How OCD Are You? Let me name the ways........ - MBWorld.org Forums

Go Back  MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz Sedans > E-Class (W213)
How OCD Are You?  Let me name the ways........ >

How OCD Are You? Let me name the ways........

Notices
E-Class (W213) 2016 -

How OCD Are You? Let me name the ways........

Old 01-05-2019, 12:38 PM
  #1  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
How OCD Are You? Let me name the ways........

Me: Hello, my name is Rod and I am utterly, totally, OCD
Room: Hi Rod

I have to admit that when I get a new car, I'm a bit obsessive. But this car has my Obsessiveness in hyper-drive. Simply said, my E450 has quickly become my favorite of ALL the Mercedes cars I've owned. And I've owned a lot of Mercedes cars. So it got me wondering if anyone else is quite as OCD as I am?

If I get home after driving my car in the rain, I wipe it down completely
I clean the outside windows everyday
I wipe the brake dust every couple days (though I must admit the brake dust on these brakes is not nearly as bad as other MB cars I've owned)
I wipe interior dust several times a week
I have a small micro fiber cloth to wipe finger prints off the shiny buttons around the command dial (Why does MB use such finger print magnet gloss plastic for these buttons anyway? Huh? Why?)
I remove the all weather floor mats and shake any dirt out, then wipe them down for extra cleanliness
I wash the car once a week, whether it needs it
And I use a between wash detail spray from Maguires that maintains that just waxed look
I fill the gas tank when its half full
I have a little bin in my trunk with glass cleaner and a clean cloth in case a window gets dirty (bird droppings, bug splat) when not at home

OK, you get the idea. Yes, I freely admit I love this car and I freely admit I'm OCD. I can't be alone in my OCDism?
rbrylaw is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to rbrylaw For This Useful Post:
superangrypenguin (01-05-2019)
Old 01-05-2019, 01:50 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 367
Thanked 41 Times in 36 Posts
2019 E 450, 2016 E350 4matic (retired), 2018 Ford Edge Sport, 2008 Porsche Boxster
Happy to report a big fat NO to all of the above!

I am off skiing which will cause:

1) Driving in the rain, snow and sleet and I will leave the car outside to "drip dry"
2) Windows will stay dirty - that is why there are windshield wipers and windshield washer fluid!
3) I let the car wash clean the brake dust
4) Interior dust is also taken care of by the car wash
5) The only micro fiber cloth I use is the one to clean my eyeglasses!
6) Floor mats are cleaned by the car wash
7) In the winter once every couple of weeks is more than enough to have the car washed. I plan to return to Vermont and skiing the week after, so cleaning the car is an act of frustration!
8) I have Maguires on my shelf. As the car is leased, I think the Maguires will stay there!
9) My tank, like yours, is 21 gallons and there are ample reserves of gas at the filling station. No reason to be constantly topping off the tank - especially with gas prices dropping each week!
10) If God did not want us to have bird droppings on our cars, he would not have created birds!

Rod: Love you but I think you need a few extra interests to occupy your mind.

Remember a Mercedes is still only a car!

PS: Alert the Board when you want to sell your car. Can't imagine one in better condition!

Last edited by JTK44; 01-05-2019 at 02:43 PM.
JTK44 is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 02:02 PM
  #3  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
LOL.........Sorry you're not a member of the OCD, but what works for one, won't necessarily work for another. But I do have many other interests, which take my OCD attention to other things!
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 02:21 PM
  #4  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 124
Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts
e300
I always enjoy cleaning my cars and seeing the results. I watch youtube videos of detailing, its quite satisfying lol. Its chilly in the chicago land area right now. So its simply not possible to clean a car when its got ice on it, interior yes. But during the summer/warmer days I use every excuse to clean my car. I get out product to clean a dirty spots. I like cleaning my engine, just have to be careful to avoid electricals. I too wipe down my windows everyday.....this is what i do.....spray de-icer and scrape ice off until they are clear to see through! hahah.

At least your doing your own cleaning, its nearly free. If you were paying $100 a month for car washes Id say thats a bit excessive.
mobster600 is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 02:36 PM
  #5  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
ua549's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Clearwater, Florida
Posts: 1,940
Thanked 210 Times in 183 Posts
.

I keep my cars clean, but I rarely go out in dusty or wet weather. The exteriors are washed about once a month even if it isn't needed. I'm in a car about 10 minutes a day so the interior stays very clean. The inside and outside glass is cleaned weekly or more frequently as needed. In the E300 I use voice commands so the only touch surfaces are the steering wheel, start button and door handles. They are easy to keep clean with a microfiber I keep in the door pocket.
ua549 is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 02:45 PM
  #6  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
THANK YOU for the fun cartoon! It's great and I do find birds target shiny newly cleaned cars. Yes, I do!!
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 02:49 PM
  #7  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
Originally Posted by mobster600 View Post
I always enjoy cleaning my cars and seeing the results. I watch youtube videos of detailing, its quite satisfying lol. Its chilly in the chicago land area right now. So its simply not possible to clean a car when its got ice on it, interior yes. But during the summer/warmer days I use every excuse to clean my car. I get out product to clean a dirty spots. I like cleaning my engine, just have to be careful to avoid electricals. I too wipe down my windows everyday.....this is what i do.....spray de-icer and scrape ice off until they are clear to see through! hahah.

At least your doing your own cleaning, its nearly free. If you were paying $100 a month for car washes Id say thats a bit excessive.
I've made the decision to not let my car go through car washes. They create too many swirl marks and being utterly OCD and having a dark color, swirl marks are a NO-NO. It has to be harder to keep a car clean in the cold, snowy and icy Chicago-Land area! My OCD would be challenged a plenty if I lived in your climate for sure!! Though I must admit I had the car ceramic coated at the dealer and I have a great detail buy who did wax it immediately when I got the car in my driveway at home. I'll have it waxed again in the spring, then do the cleaning myself for the next six months till it's wax time again.

And yes, it is so satisfying to clean your car yourself and see how shiny and clean it can be!!

Last edited by rbrylaw; 01-05-2019 at 02:51 PM.
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 03:00 PM
  #8  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
ua549's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Clearwater, Florida
Posts: 1,940
Thanked 210 Times in 183 Posts
.
+1

I always wash by hand with plain water and wax by hand without polishers.
ua549 is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 03:14 PM
  #9  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,065
Thanked 136 Times in 125 Posts
W204
Originally Posted by rbrylaw View Post
Me: Hello, my name is Rod and I am utterly, totally, OCD
Room: Hi Rod

I have to admit that when I get a new car, I'm a bit obsessive. But this car has my Obsessiveness in hyper-drive. Simply said, my E450 has quickly become my favorite of ALL the Mercedes cars I've owned. And I've owned a lot of Mercedes cars. So it got me wondering if anyone else is quite as OCD as I am?

If I get home after driving my car in the rain, I wipe it down completely
I clean the outside windows everyday
I wipe the brake dust every couple days (though I must admit the brake dust on these brakes is not nearly as bad as other MB cars I've owned)
I wipe interior dust several times a week
I have a small micro fiber cloth to wipe finger prints off the shiny buttons around the command dial (Why does MB use such finger print magnet gloss plastic for these buttons anyway? Huh? Why?)
I remove the all weather floor mats and shake any dirt out, then wipe them down for extra cleanliness
I wash the car once a week, whether it needs it
And I use a between wash detail spray from Maguires that maintains that just waxed look
I fill the gas tank when its half full
I have a little bin in my trunk with glass cleaner and a clean cloth in case a window gets dirty (bird droppings, bug splat) when not at home

OK, you get the idea. Yes, I freely admit I love this car and I freely admit I'm OCD. I can't be alone in my OCDism?
Only half full?! I have to go to the station once it gets to 8/10 full.

If only I was kidding.
superangrypenguin is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 05:53 PM
  #10  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 143
Thanked 31 Times in 29 Posts
2017 E300, P2, 19" AMG wheels, piedmont green, nut brown leather
Rod, I aspire to keep mine as nice as yours, but I am sadly not even close. It's dirty now inside and out, with an inch of brake dust on the wheels and the gas light is on.
Lanzz is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 06:01 PM
  #11  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
Originally Posted by ua549 View Post
+1

I always wash by hand with plain water and wax by hand without polishers.
Polishing Wax is BAAAAAD. Especially if you have a ceramic coat. It will strip that coat and your investment right off the car. And contrary to what many do, dish washing soap is also bad. Use a very mild car wash soap that won't strip the wax.

Originally Posted by superangrypenguin View Post
Only half full?! I have to go to the station once it gets to 8/10 full.

If only I was kidding.
You: I am also a member of Rod's OCD Club
Me: Nice to meet you superangrypenguin (someday you'll have to tell us where your screen name came from?)

Originally Posted by Lanzz View Post
Rod, I aspire to keep mine as nice as yours, but I am sadly not even close. It's dirty now inside and out, with an inch of brake dust on the wheels and the gas light is on.
You my friend, are not in the OCD club. But there's room for new members, so just get out there and clean that car properly. You can do it!
rbrylaw is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to rbrylaw For This Useful Post:
Lanzz (01-05-2019), superangrypenguin (01-08-2019)
Old 01-05-2019, 06:21 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Cao Black's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 349
Thanked 37 Times in 33 Posts
2018 E300 P2 & 2015 ML350
Maybe I could be an Associate Member. A black car with chrome wheels needs more attention than I can give it on a daily basis; or to be completely honest, choose to give it. Having said that, I do have some OCDish quirks. No smoking, no food, no barn boots (we have horses). Never been through a commercial wash, pressure washer and foam cannon only (dried via leaf blower and waffle microfibre towel), but not as often as it probably should be. It is, after all, a tool...a device to get from one place to another.
Cao Black is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 06:29 PM
  #13  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
Originally Posted by Cao Black View Post
Maybe I could be an Associate Member. A black car with chrome wheels needs more attention than I can give it on a daily basis; or to be completely honest, choose to give it. Having said that, I do have some OCDish quirks. No smoking, no food, no barn boots (we have horses). Never been through a commercial wash, pressure washer and foam cannon only (dried via leaf blower and waffle microfibre towel), but not as often as it probably should be. It is, after all, a tool...a device to get from one place to another.
Qualifies as far as I'm concerned. Welcome to the OCD Club!
rbrylaw is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to rbrylaw For This Useful Post:
Cao Black (01-05-2019)
Old 01-05-2019, 07:31 PM
  #14  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
ua549's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Clearwater, Florida
Posts: 1,940
Thanked 210 Times in 183 Posts
.
Originally Posted by rbrylaw View Post
Polishing Wax is BAAAAAD. Especially if you have a ceramic coat. It will strip that coat and your investment right off the car. And contrary to what many do, dish washing soap is also bad. Use a very mild car wash soap that won't strip the wax.



You: I am also a member of Rod's OCD Club
Me: Nice to meet you superangrypenguin (someday you'll have to tell us where your screen name came from?)



You my friend, are not in the OCD club. But there's room for new members, so just get out there and clean that car properly. You can do it!
I don't use real wax, I use Maguiar's Ultimate Quick Wax each time I wash the car. I do not use electric polishing devices.
ua549 is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 07:44 PM
  #15  
Member
 
West_Coaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 86
Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
'17 E300
Well, the fact you drive the car in the rain makes me believe you're not really that bad. But at least you don't have CDO, which is OCD in alphabetical order.
West_Coaster is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 08:11 PM
  #16  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
Originally Posted by West_Coaster View Post
Well, the fact you drive the car in the rain makes me believe you're not really that bad. But at least you don't have CDO, which is OCD in alphabetical order.
Welp, there are times when it's simply not possible to avoid driving in the rain. It may be sunny when I get to work, then raining when I get off work. Though I must admit I have actually toyed with just ubering home if it's raining. My car is garaged at work, so it would be pretty safe. Hmmmmmm...CDO to the max, eh? LOL
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 09:04 PM
  #17  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ontario,Canada
Posts: 1,407
Thanked 47 Times in 42 Posts
....19 CLS53, 18 E43
Keep in mind a car was meant to be used. This not a museum piece. Enjoy it.
petee1997 is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 09:15 PM
  #18  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
Originally Posted by petee1997 View Post
Keep in mind a car was meant to be used. This not a museum piece. Enjoy it.
And enjoy mine I do. Just really shiny and super clean!
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 09:22 PM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Cao Black's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 349
Thanked 37 Times in 33 Posts
2018 E300 P2 & 2015 ML350
Originally Posted by rbrylaw View Post
Welp, there are times when it's simply not possible to avoid driving in the rain. It may be sunny when I get to work, then raining when I get off work. Though I must admit I have actually toyed with just ubering home if it's raining. My car is garaged at work, so it would be pretty safe. Hmmmmmm...CDO to the max, eh? LOL
Heard that about Florida. If you don't like the weather now...wait 10 minutes.

I use Meguair's Ultimate Quik Detailer after washing, and also leave the power buffers to the experts.
Cao Black is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 09:49 PM
  #20  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
Originally Posted by Cao Black View Post
Heard that about Florida. If you don't like the weather now...wait 10 minutes.

I use Meguair's Ultimate Quik Detailer after washing, and also leave the power buffers to the experts.
That's what I use as well. It's great stuff. And can be used in-between washes as well.
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 09:54 PM
  #21  
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 93
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Infiniti M35x
Originally Posted by rbrylaw View Post
That's what I use as well. It's great stuff. And can be used in-between washes as well.
Are you actually using Ultimate Quik Detail to wipe of dirt at the end of the day? That's what I would like to do, but I always heard it would rub dirt into the paint and should only be used for a light dusting or after washes? I'm looking for an "okay" to wipe off some daily grime really
Courthaven is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 10:03 PM
  #22  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
Originally Posted by Courthaven View Post
Are you actually using Ultimate Quik Detail to wipe of dirt at the end of the day? That's what I would like to do, but I always heard it would rub dirt into the paint and should only be used for a light dusting or after washes? I'm looking for an "okay" to wipe off some daily grime really
I don't use the Quik Detail if the car is truly dirty. But between washes and just to get dust etc., off it's magic.
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 01-06-2019, 03:42 AM
  #23  
Junior Member
 
S550e's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 73
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
W222 S550e, W212 E350
Rod also does not drive the car until a new key battery has been replaced daily and all four 360 degree cameras have been cleaned and wiped off.

I am only kidding. Happy driving
S550e is offline  
Old 01-06-2019, 11:10 AM
  #24  
MBWorld Fanatic!
Thread Starter
 
rbrylaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 3,008
Thanked 251 Times in 209 Posts
2019 E450 4Matic & 2018 E400 4Matic
Originally Posted by S550e View Post
Rod also does not drive the car until a new key battery has been replaced daily and all four 360 degree cameras have been cleaned and wiped off.

I am only kidding. Happy driving
Darn you........Now I have to add to my growing list of daily OCD tasks! Darn you, I say! LOL
rbrylaw is offline  
Old 01-06-2019, 12:02 PM
  #25  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 24
Thanked 10 Times in 5 Posts
2017 MB E300
Rod,

Does your E450 have black plastic front center console? If so, how do you keep it clean and unscratched.
Mine is a magnet for dust, tiny droplets (from soda spray, etc), fingerprints, scratches, etc.

From one OCDer to the next...thank you!
xrayted is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:
You have already rated this thread Rating: Thread Rating: 0 votes,  average.

Quick Reply: How OCD Are You? Let me name the ways........


Contact Us About Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: