Detailed: Mercedes Benz S55 AMG

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  1. justin30513

    justin30513 New Member

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    Hello everyone. It's been a long time since I've done a write up on a detail. I've recently moved into a new shop. I simply love it. It's an established business (fast lube oil change) which helps out my business dramatically. They do 30 oil changes a day and I'm getting 2 details a day plus 2-3 wash and vacuums. I've hired an assistant and maybe getting one more part timer. Well that's enough about what I've been up to.

    This car is owned by the above mentioned business' president. Her husband passed away a few years ago and left her this beautiful car. She had me pick it up and simply said "Make it new again." It was dark when I delivered it to the shop but the interior was immaculate. How bad could the exterior be? Well the next day it was sunny and boy oh boy, the sun doesn't lie. It was bad. I didn't even ask how the hood got so damaged. Let's just say this was my largest detail to date by man hours. Twenty hours total in just the paint.

    Here' is the process.......

    Engine Bay......
    The engine was sprayed with ZEP's Industrial Degreaser at 4:1. I let it sit for 5 minutes while I washed all of the under the hood paint by hand. I then "steamed" the bay. Man it's nice to have a steam pressure washer. Once dried, the plastics were treated with Meguiar's Hyper Dressing (4:1) while all painted areas were cleaned and protected with Meguiar's D-151 Reconditioning Cream.

    Wheels, Tires, and Wells......
    The wheels were first treat with Meguiar's Wheel Brightener at 4:1. I had a least an hour devoted into each wheel. I used 3 different brushes then pressure was with steam. Once dried, they were cleaned and protected with DuraGloss' #501.
    The tires and wells received ZEP's Industrial Degreaser at 4:1. They were brushed then dried. The wells were sprayed with Meguiar's All Season Dressing. The tires were treated with Tireific's long lasting tire coating. It dried hard and has last six weeks on my personal vehicles and threw numerous washes.

    Paint Compounding......
    (Meguiar's #105 (DA) via G110 & LC's Lo Pro Orange 5.5 pads)
    This was a long process. I used Kevin Brown's process but the paint was bad. It took three passes on the hood alone........and it's a big hood.
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    Paint Polishing.........
    (Meguiar's #205 & D-151 via G110 & LC's Lo Pro Black 5.5 pads)
    No, I didn't use them at the same time. I used 205 first and then came back over the paint with D-151 for added protection and to ensure and flawless finishe. 205 can be stronger than you think. D-151 compliments it very well and I love the look it leaves. All glass was treated with it as well.

    Paint Protection.......
    Lusso Oro was the choice to top it with. This car will be garage kept and will be driven 1 a month so durability is not an issue. We wanted looks and Lusso handled it well. All the jams were coated with Lusso as well. The car's paint got 2 coats in all.

    Interior.......
    It was vac'd out and wiped down with Meguiar's APC at 6:1. The leather was treated with Lexol. Very underated in my book. The glass was treated with Stoner's Invisible Glass (liquid form). Very simple.

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  2. Morgan06

    Morgan06 New Member

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    205 did some work on that paint, more than I would have expected. You sir may have just convinced me to pick some up.

    That's great news on establishing a shop, congratulations!
     
  3. justin30513

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    Thanks bro. Been kinda laying low on the internet scene. Opened the new shop plus I'm building a new house. Busy as heck. Man I love working indoors. Many more plans to come. Glad to be back here.
     
  4. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Huge improvement, looks amazing! Definitely has the richness you only get from a carnauba. :)

    I am guessing that was a non-Ceramiclear paint (looks like the car is an 02 or 03) because even as stout as #105 is, a DA probably won't correct it the way you were able with this car. 040 is the standard black Mercedes paint, C040 is Ceramiclear.
     
  5. LatinLover

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    Beautiful turnaround! Glad to see you again, Bro!
     
  6. justin30513

    justin30513 New Member

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    No ceramiclear here. The paint was actually very soft. #205 left marring if I wasn't careful. It was the deep RIDs that required all the work.

    Thanks to all for the welcome back.
     

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