Detailed: 2005 Mercedes E55 (The Sequel)

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  1. justin30513

    justin30513 New Member

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    Most of you may remember this car from 4.5 months. I did an extensive interior/exterior detail on it. I get a call a few days back to "come out and do it again". I thought that this was going to be a breeze.......WRONG! It was in the same condition as before. Well, the interior was. The exterior was still in "ok" shape mainly do to only be washed with an automatic touchless car wash.

    He we go again...........

    Wheels, tires, and wells:

    Yep. They were dirty. I used Meguiar's Wheel Brightener at 6:1 on the alloys. ZEP Industrial Purple at 10:1 on the tires and wells. Lower panels and door jams received some as well. I used several brushes to get into the back wheels. They are so wide!

    Wash Cycle:

    The paint wash first foamed with a Meguiar's Hyper Wash and ZEP Citrus Degreaser mix. I then rinsed and washed by hand with Hyper Wash. This was is really amazing me. I thought of it as just a bulk wash but it's really good. High sudsing, good cleaning, and high dilution. I'll be getting a gallon soon.

    Paint Compounding:
    (Meg's #105 via LC Foamed Purple Wool Pad and rotary)
    After more inspection, I did see some new dog nail scratches.......they have Great Danes! 105 worked fast. I worked it fast. I was not trying to get it to come out LSP ready. I just wanted to get this out of the way fast. I then rinsed the vehicle and dried using Meguiar's Last Touch as a drying aid.

    Paint Polishing:
    (Meg's #80 via LC Red Finishing Pad and G110)
    #80 is simply a polish everyone should have in their armament. Very easy to use and cleans up compounding haze very well. The gloss it leaves is deep and wet. After this stage, I wiped the paint down with an IPA mix.

    Paint Protection:
    (Meg's Medallion Paint Protection via LC Red Finishing Pad and G110)
    Yep you read right. Meguiar's Medallion Premium Paint Protection. I have a full bottle that I bought from a friend. I just wanted to try something new. This stuff is awesome! Amazing gloss and depth. Sorry that we can't get it anymore. I bet it's not VOC compliant........and I bet it protects forever!

    Interior:
    Dear Lord. I was here for about 2 hours......again. There were no signs that I had even been here before. I used blue Latex gloves to gather the dog hair into piles before vacuuming. The leather was cleaned with Meg's APC 20:1 as was the vinyl and carpet. The vinyl was protected with Pinnacle's Vinyl and Plastic Protectant. The leather with Wolfgang's Leather Conditioner. Whew! I needed a bath myself after this!!!!

    Befores........

    I have no idea what happened to my exterior befores!
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  2. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Damn, those are some seriously dirty people. :ugh:

    Never figured out how someone with a car like that can trash it so bad. Nice job bringing it back though, looks 100x better. :)
     
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    did you knock the shit out of that hood ornament? lol shit's all crooked! looks good though. glad to see he got the wheel back on there.
     
  4. David02

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    Those interior before shots look disgusting!

    My car is worth maybe 1/3 the value of that E55, and I do not allow my animals inside it.
    How can people let their cars get that dirty? Don't they understand that all the stuff that they see on the floors, dash, etc. is stuff that they are breathing in while they are driving?! :noes:
     
  5. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Meguiars MPP, really good stuff. Reminds me of #26 with a bit more wetness...and that's a good thing!
     
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    Good job on bring it back, I do not see how people live in such filth. Such a nice vehicle too!
     
  7. Cooter

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    Looks great Justin. Nice turnaround. Totally dirty car.
    I'll have to get some of that Hyperwash!

    On the MPP. Is it in a black bottle with green writing?? There is a body shop supply store locally that has about 3 or 4 bottles of that stuff. They want like $20 each for them. I might have to pick up a bottle!
     
  8. justin30513

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    Well worth it!
     
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    Sold a tire business to Firestone in '94......for millions.
    Now they have a private school here and I bet several other things going on.

    I supposed to do their Cayenne S next week.....

    Pray for me! It's black!
     
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    most the time it is more than just a vacuum. try to use a carpet cleaner with a brush, it will get down deep and grab all the burried debris, then after that use your vacuum again. you should beable to tell the difference.
     
  11. PcH

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    Thanks, I'll give that a shot.
     
  12. Toadster

    Toadster have you SHARTEEZED today?

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    so what does a detail like this cost?

    and who is in NorCal that does it like that!? :big grin:
     
  13. Run N. Gun

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    Great transformation, Justin! That interior was GROSS! :bigthumb:
     
  14. Scottwax

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    Interior and 2 polishing steps? In the $250-300 range, maybe a bit more on either coast.
     
  15. justin30513

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    Hey. Been out of here for a while.
    That detail was 375.00. The interior was the major cost.
     
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    Great work. Did you use an extractor on the interior or brush + APC?
     
  17. justin30513

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    Brush, Folex, and vac.
     

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