/50 going on, but, nothing too special.


    I then have a go with my latest purchase, LTT Leather Auto Ultra kit..

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    In here, is the Dye Transfer kit (for an upcoming BMW Z4..), the clean foam, protect, and, maintain.

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    Not quite what I was expecting? Can’t give too many thoughts on my first go, but, the seats were left clean and, well, clean!! So, that’s all that matters (protected of course, too!)

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    Some more wiping around with APC was done, a bit of hovering and Bio Brisk into, and, off of the floor mats.. Interior done.

    It was about this time I then dressed the engine bay. But, you’ve see that already, so, moving on..


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    Alloys were sealed to help prevent further build up. Tyres dressed, and, window polished. A light Z8 wipedown was given to remove my grubby finger prints, and, we’re finished.

    A few final shots outside..

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    7 hours (and around..) 30 minutes spent on this one.

    Very good.

    Thanks for reading!

    Jim.
     
  4. Ash B

    Ash B Well-Known Member

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    Jim great work once again! Its amazing how much difference the paint work and car overall looks after a good detailing. Great write up as always.
     
  5. Jimmeh

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    Thanks. I was going to do the "A-Team" photo again, but, I felt a bit silly by myself lol
     
  6. Ash B

    Ash B Well-Known Member

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    :lmfao: Now that would of been quite funny! But i can understand you feeling silly by yourself lol! You and Nate got any more plans to join forces and tackle any more cars?
     
  7. Jimmeh

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    Depends if you're willing to bring the A3 over from Cardiff ;)

    Nothing in the diary yet, but, Im sure theres a few more lined up already.
     
  8. Ash B

    Ash B Well-Known Member

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    I think i may have to lol. Just need to sort a few things out and she ready for a good detailing. But it wont be till about december or january.
    So closer to the time i'll get in touch with you both. Keep up the good work Jim:thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks mate :)
     
  10. A3Tom

    A3Tom Smell my finger.

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    Nice job!.

    I know I shouldnt like those, as I'm male............ but I do :)
     
  11. Jimmeh

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    I know what you mean, Tom.

    BUT, much prefere this one:

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    PHOAR!!!!
     

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