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I am considering re-painting my G using an exclusive paint from Standox or Mobihel (463 G400CDI, currently it is Obsydian Black).

I am tempted by "green ocean" from Mobihel, a color which looks green or blue, in different shades, depending of the angle of view and the light (it is imposible to put it on a picture on the computer).

I have a doubt because I don't know how the new color will fit the G design.

I am wondering what color/colors best fit G design?

Christian
 

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christian_g - 5/13/2005 7:42 AM

I am considering re-painting my G using an exclusive paint from Standox or Mobihel (463 G400CDI, currently it is Obsydian Black).

I am wondering what color/colors best fit G design?

Christian
I have Obsidian Black and like it. I'm sure you'll get almost as many different suggestions as responders.

Why the repaint? If it's a G400CDI, it still has to be pretty new.
 

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In my opinion, white or metallic silver.
 

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If you go off-road, then get white (hides scratches the best but hard to keep clean) or silver. If not, then black always looks good on a G.

In general, silver is a good color for most cars.
 

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We own one of the most unique vehicles in the world but most people own black or silver. Go figure!
A friend of mine bought a G500. Jokingly I asked,black or silver? Black he replied.
JMO, but be adventurous.
 

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It pretty clear that the color you need is 6834 Moosgreen Metalic!
 

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christian_g - 5/13/2005 7:42 AM
....I am wondering what color/colors best fit G design?....
The thing you have to be careful of with the G is that whatever color you choose, there's a LOT of it. I think that's part of why a lot of people like black, for the same reason that black is "slimming" in clothing, I think somehow a G in black looks like less of a big brick.

Silver has always been Mercedes racing colors (have to throw in my off topic plug here Thanks Mika for the F1 win last week!) I always think a mercedes looks good in metalic silver and the G's no exception.

I don't envy your task. Back when our friend Q was trying to decide what color to paint G-zilla, we had color discussions 3 or 4 different times, complete with Photoshop templates to get an idea of what it looked like in real life. We never did come up with anything that said, THAT'S IT!!! -so it stayed rattle-can black till the day he sold it.

Good luck!

-Dave G.

PS - Mine is a custom job by the original Saudi Arabian owner back in '81 that has carried through the two subsequent significant owners (Erwin and I). I like the uniqueness of the 2-tone, the practicality of the silver roof (reflect sun's heat), and the break-up that two colors offer (similar to black effect mentioned earlier). I wouldn't change it, but it's sure not for everyone.
 

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Well, there is no real "best" colour, because everyone has his own taste. I've seen lots of G's and of course, those who catched my eye, had a special painting, because these are rare.
Cool is the colour from the Model 2000, changes between black and purple, some days ago I saw a Tectite metallic ( kind of grey ), normally it is not a real eye catcher, but this one had a 2 colour leather and interior ( black and light brown leather ), and in THIS combination it was ultra good ( Designo Fitted ). For normal life I prefer a colour which doesn't make me mad when no car wash is in my area ...[;)]
 

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Hi,

Midnight Blue (904)
Obsidian Black (197)
Black (040)

I think these colors look the best on a G-Wagen.

For me, white is the WORST by far. It looks like
a big refrigerator on wheels. Horrible. [xx(]

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67SEL - 5/13/2005 3:20 PM

For me, white is the WORST by far. It looks like
a big refrigerator on wheels. Horrible. [xx(]
And the black makes it look like a big safe on wheels. [:D]
 

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DUTCH - 5/13/2005 3:40 PM

67SEL - 5/13/2005 3:20 PM

For me, white is the WORST by far. It looks like
a big refrigerator on wheels. Horrible. [xx(]
And the black makes it look like a big safe on wheels. [:D]
Excellent comparison. I prefer to be in a big safe
instead of a big refrigerator when I'm on the road.

Hans
2000 Saab 9.5 Aero (black of course) daily driver[:)]
 

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I like Obsidian Black. It is a matter of everybody's taste, but if it were only taste why will we need designers? At the same time, I am wondering who designed that white refrigerator on wheels? [:)]

The only thing is that it looks clean only the next day after washing it. Also the exclusive colors from Standox look great and I want to improve the look of the car.

Thanks for the tip Frode! I was worried what a scratch means on this king of paints. I will think again.

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christian_g - 5/14/2005 4:03 AM


Thanks for the tip Frode! I was worried what a scratch means on this king of paints. I will think again.

Christian
Here in Norway the paint of my car costs approx. ten times more then regular paint. This winter a guy made some damage on a door. The repair was estimated to ~2500 US$ or 2000 euros. Around half of it was for the paint. It's only available in 1 litre boxes, so for a small scratch your workshop has to buy a whole box. Guess who's got to pay for it!


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Black Opal or Tectite Grey

I would keep the color close to what you have as well. It makes it easier to match the engine compartment and door jams.

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Keeping it the stock or the original color makes the most sense to me. It makes a color match at a shop easy if there is some damage in the future and also retains the highest resale value. My truck is a grey anthricite that happens to be an exact paint code match to my wife's TD. Very convenient. Those codes are a worldwide system so if you change the paint choose an MB code so an exact match can be made. When I had the windshield area painted on my truck the shop I used dropped a paint chip sample on the truck and it disapeared. An exact match. Try to use BASF or GlasUrit paint with a painter that has a booth that can be heated to the temperatures that will finish the catalyst process.

-Dai
 
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