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The black/anthracite interior of my SLK is in gorgeous condition. However, I noticed in the six months that we've had it that there are several finger nail marks on the finish of the door pulls. I've also seen several SLK's where the finish on the door pulls was almost completely worn off and have read several posts here about having to refinish the fragile interior. So in trying to do a preemptive strike, my wife made a couple of partial covers for the door pulls in order to avoid having to redo any of the interior for a long time. They actually look better in place than they do in the photo, but I think they will do the job they are intended to do. It is just Velcroed in place, so it is easily removable.
 

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I have the same interior, except for the wood and the wear is showing at the same place. I guess Mercedes designed these parts to be handled with gloved hands!

Your info shows your car has 18,000 miles... Is this still true?
 

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Just updated my details - just over 19,500 miles now.

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Mine is doing that too...mostly on wifes side of car where her rings dig into it when she opens door. I have also found that her ring leaves marks on paint on inside of door handle on the outside of the car.:( (Insentive for me to always open the door for her! LOL)

Great idea on the door handle cover. (Maybe you could make a bunch and sell them in the SLKWorld store???)
 

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These kind of things give me the same feeling as the hood-bra's. To protect something you cover it up with something that doesnt look good, making the car look like a cheap piece of ----. So now you have a nice interior but a weird cover around the door handle. Sure that protects it but how much does a new handle cost when it is worn out? It's only connected to the door-panel with 2 screws, not hard to replace. I wouldnt go for this option, just use the car as intended and if it does look bad just replace that part if you want it to look good again.
 

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Nick - I totally understand your disdain for what I have done. I know that I sometimes see things folks do to their cars and wonder "What the hell were they thinking." Guess this falls into that category for you and that's okay. I'm going to run with it for the time being and see if I get used to it, like it or come around to your point of view.

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I think it looks great. I'd also bet you could get some place to create a dye to match the interior color if you wanted to go that far.
 

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I'm going to run with it for the time being and see if I get used to it, like it or come around to your point of view.
Didnt mean to offend anyone, its your car so you should do with it whatever you want ofcourse! Just not my cup of tea. Anyway, on days like these (lot of sun) I'm reminded of why I bought my SLK R)
 
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