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Question Metallic paint vs. non metallic for 300d w115

I have decided to have my 115 painted dark green. I cannot decide however wether to use a metallic or non metallic paint. The current paint is an orange color that I dont care for, and it is non metallic.

What are everyones opinions of metallic vs. non metallic?
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Would prefer non-metallic.
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Both will have clear coat at the end.
Since our cars came with single stage paint and because they are some what classic I think non metallic "solid" looking paint will soot better

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I've always been partial to the original MB color 268 Dunkelgrün (Dark Green). Non-metalic.
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Both will have clear coat at the end.
Since our cars came with single stage paint and because they are some what classic I think non metallic "solid" looking paint will soot better

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Mercedes surely did make some metallic colours back in the day. I have a W108 with the original colour "Lapisblau", which is a blue metallic.

I'm a bit biased because I own a car with a metallic paint, but metallic paints look just amazing on these cars, whether they have the solid feeling or not. They change colours a lot when you have sunlight on it, I'd say my car is a very light blue when the sun's out, but black when it's getting dark. The paint just seems to have more character than most solid colours.
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When I repainted my 250 I went with a Porsche metallic light silver color. I have no complaints about using the metallic, but for a dark green color, I would choose a NON-metallic paint, which seems to fit better with a vintage automobile.
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This moss green coupe looked great.
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I prefer metallics over solids myself - until they get a big scratch!

What colour is your interior? Green with tan or green with white/cream interiors look great.

Have a look here too.

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Metalic. A 115 diesel isn't going to fetch you mutch, so go with what looks good and what you like. To heck with "originality," "period correctness" etc
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Personally I love single stage non-metallics the best, just such depth of color like the paint is still wet if you keep it polished and clean. I had a Jaguar in brown once that literally looked like it was just poured from chocolate. However, the W115 is a squarish car with very subtle curves and lines hidden throughout it's coachwork, especially the rear fenders at top by the trunk, so I think a metallic would really show off the design better as the various creases and curves reveal themselves in the sunlight. Either way she will be a stunner. Google search images and see if anything really speaks to you.


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your car was orange and now will be green... no collector is going to want color changes that drastic. so you should really just go with your heart, and keep it for what it is. your model is not precious on the collector scene. not a dig against it! just means, you should feel free to have F-U-N with it. go metalic green, put chrome rims on it. have FUN! you only live once.

it's not a gullwing after all

go for it!
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