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Is color matching done by replacing the whole bottom half moldings into black moldings? Or can those teflon grey molding be painted black at body shops? Some guys in the forum said they did the color matching with a spray can.

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Side view that shows the moldings better - - - >
 

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you keep calling them teflon, but they're plastic. you can paint them, and many people have. i would ask a body shop to do it instead of attacking it with a spray can -- but it's your car...

btw, are those gold stars on your chrome wheels? if yes, you might want to replace them with chrome stars (or have these ones chromed while you're getting your body cladding painted), because gold and silver clash (kinda like black and navy, or black and dark brown, or red and orange...). of course, now we're venturing into metro territory...
 

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janos_z said:
you keep calling them teflon, but they're plastic. you can paint them, and many people have. i would ask a body shop to do it instead of attacking it with a spray can -- but it's your car...

btw, are those gold stars on your chrome wheels? if yes, you might want to replace them with chrome stars (or have these ones chromed while you're getting your body cladding painted), because gold and silver clash (kinda like black and navy, or black and dark brown, or red and orange...). of course, now we're venturing into metro territory...
Thanks for the suggestion. Btw, yes they are gold stars (ha ha which you never see these days) which came with those chrome rims, and they are stock when I drove it out from the dealer in 1991. I didn't know that the gold stars could be chromed out. I blacked out the grille frame, and there sits a gold star emblem. I need to paint it black to match the grille frame or something, but I also have a faded gold star in the back too.

Do you happen to have the paint code for the moldings? My car is jet black or triple black, according the body shop that did the paint work a couple of years back. Now, does the color on the moldings have to exactly match the body color or does it look better with lighter or darker color?
 

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They can surely be painted! Did it to mine!

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Keep it same color as the body?

cesmallz said:
The website to get the right paint color for your clading is this http://paintscratch.com/
Thanks for that site. Do I need to keep it the same color as the body? Or keep it a little darker or lighter?
 

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you don't need to do either -- it's your car, your canvas -- do with it whatever you think looks best. personally, i'd paint it the same color as the body. the paint code is also available through your dealer by giving them your VIN, or by locating the paint code on the metal plate in the front of the engine compartment (but i forget which numbers stand for the paint code, so someone else will have to help out here). though, honestly, if your car is black, it's black -- you won't have as much trouble matching the paint as if it were "desert taupe metallic" for example (my car)...
 

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I would most certaily just go the same black as the top half.. and have that chrome strip down the side which would look slick..

Would you guys suggest I colour code my car? I like the two tone and most people do.. I'm getting the bumpers colour matched in a couple of weeks..sorry for bad angle i really need to take a full side on pic. but you get the jist..
 

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I would most certaily just go the same black as the top half.. and have that chrome strip down the side which would look slick..

Would you guys suggest I colour code my car? I like the two tone and most people do.. I'm getting the bumpers colour matched in a couple of weeks..sorry for bad angle i really need to take a full side on pic. but you get the jist..
For your car, that off-white on the lower bottom looks elegant as is, in my opinion. Are you gonna strip down your chrome moldings running along side the top of the off-white?
 

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The molding are painted and not coloured naturally. So yes you can paint them as you like.

Check this page for the code (all W124 paint there)... a must have!

http://www.meinbenz.de/farben/farbcodes.htm

ps: on the right column, you have the paint code for the molding
 
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