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Ok im glad that its just the boot,when mine was in for painting there was a nearly new b class in for inspection,the painter that i spoke to said that it was getting beyond belief there was so many cars affected by this blistering problem and its right across the whole range.
I'm REALLY hoping that it's only the boot, however would not make sense if it would not happen on other panels.
If I'm right than the cars are painted with doors, boot and bonet attached to the body in the factory.
The other possibility is that it had been been painted already after the factory.

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This is how it looks... very hard to capture.
Its closer to the spoiler and it's limited to maybe 2 palm size area going along only near the spoiler from right to left, but not all the way.
Its not even on other areas of the boot.

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This is how it looks... very hard to capture.
Its closer to the spoiler and it's limited to maybe 2 palm size area going along only near the spoiler from right to left, but not all the way.
Its not even on other areas of the boot.

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Do you know if the spoiler is factory fitted?
Just wondering if someone added it later and used the wrong degreaser.
That might aggravate the problem.

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Actually the spoiler was added by me.the degreaser I used was this.
I do not think that would do this.
If it has than I would actually be in the clear as I could get that repaired and just be annoyed with my self for a week to spend on self inflicted damage.

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Its not you mate thats how it starts,have you tried a bit of pressure on them with your finger nail i bet they are soft mine were,just get it to the dealer mate its a full strip and repaint anyway
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Yes... they are soft.going to pop in to Manchester Mercedes next monday.i want my car serviced there anyway.so I will ask them to look at it.

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Actually the spoiler was added by me.the degreaser I used was this.
I do not think that would do this.
If it has than I would actually be in the clear as I could get that repaired and just be annoyed with my self for a week to spend on self inflicted damage.

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Its not you mate thats how it starts,have you tried a bit of pressure on them with your finger nail i bet they are soft mine were,just get it to the dealer mate its a full strip and repaint anyway
It was just a thought.

There is no doubting that this is an unfortunately common issue with red in the uk.
Darn shame as red suits most MB models.

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We heard this week - MB have finally decided how to proceed on the paint issue. They'll want our car for a MONTH, it seems, so we've told them they can have it after the summer is over. This is the same week we paid the balloon and it's now OURS, but MB have accepted the paint problem already, and also a leak in the roof which we thought just needed a new rubber seal but apparently they want it for a whole week and will take the roof off completely and re-fit. Good job that's under warranty!! This, too, they have "owned" before we paid for the car.
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Ok that may well be in the USA. But I can assure you that Mercedes Benz UK dont give a flying ****. Yes I have been told I will have my car resprayed but can I get any comunication with the company direct? NO. they refuse to answer any on my emails or registered letters. I will NOT be buying another Mercedes.
What use is a resprayed car? Who will want to buy it? I know I wouldnt. Would you?
If it's resprayed properly, in the same colour, no-one need ever know!

If it's a duff job, reject it.
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If it's resprayed properly, in the same colour, no-one need ever know!

If it's a duff job, reject it.

Mine was a fantastic paint job, looked a amazing and got a 3 year paint warranty.
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Thank you for that, confirmation that the problem still exists and is relatively common - Red apparently being a weak colour. The paint structure (water based?) doesn't help either.

So 'Cavansite Blue' ok thus far?

Thanks to all for your contributions - the helping hand still ready and willing.
Hi, my Cavansite Blue 2011 R172 is just fine.
No paint issues other than a few scratches from poor cleaning methods in the past.
Lovely when it's clean but a challenge to keep it that way.
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Mine was a fantastic paint job, looked a amazing and got a 3 year paint warranty.
And then in 11 months time the paint blisters again and you go through the whole rotten process.
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And then in 11 months time the paint blisters again and you go through the whole rotten process.
Just wondering here (I have black unit): if this mars red is such a issue, can you not get it painted in a slightly different colour (not red) but still be complimentary to the interior? If no other colours have this problem???

Never had to go through this so I don't know the hoops you have to go through (other than what I've read here).


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And then in 11 months time the paint blisters again and you go through the whole rotten process.
Don't have to worry about that anymore each time its repainted new 3 year paint warranty. OK new owner won't, I decided to let it go nothing but trouble, most unreliable car I have ever had and after 2 years got shot.
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Just wondering here (I have black unit): if this mars red is such a issue, can you not get it painted in a slightly different colour (not red) but still be complimentary to the interior? If no other colours have this problem???

Never had to go through this so I don't know the hoops you have to go through (other than what I've read here).
Not sure if that would help other members have said it would need new panels to cure the problem.
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Not sure if that would help other members have said it would need new panels to cure the problem.
What would you do under the bonnet (hood)change that aswell
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Why on earth can't MB come with a similar colour that is NOT a problem? I see many other makes in red that have never heard of a problem! I know someone with a 12 yeard old Ford Fiest in red that is still perfect! Much as I LOVE Fire Opel, there is no way I would risk it now! It sems to me that MB just don't care! Great shame.
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So I quit!
The Fire Opal SLK is now no more to be found in the locality.
And here's why:
'My memory of the problem (and I am trying to suppress that memory...!!) is that it affected the entire car, metal and plastic. The ENTIRE car was resprayed (by and courtesy of MB). Trying to get a match between new paint on metal and old paint on plastic may have been a factor, but my abiding memory is the discovery of 'pimples' on every surface. They appeared virtually overnight after we had owned the car for twelve months. And the car was three years old when we bought it, unpimpled! from a Merc Main Dealer.
A close chum bought his Fire Opal car brand new, and his grin (well, not too wide) of schadenfreude) when he learned of the pimple pox on our car rapidly faded when his four year old car suddenly suffered the same fate.'
Dismantling any car, particularly such a technically sophisticated car as an SLK, will ALWAYS produce a car which is problematic. Ours was returned 23 (Yes: Twenty-three!!) times to MB and still the problems mounted. No more are they (well, at least those in particular...) our problems.
Of course there is still the 'main-liner' addiction to the drop-top, and an attempted weaning with a return to a silver car!!
But back on the Fire Opal topic:
'Many theories have been advanced regarding the cause. Evidence, in particular the lack of any official comment from the manufacturer which has resprayed vast numbers of Fire Opal cars, points the finger directly at the factory.
The real question is; why are they continuing to sell cars of that colour of whatever age through their network to unsuspecting members of the public?!
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OK just read 25 pages, 498 posts on this thread. PeterRoberts I feel ALL of your PAIN, although ours is different we bought a "Certified Warranty" 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Black on Black with 26,200 miles on the odometer and last month my wife complained about the roof was leaking rain water on her when she was driving in the rain. So I told her lets take it to the Dealership and have them fix it under warranty. Well the service advisor tells us that the "Top is Warped and is Mis-aligned" and that the seam in the panel top needs to be replaced and it ONLY comes when you buy a NEW TOP that INCLUDES the SEAM on the TOP Panel Piece and IT'S NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY, cost to repair $4,700 plus the Labor to do the job.

Well I went online and found a Glass Top Panel piece that MB started replacing these Tops due to either To Cold of Climates or To Hot of Climates like here in South Florida, Mercedes Started replacing these top panel pieces in Dec. of 2012. Ours being a 2013 must have been made sometime in 2012 before Dec. lucky us. Anyway I was not going to replace the Hardtop with the same one again just to have it happen again to the car in 6 months in our climate. So I went searching online and found a slightly used glass top panel piece that fit our car and had it shipped from California to S. Florida some 2,500 miles by via FedEx. The day it arrived looked for damages before I signed for it and the Glass was Good, but I failed to noticed the corners were damaged and needed repairs if it was going to work right. So my Paint and Body man said he could fix it and prime coat it and paint it Black to match the car for $150.

The Glass Top Panel cost me $1,260 plus $150 for repairs and paint and 2 Seals under the Roof cost me $337.08. Total Job cost me $1,747.08 and I did the work myself of installing the Top Panel Piece and it works beautifully again. Had installer that wanted to charge me $500 for putting the top on, so I save that money and did it myself. Now all I need is the Inside Headliner piece that frames the Sunroof / Moonroof part and job is complete.

I completely understand your frustration with MB and I don't know how this is not covered under warranty since MB themselves started replacing these top with glass ones in Dec. of 2012. This car was still under the Manufacturers Warranty but NO was the Answer from the MB Service Dept.

Regardless my wife is happy with her car again and this is the 2nd MB SLK we have purchased from them, use to have the 320 before this one. My BIGGEST pet peeve with Mercedes is that they KEEP all of there PARTS SECRET so there's no way to find out what you need on searches online. Now with my Ford Trucks I can find all I ever wanted to replace parts. Anyway Good Luck with the Sale of your Car, as I know your frustration all to much.

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