First off let me say thanks to the members of this forum for their posts. They have helped guide many of us through the detailing process.
Secondly I want to give a big thanks to Mike Phillips and all the videos, articles and his posts that have really shown the rest of the world how the experts do it. I can't tell you how many hours of vidoes I have watched, but I'm glad that AG has made them available and they have a guy like Mike to do them.
NOW - enough of all that.
I recently bought a brand new Palladium (that's a medium grey) colored Mercedes and I'm looking to protect it and get a nice shine from the start. Inside and out. Thanks to AG I've picked up the all products I plan to use.
1. Wash the car with a mix of Dawn and Meg's Gold Class to hopefully clear off any wax the dealer might have applied. Dry with a MF towel.
2. Clay the car with a Mothers clay bar kit. I'm starting to second guess this step after doing some research finding that claying sometimes scratches/mars the paint and perhaps I shouldn't risk it with a new car. I have clayed before on a 2 year old white car and it was fine. But the Mercedes has a very shiny top coat that I'm afraid to mar up.
3. Quick washing to remove any possible clay. Dry with a MF towel.
4. Apply Blackfire Wet Paint Sealant using the straight line method (thanks Mike!) Allow to cure overnight for the 12 hours.
5. Apply Megs Gold Class Carnuba using the straight line method again.
6. Apply Aerospace 303 to all exterior and interior trim pieces.
7. Apply Wolfgang Tire dressing.
Here are a few questions:
1 - Thoughts on claying a new car and am I just overblowing the potential scratching/marring?
2 - Should I add a polish prior to the Blackfire? If so, it has to be a product that I can get at a local store as I'm tackling this job very soon.
3 - I hope Aerospace 303 is the way to go with both Exterior and Interior (dash board, arm rest, etc.)
Any other comments or thoughts before I tackle this?