C Class Elegance - looking very Elegant.

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  1. Goldfish11

    Goldfish11 Active Member

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    Got up and gave the car a quick wash, dry and a quick dusting of Sonus Glanz. Total Time 60minutes (20 for the car and 40 for the wheels :crazy:)

    Finally go on top of this after owning for 1 month, it is now sealed and super easy to maintain even through 600 miles were covered last week :thumb:

    I didn't realise Palladium Siver could scrub up so nicely.
     

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    Some more artistic photos

    Nice flake pop on the metallic, 16" wheels (or is it 17"?), Blue Efficiency :thumb:
     

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    Sonus Glanz. Another name to consider when my current bits and bobs run out.

    Looks mighty fine. Rained in the North West for most of the day.
     
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    I've never heard of it but after seeing the superb job you've made I'm going to give it a go.

    Does sound like it might be the latin name for some part of the old dangly bits though... :p
     
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    It is not a cure all so make sure your paintwork is well cleaned and sealed before using it. If your paintwork is in good condition in the first place you wash, dry the car and then just give it a light spray and wipe. This stuff gets me through the winter nicely and re-protects and shines the car after a wash. You should see how water beads on this, little ball bearings that roll up the bonnet at 30mph.

    This car is a month old so rather than letting the dealer do its thing with Supaguard etc, After a week of driving I washed, clayed it gave it a light polish with Ultima Paint prep plus, then used Ultima Paint Protection Plus (a polymer sealant that you wipe on and walk away). About 3 hours work in total this was 3 weeks ago. Since then the it had to pop to see the MB dealer and of course they gave it a wash but this is my first normal wash.

    I am getting lazy with regards to car care in my old age so I do apologise to those "detailing fans" but now I just want great looks and low maintainance.

    Just need to work out a way of spending less time on these wheels, lots of corners for brake dust to get stuck.
     
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    I don't think I'd ever get round to finding the time to do all that, though I need to find something that'll stop the dirt sticking so well. I live in a rural area with muck of all sorts always on the road, so as soon as there's the slightest bit of rain, a car can go from clean to looking like it's just done a forest stage in the space of 200yds! Yet knowing this I still end up choosing black or white more often than not :doh:
     
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    I know the feeling, my daily work run is 10 miles of country lanes, one past a tip/quarry site, as soon as the rain comes I am in trouble. Notice this car has mud flaps fitted which does make a big difference in terms of time to clean.

    That is why I have now gone to silver after owning a black car for 8 years so now our household has a pearl white, dark blue and silver. The key thing with this is once it is sealed and looking good the dirt just comes off really easily. In fact with a good bit of rain the car can be self cleaned. My 3 hour session I do about 2 to 3 times a year. The rest of the time it is a quick wash and glanz. I know the car needs re-sealing when the dirt does not come off with one wipe.

    When things are desperate I pop to our local eastern european hand wash, get them to jet wash it and clean it down, then drive the car home and then wipe it with glanz. But don't tell anyone this.;)
     
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    What do you seal the Glanz with please. I normally use Harley Wax on my cars, I guess that would do the trick.
     
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    Sorry for the confusion. I don't seal the glanz, 2 or 3 times per year I clay, use ultima paint prep and then ultima paint guard plus. The paint guard plus is the sealant. This is as easy to use as glanz and also gives a great finish, but it is overkill to use this every week.

    http://www.dmddetailingstore.co.uk/ultima-paint-guard-plus-3473-p.asp

    Then after a wash I use glanz.

    For completeness here is a link for Paint prep plus

    http://www.dmddetailingstore.co.uk/ultima-paint-prep-plus-3318-p.asp

    And some clay

    http://www.dmddetailingstore.co.uk/clay-bars-and-clay-bar-lubricants-269-c.asp
     
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