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With me doing the work, $2,500 plus another $900 for the bumpers and the cladding. No real body work. Was absolutely straight with no bondo
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A neighbor who paints and repairs Cobra Replicas quoted me $10,000 for a like new paint job without a color change, could be double that for a color change.
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Had the same problem with my black S500. Did basically the same but with 4 black zip ties. As President of the Bottom Feeders Club of America I couldn't justify spending a penny more.

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I'm surprised this problem was never undertaken as a class-action against MB. They could have solved the problem for under $100/car including labor. There certainly were enough of this poor bumper cover design sold in the states to warrant it. Meanwhile, yeah: I can see how zip-ties could do the trick, provided you're willing to punch a hole in the fiberglass or plastic--or whatever it's made out of.

My body shop didn't charge me anything for it; I told him he'd get the business if he could figure out a way to eliminate the problem; I didn't want to pay $2K to have it replaced and then run the cycle all over again. He wound up not charging me extra (he was competitive with another quote--sans the fix--to within $50) because he was interested to see if he could engineer a solution...which he did. I told him he should sell it to anyone coming in with one of these shitty AMG bumper designs--after he replaces it, of course.
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With me doing the work, $2,500 plus another $900 for the bumpers and the cladding. No real body work. Was absolutely straight with no bondo
Man, that would be nice. But I just don't have the time or the know-how, and I'm afraid I'd bust something. Of course, it's all doable with enough time, patience, and learning curve. It's a conundrum. Do it right for $8K or more...or settle for something less that is visible to me and other car epicurians, but invisible to the average person. The more you put into the car, the more complicated are matters of insurance if it gets totaled--particularly if it's a daily. I see no reason to paint the car and get the upper engine rebuilt just to have it sit in a garage 95% of the time. That's a waste of money to me. If I paint the car, it's because I want to drive the car regularly.

I have to decide just how good a paint job I want. I have a friend whose dad paints his own cars--and does beautiful work. But he's retired and doesn't want to deal with someone else. I'd drive it from California to Illinois for that and leave it there for a few months. Bummer for me.
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Great thread. I'm looking for good... great touch up paint for Astral 735 for my W126. And if anyone knows a source for sliding roof felt or rebuild kit?

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That was Mauricio's Body Repair in Lancaster, CA. There's a bunch of postings by @mclare when he had his car with AMG parts painted. When I spoke to Mauricio 2 years ago, he was asking for $4,200 to repaint an SEC, which included primer, 3 coats of paint and 3 clear coats.
Mauricio is a rip off! He ripped off my mother for a grand and then disappeared! He had like 3 wives coming after him for support of like 20 kids.....

She wasn't the only one. There were several of my friends that got ripped off by him.

And his work is mediocre at best.
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