Some detailing tips

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Some detailing tips

Post by AndrewsSL/SEL » Sat 14 Sep, 2013 9:28 am

I spent some time this morning watching a few interesting detailing videos.

How to touch up paint chips!

Cleaning your engine

Cleaning wheels ... F54166C886

Cleaning up a barn find Porsche 912

86 Diamond Blue 420SEL [That is being parted out and stripped for spares]
87 Red 190E 2.6 [Cossie Bodykit, R129SL 4pots/rotors, Bilstein/H&R suspension=GOKART]
87 White 300SL R107 Roadster [Which has sadly become a bit of a garage queen]
89 Nautical Blue 420SEL [The new Limo thats now the wife and sons daily driver with hot old Lorinser LO rims]
13 White Ford XR6 1 ton ute[The work ute]

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Re: Some detailing tips

Post by markb » Sat 14 Sep, 2013 11:00 am

Loved the 912 video...Great find Andrew
Current Fleet
1985 C123 280CE Midnight Blue with blue MB Tex (finally reached 250k klms in Feb.2019....Daily Driver 2010-present)
Past Benzes:
1972 W108 280SE 3.5 White (2002-2003 project sold to fellow OzBenzer)
1971 W108 280SE 3.5 White (1999-2006 Unmolested original & sadly missed)
1987 S124 230TE Diamond Blue (2002-2007 Family cruiser)
1983 W126 280SE Champagne 106k Klms (Custodian in 2013)
1969 W113 280SL Champagne (Custodian in 2000)
1988 W124 300E Diamond Blue (2016 project sold to fellow OzBenzer)

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Re: Some detailing tips

Post by cuisses » Tue 24 Sep, 2013 9:51 pm

The touch up video is great. Over the past few days I used the techniques they suggest to touch up a rather large crater in the paintwork which was left there by a mechanic ( not an MB Spares one, I should point out), who must have dropped a largish spanner on the Benz. It was right through to bare metal, (and on my resprayed car the paint is very thick), and about 3 mm across.

After repair I can still see a slight defect, but that is because I know exactly where it is. Nobody else would notice it.

The only differences between the video and what I did are as follows:

(1) I couldn't get the "touch up" sticks he mentions, except by paying a fortune to Amazon. I used a tiny pointed brush from an art store - seemed to work just as well. You can get them with tips like a toothpick.

(2) The wax trick is great, but it seemed to be easier, at least for a large hole, to paint around the hole with wax, rather than paint wax everywhere and then remove it with alcohol.

(3) As well as mixing clear-coat with the paint (as explained in the video), I put a couple of coats of clear on top of the finished job, spraying it over a masked-off area of about 2cm by 2cm and then sanding the sharp edges into the background.

I had tried to fix chips before, without knowing what I was doing, and ended up with the kind of look you might expect.

Using the video method produces great results. Skill is not important here, but patience certainly is.
David Williams

W108 280SE 4.5 (Papyrus White and Palomino)

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