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Old 06-03-2014, 10:38 AM
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Showdown: Hammered Mercedes SLK vs. Cyclo and Adams Paint Correcting Polish

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Not long ago, a good friend of mine mentioned his mother had been washing her car with "old t-shirts and dirty sponges." I immediately shed a few tears, and told him I wanted to get it into my garage for a little TLC.

Enter the previously mentioned blue SLK.

From 20' away, it's a cute little car. Upon closer inspection, this had some of the worst clear coat damage I've come across in quite some time. Swirls, marring, washing scratches, and RIDS galore, and they were EVERYWHERE:














Since it had been recently washed and they don't live far away, I did a quick Waterless Wash wipedown to get the driving dust off, and broke out the Clay Bar. Only going to post one picture here, but I think you'll get the point:



Post clay inspection, pretty much the same everywhere:



Time for some taping to see what it was going to take to take make an improvement. She didn't want perfection as I only had a few hours to work with, but I wanted to to get close.



This was the roof after one pass of Paint Correcting Polish and Orange Microfiber Cutting Pads on the Cyclo. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least:





All of the horizontal surfaces had quite a bit of solvent pop in them, which are the tiny dots you can see:







Deck lid 50/50:



This was the passenger side corner of the hood, near the windshield cowl after one pass as well. You can still see some deep stuff here as well that still remained after one pass of the Correcting Polish:




We are getting ready for a cookout (hence my limited time frame to do this one) so the garage was a busy place! My Mom and my little man James supervising:



My sister and daughter Azlyn "cooking" in her garage kitchen:



I went around everything with a quick pass of Revive Polish on Grey Sealant and Wax Pads to clear up any polishing oils, then laid down a coat of Liquid Paint Sealant, Super VRT on the tires, and away she went!













The Cyclo, combined with our Paint Correcting Polish and Microfiber Cutting Pads, correct very quickly and finish down great!

Thanks for looking, and if you have any questions, fire away!!
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:03 AM
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Re: Showdown: Hammered Mercedes SLK vs. Cyclo and Adams Paint Correcting Polish

Nice write up and what a difference!
To see the damage that was caused by improper washing & then the method used to correct the damage is very impressive. Thanks for sharing


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Re: Showdown: Hammered Mercedes SLK vs. Cyclo and Adams Paint Correcting Polish

That Cyclo looks like a beast. Is it heavy? Nice work too btw
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Re: Showdown: Hammered Mercedes SLK vs. Cyclo and Adams Paint Correcting Polish

6.5lbs and perfectly balanced. I could (and have) run it all day long, it's the smoothest machine on the market.
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Re: Showdown: Hammered Mercedes SLK vs. Cyclo and Adams Paint Correcting Polish

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6.5lbs and perfectly balanced. I could (and have) run it all day long, it's the smoothest machine on the market.
I think we will have to agree to disagree on that one. I own 5.73lbs of pure butter in the Flex 3401.
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I think we will have to agree to disagree on that one. I own 5.73lbs of pure butter in the Flex 3401.
As do I (two of them actually,) and ran it as my only machine for close to 4 years.

It's no comparison how smooth the Cyclo is. Even the Flex feels like a jackhammer compared to it.
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Re: Showdown: Hammered Mercedes SLK vs. Cyclo and Adams Paint Correcting Polish

so far I like the Rupes the best, cyclo next. nice work, it's amazing what people apparently don't see what they are doing to the paint...or don't care. really nice work. sad thing is sometimes, in 3 months after you correct paint for someone, they have it looking like they washed it with a brick and waxed it with a brillo pad again.
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