Blast from the Past! - Bringing the dead back to life!
We've had the before and after pictures of this Extreme Makeover on the forum for a couple of years now but for some reason none of them were ever assembled into one thread to show the extreme before condition and then to showcase the after condition.
The above Mercedes-Benz has sat out in the SoCal sun for over a year since losing it's covered garage parking space to antique furniture. We don't know what it looked like before it was moved outside but since that time, as you can see by the areas of the finish that have turned white, the finish has greatly deteriorated through oxidation. This is a single stage paint.
Here's the finish after only washing the car with a Meguiar's car wash soap.
It's already looking much better. Remember, Meguiar's car washes are non-detergent, they will safely clean a car without stripping and dulling the finish. They also contain conditioning ingredients to help maintain your car's finish.
After washing, the finish on this Mercedes-Benz is thoroughly clean, perfectly prepared for the next steps in the 5-Step Paint Care Cycle. Best of all, we washed and cleaned this car without using a harsh dish washing detergents like so many people on other discussion forums are always recommending. In fact, as dry and oxidized as this paint is, washing this neglected single stage paint with a strong detergent soap would only act to further dull and dry the paint out. Avoid the dish washing soap when washing your pride and joy because it's working backwards in the paint polishing process assuming your goal is to create a beautiful finish.
After washing this Mercedes-Benz we Meguiarized it!
See the rest of this extreme makeover here,
Open Invitation - Mercedes-Benz Extreme Makeover