Detailing - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Detailing

January 2, 2015

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

When it comes to cars, I'm drawn to shiny parts and I don't mind manual labor. So when I signed out our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG and noticed a few parts that needed attention, I decided to get out a can of elbow grease (along with some metal polish) and give the AMG-stamped hardware a new lease on life.

After I washed the car, gave it a wipe-down with quick-detailer and polished the wheels, I went to work on the exhaust tips. A little bit of soot on the inside of the tip, but nothing some time and pressure couldn't get out. Or so I thought.

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

After about 20 minutes of rubbing and dirtying two rags, I gave up. The tips were nice and shiny on top, but there wasn't much I could do to clean the inner lip of that exhaust tip. It's possible that I could've had better results if I spent more time polishing and used harsher abrasives, but this is about all the time I was willing to commit to such a small portion of the car.

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

So after about an hour of work, the CL65 was all shined up and ready for a Saturday morning car meet.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor


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