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April 5, 2011

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Full Detail: Mercedes CLK 200

by Kenneth Tang

A reconditioned Mercedes CLK 200 in for paintwork correction and interior protection. Meguiarized, Duraglossed and G|Techniqkazised(?).

The car has obviously been polished by the dealer as the paintwork was slick and looking pretty glossy upon arrival! Looks can be deceiving, let’s wash the car first and we shall see.

Upon arrival,

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First up were the wheels, wheel well and tires. These were all cleaned with Osren Multi-Clean and their new product, Degreaser FX.

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Bodywork is washed with Osren Bubble and Wax shampoo and smoothened with Osren Magic Clay Cloth. After rinsing, the whole car is given a once over with Carmate KK128 Iron Remover Shampoo, couldn’t see any iron particles being dissolved though, just an extra step.

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Now that she is squeaky clean and make up removed, we can now see how her bare face looks like. Some general condition of the paint, the bonnet and rear boot were most severe.

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Paintwork Correction Process:

1) Compound with Meguiar’s #105 Ultra-Cut Compound / Lake Country 4-ply twisted wool pad / Rotary @ 1200~1500 RPM

2) Polish with Meguiar’s #105 Ultra-Cut Compound / Lake Country Cutting Pad / Rotary @ 1200~1500 RPM

3) Polish with Meguiar’s #105 Ultra-Cut Compound / Meguiar’s W-8006 Polishing Pad / Dodo Juice DA @ Speed 5

4) Finish with G|Techniq P1 Nanoscopic Polish / Meguiar’s W-8006 Polishing Pad / Dodo Juice DA @ Speed 5

‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos below:

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After correcting the paint, all the masking tape were removed, car is rinsed down to remove all polishing dust, re-washed with shampoo and dried off.

Protection Stage:
1) Duragloss #601 Polish Bonding Agent / Microfibre Pad / Hand Application @ 25 RPM

2) Duragloss #105 Total Performance Polish / Lake Country CCS Black Finishing Pad / Dodo Juice DA @ Speed 2

3) G|Techniq C2 Liquid Crystal wipe-down prior to collection.

While the sealant was drying, I tend to the interior. It was previously detailed on a previous date, so just some touch up needed.

Interior Process:

1) Cabin vacuumed
2) Mats vacuumed and re-applied with G|Techniq I1 Smart Fabric
3) Leather seats re-applied with G|Techniq L1 Leather Guard
4) Glass wiped down with damp waffle weave microfiber.

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Rim Protection:

1) G|Techniq P1 Nanoscopic Polish / Foam Applicator / Hand Application @ 15 RPM
2) G|Techniq C5 Wheel Armour

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With the interior settled, the sealant is wiped off and the paint said “who’s got bling? Me!”

As you will see in the photos, there were quite a lot of Random Isolated Deep Scratches (RIDS) that weren’t removed.

Tires dressed with ArmorAll Original.

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Let’s get photographfunky! It never occured to me to bounce my flash up against my white porch ceiling… discovered it accidentally during this detail. The photos make the paint look so smoooooth, well it is! 😛

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. jackson
    Apr 6 2011

    Duragloss #601 Polish Bonding Agent / Microfibre Pad / [b]Hand Application @ 25 RPM [/b]
    hahahaha…ur hand must be moving very fast…

    i shall call u by ken-zox no more. you are now ken-zise and this car has been ken-zised. trademark that name.

    pictures u took almost look like pictures taken at batcave. awesome!

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    • Apr 6 2011

      Hahaha! Thanks bro. ken-zised…lmao…

      Batcave pics! That’s what I thought of also when I saw the preview in my camera… I was thinking “heh heh, I’m gonna give Darren a run for his money”…..then as I was uploading my photos, I visited his site again, and looked at his photos… and went… “Okay nevermind…”

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  2. mznn
    Apr 6 2011

    do you have to go 3 times with M105 albeit with diff pad ?

    so carmate kk128 = iron X ? use to buy soft 99 product from Eneos at 1 Utama ,now whole place under reno dunno where they shift out to ?

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    • Apr 6 2011

      I could have skipped the cutting pad and went straight to M105 on DA or vice versa… But after going with G|Techniq P1, the M105 oils were removed and some scratches reappear, this happened on so many panels so I decided to stick with the 3 times with M105. The P1 polish seriously meant no fillers when they said so. Scratches will reappear as it cleans off any oils.

      Carmate KK128, similar function to iron X, but different. This one is a shampoo that foams, maybe it’s more similar to IronX Soap Gel?

      Eneos is not there anymore?? Awwww man, that’s sad, don’t know where to buy Japanese products anymore…..

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      • mznn
        Apr 6 2011

        Thanks, just based my comment on others write up on their detailing and from the pictures. Me certainly hv no experience whatsoever using rotary !..or M105.

      • Apr 6 2011

        No problem! Appreciate your comment, planning to pick up detailing?

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