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Old 11-12-2015, 08:31 PM
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Angry 560SL Black Pearl

I challenge anyone to offer a correct fix for the paint on my car that woun't shine or gloss.

It drove me so nuts, I had the car re-painted and re-clear coated. It still does not shine to my satisfaction.

Any resolutions out there?
1988 560SL
Black Pearl/Palamino
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:23 PM
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Was the car color sanded and polished after the new paint job?
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:22 PM
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I'm not so sure pearl has the same shine as regular paint.

There has to be a paint and body forum that could answer then be sure to post the results here.
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Old 03-03-2017, 03:29 PM
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Might have to polish the car.

1. Wash & Clay Bar
2. Heavy Cut
3. Medium Cut
4. Finishing Polish
5. Sealant
6. Wax

Take a look at this guide
Auto Detailing Guide - Detailed Image
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Old 03-04-2017, 03:47 AM
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Tom, what has the staff at the shop where you had your 560SL repainted said about your complaint? I had a Black Pearl Metallic 1992 300CE with original paint that had a fine shine to it ... not as deep & rich a color as a standard black, but more than acceptable for a metallic paint ... a great looking color.

A quality repaint should cost thousands of dollars, and you typically get what you pay for. So, unless you spent $4,000 to $5,000 you likely got what you paid for. Best to see some examples of a paint shop's work before signing a contract.
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