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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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can anyone tell me what the ramifacations would be if i changed my 1980 280 SLC R107 M110 factory manganese brown, to a nice red one
what does the inthusiast have to say
is there any information recommeded for collector owners of vintage and veteran motor vehicle
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 06:56 AM
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It's YOUR car. Paint it whatever color YOU want it to be! The main problem will be whenever it gets nicked up the old color will show through. Going from the brown to a red (unless it is a super bright red) won't be as bad as a drastic change. As a for instance, my wife's 250C was changed from "Ikon Gold" to a "Snowberry White" and I'm constantly touching up small dings and scratches when the old paint shows.

I would keep the color a Benz color though. No real reason, just to satisfy the "purist" in me.

Do NOT paint the car a custom color unless you keep a copy of the original mix formula and you use a long established paint blend. Every manufacturer's paint is a little bit different. Found this out the hard way when I tried to get matching paint for the 250C.

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If you are not prepared to do a complete color change, keep it original.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 02:57 PM
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like nike says... just do it. my baby was a school bus yellow at birth. now she is many layers of ppg triple black. thank god
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 12:10 PM
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I say depends on the future of the car. If you're planning to keep it for a long time do what you want, make it the color you like and enjoy it but do it right, no leftover original color under the hood or door edges, etc. At least the trunk stays black!

If you are planning to sell at any point I'd keep it the original color. I'm not even that much of a stickler but even I would buy an original color (even if not original paint) given the option between that and a repainted car in another color. If the original paint is still good in every way I'd keep it regardless and sell to raise funds to buy a red car, or trade.


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