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How can I tell if my car was painted?

I have my 87 300SDL and a potential buyer asked a great question as to whether the paint is original or repainted. Unfortunately I don't know the answer and wondering in the absence of paperwork, where's the best place on the vehicle to spot clues as to whether the paint is original or repaint?

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They are magnetic gauges that can measure paint thickness.
Take it to a paint shop and they should tell.
If you want to check yourself - see the trunk and hood gutters. That is where repaint shows imperfections.

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The newest devices are laser based, but either way they can tell if what was repainted.

Also an experienced auto paint specialist will know just by looking.
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Look for paint or tape lines, for example near the stickers on the radiator support or on the door jams. Look for paint on rubber gaskets (windows, sunroof). Does your car have VIN stickers on the panels?

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The car is 27 years old, and that's what the "potential buyer" is worried about? Really?
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You can buy paint thickness meters for £75 and the work on alli too.

I love going to meets with it and winding other members up, telling them their car has been damaged, I just put a little pad on the tip

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Also an experienced auto paint specialist will know just by looking.
Not so easy when the job is well done.
I have good eye for technical things, yet few years back I bought about 10 years old MB that had front repainted. I mean the paint had to be original MB paint, I could not see any imperfection, no body damage, yet on the pictures you could see the front panels having different shine than the rest of the car.
Looking at the car directly you would not tell.
And yes, I put very high value on original MB paint. No matter if 3 or 30 years old.
My friend used to work in upscale body shop. Good paint restoration with smoothing dings and giving a classic full shine could run $25,000.
I can buy whole MB with equally good paint for 1/3 of that.

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Not so easy when the job is well done.
I have good eye for technical things, yet few years back I bought about 10 years old MB that had front repainted. I mean the paint had to be original MB paint, I could not see any imperfection, no body damage, yet on the pictures you could see the front panels having different shine than the rest of the car.
Looking at the car directly you would not tell.
And yes, I put very high value on original MB paint. No matter if 3 or 30 years old.
My friend used to work in upscale body shop. Good paint restoration with smoothing dings and giving a classic full shine could run $25,000.
I can buy whole MB with equally good paint for 1/3 of that.
I'm going to take even more photos and a much closer look for VIN stickers on the panels and wherever there might be overspray or masking lines. If I can't find evidence of a repaint, that doesn't necessarily mean though it's original. I'll have to find someone to look at it.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1...90809804601793
Interestingly enough although almost no one is bidding on the car, there are a lot of potential buyers watching and the questions which are coming in a very much more detailed as to engine specifications than I am qualified to answer. But I'll do what I can. I'm halfway hoping now it doesn't sell quite frankly.

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The pictures reminds me 1987 300DT I sold to the family.
You should spend few minutes adjusting hood stops and blinkers.
Miss-alignment makes the car looking like after accident.

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And yes, I put very high value on original MB paint. No matter if 3 or 30 years old.
Good to know.
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