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Old 08-07-1999, 07:20 PM
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I've noticed older MBs from 1980's with original paint that has held up better then 1990s era cars with clear coats peeling off on the roof and hoods.

My '81 300SD w/ 190,000 miles, dispite many touched up nicks and small dings, still has enough shine on it to look new and is about to get a dose of Maguires for good measure.

What type of paint did they use and what should be requested when repainting ?
It seems clear coat is standard practice at bodyshop these days. (Probably more cost effective.)

Are new MBs using clear coat as well ?

Also, I've seen warnings about not using silicone based waxe/polish if the car is to be repainted later. (Makes the job more difficult ?) Is Maguires one of them ?


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Old 08-09-1999, 05:39 PM
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I'm not sure of the specific chemical differences in the composition of the new vs old paints. The showroom cars of today use a thinner basecoat and a thicker clearcoat than the early 90's cars. The pre-90's cars simply had thicker paint. As far as overall durability goes, that is more dependent on lifetime care. With proper or inproper care you can burn a finish overnight or make it last a 1/4 million miles. (or more) Any bodyshop that is well versed in MB should use paint that is very similar, if not identical, to your car's finish. There are always bad/cheap bodyshops, but ask around your local MBCA chapter and find out who they recommend. As far as I know, Meguiar's does not use silicone in their exterior treatments. If you have had a panel recently repainted you will not want to wax for at least a month. Wash all you like, just don't wax for the first month.

Hope this helps...Lee
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Old 08-09-1999, 10:29 PM
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Thanks !!
By the way, ordered Flitz direct.
Anxious to try the stuff.

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