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I will be recovering the front and back seat in my '85 coupe soon with new leather upholstery and was wondering if anyone knows if the front bucket seat plastic trim pieces are still available from MB. I looked online for a place that shows a detailed parts breakdown, but couldn't find anything. The coupes unique fold forward design make these a bit more difficult to source than the sedans.

I can use any color as I can color match them.

I would consider used if I have no other option, but I am concerned with 30 plus year old plastic being brittle.

Ideas?
 

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Part numbers taken off the plastic trim pieces for a coupe are:

123 918 45 30
123 918 46 30

123 918 47 30
123 918 48 30

123 918 49 30
123 918 50 30

123 918 51 30
123 918 52 30

123 910 05 18
123 910 06 18

When punched into Pelican Parts all of these numbers come up. The price through my local Mercedes dealership was $974.32 for the above list. Through Pelican, if you choose the least expensive selection, it comes up to $401.50. The different prices, according to Mercedes, is based on a more detailed part number that includes the color of the pieces. I was told that 8326 at the end of the part numbers was DATE and that 123 910 05/06 18 is available in black only.

Lesson here, be very careful when removing these pieces as they are expensive to replace new and not as common as the trim pieces off the sedans.
 

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The plastic seat trim pieces in my coupe oould use a refresh. Most are not cracked, but faded or scuffed. The coupe pieces are hard to find. Have you painted these with success? I was wondering what approach might work with the texture of them. If Pelican Parts offers them in blue I guess I could look at replacing the most visible parts.
 

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When I went to the MB dealership they didn't show many of these pieced in stock and pointed me to classic Mercedes in CA.

My process that I have had success with restoring the plastic interior pieces in one of my old 240 Volvos has been:

  • I put the parts in the dishwasher for their first cleaning on the hottest cycle, but not a heated dry cycle.
  • Then I scrub them with a 3M grey scuff pad with some dawn dish soap.
  • Next I use a wax and grease remover. (wear rubber gloves so you don't transfer oils from your hands)
  • I then like to give then one last cleaning with denatured alcohol. I like that is cleans and evaporates quickly.
  • Then coat with your preference of adhesion promotor. I have had great success with Bulldog and SEM.
  • I have used SEM Color Coat 15173 in Camel. That is a near perfect match for the Mercedes Palomino interior plastics. I don't know what would be a good match for your blue pieces. SEM 15043 in Shadow Blue is a deep blue and I found it to be a perfect match for the 80's era Volvo blue interiors. You would have to experiment.
SEM is not inexpensive at over $20.00 a can, but in this case I feel you get what you pay for. The pieces I have coated from arms rests, head rests, seat trim, center consoles, kick panels, etc have held up perfectly. The key is preparation.
 

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These are the plastic pieces I did on a Volvo 240 using the above steps.
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Thanks very much for those tips on your process. Those are great results. I plan to give it a try on mine.
 
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