I detailed the shed and this is what I am rewarded with

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    As said in the post I treated the shed to a "detailing".

    I washed the car, including the wheels. Not being a detailer a jetwash/hose was done, not the two bucket method.

    I did the heinous thing of buying products in Halfords too :rolleyes:

    The car was clayed and used meguirs clay lube.

    I did not bother polishing however as I discovered peeling lacquer and I don't want to upset the paint work any more than it is.

    After this two layers of collinte wax were used and buffed off. I also dressed the tyres.

    I used this as a chance also to get a lot of dirt from underneath the wheel arches between the liner and the arch lip. 211 owners, you need to do this, I have neglected this more on this car than on the last one and as IBW has confirmed, I have rust beginning.

    I waxed the wheel arches and then put some waxoil up there to stop it getting any worse

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    You can see this is a good job. Look at the reflections on the silver body work.

    I just hoovered, dusted and took some wipes to get ride of some grime inside the cabin.

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    Cracking interior those 211's have. Lovely driving environment on offer.

    I felt really chuffed with my work on "the shed" so I went out, could not get back in due to roadworks so parked it on a nearby street away from harm and road works etc. Or so I thought.

    Some ****ing ****ting **** decided to hurt the shed. Looking at the spacing of the gaps it looks like a smaller trailer has hit it, god knows how as it was no where near someones drive, or its had a minor act of vandalism.

    Naturally no details were left and the scratches can be felt and are deep. Its going to need painted as it looks too awful to be just left.

    Scratch on wing

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    Scratch on door

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    I fear 'the Shed' is an unlucky car...

    nothing worse...
     
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    Its why its named "the shed".

    Reading on the other forum I reckon the 7g box valve body needs refurbed, Tim mentioned it can be done. Still, its mega money.

    Its also got some rust beginning. The brown marks are wax oil I messily sprayed up the gap between the arch liner and the arch lip. But you can see bubbling as well.

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    Its not even 6yr old.
     
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    My car was only six years old when wheel arch rust was first noticed. ''Fixed'' at MB's expense but starting to reappear......I have done the ''mini gutter trim modification'' in the expectation of slowing the rusting process.

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    The general consensus is to go to MB with this issue (on the other forum). I am on the fence as I have a friend at work who's husband is a professional painter and sideline business is fixing CAT D's. I've seen his work and found it very impressive so am more inclined to give him a go, and I'd rather see my business go to someone I know. However, I'd probably get this free and a nice courtesy car if it all goes smoothly and keep the warranty intact.

    Given my last visit to MB in Glasgow (****d with going to Grangemouth but they are a good outfit) they took measurements re corrosion in the wing, and never called me back. I raised this issue with MB Glasgow several times, no call back. If they were good and reliable, the car would be there now but I dread the prospect of dealing with the place.
     
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    Any pictures of the Shed AFTER Steve so we can compare?
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    .Sorry! looks great really.:D
     
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    Aye, the blooming ones with the scratches on it!!!
     
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    That's what happens when you mock the detailing mafioso.....
     
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    Is it because I used turtle wax shampoo rather than snow foam and did not leave the snow foam to agitate long enough :rolleyes:
     
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    Corrected it for you Steve
     
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    everyone should cease communication with me. One I have misposted, two I have done the wrong thing and my is completely filthy as a consequence ;)
     
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    Go to MB for the rust repair, if only so it is noted they have done it....but beware I already think your car has had a total repaint..remember the PTG readings..., which also seems to be borne out by the scratches in the door panels, which appear to show the same paint underneath.

    Something fell down those doors...
     
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    I will, but I know what they will say.

    Thank god it has been resprayed, an extra layer of protection. I have had to touch up sections on the doors its been chipping off.

    I am not however confident about tackling this myself.
     
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    See what happens when you wash a car!!!!!! If you had left it dirty you would never have seen the scratches.

    Sorry to see the "attack". I know how gutting it is, someone has scuffed my rear bumper and a visit to ding master is on the cards.
     
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    The cars "natural state" is as a dirty tip smashing around the highlands with me at the helm nibbling on snacks, it will be grubby in no time hiding all its sins
     
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    Lovely car Steve,

    It's only abit of rust, it's all fixable;)

    Don't you hate jelous wan*ers?

    I seem to read those 7G box's are not as reliable as the 5-speed ones.
     
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    Its a cracking car, will get the rear arches sorted. I've seen an interesting rust prevention mod bar wax oil for such things that I may look into.

    The 7g box is just rubbish that is all, slow shifts, jerk shifts, just rubbish. Otherwise mars what is truly an excellent car with a brilliant driving experience on offer.
     
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    The 7G keeps in its powerband longer but I know it's not as reliable, a guy with a 07 SLK55 had an issue with his and had to fork out £700 with MB to sort it, he said something to do with plates?? :S
     
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    Valve bodies. They go. I sense reading on here and on the other forum mine are too (that "jolt" when cold) although someone told me on the other forum they all do that. Its not got any worse and I've had the box checked by two MB dealers and they say its fine.

    Its just ****.
     
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