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Anybody know what the original grill insert color was? Black, gray, gunmetal? What have you done to restore it? Anybody tried plastidip?

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I used Forever Black on mine. Easy to apply and darkened the grill up nicely. Forever Black doesn’t cause damage or a coating which may prove difficult to remove, especially if the result wasn’t to my liking.
 

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1976 450SL, 1992 190e 2.3, 1984 300D turbo, 1966 VW bus
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plastic broke on mine so i bought new. left and right side

 

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Originally the trims were black, and I believe they were changed to grey round 1974/75 when the original all-metal star was updated.
 

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I've used "wrought iron" black, but I'm certain that they were originally grey on my cars. I prefer the black.

Has anyone ever noticed that these warp over time?
 

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1983 380SL, 2000 S430, 1991 420SEL (retired) - RHD
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Has anyone ever noticed that these warp over time?
Yes, you can see slight warping in the pic of the "before" shot. The black grille is actually the set on the car ( always garaged) with no warping.
 

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Just wanted to add that if you ever have any of the plastic "slats" break, do not waste your time trying to glue it back together. It is impossible.

I tried 2 or 3 different epoxys over a few months (including JB weld) and nothing would hold. Had to buy new...
 

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Just wanted to add that if you ever have any of the plastic "slats" break, do not waste your time trying to glue it back together. It is impossible.

I tried 2 or 3 different epoxys over a few months (including JB weld) and nothing would hold. Had to buy new...
That looks good. I think with Forever Black treatment on the bumpers it looks even better.
 

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I really don't want to alter the original color too much so I will probably repaint with a gunmetal grey after some weeks of treatment with 303.
 

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I'm a big fan of Carpro products and use the iron remover and ceramic coating on my 380sl. They have a product ( CQuartz Dlux) that I purchased for my trim, but haven't used it yet, as I'm just about to refurbish the whole car. I'll let you know how it works out on the grill.
For those interested: CQUARTZ DLUX Trim & Wheel Coating 30ml (Sky Kit)
 
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