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2008 CLS 63 AMG – Low Mileage Luxury Beast: Paint Correction & 22ple VX3 Application


This gorgeous, yet massive, sports sedan is an awesome example of a car that has been cared for very well throughout the years.  The car is 8 year old car, but has just over 30,000 miles on it. The paint had typical swirl marks in it, but there were few rock chips, no deep scratches, and nothing that could be considered ‘major’ damage. The sleek body was lowered considerably with a modified air suspension system, and the vehicle was fitted with a nice set of Vossen wheels to really make it stand out on the road.  The new owner wanted us to make it look even better, so after a thorough inspection, it was decided that the vehicle would benefit from a one-step correction process and nano coating on the paint and wheels.


We began by thoroughly washing and decontaminating the exterior using Meguiar’s Hyper Wash & Fine Grade Clay to prepare it for the paint correction process. Once clean, we were ready to begin our test spots.  You can clearly see the swirl marks and defects in the paint.

swirl marks and defects in the paint

My initial test was with Griot’s Garage Correcting Cream on an Orange Light Cutting Pad.  This combo made a considerable difference, however I wanted to see if we could get a little more cut to get rid of the few remaining defects without sacrificing the nice finish we had with this process.

paint after initial test polishing

The following before/after photos show the results of simply stepping up from a light cutting pad to a cutting pad.  Notice that all of the swirl marks have been removed, leaving a clear, defect free finish.

paint before

paint after

The tail lights were in considerably worse shape than the paint.  These were corrected using Griot’s Garage Fast Correcting Cream on a Microfiber Cutting Pad, followed by Meguiar’s M205 on a White Polishing Pad.

tail lights before correction

tail lights after correction

The 518 HP. 6.2 liter engine must be a lot of fun to drive, and the exhaust tips have plenty of build up on them to attest to that.

exhaust tips before detail

The tips were polished using Chemical Guys Metal Polish.  Ultra Fine #0000 Steel Wool was used on the heaviest build up along the inner edges, and a black microfiber towel was used to polish the remaining surfaces.  They cleaned up quite nicely, despite some minor pitting in the surface.

exhaust tips before detail

The wheels were removed for a proper cleaning as the large 6 piston front calipers put off a considerable amount of brake dust when bringing this 4,400 pound beast to a stop.

wheels removed before cleaning

P21S Gel Wheel Cleaner, Stoner Tarminator, and various brushes were used to make these wheels shine.  They were then cleaned thoroughly with CarPro Eraser to prepare them for the coating process.

wheels cleaned up

The wheels were airbrushed with CarPro DLUX for excellent protection and easier maintenance.

wheels being sprayed with CarPro DLUX

While we had the wheels off, the wheel wells were also lightly cleaned using Meguiar’s D101 and Optimum No Rinse.  The brake calipers were deep cleaned and coated with DLUX as well.

brake calipers deep cleaned and coated with DLUX

The paint was cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and then covered with 22ple VX3 Signature Coating.  The end result was an extremely good looking car!

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo - front

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo - side

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo - back 1

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo - back 2

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo - side 2

The silver paint looked excellent out in the sunlight, and if you ask me, this definitely does not look like an 8 year old car!

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo outside 1

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo outside 2

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo outside 3

2008 CLS 63 AMG finished photo outside 4

Check out this video we put together highlighting some parts of this project and also featuring our excellent DETAILER Under Armour Shirts.

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Zach McGovern
Attention To Detailing Peoria
Peoria, IL

8 comments on 2008 CLS 63 AMG – Low Mileage Luxury Beast: Paint Correction & 22ple VX3 Application

  1. Mark Stone says:

    You continue to amaze! Good job!!!

  2. Bob says:

    Great looking MB, nice work. Definitely doesn’t look 8 years old. What is the purpose of MB putting that metallic looking rear plate bracket on the car? German engineers always seem to over engineer and I’m guessing there is a very good reason for it.

  3. Paul says:

    Wowzer, well done Zach that silver really pops now

  4. Bryce says:

    Class all the way Zach! Thanks for sharing

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