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Old 09-09-2009, 07:37 PM
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Two different coloured cladding!

I swear, the drivers side cladding on my car is a dark grey where as the passenger side is a light grey.. pics will follow soon
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:37 PM
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Probably sun faded.
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:39 PM
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Yeah if it was always parked in the sun in the same place, one side probably got hit a lot more by the sun.
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:40 PM
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Probably sun faded.
no its cant be, it would be impossible to have one side dark grey and one side light grey since the car is outside all the time(well in a garage when hatty had it)
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:59 PM
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If for a large part of its life it was parked in an outdoor parking lot during the day where only one side of the car faced south and the other north, then it could very well be sun faded, doesn't matter if it was garaged with hatty or how you have parked it, the prior 15+ years to that are unaccounted for.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:24 PM
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the lighting isnt good right now to do it but seriously something is amiss.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:41 PM
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I know someone who has matching cladding.....
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:14 AM
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i cant afford shipping all of that cladding.. my best bet it so just watch the yards for a LWB W126 with perfect cladding(and front bumper) buy it all and swap it all on.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:07 AM
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Sounds like a "previous owner" may have replaced some things.......
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:33 AM
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Some people take the cladding and bumpers off and have it all painted.

My mom scraped her front bumper, ruined a wheel, and scraped her side cladding one day on a tall curb - at freeway speeds. Anyway it messed up the look of her car pretty bad. When her insurance repaired it they filled in the gouges, painted the entire front bumper cover and all the side cladding on the right side of her car. Only the front fender and front door sections got scraped, but they painted the whole side of her car, except for the rear bumper section. It was never a perfect match with the rear bumper on the passenger side, or the front bumper on the driver's side. Most people never noticed, but I did every time I walked up to to her car. The newly painted sections were always slightly darker and glossier than the original, which still resided on the driver's side of her car.

Anyways, what I'm trying to get at is that one side of the car could have had the cladding repainted or replaced at one point.

The other point I'm trying to make is that repainting them is a good idea. And not particularly difficult.

It's even something that's not that difficult to do on your own. I'm going to tackle it this winter on my Lexus. I repainted my alloy wheels 2 winters ago. The only damaged part is a bad scrape on my front bumper, but I've bought enough paint and clear coat to do both bumper covers and all the cladding, so it all matches. I've seen it done many times when I sold cars. It doesn't look that difficult. What could possibly go wrong?
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:34 AM
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Yeah, why not just pull the cladding and repaint it all? My dad did that on one of his SD's....looks pretty decent.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:48 PM
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Personally I like the monochrome look of bumpers/cladding matching the body, ... if you're spraying anyway.

Which side matches the bumpers?
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Old 09-10-2009, 05:34 PM
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i cant afford shipping all of that cladding.. my best bet it so just watch the yards for a LWB W126 with perfect cladding(and front bumper) buy it all and swap it all on.
There is a 380SEL in the Jerry's Auto Salvage yard in Orlando as of yesterday. I don't recall if it had early or late style cladding though...
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Old 09-10-2009, 05:45 PM
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A 380 is a Gen I car right?

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Old 09-10-2009, 06:20 PM
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There is a 380SEL in the Jerry's Auto Salvage yard in Orlando as of yesterday. I don't recall if it had early or late style cladding though...
I do think my SDL is GENII...

with 10 hours a week at work(stupid economy) I cant really repaint them.. which ever is cheapest for when I have spare money..

I need to pretty much replace all of the cladding since all of them are wrecked in some form. But I can probably repair them all(except the drivers side rear(smallest piece)) with fiberglass. The front bumper can probably be glassed but I am not sure.
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