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Anyone have any online link references to see color changes on your vehicle? And no.. don't ask me because I'm not telling you what I'm thinking :D

R&D! :tu:
 

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mercedes 'build your vehicle'?
 

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Yes, "Build Your Own" on MBUSA.com is likely your best bet. A few alternatives:
  • If you simply want choices that the present MY (still 2013s for the US) like the MBUSA.com configurator, and you have an iPad, download the Mercedes app -- it allows one to change the exterior and interior color combos with and without the sports package. You can't "spin" the car, but it gives a pretty good representative that you can quickly use to change colors.
  • Try a bunch of Google searches ... I spent hours doing that to find real photos of my possible color combos from around the world. Once you get a hit with Google, select "Images" under teh Google search bar, then start scanning away with a good cup of coffee or your favorite beverage. A German enthusiast site that required Google to translate the pages into English, is what finally hooked me on my combo as it had the most photos in different color light I could find.
  • If you want a non-standard color, you're only other alternative is to use a photo editing program like Photoshop, Pixelmator, etc. to mock up a photo you have, mask out everything but your car, then play with color combinations until your R&D project is complete... Large learning curve on this alternative, and you'll have to outlay a bunch of cash for the software program if you don't already have one, hence why it's my last suggestion. ;)
 

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We should let Chicky do her R&D -- as its no place for gentlemen to rush a lady in their pursuit

...but for everyone else, my guess is she's on the hunt for some shade of yellow. It's non-standard these days for an SLK, but a certain member around these boards has made multiple references in the last few weeks and months for her love of that color. :D
 

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omg..tears running down my face in laughter.. you are such a smart man Bert.. lol lol lol.. can't stop lol'ing.

I actually saw the exact color I want because of another users signature this week.. and he has been gracious enough to share with me the color ;) Yes indeed.. Bella is going to be subject to many changes.. teehee.
 

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Tirerack.com, not sure if they still have it. I used to tried out their wheels but they give you to option to change car color.
 

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if anyone wants to really go to town with playing with colours, the best option is to buy a 3d model of the slk (eg http://www.turbosquid.com/Search/3D-Models/slk ) and use a 3d program like blender (http://www.blender.org/).

That would allow you to play to your hearts content with any colour combination you can think of and create a realistic render of it.
 

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Tirerack.com, not sure if they still have it. I used to tried out their wheels but they give you to option to change car color.
I read that as TieRack; I know they do some radical colour schemes, but on cars? D'oh!
 

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omg..tears running down my face in laughter.. you are such a smart man Bert.. lol lol lol.. can't stop lol'ing.

I actually saw the exact color I want because of another users signature this week.. and he has been gracious enough to share with me the color ;) Yes indeed.. Bella is going to be subject to many changes.. teehee.
What a chance to go for something radical.
Look at the candy and flake colours.
Look also at the different colours for tops, etc.

You know the stock colours for the R170; presumably you would avoid them, but some of the R172 colours look good, and would make a difference.
But a good paint-job is a significant investment that makes most of the mods on this site look cheap and trivial.
And don't forget the chance to fit body kits, bumpers and spoilers before painting.
Yum!
 

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Here's a SLS Black series in their new "Jetfighter Yellow" I believe this color is exclusive to this model. It's a bit more muted and darker than the R170's Sunburst Yellow.

 

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Candy colors? Flake colors? Show me!!
Pictures do not do these justice.
You will have to get some magazines (full of expensive modding images) and from there, you will have to visit the shows where cars with that sort of paint job are displayed.
But do be aware the change in the cost feels almost exponential, as each layer adds depth, colour and another effect.

You can visualise the primary effects, but the secondary (glancing light, shadow colours, etc) need examples.
 

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I very much agree with Tolak. Chicky, (assuming I may be so personal as to call you that again :)) if you are interested in custom paint, use the web to get yourself in a range, then you really, really, really MUST do physical and in-person inspections of what is possible. Don't waste your time or money with deciding on a color based on only what our PC monitor, Mac, iPhone, iPad, or android device is showing you. What is possible is not the same on the screen you are reading this or as it will be to your eyes in person. Possibilities are endless for those that are willing to explore their options in person. Be sure to look at the finish in different kinds of light, direct, shade, and what's in between. You own a luxury vehicle you seem passionate about, so do this right. My new Diamond White Metallic for example, looks completely different in the shade than it does in the direct sunlight -- almost as if it were two different colors. I would have never known that from my hours or days looking at web images, vs finally tracking one down in person and seeing it both ways thanks to my sales person moving cars around on the lot, when I asked if he could do that for me. Yes, I am into detail. It's the way I am. ;))

...for those of us like myself that are buying a brand new SLK from the factory (mine should enter the Panama Canal on Sunday -- not that I'm keeping close track on the ship or am overly anxious to take delivery at last), we buyers of new vehicles have a limited number of options, perhaps more if we're willing to wait even longer and pay the sometimes exorbitant amounts for designo, or even more for a true one-off that MBZ will do opposed to some other mfgrs if you can come up with the cash. You, on the other hand are in a different position. If I were you, I'd first decide on what mods --if any-- you want to make to your ride, like body kits, THEN think about color and explore color options on the web and from forums and contributors like us, THEN you really must hit some real car shows or even some of the big auctions where you can see the possibilities in person before making a final selection. Words and a computer monitor cannot completely describe what you would see in person or your vision of what you desire. What you are considering taking on should be done with THOUGHT and PASSION, not just allowing your desire to take priority. That perhaps subtle thing will make the world of difference to you in the end. While you are contemplating your decision, playing around with us and our written words, along with your Google searches -- my suggestion is you should research some local shows or perhaps auctions you can attend and make a vacation of them, so you get some real in-person up-and-personal explorations of your options. If you don't do that, you'll miss one of the few opportunities most of us could ever have in our lifetimes.

Good luck. It's really exciting what you are considering. I'm feeling like "Father Bert" here, so I should sign off for now ...just stay balanced so you get exactly what you want and can afford -- AFTER you have explored the possibilities. Don't jump into something before you're ready. Good luck, and I look forward to your continued updates on what transpires.
 

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I think your car is beautiful just the way it is. Now just having said that I know you're not me, but if I seriously wanted a car and interior that were a different color I would try to find that particular car (another SLK) in that color scheme that was a newer model. Maybe an R171? Yes, I'm biased! I say this because you have had to spend a chunk of change for repairs on Bella up to this point and I would hate to hear that you spent even more money on changing your car's paint color and interior only to find that you had to come up with additional money for repairs later down the road. I fully realize that there are economic variables at play here but just looking at things from a bigger picture.
 
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