2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 / 01



I picked up my new SLK 350 on Friday, April 14, 2006. I spent all day on Saturday detailing the car, as the dealers always do a miserable job.

First I removed the existing dealership wax by washing the car with Dawn dishwashing liquid. Once the car was squeaky clean and free of wax, I dried it in my usual way (using an electric leafblower for a touch-less, streak-free and spot-free surface). Once the car was dry I carefully went over the entire painted surface with a claybar and a lubricant (Zaino Z-7 and water in a spray bottle).

If you are not familiar with claybars, they are used to remove embedded contamination from the paint finish that can not be removed using conventional cleaning methods. Yes, even brand new cars can benefit from claybars, as they often have small amounts of rail dust, brake dust and "industrial fallout".

After the claybar, I then I re-washed the car, but this time with Zaino Z-7 show car wash. The car was then dried again with the electric leafblower (hey, it works great--my last car was black and I became quite good at learning tricks to keep it free of swirl marks). Once the car was dry, I applied 3 coats of Zaino Z-2 Pro Show Car polish combined with ZFX Flash Cure Accelerator Additive. I put on a coat of Zaino Z-6 Ultra Clean Gloss Enhancer Spray after each coat of Z-2/ZFX polish.

Finally, I glossed the tires, cleaned the glass & mirrors, and used a nice leather protectant on the interior. Now after all this work making it look nice you ought to be sure and practice defensive driving to keep it that way.

I know this sounds like a lot of work, and it is, but with Zaino you only have to go through this once every 3-6 months. Now I can just wash the car, and finish up with a quick coat of Z-6 for a liquid-like shine that looks incredible. Zaino is the best stuff I've ever used, and I wouldn't put anything else on my cars.

Oh, I love the car. It's amazing in every way. I can't stop driving it. :)