Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 1962 W111 220SE Coupe
Location: Cloud City, OR
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You've encountered the old Benz conundrum, which is planning the most logical order of your restoration. Yes, ideally you would repaint the car with the windscreens out since removing front and rear are necessary to get a correct looking paint job, and on some of the older cars you can't really replace headliner without removing the rubber seals. I say use a flowable silicone sealant on the rubber to prevent any further leaking until you can afford a paint job performed along with the headliner and seals replacement, or do just the headliner and seals using the aftermarket brand, cheaper, so you can justify throwing them away when you eventually do repaint and can use OEM seals at that time. Mind you, some people claim the aftermarket seals don't always seal right either, so you may prefer to simply wait until you can do these all as a batch using proper materials/parts.
My car also needs windshield seals and repaint so I chose the flowable sealant route until I can do all the seals, and paint at the same time. I will likely just dye my headliner rather than replace it since it's not torn or tattered.
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