I think the hood pad is ugly and I want to remove it. I am not sure if the hood pad is for noise reduction or heat absorption or both. Not sure how good the paint is under the hood because I would want to buff it and wax the paint.
Wouldn't recomend it.. You'll run a very real risk of cooking your paint from the back side. Perhaps your pad is old and tired thus looks rather shabby.. A fresh factory (w/ the proper waffle pattern) hood pad looks straight to me!
you can take the hoodpad off, and clean up ur paint but I STRONGLY URGE you to replace it after, you can get one from Autohaus AZ for $36. If you dont get one quick (depending on your weather-hot/cold) the heat from your engine will warm the paint and cause the paint on the opposite side to bubble. Luckily, I got mine done in time, All I had was a small blemish on the underside where (i think) my air filter heated up the hood and elimated some paint. My friend and I used some stuff called "PB Blaster" that with a scraper (drywall mud scraper or paint scraper will do) will take care of the old glue and gunk (the scraper will probably injure the paint a lil) I, then, used some 3M Hi-Strength 90 spray on the hood and the pad then put it up. (we had to take off about .5" each side of it)
Ultamently, put the pad in.
I have another thread on this, should be up here someone--if u want more details.
If the old hood pad is doing the job well, why replace it now? Seems like a waste of money to replace a perfectly good hood pad. Wait until it starts flaking and stuff, that's the time to replace it.
i replaced mine after i had the hood painted. bought the oem from the dealership and used 3M adhesive.
i don't know what you guys have but the oem Mercedes one is just foam. great for noise reduction but i doubt it has any thermal properties at all.
it may be hard to see in the pic but it is a waffle pattern with flat areas for the battery, fuse box and coolant overflow. its cheap, light and easy to put on.
because it was cheap i didn't think twice about replacing it but keep in mine that the hood is aluminum, which disipates heat very well (that why they use aluminum for heat sinks on electronics). could it be that the Mercedes engineers chose aluminum to help draw the heat away from the engine bay? hmmmm... that's what i'm going to tell people from now on.
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