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      08-15-2011, 07:18 AM   #1
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First Full Detail

This past week, I completed my first full detail on my 135. Unfortunately I was so anxious to start, I did not take before pics, but I have a bunch of afters. Thanks to this forum and Detailed Image for all the knowledge to help me get started and a HUGE thanks to DI for their incredible lineup of products to get the job done right.

Products Used:

DI Thumbless Wash Mitts x2
DI Grit Guard Inserts x2
HD 5 Gallon Homer Buckets x2
DI Microfiber Towels (various sizes/types) x 20
DI Microfiber Waffle Weave Drying Towel x3
Various brushes and applicators
Various LC 6.5" and 4" buffer pads
PC7424XP
Bissell Little Green Machine

CG Citrus Wash and Gloss
Sonax Wheel Cleaner Full Effect
CG Grime Reaper
PBW Bug Squash
CG Fabric Clean
Pinnacle Detailing Clay
ONR
Megs 105/205
CG Acrylic Creme Glaze
Blackfire Wet Diamond with Polycharger
Dodo Juide Supernatural Hybrid Paste Sealant
303 Aerospace Protectant
Blackfire Long Lasting Tire Gel
PBW Wheel Sealant
CG Black on Black
Stoner's Invisible Glass
CG Microfiber Detergent (towel cleanup)
LC Snappy Pad Cleaner (pad cleanup)

The Process - Day One:
1. Rinse
2. Pre-treat bumper and all forward-facing surfaces with PBW Bug Squash
3. Pre-treat lower body panels and wheels with CG Grime Reaper
4. Two bucket wash with CG Citrus Wash and Gloss at paint cleaner strength
5. Rinse
6. Claybar with ONR clay lube
7. Polish with Megs 105 and LC orange pad
8. Polish with Megs 205 and LC white pad
9. QD car to remove residue
10. Glaze with CG EZ Creme Glaze and LC black pad
11. Seal with Blackfire Wet Diamond and LC blue pad/foam applicator by hand

The Process - Day Two:
12. Vacuum interior
13. Pre-treat carpet spots with CG Fabric Clean
14. Agitate spots with DI fabric brush and remove cleaner
15. Dress all interior surfaces (except leather) with 303 Aerospace Protectant

The Process - Day Three:
16. Rinse
17. Treat wheels with Sonax Wheel Cleaner Full Effect
18. Individually wash wheels
19. Pre-treat engine compartment with CG Grime Reaper
20. Spray down engine compartment
21. Two bucket wash with CG Citrus Wash and Gloss at wash strength
22. Apply Dodo Juice Supernatural Hybrid Paste Sealant
23. Dress wheels with PBW Wheel Sealant
24. Dress tires with Blackfire Long Lasting Tire Gel
25. Dress wheel wells with CG Black to Black
26. Dress engine compartment with CG Black to Black and 303 Aerospace Protectant
27. Clean all carpeting with Bissell Little Green Machine and CG Fabric Clean
28. Clean windows with Stoner's Invisible Glass
29. Final inspection and touchup

The End Result:
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      08-15-2011, 09:02 AM   #2
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Very nice and it's always fulfilling to give your baby some love let alone to get some nice beauty shots of her afterwards!
Ranger tab eh? What MOS?
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      08-15-2011, 10:29 AM   #3
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Very nice and it's always fulfilling to give your baby some love let alone to get some nice beauty shots of her afterwards!
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Thanks man. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work, but very gratifying. I am glad it lives in a garage, where it can be protected for a while, but I am dreading that first rain storm.

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      08-16-2011, 01:44 PM   #4
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nice! come do my car!!!!
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      08-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #5
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Excellent work and a very detailed write up to match. Thank you for the support and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

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      08-16-2011, 06:12 PM   #6
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Excellent work and a very detailed write up to match. Thank you for the support and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

Greg @ DI
Thanks everyone! I had a lot of fun doing the car this past week and am enjoying its pristine cleanliness.

Next week, I will tackle my wife's MB CLK 320, which will really put the Grime Reaper, Sonax, and Megs products to the test. I will definitely take some before shots to document the condition and hopefully be able to get some nice after shots as well.
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Great selection of products! Greg at DI is the way to go. Even when Fedex f**** up my package, Greg gets to work and I get it shortly. Although I have to say, its been twice in the 7 orders I placed. I must be buying way too many gallons :P
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      08-17-2011, 08:17 AM   #8
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Great selection of products! Greg at DI is the way to go. Even when Fedex f**** up my package, Greg gets to work and I get it shortly. Although I have to say, its been twice in the 7 orders I placed. I must be buying way too many gallons :P
I couldn't agree more. DI is the best detailing supplier around, as far as I am concerned; I doubt I will ever buy from someone else again and I will refer all of my friends to them. Not only do they stock a ton of products, have incredible information, and respond promptly to questions, but I receive my products in two days. I just placed an order late Sunday night and I received it mid-day Tuesday. That is awesome!

They're also from my home town, so I am happy to support a local business, even though I don't live anywhere near there anymore. Go DI!
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Thank you for all the kind words, it's sincerely appreciated! Glad to hear the products, info and customer service we provide has been so helpful. As always if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Keep up the great detailing work and I look forward to hearing more about MB CLK 320 detail.

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      08-18-2011, 12:18 PM   #10
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Dude... looks awesom...

did you take 3 vacation days to do it!!! man i just dont have that kinda time..
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      08-18-2011, 02:50 PM   #11
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Looks great!
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      08-22-2011, 09:37 PM   #12
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Dude... looks awesom...

did you take 3 vacation days to do it!!! man i just dont have that kinda time..
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Looks great!
Thanks guys! I had some block leave I had to take from work, which gave me the time to focus on detailing the car properly. I figured it was smart to tackle a full detail while I had the time and the weather was so perfect. It was fun.

I worked on my wife's MB CLK 320 today while she was traveling and I had use of the car. I spent 6.5 hours on the paint. It is a 2004 and she doesn't really obsess (unlike yours truly) over the appearance of her sled, so it was a bit rough. In fact, the wheels defied Grime Reaper, Sonax, and heavy scrubbing with a wheel brush and CG Citrus Wash and Gloss. I have no idea what to do about those. The paint looks about a billion times better, but is heavily scarred with road rash on the hood and front fascia; I need some touch-up paint. I will post pics and a full wrap-up after tomorrow's session on the interior, etc. Hopefully she'll notice .
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Great looking car!

apologies for bringing up an old thread, but I'm interested to know if you have any interior pics of your car. I'm interested in the same color combo, but can't find pics of an Alaska grey M-sport interior.

would PM, but I'm a new member and haven't met the 3-post threshold.

Thanks!
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