Mercedes 300SL Pre-Sale Rejuvenation

First write up of the year, so Happy New Year one and all!

This 300SL came to our unit near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire back in September.

The plan was to give the vehicle a bespoke correction to enhance the vehicle as much as possible, including wet sanding on the rear quarters due to a poor refinishing post respray.

On Arrival

Looking quite clean and tidy from afar.

Closer Inspection

Lots of swirls, random deep scratches and bodyshop inferred buffer trails to contend with.

First up were the alloys.

Alloys Before

The alloys were treated with a deironiser, non-acidic wheel brightener and detar to cleanse. They were later sealed with a high durability wheel wax – the tyres and arches were also treated accordingly.

Alloys After

The Mercedes underwent the usual intensive safe wash process and was rolled into the unit for clay barring.

Here is some of the contamination removed:

Once fully decontaminated the paint was measured…

Original here but on the resprayed areas…

1066 microns – extremely high indeed.

First I started on removing the wet sanding marks caused by not finishing down with a finer grit.

Passenger 3/4 Panel Before

Passenger 3/4 Panel During

Wet sanded with 2500 grit followed by 3000 grit.

Passenger 3/4 Panel After

Passenger Wing Before

Passenger Wing After

Bonnet Before

Bonnet 50/50

Bonnet After

Drivers Wing Before

Drivers Wing After

Drivers Door Before

Drivers Door After

Drivers 3/4 Panel Before

Drivers 3/4 Panel During

More wet sanding to do on this side!


Drivers 3/4 Panel After

Bootlid Before

Bootlid After

Not 100% perfect in places but we had to stay realistic with the clients budget as it was a pre-sale preperation rather than a full correction concours garage queen. Some random deep scratches remained but overall a dramatic enhancement.

The paint was then protected with Valentines Concours Wax – all the other surfaces were treated with their appropriate products.

The Results

Get that hood down I hear you cry?! 

Upon the owner arriving the hard top, which was polished off the car was reinstalled.

Thank you very much for looking and reading as always…
Refined Details

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