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Old 11-22-2014, 07:42 PM
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Painting 97 C280 grille plastic

My 97 C280 has a plastic egg crate grille with aluminum trim strips, chrome body. The plastic is getting grainy ( can see glass strands ) and I'd like to paint it. I'd need some sort of matte / flat paint as shine might not look so good.

Any thoughts on color? Some sort of silvery gray would work but I'm not sure what shade. Argent a silvery sometimes metallic might work.

The car is 702 Smoke Silver so I'd be tempted to paint it that color.
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:18 AM
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The plastic bumper and trim parts on my W201 are all metallic base colours with no gloss top coat. This seems to be a common thing for the plastic bits.

There are, however, decent matte top coats out there that can give a bit more protection on top of the base coat.

As for colour I'd be wary of painting even more of the smoke silver, as you might end up with a very bland looking car. Young lads were painting everything matte black a few years back. But now even they think it is too gangster - it could be an option though off setting the silver.

If you are not sure about how things are going to look sprayable plastic products like plasti-dip can provide a quick and easy to remove way of changing colour. If you like the plasti-dip you can even buy a fixer that makes it a bit more durable (and harder to remove).
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:01 PM
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Smoke silver is more of a golden color with a bit of black that straight silver. Paint something silver, hold it over a fire, and let it carbon up a bit.

The grille has a chrome surround with 3 horz and 1 vert thin aluminum strips, just the checkered portion is plastic to be painted. .
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