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Hi All,
I just saw this ad for this 2006 SLK in Firemist Red, (my favorite color), and I immediately noticed that the typically black panels between the rear window glass and the C-Pillars are painted body color. (See attached pic) Was this ever done from the factory like that or is this some owner's modification? I have seen postings about fixing faded vinyl on these parts, so maybe this was an attempt at fixing these? I noticed that the model lettering is missing from the left side of the trunk lid as well.

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with their vin, we can see the color code for that part
otherwise... not painted matching body color to my knowledge
 

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painted as above Delucas :D

item 140 n 150 shows NO paint code other than standard black

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Well at least they did a nice job when they painted them! :)
I had mine repainted because there was some damage when the rear window was replaced by the former owner but whereas they were originally black they now Obsidian Black Metallic that matches the body colour
 

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Without the model lettering there's a chance that the whole car has been resprayed. Not necessarily a bad thing - but you'd want to know why. If you go to see a car, there are usually tell-tale signs if you look closely. Overspray on rubber seals, slight indentations in the paint surface when looking along the car with light reflecting on it to name but two. (Take a magnet with you to test for body filler)
 

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Without the model lettering there's a chance that the whole car has been resprayed. Not necessarily a bad thing - but you'd want to know why. If you go to see a car, there are usually tell-tale signs if you look closely. Overspray on rubber seals, slight indentations in the paint surface when looking along the car with light reflecting on it to name but two. (Take a magnet with you to test for body filler)
Some folks like the plain look and remove all the badging. The magnet idea dose not always work. Knuckle knocks give distinctly different sound than steel and wheel arches are a good place to judge.
 

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Some folks like the plain look and remove all the badging. The magnet idea dose not always work. Knuckle knocks give distinctly different sound than steel and wheel arches are a good place to judge.
They do yes, but that's why I said 'There's a chance...' and is worthy of investigation at least :) There are body coloured parts not usually body coloured - very likely painted (possible body colour wrap but unlikely) - and removed badges - so definitely one to be more careful with if thinking of purchasing.. The magnet worked well for me when I looked at mine - positive strong contact over every metal panel, but as always a multitude of ways to check depending on your knowledge and experience....
 
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