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Where can I guy buy these besides the dealer? We lost the right side sometime last week. Just blew off while traveling.
 

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I don't know why everyone hates going to the dealer, but the part number is
163 690 06 87 and there is also a protective foil piece that goes underneath, part number 163 698 24 89.
 

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"D" Pillar Molding Adhesive?

Anyone have a good part number/source/brand name for an adhesive to put these back on? One of mine was barely hanging on after I returned home from a short trip. I had the right side reglued twice by the dealer but fortunately that was under warranty at no cost. Warranty is gone now. I have read that they are a pain to readhere and expensive if the dealer does it.
 

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Old post but I think there is still some interest in repairing the D pillar trim that ofter peels or cracks.

I'm In the process of repairing my right side and its no cake walk. Mine had cracks in two places and I toyed around with the idea of using a filler and then sanding and painting. If I had to do it over again, that is probably the route I would take. The adhesive that MB used back in 1999 could have been used for the heat shields on NASA rockets.

I'm sure when it was applied it was like a tube of adhesive caulk, but after twenty years that stuff has turned to stone.
It's applied in three places...dead center on the underside of the panel and a couple of inches away from the top and bottom of the panel. I'm 90% complete on removing the last few pieces of panel and adhesive, and then the easy part of thoroughly cleaning the bare paint and reattaching the panel. The left side is not cracked and I will leave it be !!
 

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Old post but I think there is still some interest in repairing the D pillar trim that ofter peels or cracks.

I'm In the process of repairing my right side and its no cake walk. Mine had cracks in two places and I toyed around with the idea of using a filler and then sanding and painting. If I had to do it over again, that is probably the route I would take. The adhesive that MB used back in 1999 could have been used for the heat shields on NASA rockets.

I'm sure when it was applied it was like a tube of adhesive caulk, but after twenty years that stuff has turned to stone.
It's applied in three places...dead center on the underside of the panel and a couple of inches away from the top and bottom of the panel. I'm 90% complete on removing the last few pieces of panel and adhesive, and then the easy part of thoroughly cleaning the bare paint and reattaching the panel. The left side is not cracked and I will leave it be !!
I remember doing mine years ago and I was trying to get them of and they basically just exploded into pieces. That glue is Tuff shit for sure.


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I did mine. Rescuing the old ones was not possible.
Used the black 3M windshield urethane and since replacing them wax the new ones with a good polymer wax that has kept them looking like new for many years.
 

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Yep, it was an interesting project. Finished up this morning and it really came out well. The original D-pillar trim piece (1999ML430) was a bear to remove. A single hacksaw blade, with no frame attached, was the tool that came to the rescue ! Bendable, with fine teeth, made short work of removing the previous adhesive and remaining trim.

Cleanup with some 3M Adhesive remover and some light sanding and new piece was ready for install. I used PPG Liquid Nails and applied liberally in the three areas of the previous adhesive. After making sure it was aligned properly, plenty of heavy duty duct tape kept it in place and is currently drying . Will be all finished up tomorrow morning.

It already looks so much better and will post some pictures after completion. Hopefully the drivers side will not crack or otherwise need replacement for a few years. I bought the set so, if need be, I could replace it too, and this time it should go a lot faster and easier with this experience. I know one thing, my hands need a break from all this work !!
 

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Also, many thanks to our outstanding resident W163 procurement specialist, David Michael , for finding these puppies for me. Over the years I have purchased quite a few OEM 163 items from him and always fast shipping and excellent description/condition and reasonable pricing !!
 

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Also, many thanks to our outstanding resident W163 procurement specialist, David Michael , for finding these puppies for me. Over the years I have purchased quite a few OEM 163 items from him and always fast shipping and excellent description/condition and reasonable pricing !!
Thanks for the comment! I literally laughed out loud when I saw my name! Those things are VERY hard to remove, but the 98/99 ones, which were made of a different type of plastic, break 95% of the time. Per my Mercedes dealership, that glue they use is the exact same glue that they use to attach windshields. Fun fact: if your 2000 to 2005 ones are oxidized, using a Griott's orbital waxer with the white pad and fast correcting cream for severe paint defects makes the things look like new.
 

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Thanks for the comment! I literally laughed out loud when I saw my name! Those things are VERY hard to remove, but the 98/99 ones, which were made of a different type of plastic, break 95% of the time. Per my Mercedes dealership, that glue they use is the exact same glue that they use to attach windshields. Fun fact: if your 2000 to 2005 ones are oxidized, using a Griott's orbital waxer with the white pad and fast correcting cream for severe paint defects makes the things look like new.
 

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Just an update...the PPG Liquid Nails was a complete failure. Went out yesterday morning, after a night of curing, and the piece pulled right off and the white LN's was still soft....BAD CHOICE of adhesive. A lot of reviews of that product was negative.....should have read them BEFORE I used it, but it was the adhesive I had available in my garage.

So ...moving on....went online reading reviews of 3M products and found this at an Advance Auto Parts.....3M yellow super weatherstrip and gasket adhesive.2 fluid ounce tube cost about $5.00....excellent reviews and good consistency.

This morning, panel is rock solid and I don't expect any more issues with this repair. Nice to have a few spreaders at hand to insure coverage on the inside of the trim and also the metal panel under the trim. Per the directions, let the adhesive get tacky on both pieces (about 15 minutes) and then join and apply pressure. Worked like a champ !!
 
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