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June 8, 2013

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Scholl Concepts Debut: Mercedes C-Class and Toyota Mark-X

by Kenneth Tang

First time trying out Scholl Concepts products. Their products are not that hyped up about on forums, but some users swear by their products. Let’s see how they fare.

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The Mercedes C-Class is rarely driven. Given a one-step polish on a DA with Scholl Orange Pad and Scholl S17+.

This removed light swirling, cleaned up the paint well and left a haze free smooth finish, despite being classed as a compound. It is very wet and easy to work with.
Waxed with Osren Synergized.

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Watermarks from glass removed with Scholl S17+/Scholl Purple Cutting Pad. Protected with Wetshine Prizm for hydrophobic function.

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The metallic black Toyota Mark-X on the other hand, was in a much worse condition.
This was a collaboration detail with Josh from Opti Auto Detail.

Paint was of medium hardness with severe swirling and RIDS.
Paint correction process:
– Compound with Scholl Spider Pad/Scholl S3 Gold/Rotary
– Polish with Scholl Orange Pad/Scholl S17+/DA

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Still had some swirls near the line as I did not compound enough near the tape line.

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Right side is before. Left side is after compounding with Scholl Spider Pad and S3 Gold. I may have overworked the product, causing it to haze more than it is supposed to.

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Before

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After

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Black paint looked hazy under natural light.

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After a compound and polish, blackness return. Forgive me for the slightly ‘biased’ shot as lighting conditions were different in the before and after.

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Here’s Josh after inspecting the paint with LED light.

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That’s me testing a different combo. Scholl S17+ and Purple Cutting pad still did not provide enough cut for the defects.

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Before.

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After compounding, prior to refining with polish.

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B-Pillar. Right side is before. Left side is after compounding with Scholl S3 Gold.

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Paintwork, head lamps and tail lamps were coated with Opti-Coat.

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Some areas had deeper RIDS that were not removed.

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Excuse the severely under-exposed shot. Customer was waiting and I was rushing with the final shots.

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Liquid gold, created with the help of Scholl Concepts’ S3 Gold.

Some initial impressions on Scholl Concepts:

S3 Gold (Cut: 5/6, Gloss: 4.5/6) – This will probably replace my current favourite compound, Meguiar’s #105. It cuts better, works longer and finishes just the same. It is very workable with foam where as M105 starts to gum when the foam pad is overloaded with product. Downside, it is pricey, I guess that’s what you have to pay for better performance.

S17+ (Cut: 4/6, Gloss: 4.5/6) – A compound with less cut and longer working time than S3 Gold. It actually feels like you are working with a finishing polish. A great follow up to S3 Gold and when worked correctly, paint correction can be done in 2 steps!

S40 (Cut: 1.5, Gloss: 6) – The anti-swirl polish. This is probably my least favourite product, it did not feel as wet as S17+ and was hard to remove. I only used it on one type of paint so it could be an isolated problem.

Spider Pad – Dual layer pad, one with a harder black foam and a ‘cross-groove’ cutting foam. The fact that when this was used with S3 Gold and being able to cut as well as M105 on a wool pad, has won me over. When used on a 5″ backing plate, it gives the user much control even at tight corners such as around door handles.

Purple Cutting Foam – It reminds me of Meguiar’s Softbuff 2.0 Cutting Pad, soft yet able to cut.

Orange Cutting/Polishing Foam – Has the same ‘softness’ and ‘pliability’ as the purple pad, does not feel as ‘stiff’ as Lake Country’s Orange Cutting pad.

Blue Polishing Foam – Feels coarser than Lake Country’s White Polishing pad, but does the job none the less.

There are still some other products that I have yet to try but I hope you enjoyed reading my initial impressions. Please don’t treat this review as an absolute when making purchase decisions.

Thanks as always and feel free to leave a comment!
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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jun 8 2013

    Great review Kenneth, couldn’t agree with you more on the S17+. My favourite polishing “polish” I usually don’t get many requests for more then 1 step so this is my go to. If the paint is extra sticky then I follow up by S30.

    I actually don’t like S3, actually it’s not like don’t like it but with M105, D300 and M101 being readily available and having the performance I need I just don’t see the point. Also try this if you have M101, next time you come up on a RIDS you can’t take out with S17+, add a tiny drop of M101. It’ll amp up the cutting power for a while without comprising the finish-“ability” and working time. It’s sort of like a energy boost.

    Luckily in Canada Menzerna and Scholls cost the same so I always go with Scholls.

    Reply
    • Jun 10 2013

      Thanks Hamza, and also for the tip of M101 & S17+, will try it out next time. In Malaysia, Meguiar’s is very overpriced, and Scholl too(for non-dealers), Menzerna is somewhere in the middle.

      Reply
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