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Newer MBs come with clear-coated paint but you can buy single stage paint mixed to 040 formula.
I would think the clear-coat 040 could provide a deeper shine. I wonder when they switched from single-stage solid colors like black and midnight blue?
When I had my 67 230SL stripped, gel-coated, blocked smooth, then refinished with a two-stage it was about 1996 and the paint shop suggested the two-stage 040, then supposedly used on W140 models.
25 years later it still looks beautiful, but I'd like to try the CG Slick Finish Cleaner Wax and then CG Black like OP.
 

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Man, that looks NICE!.. CG's are hosting a Cars & Coffee near me tomorrow. I would go but I'm going over to Droidster's to help him troubleshoot his nasty idle. I'll try to go next month.
 

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I would think the clear-coat 040 could provide a deeper shine. I wonder when they switched from single-stage solid colors like black and midnight blue?
When I had my 67 230SL stripped, gel-coated, blocked smooth, then refinished with a two-stage it was about 1996 and the paint shop suggested the two-stage 040, then supposedly used on W140 models.
25 years later it still looks beautiful, but I'd like to try the CG Slick Finish Cleaner Wax and then CG Black like OP.
Nice.

Most places recommend clear coat. I think it has to do with the paint changing formulas over the years. Glasurite (Sp) was the original paint supplier to MB back in the day for the single stage colors. They have since been bought out and the formulas have changed either to save money or to comply with environmental regulations. The newer single stage Gasurite is reportedly not as good.

2 stage is also an inexpensive way to build the paint thickness, especially with expensive colors like red.
 
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