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Old 10-29-2002, 12:01 AM
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Man oh man, there's a fortune to be made here. I have yet to hear of anyone with a Mercedes center console that DOESN'T have hairline cracks in it within a few years. (A real oversight by Daimler IMHO).

Is there anyone out there that "stamps-out" zebrano & burlwood replacements at a reasonable price? I'd guess they'd sell like hotcakes!

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Old 10-30-2002, 08:52 AM
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Talking Fake woodgrain panels

I find this wood looking stuff in the new Toyota Corolla, but think its just cheap plastic with a printed surface if I'm not wrong. This would be the way to overcome the weakness of veneer wood subjected to direct sunlight and heat. It would cost less and need only some moulds and plastic injection machinery. The wood grain I presume can be printed on by whichever way convenient. Someone doing this can incorporate an adhesive backing making it easy for anyone to handle.
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Old 10-30-2002, 12:50 PM
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Cool

I'm sure plastic would solve the problem; but I suspect most --myself included--would never go for it. (For all of the great engineering that exists under the hood, it's the vehicle's fine wood and genuine leather that one actually sees and contacts every day.)

What I'm asking is if there isn't some way to treat/reinforce the wood (directly or indirectly through the finish) that would impede cracking.

Furthermore, I'm not so sure that sunlight is the sole culprit. Seems to me that the vast majority of owners--including those who garage their Benzes--eventually wind up with damaged shift panels. (No doubt greater contact and resulting stresses on the wood here are to blame.) And, to the extent that sunlight is at fault, aren't there UV blocking polyurethanes on the market?

I contend that there MUST be a some practical--and reasonably priced--way to prevent this ubiquitous problem.

Anyone out there knowledgable about exotic woods that can shed some light on this peeve of mine???
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I have a cracked panel on my '91 w124. Unfortunately, a detailer (I just had my Benz painted) knocked a pinkie-size chip off the plastic coating next to the mirror control.

I wanted to fill the raw divot with a clear finish. Do you recommend a polyurethane laquer, or another treatment?
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Old 11-02-2002, 08:04 PM
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Arrow Replacing your "divot"

Your post implies that only the finish was damaged and not the underlying wood. If so, all you're trying to do is build up enough of a coating to match the undamaged portion.

I've used high gloss polyurethane on one of my panels with pretty good results.

I'd definitely remove the panel before working on it. (You'll get much better results if you lay the wood out flat--on a level surface.)

Obviously, make sure the area where you work on the wood is spotless: dust and other debris are real no-no's. Apply a thin coat of the polyurethane (I used Minwax(TM) brand, but I suspect it doesn't matter) to the damaged corner using a fresh brush (those little touch-up brushes work pretty well.)

Let it dry overnight.

When dry, with a very fine grit sandpaper, carefully rub the repaired area LIGHTLY to prepare the surface for the next coat. Clean away the resulting dust with a damp, lint-free cloth; dry; and apply the next coat of the polyurethane.

Two coats may be all you need, but if the repaired corner is still not level with the surrounding surfaces, then repeat the process until you're satisfied.

Remember: "Patience is a virtue" here! Don't rush the process by "glomming-on" too much polyurethane at once. Take your time and I think you'll be reasonably satisfied with the outcome.

Good luck. And, let us know how it goes...
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Thanks for the suggestion. That's just the kind of advice I was hoping for. Patience. I got it. I'll let you know how it works out.
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Old post...

A 300CE I once owned had too many cracks in the clear coat finish, even on the shift knob.

I sanded them complete down, and in the process sanded the stain out of it that made it lighter.
Instead of re-staining I applied a few coats of poly clear. Of course you could re-stain it to look darker




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