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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-09-2008, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone who can tell me where to find good ideas on selecting paint color for my 280s (1971). What are the most popular colors?
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this is kinda off topic but i want to get my 03 in a charcol color and have the rims powder coated the same with the blue emblem in the middle, it would match the interroir just find and it wouldnt be the same old black, but pictures may help in the mean time so that we know what we are working with.
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As a general rule...

Never change the color of the paint on a Mercedes.

To take the car apart in order to really do a complete paint job [door jambs, engine compartment, etc.] is very, very expensive. Change the color in a detectable way and you have killed the collector, or vintage car enthusiast value of the car.

If you don't care about the value, then have at it... but a
knowledgeable buyer will be looking for issues such as this, especially if the new paint is not a stock Mercedes color.

Your car is a Mercedes, not a '57 Chevy.

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There are ID plates on the radiator cross member with info stamped on them, including the paint code. Please take pics and post them.

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check the german paint code website, it has a picture of every color, usually w123's. should be able to search for it on here, i dont have it.
i definitley prefer english red, but there are alot of nice colors that you dont see everyday

what is the original color?

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You can see different colours here:


I would say keep it original though.

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+3..Keep the original! Is the original paint is in good condition? If yes you will devalue the car some, at least to those that value originality and correctness. Also color change means to do it right you need to do the door jambs, under the hood, engine bay, the trunk etc, etc. the only real way to get the original color back is to re-paint again, now you have three layers of paint, never good, or you have to strip everything off and start over.

I would then say keep it original if the paint is decent.

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