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I am going to repaint all the interior plastics of my SLK R170 to match the black leather parts. Does anyone know if Volico Mercedes Schwarz would be a perfect match? Is Volico Mercedes Anthracite a somewhat lighter shade?

Does anyone know any other paints than Volico which would match with the 'black' leather parts (perhaps SEM?)? I have tried some universal black interior/plastic paints but they are way too black. Colorbond makes a Mercedes Anthracite shade but those paints are not available here where I live.

How much paint do I need to cover all the plastics? At least Volico cans are very small and expensive.
 

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I'm half way through painting mine but with quartz, which is grey really. I started with Volico as touch up but wasnt happy and decided to paint the whole interior. It made sense therefore to find a local supplier who had a spectrometer and would fill spray cans. No problem, at least in Tampere. The paint is acrylic. Sprays very easily and dries quickly and costs €27 for a large can. I stripped the back cubby over the transmission using hot water. I used a plastics primer before painting, 7€ from Motonet. The rest of the interior I sprayed straight over the existing finish after a very light sand 600 grit and wipe down with alcohol. You don't need a protective coat either.
 

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I've finished all the panels apart from the door panels. I had to strip and respray the glove box because the new paint started to lift the old mercedes paint. Anyway my can started with 75ml of paint (excludes solvent and propellant) and it feels almost empty. I'm pretty sure I'll need another to do the doors. Maybe that will tell you how many cans of Volico you need.
 

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Viponds makes a paint that matches original pretty closely - it's got the rubber-like look to it as well. I've used it successfully. However - and this is my opinion only - the rubber-like look is what causes this paint to be so sensitive to peeling and scratching. In the situation where your interior has become shabby due to peeling, and you've removed everything except the actual dashboard (the top piece that runs the full width of the car), you can pretty much use any black spray paint you want - it will be a vast improvement and will look great. As with any painting project, preparation is the key - fully removing all old paint (hot water works great for this) and fully repairing all cracks and broken anchor points before painting is critical. If your interior has been man-handled in the past, especially around the glovebox, plan for 70% of your time to be spent repairing. Don't fear the epoxy!
 

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How much paint do I need to cover all the plastics? At least Volico cans are very small and expensive.
You ain't kidding, they're the same size as a can of Red Bull or thereabouts - tiny :(
You might get away with 2 cans if you're lucky, 3 to be on the safe side AND you'll need at least 1 can of their lacquer/clear coat to toughen it up

Another option is to take the parts to a body shop and let them paint them
 

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I've finished all the panels apart from the door panels. I had to strip and respray the glove box because the new paint started to lift the old mercedes paint. Anyway my can started with 75ml of paint (excludes solvent and propellant) and it feels almost empty. I'm pretty sure I'll need another to do the doors. Maybe that will tell you how many cans of Volico you need.
Pictures? >:D
 

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I have tried some black universal vinyl paints and they seem to 'burn' on the plastic surface so I'm a bit sceptical about how ordinary car paints would stick on the plastics. I have also tried to get some paint mixed to match the panels with poor results. My local suppliers did not have any spectrometers available and choosing a color from small various model tags is not the way to go. If only there was a mixing code available for Volico Mercedes Schwarz then I woul try once more.
 

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Hi,

Ordinary Car paints will not stick unless you use a professional "Adhesion Promoter" like is used on Plastic Bumpers and Side Skirts, even then I'd be skeptical.

I heavily modified a Blue (spare) Centre Console when I installed the Android H/U and when the work was done I had good success with sponging on this to refinish the Console in the same colour (Anthracite) as the rest of my interior, I also re did items like the Glove Box Lid and door pulls etc etc all on 2 bottles, 2 coats :-

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-Interior-paint-anthracite-SLK-R-170-1996-2000/202364477515?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

It still looks great 5-6 months on and the Car gets a lot of use by Mel and I ;)

The pukka answer is to do what MB should have done in the first place and get the Car trimmed professionally in Leather, Cloth or similar.

Anything Painted onto plastic is gonna get scratched / marked / chipped eventually.

When my V8 Install is done, and after sorting some Body Paintwork, I will be saving up in my "Project Cars Pot" to get a full Leather Re-trimmed Interior :grin:

Cheers Dave
 

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@mmz, I'm sure what is required is a plastics primer on bare plastic. In the case of Volico, they have their own of course. What we don't really know, as far as I can tell, is whether their paint is the same formulation as the original formulation. Volico do recommend a top sealing coat as well. The fact that the Mercedes paint can be removed with water does imply it absorbs water easily and therefore if not top coated it will eventually start to come off. It was quite noticeable that within my glove box the paint felt almost slightly damp and could be scraped away with a finger nail. The adhesion and paint strength seemed to vary throughout the car. Dreadful really! But that has been said by others many times before.
 

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I finally managed to get hold of a couple of cans Colorbond Mercedes Anthracite. Very good paint which can be painted straight over cleaned plastic surface and gives a nice semi matt surface. Just over two 12 oz cans seemed to be enough to paint all the dash and console plastics plus door handles. Unfortunately, despite of all the good things it, too, was not the right color. I was seeking for a color that would have matched the dark leather on doors and seats and this paint was significantly darker. It was almost black, in fact.


My interior is originally light grey which does not look that good despite the condition. My plan was to leave doors and seats as they are with light grey center parts and paint only the plastics to match the remaining blackish/grey leather parts on seats, doors and dash. However, that has proved to be quite impossible task because no paint seems to match. The guestion is, are all the dark R170 leather parts the same color regardless of the interior theme or does the all black interior version have a bit darker leather?
 

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Now the main discussion here is repainting the entire interior. But I helped my old friend with here SLK (that I just inherited) and I took the glove box lid off and took it to my local paint store that has a color matching machine. I bought a small can of semigloss house interior paint. I then used and air brush to touch up and repair the chips around the seat belt buckle and center console. It worked perfectly and made a nice repair.
Hope this helps and adds to this discussion.

Lisa
 

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Great timing on your post, Mslisaj. My 2002 SLK320 has the exact same paint/interior scheme and needs the touch-ups you did. Did you just airbrush the chipped places or did you prime the whole thing and repaint?
 

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Great timing on your post, Mslisaj. My 2002 SLK320 has the exact same paint/interior scheme and needs the touch-ups you did. Did you just airbrush the chipped places or did you prime the whole thing and repaint?
Hi SmokeyBen, I just airbrushed and fogged around the actual chips. The underlying plastic color or primer is black so when the "tan" chips off it's an eye sore. The best way I suppose to do it would be to prime as you're filling in the lost paint chip and then fog the area. But the paint that I bought at the local paint store matches so perfectly that I just paint the chip and fog the area. If you didn't look really close you would not know that I did this or even see the chip. I would suggest giving it a try and see what kind of results you get. If it's acceptable to you (as this method is to me) then you can continue. After I get all the chips and scratches painted on my car I am very careful with anything from then on that could damage the painted surface. In my case this car is second hand to me but I am much more careful then the original owner or her friends that rode with her.

Anyway this is my method and with house paint that matches perfectly you don't even know the difference.

Good luck my friend,

Regards,

Lisa
 
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