During mid September, this A-Class was booked in for full paint correction and interior detail by a local company called Lightbox Photographic.
The client had just bought the vehicle after deliberating over this and a new smart car and after careful consideration the client opted for the A-Class. With only 20,000 miles on the clock the vehicle had been very well looked after by its’ previous owner and with an average of 2,000 miles a year on the clock, the interior was in remarkable condition.
We only had the Monday to carry out the paint correction, as it was going to the sign writers early Wednesday morning and the client needed the vehicle back at the end of the day as this was his only form of transport. It was due to be back with us Thursday for the exterior to be finished and the interior detailed.
The shots show that the paint had started to fade and had lost its’ lustre and with time against us, the vehicle was washed in the usual way with the two bucket system.
We were instructed by the client to remove all the badges, excluding the 3 pointed star from the front and rear, in readiness for the decals and to give that clean look. We had also been instructed to remove the stone chip protectants, located just forward of the rear wheels as these had gone yellow. The decals would be covering this area in any case.
With the vehicle washed and badges removed it was dried, before being clayed including the windows and the wheels.
It was then rewashed, dried and allowed to rest before being masked up, ready for correction.
Meter readings had to be taken of every panel prior to any correction taking place. All of the readings ranged from 112 to over 140 microns, giving a good base to work from.
We started with a medium/fine compound with a medium weight mop, this was enough to bring the paintwork and scratched surfaces back to a good pre polish finish. The wheel arch eyebrows also took a lot of time and effort as visually they resembled fine emery paper. However in the end and some hours later the car was ready for the client to collect.
The client returned later that day to collect the vehicle and due to return on Thursday for us to continue..
With the vehicle back in our possession, it was rewashed, dried and allowed to rest while the interior received our full attention.
The seats and carpets were tired looking so we lightly dusted all the upholstery with a good upholstery cleaner and after some scrubbing it came up remarkably bright.
Next we attended to the plastics. All the interior plastics were cleaned and dressed, also those hard to reach areas were cleaned with the aid of a detailing swabs and brushes.
With the interior completed and dried, the paintwork was then treated with a pre-cleaner prior to the sealant being applied. Two coats of sealant were applied by hand to the bodywork and buffed to a high gloss shine – Exterior Paint Completed.
The wheels were sealed with Rim Wax which brought out the reflective metallic shine, this great product is also designed to combat the build up of brake dust.
Next job was the windows, they were cleaned and polished inside and out and made to sparkle. Then the tyres and exterior plastics were dressed – the vehicle was now complete…………..great job done.
We are pleased to say that the client was exceptionally happy with the results.