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Location: Orange County, CA
Vehicle: 2008 SLK 55
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Here are the pictures.
I admit, the top part does look like scratches, but that I do not remember seeing and did not tell them about. Even still there would not be scratches there, I never touch that area.
You can see the plastic has come off not only in the area to the right of the volumn control, but also on the bevel for the screen. It arcs along the volumn, but that is because I was cleaning with a soft towel and water to get the little nubs of plastic sticking up off.
Do not try to clean nor scrub any more, other than light touch/dabbing with damp & clean microfiber cloth. I have some thing quite similar near the down menu button on the steering wheel controls but I believe it's from me pushing the butons in that area several times a day. My guess is that the skin oil, sunlight with roof down and heat over time may degrade the flat paint used.
If you're handy, you can mask around the area and use an air brush to spray clear flat in several coats to protect it from getting worse.
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Pewter(cubanitsilber metallic)/Beige, PIII package, Airscarf, Hands-Free Communication System, Lighting package; Designo Black Leather Cover on e-brake handle(Thank you Bill T), SmartTop v3.x, John's 3BFM, M113 AMG OEM air filters, Modified R170 ant., clear side-markers & front parking lamps w/error-free LEDs, chromed front & rear turn indicator lamps, steel mesh at battery bay cover & cabin air intake, sock-over-seatbelt buckles, belt-loop guide protectors, Lamin-X fog lamp protectors, bilateral rear fog lamps enabled, AMG crest on gear shift knob