The Mercedes SLK – fun to drive, fast and stylish, it’s been the ultimate compact top down driving thrill since it burst on to the scene in 1996.
This SLK 32 AMG was bought precisely to fulfil those criteria – destined to be the sunny Sunday car for the owner and his wife, this SLK was in need of some TLC before it could be properly enjoyed. Booked in to the Ultimate Detailing Studio it arrived for a Gloss Enhancement Treatment, Wheel Refurbishment, Paintless Dent Removal and Interior Renovation.
When the SLK arrived it needed a whole host of services. The bodywork required two days attention once the dents had been removed, the wheels needed refurbishing as the lacquer was peeling and there were scuffs all over the face. The owner also wanted them repainting to put them back to the original Mercedes silver. The bumper caps all needed repainting. Plus the interior had worn smooth over time and the colour had faded from black to grey, so the console and seats all needed treating and re-colouring. – Master Detailer, UDS
A Mercedes authorised specialist arrived on-site to carefully dismantle the centre console so it could be cleaned, prepared and refurbished back to a factory finish.
The interior was thoroughly cleansed using Panel Wipe to remove any remnants of interior dressings, silicones, etc., then the interior door handles were masked to protect them. The door panels, centre console and seats were all then treated with a special interior dye to restore the colour to the correct shade of black.
After being allowed to cure the centre console was replaced and the masking tape removed from the door handles. From now on the interior could be maintained using a high quality leather cleaner.
The exterior bodywork and wheels were initially treated with Bilt Hamber Korrosol to remove iron particle contamination. Korrosol has a colour change function, so as it works on the bonded metal particles the treatment turns a reddish purple. Next, Bilt-Hamber Surfex HD was applied to degrease and remove the accumulation of tree sap and tar. Then the SLK was pre-cleaned twice using Ultimate Snow Foam to help dislodge larger particles of dirt from the paintwork. On the second application a Dodo Juice Square Sponge Clay Pad was used to pull the remained tar particles away from the surface of the bodywork. Then the SLK was washed using the Two Bucket Method and Bilt Hamber Auto Wash Shampoo.
Once thoroughly rinsed clean and carefully dried the SLK was brought into the Studio, the bumper caps were removed and sent away for repainting and the wheels removed for refurbishment and for re-lacquering.
The dents were removed using a Paintless Dent Removal technique which involves using metal levers to massage out dents without the need for the panel to be resprayed. This is the most cost effective and suitable treatment for dents which have not broken through the lacquer or paint.
Paint depth gauge measurements were taken over the whole car, revealing a respray on the boot and damage to the off side wheel arch. I knew I was going to have to be particularly careful of the wheel arch repair whilst I was machine polishing, otherwise I could create further problems and make the situation worse. It’s a great example of why work such as this needs to be carried out by a professional! – Master Detailer, UDS.
The remove the swirls and scratches from the bodywork a FLEX PE14-2 150 Rotary Machine Polisher was used, with a SCHOLL Concepts Purple Polishing Pad and S3 Gold Compound. The refining process was completed using a SCHOLL Concepts Black SofTouch Waffle Pad and S40 Anti-Swirl Compound.
PolishAngel Master Sealant was applied to protect the bodywork. The unique blend of ceramic sealant with added carnauba really helped to make the silver paintwork shine.
New tyres were sourced and fitted to the freshly refurbished and repainted alloys. Before fitting the wheels back onto the SLK, they were treated with Panel Wipe to ensure the surfaces were completely free of polish residue and then protected using Gtechniq C5 Alloy Wheel Armour. C5 is a high temperature resistant ceramic coating which repels brake dust, oils and water, helping to keep wheels in good condition and making them easier to clean. The tyres were dressed with Swissvax Pneu to give them a natural sheen.
The SLK looked amazing when we’d finished with it. I was really impressed with the way it turned out, it’s great to work on such a comprehensive project and actually give the car a new lease of life. Master Detailer, UDS
Even the customer had to say – it was truly a ‘remarkable transformation’.
More images of the Gloss Enhancement Treatment for the Mercedes SLK 32 AMG, including ‘before and after’ shots, can be seen on the UF Car Care & Car Detailing forums here.
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