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Detailer's Domain: Brings this one back to life - 05 Mercedes SL55

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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 Adam's 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
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
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


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Nanoskin Autoscrub
Lubricant prior to the Autoscrub

Here is what we had in front of us

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

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)




What you do is art! Makes me want to drive from the west coast just to have you detail my car!
Amazing results (as usual). Did you use the VRT on the wheel wells?
Thanks Phil. I always enjoy your reviews and pictures of the projects. Keep up the great work.
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