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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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no that paint in the YouTube video looks shitty.
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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 01:02 AM
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A Quality Paint Job, Will cost you at least 7-10k, not that another shop wont paint it for 2500.00, but it will look like a $2500.00 paint job...

Black is also not a forgiving color when it comes to dirt , scratches etc...

Pic Below is not a $2500 paint job, However, I have known people to use a spray can
and change their car actually some 1/2 way decent, well somewhat decent,,,

Best of Luck!

$70 paint job (color change from silver to black)
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steve, i think i read another post by you here wherein you were questioning other forum members on the cost of ownership, maintenance, etc. you also indicated the cost of ins and the fact that you're still in school. thats all fine but if I can offer any advice to you it would be to own and use your new car for some time before you start putting money toward cosmetics, i.e. paint/wheels and such that you get some experience behind the ownership and maintenace of such a vehicle.

reliable automobiles but they do need and require "looking after", i.e. preventative maintenance and when things break...can get costly...quick....

putting that kind of money into you're new car (paint, wheels, etc) is not something you will recover should you decide the car is "not for you" in the next 1-2 years...

i gather you're young and want "that look" for your new ride. take your it, get to know it....

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Originally Posted by Iceworks1 View Post
Ok, found your solution Steve:

Originally Posted by MAVA View Post

I understand you you want to have the mirror finish, but Mercedes does not rub-out the orange-peel in the paint in any of their cars.It is a task of of wet sanding with sandpaper that feels like a paper bag, and polishing with different gits of polish.

What I would do if I were you. I would NOT paint the car; I would go to your local HOT ROD Car or Low-Rider car show and look at some of the show cars find some you like, and ask the owners who painted their cars(many paint their own cars) asked them who polished their paint and removed the orange peel. The hot rod gang may recommend a custom paint shop as a collision repair shop is into the production of fixing a car and "Just" painting a car, so it blends with the rest of the paint.

You may get a deal as these car guys restore rusty old cars, so the finish is made from the ground up, and one member may be the painter in the bunch with the artistic touch.

Best of luck,


I've never seen factory orange peel on any German or Italian car?..
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