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I just ordered new cowl vent covers and I'm thinking about painting them a chrome like finish. Like the old one in the picture that I painted this weekend. The older coupes came with this chromed from the factory correct?

Thoughts on the chromed look vs the stock black cover?

Car is a 1985 300CD in Nautical Blue.
 

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Chrome looks better, black makes it look cheap. Is the underside of your taillights chrome or black?

My cowl covers are chrome with black mesh behind and that IMO looks best over the 2 choices above
 

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"Borrowed" these images off EBay and it looks like the entire piece was chromed, but over time the chrome wears off the screen sections. Not sure. I also believe that these were on the earlier coupes, but not the later models. My 1985 coupe's are all black.
 

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Pictures of my taillights.
 

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I believe they switched over in 1982/1983, so it might not be 100% correct, but I like the chrome look better myself.
The chrome plating on the factory cowl covers start to peel after a while. The originals kept the inside tiny grate black, but that's a minor detail.
What are you using for the chrome?
 

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My process on the old cover was:

1. Wash in dish washer to clean off 30 plus years of grime.
2. 2 light coats of SEM adhesion promoter specifically designed for plastics.
3. 2 light coats of Valspar metallic, only because that is what I had in the garage, and 1 heavier flow coat.
4. Let dry.

I suppose for added durability you could add a coat of clear.
 

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My car had black ones. I searched for quite a while before I found "chrome" ones for a reasonable price. They are not chrome, they're plastic with a chrome-like finish. I am very happy with them.

The fat window chrome on the w123 is the main reason I wanted them. I have a silver-blue metallic paint which plays well with the chrome on the car. The fat polished strips along the bottom of the door windows look fabulous and I wanted to run that shine forward.
 

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I prefer the black ones but I've also got a 240D which never had them chromed.
 

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I wonder if the 230's got them, or if they were reserved for what would have received hi-spec lights.
...until 1983.
 

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Thank you. Those are 6x14 "aluminum steelies". The caps make them all look the same so you can't really tell that the rims alone are worth more than the engine, LOL. I do have 15" wheels and 15" caps but I can't bear to run them yet. Trashing a wheel or a cap would be the end of the whole set.
 

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I've been looking for a set, but have given up. Occasionally I'll see trashed caps, but the wheels themselves are quite rare as you know. I finally caved and put on 15" w140 alloys. The larger tires and slightly wider stance made a huge difference over the bundts. Better in every respect. Not to mention the sheer number of tires avail when compared to 14s.
 
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