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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2015, 11:19 AM
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I forgot about buffing and such...

Chances are pretty good that the clear will be uneven, will look wavy, have trapped insects or lint in it, etc. Using that same 1200 grit sand paper, wet sand the CURED/VERY DRY clear coat again. Once done, repeat with 1500 grit, then 2000 grit and 2400 grit. Some people use finer and finer sand paper, but I transition to a buffer and cutting compound.

Compound ranges in cost, but you can buy a whole kit (multiple pads and compounds) for $120 and some change from Eastwood. You can pay much less too, depending on how much you buy and from where.

Total cost of redoing clear coat through a professional paint guy - about $900 (based on my own BMW with a bashed door. Price didn't include the labor to repair the damage itself, and included a pint of paint as well.

Total cost if you do it yourself - about $200, and that assumes you bought the expensive kit I cite above.
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I have owned 9 and I am about to purchase my 10th since 2010. They were all 70's-80's MB. None cost me more than $8000, and none less than $500. 9-10/10 were repainted.
1) $4700 1973 450sl white repainted black
2) $8000 1978 450slc 5.0 custom convertible. SilverGreen repainted SilverBlue
3) $3250 1981 280slc 4-speed MarineBlue repainted MarineBlue
4) $500 1971 250 sedan, white repainted white with peeling clearcoat
5) $xxxx 1970 250c Blue repainted Blue
6) $xxxx 1972 250c BlackAndWhite repainted BlackAndWhite
7) $xxxx 1972 450sl parts car. Repainted creme color
8) $xxxx 1979 280sl brown repainted brown (Ar least some parts of the car. The rear end had clearcoat while the front end would buff out nicely. Maybe the front end was original.)
9) $xxxx 1973 450sl lightBlue repainted LightBlue.
10) $xxxx 1985 280sl 5-speed might be original red paint. Not sure yet.

I would always prefer original paint of possible, but you see it hasn't stopped me from owning some nice and some not so nice MB.
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Well, for another perspective, I'll share what I just did. To me, the integrity of the body and the mechanical soundness were most important. I found just such a car, and it had a reasonable price. The only problem was the color was a really awful maple yellow. I went to the color chart to see what Mercedes offered in 1973 and was surprised to find about 50 options. I chose DB 571, which is red metallic, for the re-paint. I knew I was going to be putting more money into the car than I'd ever get out (since we replaced everything in the interior with new), so whatever drop in value that might occur due to a color change really didn't concern me. The result is a perfect running car with a perfect body in a color I love with a brand new interior that looks and smells amazing. It was costly, but I'm happy.
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Our 70' 250 is a repaint and all tests confirm it was a good job, Door jams, under hood and trunk were resprayed. Only thing I would fault the job for is the windshield and rear window had not been removed for the paint job. Before buying I gave it the magnet test especially around all the usual problem areas and it passed with flying colours. I personally prefer original paint but in this case body is solid and respray happened many years ago.
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