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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:23 am 
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So I managed to deflect the hard upsell of the £400 Mercedes StarGard paint protection treatment. It just essentially appears to be an all-over wipedown with Carlack 68 Complete Care coupled with a nicely presented bottle of Carlack Long Life Sealant for later top-ups. Hell, I can buy the "Carlack Twins" for around £30 online.

I figured I could put the £400 to better use by investing in some of my own detailing gear so not only would I benefit from paint protection but also acquire the means to knock back some of the orange peel included free with most new cars because of the need to now use water-based paints. Mercedes clearcoat is some of the hardest on the planet so I was not naive enough to expect total removal, I just wanted to mute the effect and crisp up the finish a little. Perhaps due to gravity the vertical and concave panels were most badly affected so I decided to vary the agressiveness of the polish accordingly on the basis you can't put back what you take off.

Here's a list of my weapons of choice:

DAS6 Pro Plus with 15mm throw and 5" backing plate.

Heavy orange peel - Scholl Concepts S3 Edition Gold Polish + Scholl Concepts White Spider Pad
Light orange peel - Gtechniq P1 Polish (a dust nightmare!) + Chemical Guys Quantum Hexlogic Green Pad
Finishing - Scholl Concepts S40 Polish + Lake Country CCS Black Pad

Blackfire's Wet Ice Over Fire kit comprising of:
Blackfire Wet Diamond Paint Protection - 2 coats, machine applied using 6.5" Lake Country Gold Concours Flat Pad
Blackfire Midnight Sun Carnauba Wax - 3 coats hand applied

After over 12 hours of polishing, I'm pleased to say I did achieve Blackfire's legendary flake pop and the wax over the top knocked back the sterile reflectivity by adding warmth and depth. And all for less than a StarGard treatment that can be executed in little over an hour at the Dealer.

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I've also debadged the rear for a cleaner look, painted the brake calipers red and, with the wheels off, I took the opportunity to coat them with CarPro DLux protectant which I will also add to the exterior black trim shortly.

Thanks for looking,
Trev.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:05 am 
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Merc's looking nice & :cool:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:08 am 
Looks a lovely car and finish to it....good job. :D

You mentioned that the P1 polish created a lot of dust...you are not the first person to experience this. Just use a spritz of de-ioinized water, from an atomizer spray, onto the pad to add a bit more lubrication.

How did you find the other polishes and pad combo's on the hard clearcoat?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:02 pm 
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Yes, my trusty Hozelock plant sprayer was always to hand. Luckily I stockpile all the deionised water produced by our dehumidifier during the winter in 25-litre plastic cans so I always have the luxury salt-free wash-downs. When used to dilute isopropyl alcohol, it also creates an excellent panel wipe. There is a heck of a lot of cleanup with the water-based Gtechniq P1, spots go everywhere. If you do allow the pad to dry out the ensuing dust can have you believe the motor in your D.A. is burning out. I found the Scholl S3 a much better proposition, almost dustless. I guess because of its auto-reducing nature it is formulated to stay oilier for longer. The S3 on a white Spiderpad was as far as I was brave enough to go. I'm sure a professional with a rotary would achieve the same results in half the time. The clearcoat on new Mercedes is astonishingly hard and I was really leaning in heavily all of the time. Luckily the 900W motor kept delivering the required torque. Mercedes clearcoat can also be notoriously thin so I wanted to leave enough meat on the bone to accommodate future disasters. Braver people than me may take it to the next level and wet-sand the car in pursuit of perfection but the phrase "Is that wise Captain Mainwearing?" comes to mind.

When the Blackfire wears off I may do an extended jewelling/burnishing with the S40 and black pad just to try and guild the lily.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:51 pm 
Cracking job on a very nice motor =D>


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:35 pm 
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Nice beast!


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