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Since buying my SLK two years ago I have replaced the bonnet and wings( fenders) with new ones and also had the rear arches done. Now it just leaves the roof panels.
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The rear screen panel has rust on both sides and the top panel has rust spots. My bodyshop quoted £450 or $640 to remove/ refix rear window and treat as necessary for both panels. However on ebay I can get both panels the same colour rust free for £100 or $140.
Not exactly looking forward to the ebay option as it seems a difficult job to remove and strip my own roof then replace with the rust free ones of the same colour. I would appreciate your opinions please on what would be the best option.
 

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I'm facing a similar situation Ray,

I have a lump of rustiness welling up on the left side of my rear screen.
Long experience of MB's,and even longer experience of cars in general makes me think that the clean it up and fix it routine will not take in the long term. Both our S210's had practically whole body resprays under warranty,but Mb would not shell out for new panels, and despite the body shop doing a belting job on treating them, the rust came back. Okay, it took five years, but it came back. The body shop manager's opinion, when I asked him for it candidly, was always replace the panel if you can, or put some new metal in. for the rear screen surrounds, that's a tricky, if not unviable proposition. So i'd say go for a rust free replacement, and give it some prophylactic treatment before you fit it. and good luck, and let me know how you do it!!!:wink:
 
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