Sighting of the bug eyes is already rare but making it a S202 makes it next level! Here we have with us the perfect combo, Black, Boxer, All Original, Fully stock, S202, what more can a car enthusiast as for!? But looks can be deceiving. Read on to find out.
Upon arrival, we did the standard routine check up, she was in pretty bad shape. But being more than 10 years old, its was considerably normal to be this condition.
First thing we noticed was a severe watermark condition on every single panel of the car.
Some wax residue or polish residue was spotted around the STI emblem.
And also the S202 chrome emblem.
The factory carbon fiber GT Wing was also covered in watermarks.
Even the inner fuel cap area had watermark issues. Apparently, rust problems were quite common for the fuel area.
The fuel tank door was semi-oxidized.
Coming to the swirl and scratches, we found the surface to be 100% covered in them.
Some areas had lesser swirls some area had more.
Some areas were severely covered in thick watermark build up.
Some areas had visibly less watermarks.
Rear boot lid had the least watermark build up.
Unknown stains that is so hardened it felt like cement.
Well, basically what you see on this photo is how the entire car looks like up close.
and finally, the road grime.
The car’s factory wheels were STI engraved Volks CE28 but they were brake dust covered
Closer look on brake dust rust being almost the same colour as the bronze wheels.
1 swipe, revealing how the original colour should look like.
We started with a good old detailed wash, clay bar turned brown after 1 panel.
After the wash, we started by disassembling parts that might block my way.
Including the carbon fiber GT Wing.
The car looks pretty good from a distance after a good wash but we all know once you move closer…
First, we tackled the watermark build up. This is the before.
After clearing off the watermarks.
50/50 on the same spot.
After removing the first layer of contamination, its time for us to move in depth for the swirls.
We got to be really honest, we were unable to restore the paint to a 100% or even a 90% state like we usually do. Mainly because the surface was already very much damaged. Being the original paint, it was the best that we could have done. So the surface still had minimal swirls but 100% watermark free.
We have with us an Edition 1: AMG and after the hot cake A45 this is next on the list. The GLA45 AMG, its such a brutal, bad ass, monstrous looking machine. Here in with us today to get some “aerodynamic improvement” on the smoothness of the paint job.
In some cases the client’s sent the car over to us. So, upon arrival, the only thing we did was let the car cool down.
As it was cooling down, we took the opportunity to walk around the car to check for obvious damages.
Just in case we forget, It is an Edition 1 but the owner decided that the decals were abit too lame for his liking hence he removed them.
The first thing we see was the usual dirt from rain that is very common for hatchback cars, the back is always dirty.
and we mean, real dirty.
Popped the fuel door and it is still…
It may look white but just a slide of a finger will reveal how dirty is the car.
We checked the paint for any visible swirls or damages. There was a minimal amount of damages.
But for the stains around the car, its unbearable. Chrome exhaust tips are dirty and oxidized.
Hence, we started with the regular wash. It was not enought, then we did another round of the regular wash.
After washing, we polished the exhaust tips. Left: Before and Right: After.
After. All thanks for Mother’s Mag and Aluminum Polish.
Remember we said the owner removed the decal? Here’s the aftermath.
We noticed some rust marks after we completed the wash. Most probably from brake particles.
So, we brought out the big guns, Iron X and Sonax Full Effect.
Iron X and Sonax Full Effect couldn’t do a full removal.
So， we had to do it the manual way.
After claying the remaining stains. The paint is restored.
Since we had clay the car, it had done some micro marring all over the affected areas. Hence we did a polish to remove the marring as well.
Paint condition after all the treatments. Its ready.
The wheels were originally in matte black. Bonus 50hp from the added red stripe.
A closer look reveals the factory marking stickers and the dirt.
Check out whats underneath.
After individually treating and cleaning the wheels.
and the wheel barrel.
Before we shower you with much glossy photo with all only natural lighting, take a look, who came to visit.
and here’s the gloss