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Mercedes-Benz S-320 CDi

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After completing both the black 650i
Cabriolet and the black GL420 CDi, the Father of the household wanted his (yes,
you guessed it) BLACK S-Class doing. This time going through a single-stage
machine correction..

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Previous BMW and Mercedes report's
found here:

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http://uk-audis.net/forums/t/2173.aspx

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And two images:

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650i cab:

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GL series:

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Product

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AutoGlym Fast Glass

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AutoSmart G101

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AutoSmart Tardis

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Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel

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Chemical Guys JetSEAL901

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Dodo Juice Supernatural

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Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild

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IPA

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Jeffs Werkstat Prime

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LTT Auto Ultra Foam

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LTT Auto Ultra Protect

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Meguiars Last Touch

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Meguiars Wheel Brightener

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Meguiars Super-Degreaser

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Menzerna 203s

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Poorboys BlackHole

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Sonus Green Mild Clay

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Zaino Z8 Grand Finale

Before and After:

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Inspection:

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Hidden beneath the dirt, the paint's
looking a little flat.

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After setting up base, I always start
with the wheels/shuts.

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Wheels/Tyres/Arches - Megs Wheel
Brightener. AutoSmart G101. AutoSmart Tardis. Megs Super-Degreaser. EZ Wheel
Brush. Wheel mitts. Vikan Long Reach brush. Envy Brushes. Sonus Green clay

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Shuts - AutoSmart G101. AutoSmart
Tardis.

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I spent close to an hour on the
wheels alone; the inner rim was far gone. The facings suffered from pitting in
the corners, Sonus Clay and Tardis were able to shift the most of.

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Snowfoamed > Washed > De-tar
> De-contaminate (Clay!)

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A s election of sap and tar being
dissolved by Tardis:

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This car had LOTS of tree-sap on.
Little yellow specs that were an absolute bugger to shift!

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Claybar after half of the bonnet:
(yellowing from sap build-up)

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After bootlit:

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Car re-washed and water-sheeted over
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Wash stage = 4 hours.

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Once inside and garaged, the scale of
the job became apparent.

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A grey haze caused by a sea of
swirls. But check out the above photo on the bootlid, some awesomely deep
scratches on there!

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Under the Brinkmann:

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Starting with a test section on the
bonnet,

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Menz 203s de-swirled the car, but,
struggling with the deeper stuff.

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50/50 on the o/s front door:

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Bonnet 50/50:

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o/s rear quarter before and after (a
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A big 50/50 on the bonnet under strip
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I think that was about the end of day
1.. Half the bonnet, drivers side and the half the boot lid complete. A long
day ahead tomorrow!

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50/50 in the morning on the boot-lid.
LOTS of deep scratches.

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N/S door 50/50:

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Before/After:

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Once complete, car taken back outside
for a good blast with the pressure washer; lots of dust from the polishing
stage to remove!

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Whilst dodging a brief rain-storm, I
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&#8230;as seen, only a few dots of water
left to collect now.

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S-Class after being BlackHole'd.

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Wax on, Wax off:

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At this point, I quickly dressed the
tyres as I wanted to catch the last of the afternoon's sun for some photos.
Windows, wheels, final wipedown etc yet to follow..

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&#8230;and back inside before the rain
returns! (Which it did)

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Final exterior touches were
finished..

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Grille and other britework polished
and protected with Jeffs Werkstat Prime.

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After:

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Alloys protected with JetSEAL901.

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A final wipedown required to remove
any wax gassing smears, but, this can wait till later as the interior needs
doing yet.

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Leather quite dirty..

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Starting with a good hoover
throughout. Leather then cleaned with LTT Auto Ultra Foam.

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50/50 on drivers' seat.

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Notice on the next photo the
left-hand side appears 'shiny' under the flash. (This is down to the engrained
dirt)

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Some funny patterns/stains spotted on
the passenger seat; LTT's Ink and Dye Removal Kit couldn't shift these&#8230;.?!

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Once leather clean was complete, a
damp wipeover given to clean any residues and hydrate things. When dry, Auto
Ultra Protect used to, well, to protect!

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Windows cleaned..

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Plastics, doorcards and dashboard
wiped with G101. Scuffs removed off of the plastics on the seats with a JML
Magic Sponge.

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Wooden trim treated to Jeffs Prime. Pedals
given a quick scrub. A last check over, and, interior finished. Pushing 8pm
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Exterior received a Z8 wipedown and I
began to pack away! 18 hours in total.

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Turns out, the owner doesn't actually
use a solution (shampoo) to wash the car. "Why not?" In fear of stripping
previous protection.. I can see the reasoning behind this, but, there are
'wax-friendly' shampoo's out there (Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild as seen above
for instance) and the idea behind a well "lubricated" and "slick" shampoo is to
help prevent the 'dragging' of dirt over the bodywork during contact washing. I
can only assume this is how the flurry of deep scratches have appeared..

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Will leave you with this..

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Thank you!

Jim
 

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Holy cow!!!! What had he been using to clean the car - a brillo pad? There were some serious swirls on there before.

Great result Jim.
 
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