I may be purchasing a 300E and the window trim appears to be a sort of bronze. What is it? Can the Autoglym chrome polish or any chrome polish be used safely to protect it from the elements, or is there a better choice?
My trim was black when I took the car off the showroom floor in May of 1988.Seriously ?? Doesn;t look discoloured to me.
Looks shiny bronze !
You've had a definitive answer but you just don't accept it...No-one seems to have a definitive answer on this issue from all the reading I have done. I understand the fading to bronze opinion but seriously my trim is not defective or patchy it is definitely a smooth bronze colour on every piece of trim on the vehicle ! Based on some comments I have read I am beginning to believe that maybe dealers may have dressed vehicles with non standard items such as this. The post I found below seems to indicate that he indeed bought his 300CE NEW with bronze trim !
"...1988 300 CE window trim color
I've got a Brown 1988 300 CE with a broken back glass. My local MB dealer says the outside trim (3 pieces) must be replaced in order to fix the glass. They say the trim only comes in black. My car has bronze trim. I purchased the car new and know the trim color is original and was never black, but MB says it is only available in black. My color brochure that came with the car shows the car with bronze trim. If you move the clip on the existing trim the color below appears black....'
This picture from another post is what people are calling the faded to bronze !
NOPE that ain't what color my trim is - mine is bronze/gold have a look at images I posted earlier !
So, the trim on the '87 appears to be painted, and it also applies to the roof rails and luggage bars, while the '90 appears to be anodized, which may account for the fading from black to bronze.The trim on my '87 300TD is kind of a chalky grey, and the trim on the '90 300D is a bronzish color
Nahhhhh I'm happy to accept the definitive answer.Not saying that some dealers may have offered a "gold package", in fact AMG Central in Westmont IL offered gold option along with color match trim on pre merger AMG builds.
Seems like pre 90's had black while post 90's had the bronze tinge.Similar to the W201, I thought that the bronze trim color is for metallic paint (dark paint)? The black trim color is for "pastel" or solid colors.