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      01-24-2015, 06:11 PM   #1
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Detailer's Domain: Big Clean Up on a Big Classic - Mercedes 600 SEL W100

Mercedes-Benz 600 (W100) - this was a big one!

This one was a call that took us off guard. The 600 SEL has been a car I had waited to work on for years. Always loved this one since I first saw it as a kid in the old movies. I knew my customer had this car but had never seen it, finally got a call in for it and I was a bit surprised it was for mold removal......a lot of it. The car was brought in and after taking a look at it, the customer and I decided it was best to go full out on it - mold removal, engine clean up, paint correction, and protection.

This car is a special one to the family, we took special measures to take our time and made sure we were able to get it back to it's glory.

Products used

Interior Products
Leather Master Mold Killer
Leather Master Strong Cleaner
Leather Master Protection Cream
1Z einszett Cockpit Cleaner
1Z einszett Plastic Deep Cleaner
1Z einszett Gummi Pflege Stift Rubber Care Stick

Interior Tools
Dupray Hill Injection Steam Cleaner
Uber All Purpose Microfiber Towels
Uber Leather and Carpet Brush
Uber Purple Gloves
3M respirator masks
Black Light

Exterior Products
Adam's Car Wash
Adam's Metal Polish 1
Adam's Metal Polish 2
Adam's In and Out
Adam's Super VRT
Adam's Glass Sealant
Auto Finesse Citrus Cleaner
Auto Finesse Crystal
NanoSkin Autoscrub Pad
NanoSkin Glide
Menzerna FG400
Menzerna SF4000
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
Swissvax Divine

Tools Used
Griot's 6 inch Random Orbital Polisher
Porter Cable 7424XP
Uber Green Pad
Uber Blue Pad
Uber Black Pad
Uber All Purpose Microfiber Towels
Uber Quick Detailing Towels
Uber Super Drying Towel
Metro Air Force Master Blaster
2 Grit Guard Bucket Kits
Uber Foam Cannon
Kranzle K 1122TST Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer

MOLD, MOLD, MOLD!!! Customer stated that the mold was caused due to humidity from the hot summer months and improper ventilation in the garage.

Products used for this one

The A team ready to go

Steam - one of the best ways to remove and kill mold

Action shot

Getting it done

We took the mold removal one section at a time.

Carpets getting steamed

Chrome bits getting steamed

Headliner carefully being steamed

Vents steamed

After steaming mats were removed and vacuumed.

After everything was steamed and vacuumed we went ahead and used Leather Master Mold Remover to remove any left over traces of mold.

After the mold remover was applied we waited a day to check on the interior. Using a black light we found no mold left in the interior. Carpets, leather, wood, all free and clear of mold

Leather Master Protection Cream applied

Random shots - interior detailing

Wood polishing

After shots

Before photos

Paint imperfections before the wash

Prep - wash/decon/nanoskin auto scrub/wheels cleaned

Wash - Decon


Nanoskin Autoscrub

Nanoskin Autoscrub pad on glass first

Nanoskin Autoscrub pad on paint

Rinse and Dry


Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner

APC used on the white walls

Tires were scrubbed and wipe down

Hub caps pulled off and polished and protected

Back side cleaned as well.

Wheels cleaned

Hubcaps put back on

Wheels and tires looking much better


Steam used to clean the motor

APC and brushes to remove the years of dirt and grime

Not like modern day motors with all the plastics and covers, but a nice improvement

Paint Correction

50/50 shots - after using the Griot's and Uber Green and Uber Blue pads with Menzerna FG400 and Menzerna SF400

Pads used

After correction

Chrome - Bright work
Years of oxidation

Metal polished out with the Festool and Uber Green Pad

50/50 shot of the bumper

Chrome fender accents

Final touches
Adam's Glass Sealant

Applying a carnauba paste wax via the Griot's and Uber Black Finishing Pad

Final shots

I hope you enjoyed this one as much as we did.
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      01-27-2015, 02:46 AM   #2
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Awesome work! I wish you guys had a shop in Georgia. There isn't a place I can trust with my car...
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2003 330xi (Forever in my heart )
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      01-27-2015, 07:01 PM   #3
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DetailersDomain - thank you very much for this outstanding demonstration of craftsmanship on a truly exquisite car. I enjoy your posts and am certain that your customers receive amazing service.

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      03-28-2015, 11:28 PM   #4
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Wow, thanks for sharing the step-by-step pics. You took a beautiful, classic 600 and brought back to its original form! Good to see that you are in nearby Norwood! I'll stop-by when it warms up to get a consultation for my '12 535iX M-sport.
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      03-30-2015, 08:31 AM   #5
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sure thing that would be great, bring it by.
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      04-10-2015, 11:36 AM   #6
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WOW, following all those pictures until the final result is more interesting than watching a movie!
Awesome, I just love it!
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