Started to Clean to 300CE

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  1. 300CE

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    Started to clean the car today, the weather's been pretty rubbish but have so far completed the following:
    1) Washed Car
    2) Cleaned wheels using Bilberry Cleaner
    3) Sprayed Autosmart Tardis all over
    4) Cleaned again and clayed the whole car and was amazed with the results - this took a while and i've attached a picture of the clay (this was over a size of about a foot square on the boot so you can see how much cr4p is on it!!!).
    5) It hammered it down - twice - so wiped car down and will carry on with polishing & waxing tomorrow.

    Wheels done:


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    Looking much better and now ready for polishing and waxing although will need another clean prior to this in the morning! Will be keeping me fingers crossed as it's the first time i'd have used a DA polisher, but will post up some photos once it's all been done!!
     

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    Nice car. Don't worry too much about using the DA, pretty user friendly. Just use common sense and don't overheat any one area. Quite into keeping my cars clean and pretty local. Holler if you need any assistance/have any concerns.
     
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    Hello

    Is that the bilt Hamber clay bar? which one if it is please.

    Did it work well :)
     
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    Cheers WDB, it's on the to do list!
     
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    It was the Bilt Hamber regular clay bar and the results were amazing! There was a lot of contamination on the boot, bonnet & roof & it felt smooth as silk once finished. I nearly used the whole bar, but think I was using too bigger chunks at the beginning as I used it a lot more sparingly towards the end.
     
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    That will look great when you've done it - great looking car
     
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    Thanks for posting - enjoyed the thread.
     
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    OK, spent the whole day polishing & waxing the old girl with me mate doing the interior. Just finished and its absolutely chucking it down (typical)! Results from the polishing were fantastic & i'll post up pics/details tomorrow as I'm cream crackered!
     
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    You must be knackered.....I have been giving my car a ''once in a lifetime detail'' and it is taking me about 2hrs./panel for what is effectively 13 panels excluding windows and wheels not to mention the interior. I have been on the case now for five continuous days but obviously not 8hrs. days......maximum 6hrs. on any one day. My back is killing me.

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    I've become the friends and family car cleaner / alloy cleaner / light scratch remover. But I find if I "go at it" for any longer than a couple of hours, my lower back is well sore. To the point of struggling to get out of bed the next morning. I work out with a personal trainer / box 3 times a week, but something in the mechanics of polishing knackers my back if I'm not careful.
     
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    Yes please!
     
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    OK chaps, here's a few pictures of the car after polishing - as you can see the results are pretty good. I used a Kestrel DAS-6 Polisher and the whole car with Menzerna Final Finish Polish and a Final Finish Pad. These were the least aggressive polish & pad as i also had Menzerna Power Finish (which gives more of a cut) and also a Polishing & Compound Pad. I didn't want to use these yet as it was my first time using the polisher.

    I didn't get the swirl marks out completely but was very pleased with how it came out but now i'm more confident using the DAS, i'll use the more aggressive products next time- i applied Nanolex Nanowax after the polishing:
     

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    Took the old girl to the Bromley Pageant today and had a nice few positive remarks made about her (also put some chrome look plastic wheel nut covers on just to tidy it up a bit)!!:
     

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    Wow - Love this car. Mercedes at it's best.
     
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    That's a nice finish. Could I make one suggestion based on the last photo? If you look at the sun there is a hologram running vertically from it. That is probably caused by not working the polish enough or finishing off with the speed too high. Keep polishing until the polish goes clear, only use 2 or 3 pea sized drops of polish, spread on speed 2, step up to 4/5 for working the polish, once it goes clear drop down to 2 again and refine the whole work area. You won't get the holograms and you will get more work out of the polish. The clarity in the finish will be better.

    Great finish for first time out though.
     
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    You're not wrong there Mic, feeling it today. Looking forward to going back to work & having a rest in the office!!
     
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    Cheers for the advice Superspec, will deffo take on board next time out! That last shot was of the roof which was a bit of a pain as I was on a chair (but best to see against the sun). I think you're right in that I didn't work the polish enough, I tended to have it on speed 1 for the first couple of over laps, then up to 2/3 & finishing on 4. I think rule of thumb is to pass over about 3 dozen times, but probably didn't if I'm being honest.
     
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