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View Poll Results: Should I Blacken the Badges?
Yes, Mirror Black Lettering 5 23.81%
Yes, Dull Black Lettering 4 19.05%
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Just debadge it and be done with it! LOL 3 14.29%
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Black Badging

I know people de-badge their cars but what about instead of debadging the silver lettering, how about BLACK lettering.

Most my car is blacked out except for the rims, the lettering on the back and the MB symbol in the front Black grill.

Would Shiny mirror finish Black or even Dull Black lettering look ok?

I would like to loose the Silver off the car by getting Black rims but not sure what to do about the Badging color. I would like to keep the badges on the car.

What do you all suggest and are Black badges avail or will I need to paint the ones I have?


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I've never seen them before, I guess you'll have to take them off and paint them to find out, if you don't like it, there's plenty of cheap chrome MB badges on ebay. How bout some carbon fiber ones, I don't know, just giving you other choices.

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Carbon fiber...Good idea for me to look into.

Good idea about Ebay. I can buy some and experiment with them.


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I had graphite / gun metal lettering on my black Lexus GS300. It looked great and was just thinking yesterday how sweet that would like on my 55. I have seen gun metal lettering on other MB's here in the valley. Not sure if they were custom made or ordered through MB. I'll try to find a picture of the rear of the Lexus.


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Fellow here that gold plates such. When I paint my SLK Storm Red, I will have the badges Gold Plated. Now that will make me the grand pooh pah of red necks. per color, hmmm proble I would do flat black with flat black rims with copper outside rim flange, be sure to add coon tail and whip antiner. BTW, most chrome shops can do bout any color you want, part of the chrome process is blackened then zinked. Call a chrome shop for advice. My next choice would be powder coat, simple easy, do it yourself packages available on line, use your friends oven not yours. Or call any shop that does powder coat. I did a Nomad chassis last year gloss black, turned out purdy.
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I like the idea of subdue lettering. I'm sure the exterior color would be a factor. Light to medium color exterior would work, not so sure about dark colors. I think a matte black, not flat black, lettering color would work best. Speaking of lettering, I wish MB would go with a flat decal for their rear lettering.
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I would leave them chrome as they came from the factory.

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I know Brabus make black badges but not for all the models but they might be able to help out, prob serious $ involved with them tho.

Might be easier to do the work yourself.

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I would leave them chrome as they came from the factory.
I have to agree with Mo. I think the chrome gives it a distinctive look against the copper. I may think differently with a different color, but definately not the copper.

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I have to agree with Mo. I think the chrome gives it a distinctive look against the copper. I may think differently with a different color, but definately not the copper.
per is a luxury colour nothing sporty and easy to mix and match with.
If I had a per car I would stick with certain tuners and designs ie Brabus, Carlsson etc

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I said yes. Not because i think it's a greast ideal just becuase I'd like to see pics and make my judgement. Nice have other people try things out.
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I said yes. Not because i think it's a greast ideal just becuase I'd like to see pics and make my judgement. Nice have other people try things out.
I'm with easty, I like it when people becomes creative and take risk in modding their cars. Sometimes it comes out nice and sometimes it doesn't but you don't know until you try.

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Easiest would be just to order a new set of badges, an have them painted. I don't like the idea of a flat decal, seems kinda cheap to me.


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The Dealer says they only come Silver from Mercedes.

I am looking into my options to darken them.

Next item I need a solution for is extra thin double sided tape for reapplication. I have checked a few places and no one has it.

Any ideas?
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Actually, you dont' want REALLY thin tape. if you look at the MB stuff it's about 2 mms thick. Get 3M trim tape. Works great. Also, it's really REALLY not a big deal to darken the trim. Get self etching primer, VERY light coat, and then spray paint any colour you want. Neon pink, Black, Brown, Gray, whatever.


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Great info!
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i voted for black mirror, because i think it would look sick on my black car!
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i thought of doing this too, i even tried to photoshop it (didn't work too well). i decided to stay with the chrome since i have chrome rims on the car.
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any other colour i would say no, leave it alone. But black against yuor colour looks superb! I would gof or blackening the MB logos front and black. would look very good in my opinion. then get the AMG wheels and paint centres black, with chrome lip.
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speaking of gold plating. I was heavily into the VAG scene. (Volkswagon Audi Group) and use to travel UK France for shows. Goldplating was used alot for engine bays, especially for the mk2 golf boys, and also on wheel bolts and door hinges. looks amazing and ios actually the best conductor.
must cost a fortune, and keeping it clean would kill you.
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