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    Default Detailed - 2009 Mercedes CL63 in Black

    2009 CL63 Mercedes booked for a 3 day correction detail.

    A car that is only a few weeks old really shouldn't need this kind of detail yet, and the reason being?

    In under a month this car was detailed TWICE before it came to me, the first time it was a botched dealer prep job and the second time was a detail (by another detailer who claims to fix swirls and scratches) to polish out the scratches put in by the dealer prior.

    Upon arrival the car already appeared clean and the wheels were in great shape, until I saw the inners which were still filthy. I know knew what kind of "deatiler" handled the car before me so I figured I had a good amount of work ahead of me.

    Enough babbling and on with the detail ;

    my little setup for wheel cleaning, the rubbermaid cart is really useful during the wash process

    Gloss It wheel gel
    Megs APC 3:1 (tires)
    Stoners tarminator (tires)
    Autosmart Tardis



    brushes of choice



    Using the new daytona wheel brush I must say I wasnt overly impressed. Yes the design is much more sturdy but the bristles seem too soft to heavier scrubbing and the "sling" problem is still very annoying, yet not many other brushes get behind the spokes and calipers as well





    After a quick pre-foam I washed the car using CG CWG and the clayed with Sonus fine green clay, after the clay I did another quick wash with the CWG to strip off some of the protection layed down by Megs last touch QD which was used as clay lube



    Sheeting off w/ some DI water



    Recently began using an electric blow to aid in the drying process, works well for the mirrors and crevices but still a light wipedown with a WW is necessary to get the paint completely dry



    Pulled the car inside for to take some readings and see what we need for correction. Readings were very inconsistent, not suprising because I know the car was just "compounded" by another detailer... he seemed to do a fantastic job, thats why the owner needs to get it re-corrected just days later

    The car didnt have a lot of fine defects, mostly just rids and scratches







    After doing a test panel with a few different combos I landed on the following for correction:

    P203s w/ a Mirco Surface tuf buf black wool pad in various sizes
    Gloss-It evolution Cut or P203s again w/Gloss It green polishing pad
    PO85rd w/ Gloss It blue finishing pad

    The wool actually finished down pretty good ( I must thank Rick "RickRack: for pointing me to the tuf buf pads and powerfinish combo)

    I wanted to get the paint to 98-100% BEFORE the jeweling stage, so later on I could work at lower speeds and really refine the finish without concentrating on further correction.

    Working the power finish w/ wool



    Refining the wool holos and finer swirls (Evolution Cut and GI green polishing pad)



    After

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    Before



    After



    50/50



    The rear decklid had some deeper RIDS which required 2 separate passes with the tuf buf wool to fully remove at 2100rpm using moderate pressure



    Other side corrected, this is after the wool and polishing stages, notice there are still holograms in the paint (after 85rd the holos were refined out, wait for the later sun pics as the garage was too dark to capture a clear shot)





    After 85rd



    Inisde the license plate area recieved the same 3 step process as the rest of the car, the little 3" gloss-it BP and tuf buf wool pad worked great for the RIDS in tight corners



    After jeweling with 85rd



    Opened up the garage in hopes to get some sun shots


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    Head and tailights were corrected w/ Gloss It one step machine gloss and a 3" polishing pad

    under the LED



    The lower panels were a bit more hacked up, tired my best to capture the defects



    After
    under the LED



    The CL had 4-5 scratches which needed wetsanding, this one was treated with 2000grit followed by 3000grit

    Before






    After under the infratech



    Little 3" wool helps on areas such as side mirrors and around door handles







    Finishing up stage 2 of polishing



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    Last sun shot after correction before applying the LSP



    Since the car was new the interior already was in great shape, a through once over wall all it needed.

    No leather cleaner was needed
    Gloss-it satin leather polish (conditioner) applied
    P&S express interior cleaner on plastics and wool trim

    Afters





    The wheels were treated inside and out with Rejex sealant (x2) for durability, the tires were treated with 2 coats of Gloss It Signature tire gloss



    Dressing the engine bay w/ Gloss It TRV



    After



    50/50 of the tailpipes, treated with Noxon metal polish and #0000 steel wool



    All finished



    LSP of choice:

    Gloss It signature gloss sealant x2
    Gloss It Concourso gloss
    Gloss Enhancer QD wipedown

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    Some final shots, I tried to get as many sun shots as possible









    The trunk (no more holograms)












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    My favorite (if only the owner was not standing in the shot, I blurred his face)



    Total time was just under 23hours

    Thanks for letting me share
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    Amazing job, I need to find someone that knows what they are doing and have them do my car. Everyone can purchase these equipment with $1000 in their bank account, but only select a few know how to use them. Don't want to pay and get the job like the 2nd detailer had done on this car.

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    Truly amazing job. Amazing car. Hope you got to wheel it around for a bit.

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    Very nice work...... and awesome detailed step by step write up on it!!
    EARNED, AND NOT GIVEN....

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    amazing job

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