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Old 10-11-2018, 04:52 PM
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Default 2006 Mercedes CLS 3.5ltr V6 Detail

Spent the morning working on this black beasty...

12yrs old and rarely washed, the paintwork was very very swirly and had no protection on at all.

The wheels were shockingly filthy and there was lots of tree sap over the paint.

So as usual I started with a citrus pre-clean and iron out on the wheels followed by two brush clean and rinse off.















The wheels were that heavily contaminated it actually took 4 coats of iron out and rinsing to bring them up clean.

Then came the snow foam...











Then it was a rinse and then two bucket wash and rinse off again..







Then it was time for a good claying, and boy did it take some claying!! The paint was very rough and very contaminated!

Then it was out with the DA - starting with Meguiars Ultimate Compound as the paint was very swirly and scratched up...first pass came out ok..





Then it was time for a second pass with a finer compound polish to add some depth to the paint followed by a good glaze...

Engine bay was also cleaned and treated to a seal and coating..





Finally the paintwork was sealed using Menzerna Powerlock and then waxed with Autofinesse Desire Wax.































Was a really tough clean this one - wheels especially...headlights were sanded and three compound polished but internally have big flaws which meant it didnít come clear as I had hoped..

Still - time for a cuppa.........and a nap!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:45 PM
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As usual Ryan,cracking job. When you are here next year do you want me to set up a few cars for you or are you happy to chill out with a few glasses of red wine.
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As usual Ryan,cracking job. When you are here next year do you want me to set up a few cars for you or are you happy to chill out with a few glasses of red wine.


Ha ha - if u lined up a few cars Terry I would be there a week!

Although at least ur weather would be good for wax...

If I have one glass red I wouldnít be able to stand let alone detail! Ha ha ha
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Nice work matey. Amazed you got those wheels clean without having to take them off for a scrubbing!

I quite like the CLS (apart from the dumpy headlights). Amazing value for money

Just had a quick squint on autotrader, can't argue with something like this... - 5.0 V8 and check out the mileage.... https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classif...01811072229938
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That's a fine effort!

@Steve - is that vintage one of the ones plagued with electrical issues? That price would scare me a bit.

I really like the CLS shooting brake.
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Awesome Ryan, what make polisher do you use if you don't mind me asking?
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A very old meguairs DA220...

Looking at upgrading next year
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Cleanyourcar.com do a good bundle (I recommended to Terry)...

Think itís the DAS 6 V2 Pro... something like £135 including menzerna compounds and foam pads
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Or come spend a day with me
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Cool, thanks I'm up for that , perhaps we can sort a day at the Xmas meal?
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@Steve - is that vintage one of the ones plagued with electrical issues? That price would scare me a bit.
Would scare you as its too cheap? You could offer him more if it makes you feel better

But no idea re: electrics, I know that era of Merc wasn't amazing on the reliability front but never owned one so no experience of it. Looks like that ad has expired now, someone must have bought it already
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Would scare you as its too cheap? You could offer him more if it makes you feel better



That one I did yest had done 153,000miles... always serviced at Mercedes and sounded sweet as anything
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Would scare you as its too cheap? You could offer him more if it makes you feel better

But no idea re: electrics, I know that era of Merc wasn't amazing on the reliability front but never owned one so no experience of it. Looks like that ad has expired now, someone must have bought it already
Haha, my worry is it was cheap because they wanted shot of it, i.e. the problems had begun!

So more that the price disguised the true cost of buying it.

Most Merc owners I know have had electrical worries. My father recently bought a C Class estate and researched to the hilt before committing!
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Looks good. Black always looks ace when done right.
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Great work , who would have a black car
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