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Old 06-12-2017, 11:40 PM
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What white is this?

Hello all,
I'm going to later in the summer embark on the journey of repainting my 300D, DIY.
I'm curious if anyone can confirm in some pics the original "white" issued by mercedes.

However, i'm not hell bent on using the original white. I just want to be able to decide on a white/off-white based on pics i see.

Here is one pic of what i believe is an original but am not 100% sure..
And here is a pic that many of you have seen in the past, which maybe is also original?

When you look up white (Classic White 737) in the Mercedes paint listings displayed by paint sellers (such as, the sample block appears as a light cream/beige rather than an actual white. But the white in the pics of these cars sure seem white as white can be!

Has anyone ever chosen a white for their Mercedes that had no reference to the mercedes classic white and was just a plain great looking white?

Would it be wise to go with a completely modern white paint made by mercedes and ignore the vintage versions of whites? Or are they the same?
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Old 06-13-2017, 05:26 PM
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Working subtle shades of colors through a digital camera and monitor is near impossible.

If you go to an automotive paint store, they have stock color charts that might net what you are looking for. Do you have the color code from the radiator support? I posted a color chart here ( post 7 ) W210 paint code

Unless you paint all door jambs and other semi exposed places, the car will look like a color change repaint.
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:16 AM
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Colors appear different in various external light sources. Fluorescent gives it a "cooler" effect (more blue, less red/warmth) whereas incandescent typically gives it a "warmer" color. This, and the white balance settings of digital cameras may alter the colors in photographs.

In your examples, those are definitely classic white. There are very minimal tonal differences in white so they appear similar enough in those conditions.

The first photo looks like overcast low light, and the second photo looks slightly cloudy (hazy) but with high amounts of light.
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