A recent acquisition to my client who likes to keep his cars looking good, but wanted a professional to tackle the swirl marks and other grubby marks that were present on this particular example of a ‘Tealite Blue’ W211 (2004) Mercedes E-Class.
After an initial inspection a couple of months before the actual detail, it was decided my ‘Mild Correction Detail’ would address my clients requirements and budget and a date was set. All in all I spent ~40 hours on this car including a 22 hour solid shift which I hope not to have to repeat anytime soon!!
Here’s the car upon arrival – already in a presentable condition:
and my first glimpse in sunlight at the defects in question (the day of the initial inspection was wet & gloomy so was all carried out under lighting in the unit)
There are a few pictures missing from the initial wash process stages as it was a pretty warm day so I just needed to crack on, and tbh we all know what a lot of the generic wash stage shots look like!
Engine bay first; Bilt Hamber Surfex & CarChem Citrus APC, rinsed and dressed with Autosmart Finish. Buffed and fettled with later in the detail.
Door shuts: Bilt Hamber Surfex
Tyres & Arches – Bilt Hamber Surfex
Wheels – these had been recently refurbished & sealed, however there was already a bit of pitting beginning. These were cleaned with a weak mix of Autosmart Smart Wheels initially, and deep cleaned later with Iron X.
Generic snowfoam shot courtesy of CarChem snowfoam:
Washed using the 2 bucket method, lambswool mitt & Auto Finesse Lather. Rinsed, loosely dried & Autosmart Tardis applied:
Re-rinsed & CarPro Iron X applied:
Re-rinsed & clayed with Bilt Hamber clay / CarChem clay lube – this was after around 1/3 of the bonnet iirc:
Re-rinsed yet again and wheeled into the unit. Dried & panel gaps / crevices blown dry with warm air.
After an initial test of suitable polishes / pads, it was out with the Rupes Bigfoot first time out with a 15″ version – Zephir on a green pad tackled a large amount of the defects. For some of the tougher marks I used the 21″ Bigfoot with a Lake Country foamed wool pad again with Zephir or Scholl S3 Gold. Refining was carried out with the 15″ Bigfoot using Kermik Gloss on a yellow pad (most correction shots pre-refinement but post CarPro Eraser wipedown)
Bird etching on the bonnet to remove:
and now miscellaneous shots from around the car:
Even the chrome benefited from a light machine polish:
Although far from perfect, the gloss black pillars also benefited:
Starting to look pretty glossy!
On to the interior. Leather deep cleaned & sealed, Carpets & fabrics shampooed & protected – carpet floor mats replaced at customers request, all plastics deep cleaned and a general thorough full interior valet. Steering wheel unfortunately was pretty worn so didn’t come up particularly well, but the rest of the interior responded well.
Tired looking dealer sticker removed:
Tax disc holder replaced at clients request:
A few marks on the plastic trim around the drivers seat simply wouldn’t shift unfortunately
Engine bay fettled, painted areas hand polished with Auto Finesse Tripple:
As the client was already into looking after his cars, it was agreed that LSP would be the Werkstat Acrylic kit as he is already familiar with this and uses it on another of his cars. After a thorough CarPro Eraser wipedown the paint was cleansed with Prime and sealed with 3 coats of Jett with a Glos wipedown & 30 mins curing time between each layer.
Glass was sealed with G-Techniq G1, wheels with G-Techniq Silo Seal C1.5, tyres dressed with 2 coats of Auto Finesse Satin and brightwork polished with Prime Strong.
And once the client had seen the car in the unit it was wheeled out into the sunshine for a few completed shots outdoors: