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'83 Mercedes Paint - Clear Coat? #2678828
07/18/19 06:27 PM
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I've been looking at a Mercedes on CL. The pictures show a lot of "fog" on the upper surfaces of the paint. My understanding is that if it is single stage paint, it can probably be buffed out. But a clear coat means a paint job. Does anyone know what the '83 MB used?

Re: '83 Mercedes Paint - Clear Coat? [Re: Faust] #2678844
07/18/19 07:11 PM
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My memory recalls enamel back in that era.
It should rub as long as there's enough material remaining.

Re: '83 Mercedes Paint - Clear Coat? [Re: shinysidup] #2678876
07/18/19 08:55 PM
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Europe got onto the 2-stage paint before the US did, I've been told around the late 70s.
Originally their clear was like a varnish and would blister.
Then it was an acrylic enamel.
The test for single vs 2-stage was rubbing some fine sandpaper on it:
White transfer = clear, same color as the paint = single stage.
Problem with that is nobody's gonna let you do that to their car.
The fogginess could be the beginning of clear coat failure, before it starts to blister & peel.
Plan on it needing paint - or, you could do a wrap if the surface is perfectly smooth.
The more metallic a color has, the less receptive it is to cutting & buffing as far as bringing back color & depth.
Silver is about as metallic as colors get.

Re: '83 Mercedes Paint - Clear Coat? [Re: topside] #2679982
07/22/19 06:06 AM
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Prior to 1986, all colors were single stage as far as I know, 1986-1991 things started to mix. 91-95 all but black were clear coat, and 95+ all had clear

This what I have been told over the years

currently own

1980 240d - marina blue - single stage
1983 - 300cd TD- light ivory - single stage
1985 - 300d TD - light ivory - single stage


67 Dart GT Vert 273/904
72 Town & Country 440/727
90 D350 reg cab dually cummins
15 Scat Pack Challenger

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