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phil@detailersdomain.com
09-01-2012, 10:42 AM
Subject: 2005 Mercedes SL55 (was a NYC car)
Requirements - get it back to NEW like condition

Exterior

- 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 (https://detailersdomain.com/1Z-einszett-W99_p_273.html)
Wolf's Decon Gel (https://detailersdomain.com/Wolfs-Chemicals-WF-1P-Deironizer-Decon-Gel_p_533.html)
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Sonax-Full-Effect-Wheel-Cleaner_p_324.html)
NanoSkin AutoScrub System (https://detailersdomain.com/NanoSkin-Autoscrub-6-inch-Pad_p_695.html)
Meg's M105 (https://detailersdomain.com/Meguiars-M105-Ultra-Cut-Compound_p_304.html)
Sonax Compound 5/5 - Coming Soon
Sonax Nano Polish 3/6 - Coming Soon
Aquartz (https://detailersdomain.com/Aquartz-Nano-Coating-40-ml_p_328.html)
Adam's Super VRT (https://detailersdomain.com/Adams-Super-VRT_p_222.html)
Optimum Metal Polish (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Optimum-Metal-Polish-8-oz_p_278.html)

Interior
1Z Cockpit (https://detailersdomain.com/1Z-einszett-Cockpit-Premium_p_70.html)
1Z Plastic Deep Cleaner (https://detailersdomain.com/1Z-einszett-Plastic-Deep-Cleaner_p_106.html)
1Z Leathercare (https://detailersdomain.com/1Z-einszett-Leather-Care-Lederpflege_p_500.html)
Sonax Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner (https://detailersdomain.com/Sonax-Upholstery-Carpet-Cleaner-500-ml_p_335.html)
Griot's 3 inch Random Orbital Polisher (https://detailersdomain.com/Griots-Garage-3-inch-Random-Orbital-Polisher-Base-Kit-_p_752.html)

Tools used
Uber Wool Wash Mitt (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Uber-Genuine-Wool-Wash-Mitt-Version-2_p_515.html)
Uber No Name MF Towels (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Uber-No-Name-Uber-Super-Plush-Microfiber-Towel-16x16_p_512.html)
Griot's 6 inch Random Orbital Polisher (https://detailersdomain.com/Griots-Garage-6-inch-Random-Orbital-Polisher-Base-Kit_p_683.html)
Griot's 3 inch Random Orbital Polisher (https://detailersdomain.com/Griots-Garage-3-inch-Random-Orbital-Polisher-Base-Kit-_p_752.html)
Uber Buffing Pads (http://www.detailersdomain.com/5-Pack-Uber-Foam-Pad-65-inch_p_298.html)
Defelsko Paint Meter (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Defelsko-Positest-DFT-Combo-Paint-Meter_p_498.html)
Fenix TK35 (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Fenix-TK35-820-Lumens_p_504.html)
Brinkmann (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Brinkmann-Tuffmax-Dual-LED-Spotlight_p_400.html)
Kranzle Pressure Washer (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Kranzle-K-1120T-Cold-Water-Electric-Pressure-Washer_p_446.html)
Cam Spray Foam Canon (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Cam-Spray-Foamer-Attachment-Foam-Cannon_p_204.html)
2 Grit Guard Buckets with Caddies (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Grit-Guard-Dual-Bucket-Washing-System_p_127.html)
Uber Firehose Nozzle (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Uber-Firehose-Spray-Nozzle_p_80.html)
Metro Air Force Blaster (http://www.detailersdomain.com/Metro-Air-Force-Master-Blaster-Car-Dryer-8-HP-MB3CD_p_344.html)

Interior
Before
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6198.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6196.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6190.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6187.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6186.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6183.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6182-1.jpg

Cleaning up the mats with the Griots 3 inch and brush attachment
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6342.jpg

Vac
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6343.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6333.jpg

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
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6364.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6363.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6357.jpg

Afters
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6374.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6648.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6664.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6649.jpg

phil@detailersdomain.com
09-01-2012, 10:43 AM
Exterior

Wash/Decon/Autoscrub/Wheels/Tires/Engine
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6225.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6226.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6227.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6229.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6231.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6233.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6235.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6236.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6240.jpg

Engine
Before
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6156-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6160-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6159-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6158-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6157-1.jpg

After
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6252.jpg

Nanoskin Autoscrub
Lubricant prior to the Autoscrub
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6243.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6247.jpg

Here is what we had in front of us
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6262.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6256.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6266.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6325.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6313.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6170-1.jpg

phil@detailersdomain.com
09-01-2012, 10:43 AM
Paint Correction
The 50/50 shots will show it all
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6302.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6324.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6321.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6320.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6319.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6312.jpg

After compounding and polishing we ended up with this
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6331.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6332.jpg

Pulled the wheels off to do a thorough cleaning - wheel wells cleaned and dressed, brake calipers cleaned and protected, wheel cleaned up and protected
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6383.jpg

Calipers before
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6449.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6451.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6450.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6398.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6394.jpg

After caliper and wheel wells were taken care of
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6455.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6457.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6456.jpg

BBS LM's were pretty dirty on the inside
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6388.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6387.jpg

phil@detailersdomain.com
09-01-2012, 10:43 AM
Sonax Full Effect going to work
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6454.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6402.jpg

Wheel Woolies for easy cleaning
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6408.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6407.jpg

Cleaned up and dried - ready for the final touches and sealant
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6417.jpg

Testing Sonax Polymer Netshield on the BBS LM's
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6461.jpg

Ready to mount them back on
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6460.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6459.jpg

Exhaust tips (Optimum Metal Polish and Steel Wool #0000)
Before
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6378.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6172-1.jpg

After
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6380.jpg

Exterior
Afters
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6638.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6663.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6668.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6667.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6666.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6662.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6661.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6659.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6658.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6655.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6654.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6646.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6645.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6643.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6642.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6641.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6640.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6628.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6612.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6606.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6602.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6629.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6647.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f149/pyiu/55oakstnorwood/Random%20Detailing%20Shots/Alpesh%20SL55%20Correction/DSC_6630.jpg

GOTONE!
09-01-2012, 10:40 PM
What you do is art! Makes me want to drive from the west coast just to have you detail my car!

phil@detailersdomain.com
09-02-2012, 08:08 AM
thanks!

positiveions
09-04-2012, 05:50 PM
gorgeous. :thumbup:

surf330
09-17-2012, 08:02 PM
Amazing results (as usual). Did you use the VRT on the wheel wells?

phil@detailersdomain.com
09-18-2012, 08:58 AM
we used Adam's Undercarriage spray (https://detailersdomain.com/Adams-Invisible-Undercarriage-Spray-1-Gal-Kwazar-Mercury-Pro-_p_421.html)for the wheel wells.

surf330
09-18-2012, 07:07 PM
Thanks Phil. I always enjoy your reviews and pictures of the projects. Keep up the great work.

phil@detailersdomain.com
09-18-2012, 07:42 PM
thanks!