Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

Minor Paint Correction + Protection Upgrades

This designo Diamond White Metallic Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG received a Minor Paint Correction with protection upgrades including:

 

  • Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light Black ceramic paint coating (CSL + EXO v3)
  • Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour
  • Gtechniq C4 Permanent Trim Restore
  • Gtechniq G1 Clearvision Glass Coating

First, the vehicle underwent a full exterior decontamination including a foam bath and 2-bucket safe wash for removal of all loose surface dirt followed by chemical fallout removal (Organic + Iron). The paint was further cleansed using a technique called clay bar which removes any above surface bonded particulate that was not removed by the chemical fallout removers. Think of this as exfoliating the pores of the paint.

 

Next the AMG wheels were removed from the vehicle so that they could be thoroughly decontaminated in a similar manner as the paint. This included a foam bath using pH neutral wheel soap, chemical fallout removal (Organic + Iron) and mechanical fallout removal (clay bar). After being fully decontaminated the wheels were Protected using Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour which chemically bonds to the wheels for up to 2 years protecting them from staining and minimizes brake dust accumulation. It also adds insane gloss!

 

Note: Typically wheels are done at the beginning of the decontamination process however since these wheels were being removed from the vehicle they were decontaminated separately.

 

After being fully decontaminated, the designo White Diamond Metallic paint was Corrected to better than factory finish with a 2-stage machine polish.  The Minor Paint Correction (2-stage machine polish) was selected for this car based on it’s age and condition (less than 6 months old with only light wash induced swirls + a few RIDS [Random Isolated Deeper Scratches]) and it’s colour (it is difficult to fully appreciate the difference between 80% & 95+% defect removal on a light coloured vehicle). The Correction stages were completed using a combination of Rupes and Flex dual action polishers as well as a Flex Rotary polisher for the (many) intricate body panels on this beautiful German beast.

 

After the paint had been Corrected, it was time to Protect it. The owner of this AMG opted for our highest level of paint protection, Gtechniq’s Crystal Serum Light Black treatment which is Gtehniq Crystal Serum Light topped with Gtechniq EXO V3 for a 5 year paint protection guarantee against such things as: Industrial Fallout Bird Droppings Bug Etching Colour Fading Oxidation and more while adding: Superior Gloss Slickness UV Protection Chemical Resistance Excellent Water Repellency and for Ease of maintenance.

 

In addition to the ceramic paint and wheel coatings, the plastic trim and glass were also coated with the Gtehniq product-line. The plastic trim, such as the rear diffuser, was coated with Getchniq C4 Permanent Trim Restorer which chemically bonds to the plastic providing a true satin black appearance as well as protects it from UV and sun fading for up to 2 years. The glass was coated using Gtechniq G1 ClearVision Smart Glass. The glass coating creates a durable transparent layer over the glass providing ultra-hydrophobic properties. With this coating, water beads on the surface of the glass as opposed to sheeting which provides significantly improved visibility in wet weather at low-speed and at speed the water will simply run right off the glass requiring minimal to no windshield wiper use. Note: the speed required to cause the water to run off the glass is highly dependant on the aerodynamics of the vehicle. From our experience this typically occurs around 70+ km/h

 

The gorgeous designo interior of this C43 was meticulously vacuumed and had all of the crevices and vent openings lightly dusted with boar hair brushes. Afterwards all hard surfaces were dressed to a satin finish.

 

The finished product after 20+ hours of hands-on time.