Mercedes SL55 AMG-Full Correction Detail & Split Rim Refurbishment

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by mikec32, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. mikec32

    mikec32 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi Guys

    Its been a long long time since I have been on here, But work has been crazy. Have been in europe for private clients and prepping a couple for salon prive which you can imagine are never ending. Also with the good weather on its way and big shows, everyone is wanting correction. Anyway, this job was from quite some time ago for a mbclub.co.uk member.

    The guy has always had his cars maintained by me, but SL55 has never had correction. The SL55 in question is generally a very tidy one, but with the wheels tired and the paint just quite upto par. It was well worth the effort.

    After discussing with the owner, The car was given a little mini overhaul to match its tired exterior with its perfect insides;)

    The car was work on at our units as the owner is short on garage space, plus the car could be up on our ramp wheel the wheels were being refurbished.

    The car was given the usaul decontamination treatments in this order:

    All door shuts dgreased, scrubbed and rinsed.
    Lower half of car degreased, left to dwell then thoroughly jet washed.
    Car was treated to a full snowfoam bath, and rinsed.
    Wash using 2BM using swissvax car bath and rinsed.
    Car was brought in for drying with 70/30 towels.
    Lower half was treated to tardis to remove tar.
    Car was then clayed with gentle grey and megs last touch.
    Car was given a thorough IPA wipedown to remove clay sling and silicone's from the paint.
    Car was then put on the scissor ramp.
    Wheels were removed for refurb.

    This then brings us upto speed with the correction process. As we all know the SL paint was hard as vag paint tends to be. So the correction process was as follows:

    Compounding completed with Lake Country wool pad with Megs 105.

    Polishing completed with Lake country yellow polishing pad with scholl concepts s17.

    Refinement completed with lake country red finishing pad with 3m ultrafina.

    Here are some pictures of the correction stage.

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    This left the car looking like this:

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    Once this was complete it was onto the wheels. The wheels where split up, diamond turn, from fascia painted in genuine AMG Finished as shown:

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    They were then put back together and tyres re-mounted. They were then given a thorough IPA wipedown and protected with G-Techniq C5 Crystal glass coat.

    The exhaust tips were then cleaned with wire wool and 105 then polished with optimum metal polish. Door shuts were polished and sealed with werstatt acrylic prime strong. Paintwork was dressed in wolfgang paint sealant and then finished in 3 coats of wolfgang fusion Carnauba wax with 8 hours curing time between coats. Glass was Polished with supernatural glass polish and rubber seals fed with swissvax seal feed. Inside arches were dressed with bare bones and tyres were dressed with swissvax pneu.

    It was then to move into the interior. All plastics were degreassed cleaned and protected with swissvax matte. The leather was steam cleaned, scrubbed with swissvax leather cleaner and a horse hair brush. Leather was then fed with swissvax leather milk. Inside glass was cleaned with meg's glass cleaner and car was vacuumed to a detailed level.

    Once this was completed the car was wipedown with 2 coats of zaino z-8 and the wheels were all torqued up to factory requirement with my shiney new bluepoint torque wrench;)
     
  2. ucr

    ucr Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi

    The car looks great

    how much does it all cost ?
     
  3. R30TGH

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    Stunning car!!

    What do you think of the G-Techniq C5? Just had it applied on my CLK55 and totally swear by it, great product!
     
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    mikec32 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Overall the car took about 40 hours labour hence why theres not many photos of inbetween work. I was on a time scale:)

    Thanks for viewing and if there's any questions, I'm more then happy to help.

    Mike
     
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  5. Starky

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    As ucr has said how much would a detail on this scale cost?
     
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    A lot more ££££££££££ then getting it done here !!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    nothing short of amazing, thanks for sharing
     
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    Stunning job
     
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    mikec32 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi bud,

    Its a forum, so no prices.

    sorry

    Mike
     
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    Ok! Do you have a website? I was thinking of getting car detailed and was wondering what the costs are.
     
  11. nigel cross

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    You can give a cost of the work done, so other members can gauge its value.
    I don't think that you are listing the work done as a means to get work in.
     
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    mikec32 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I know, but it's not polite or my style to place prices for jobs. I see it as a form of 'willy waving'!:) but if anyone really wants to know, pm me and I'll let you know.

    Regards

    Mike
     
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    .......

    ...... And putting up photos of an SL with your handiwork, isn't :rolleyes: can't see any other reason for doing so

    Love this bit .... 'Lower half of car degreased, left to dwell ......' ....... Very "Posh Nosh" :D
     
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    mikec32 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    It's a Mercedes and a detailing section, so seems very fitting indeed. No big headed intentions just here to show members how it's done. You must have some interest, as you keyboard hands seemed to have found there way into this section of the site;)
     
  15. JohnDeere8530

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    guessing, I bet its around £1k ? for that job
     
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    I think its 40 hours work plus materials :)

    Great job Mike, the end result is just stunning, thanks for posting.
     
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    Not one stone chip - surely it's had paint? Can anyone identify the comand is that an aftermarket unit? May get one for the SL
     
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    Richard who owns the car, retrofits all things for MB for a living, so drop him A line as this car has many secret upgrades;)
     
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    Love the finish on the alloys, good job
     

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