I know this doesn't help, but it might help someone out there. I had been looking UK-wide for an SLK, I initially wanted Obsidian Black, but someone found me a Fire Opal Red one and I got my head around it as it looked so nice. Fortunately, a friend works for MB and refused point blank to sell me it due to potential paint issues (would happily - and did - sell to someone else....)Hi Botto
Unfortunately not I think. I believe it’s common to all FOR metal panels on all classes of cars painted in the same factory over all years.
If the ultraviolet light theory is correct I believe that it’s just a matter of time and exposure till it catches up with you. How long that might take I've no idea, maybe never?
It’s a dilemma isn’t it?
My advice for what it’s worth.
If you don’t have an MB Warranty take one out if you can, but....it’s not cheap, £1,700! if you can’t do that I’d seriously consider selling the car. I know it’s drastic but do you want to pay for a respray at some point in the future? Of course you could get it wrapped, which I very seriously considered in Solarbeam Yellow equivalent. From a reputable company including door reveals etc. I was quoted £2,500. However I was worried that despite being protected from UV it may continue to bubble and thus put pimples in the wrap and then there was the cost of course.
Or you can take a chance like I did (but I had an MB Warranty in my pocket). Although maybe I shouldn’t speak too soon and tempt fate as my Warranty claim has yet to be approved in Germany, five weeks and waiting....
Anyway, long story short, I ended up with my original Obsidian Black and am extremely happy.