Date registered: Sep 2013
Vehicle: 1984 280sl 5spd, 02 E320 4matic, 79&79 450sl part-out, 78,79,81,83 300CD, 79 280CE
Location: NW MT
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If you have the time/space, and willingness to learn I would recommend painting it yourself. Three years ago I had little to no painting/bodywork experience.
Pic #1 is my 84 280SL painted three years ago. Local paint shop wanted $3000 just to spray the shell, with me doing all bodywork, taping, and all finish/polish work. Decided to do it all myself.
Pic #2, Painted 2 years ago is the 78 CD.
Pic #3-#6 Last years project, 84 CD
Learned more with every car painted, still making many mistakes. Even with all the tools/supplies that I have bought, probably do not have $7000 into all three cars. work slows down up here in the winter, so I have time to take on a project each year.