Monday, April 18, 2011

Some Random Orbital Love (Part 1).

So one of the worse things about my 500sl has been the paint. It was REALLY dull. The car sat for 8 years, most of it outside before I got it. There were spots where the car was just covered in dirt. I didn't really do much besides wash it last year. It's OK from 20ft away but kind of dull and lifeless compared to a modern car.

One of my neighbors and good friends (who is also a car guy) has gotten into detailing. He has an 18 year old son who has really gotten into it, and purchased a Porter Cable random orbital buffer. He's been bugging me to have a go at the SL. While he's a good and really nice kid, I was always a bit skeptical about letting him loose on the car with something that could so easily damage the paint. Finally his dad vouched for him, and was like, let him do the hardtop... If it doesn't work out or if he hurts it I'll get it take care of. So I agreed.

Him and his dad came over and we washed the car, and then he started...

All I have to say is WOW... he made a believer out of me real quick.

He used Meguiars ultimate compound on an orange pad.

This is as he started...

You can see the difference already....

This is with the roof about halfway done.. The before and after is amazing. It looks like the paint is wet as compared to flat.

The results are hard to capture in a picture, but amazing in person. He ended up doing the whole hardtop for me, first with the compound and then with two coats of Meguiars cleaner wax.

The hardtop is hopefully coming off this evening when another friend brings over the storage cart and cover I purchased from him.

I went from being skeptical about the buffer to looking forward to when we can do the whole car... More to come!!

Out of hybernation...

So after a long cold winter, numerous blizzards etc... The 500sl has finally emerged out of the garage for another season. It spent the winter with the hardtop on, and I charged the battery once every 2 weeks with an old 10 amp Sears Crafstman charger my late father had purchased probably 25 years ago. It still works fine however....

So now that the weather finally cleared up, it's time for the 500sl to come out for the season. Hit the key and it started right up. No issue no nothing. And once I backed it out of the garage, the floor was completely dry. Not a drop of anything had leaked. Not bad for a 21 year old car!

So now there's much more to come for the year.... Next step will be to get the hardtop off. I acutally purchased a cart and cover to store it properly this season!