Detailer's Domain: Brings this one back to life - 05 Mercedes SL55 [Archive] - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

: Detailer's Domain: Brings this one back to life - 05 Mercedes SL55
09-01-2012, 09:42 AM
Subject: 2005 Mercedes SL55 (was a NYC car)
Requirements - get it back to NEW like condition


- Wheels were prepped with Sonax Wheel Cleaner and cleaned up with various brushes
- Tires were spritzed down with Adamís All Purpose Cleaner and washed down
- Wheel wells were cleaned up
- Washed with 1Z einszett W99
- Wolf's Decon Gel
- Wash down and rinsed
- Door jambs were cleaned up
- Nano Scrub AutoScrub
- Dried
- Tires dressed
- Masking
- Paint Measurement
- Meg's M105 with Surbuf and Griots Orbital
- Sonax 5/5 Fine Abrasive Paste - Microfiber DA Cut Pad - Griots Orbital
- Sonax 3/6 Nano Polish - Uber Green Pad - Griots Orbital
- Aquartz
- Inspection with Fenix, 3m Sun Gun, Infratech, and natural sunlight
- Wheel wells were cleaned and dressed
- Rubber and Plastics Treated
- Exterior windows and mirrors cleaned and sealed
- Exhaust tips cleaned
- Windows were autoscrubed, cleaned, and sealed

Products used

Links to products used -

1Z einszett W99 (
Wolf's Decon Gel (
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner (
NanoSkin AutoScrub System (
Meg's M105 (
Sonax Compound 5/5 - Coming Soon
Sonax Nano Polish 3/6 - Coming Soon
Aquartz (
Adam's Super VRT (
Optimum Metal Polish (

1Z Cockpit (
1Z Plastic Deep Cleaner (
1Z Leathercare (
Sonax Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner (
Griot's 3 inch Random Orbital Polisher (

Tools used
Uber Wool Wash Mitt (
Uber No Name MF Towels (
Griot's 6 inch Random Orbital Polisher (
Griot's 3 inch Random Orbital Polisher (
Uber Buffing Pads (
Defelsko Paint Meter (
Fenix TK35 (
Brinkmann (
Kranzle Pressure Washer (
Cam Spray Foam Canon (
2 Grit Guard Buckets with Caddies (
Uber Firehose Nozzle (
Metro Air Force Blaster (


Cleaning up the mats with the Griots 3 inch and brush attachment


50/50 shot of the leather - we cleaned them up with 1Z einszett Plastic Deep Cleaner - take a look at all the dirt and oils removed.. returning the leather to a "like NEW' look and feel

09-01-2012, 09:43 AM




Nanoskin Autoscrub
Lubricant prior to the Autoscrub

Here is what we had in front of us
09-01-2012, 09:43 AM
Paint Correction
The 50/50 shots will show it all

After compounding and polishing we ended up with this

Pulled the wheels off to do a thorough cleaning - wheel wells cleaned and dressed, brake calipers cleaned and protected, wheel cleaned up and protected

Calipers before

After caliper and wheel wells were taken care of

BBS LM's were pretty dirty on the inside
09-01-2012, 09:43 AM
Sonax Full Effect going to work

Wheel Woolies for easy cleaning

Cleaned up and dried - ready for the final touches and sealant

Testing Sonax Polymer Netshield on the BBS LM's

Ready to mount them back on

Exhaust tips (Optimum Metal Polish and Steel Wool #0000)



09-01-2012, 09:40 PM
What you do is art! Makes me want to drive from the west coast just to have you detail my car!
09-02-2012, 07:08 AM

09-04-2012, 04:50 PM
gorgeous. :thumbup:

09-17-2012, 07:02 PM
Amazing results (as usual). Did you use the VRT on the wheel wells?
09-18-2012, 07:58 AM
we used Adam's Undercarriage spray ( the wheel wells.

09-18-2012, 06:07 PM
Thanks Phil. I always enjoy your reviews and pictures of the projects. Keep up the great work.
09-18-2012, 06:42 PM