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#1 Old 04-25-2017
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Best place for interior plastic panels?

I'm restoring my wife's 1999 SLK230 and most of my interior plastic is crumbling. Looking for used, good quality items to repaint.
(1) Anyone have a good source?
(2) Know anything about an eBay seller named "gudn8america"?? He has most everything.

Could look for old stock / new but might be double the price.
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I bought ALL of the parts for my 2000 SLK230 from gudn8america (a.k.a. "Hermann Z German"). He's a great guy. I would highly recommend him. I wasn't happy with one of the parts and he exchanged it without any questions asked. The parts are excellent quality but if you get "re-conditioned" parts from him they will be painted with glossy Rust-Oleum. This stuff is impossible to remove so I worked out a deal with him: I specifically requested parts in their raw / original form and I stripped them myself with lacquer thinner. It takes a while but it's not hard to do or extremely messy as long as you do it in a well-ventilated area. He has lots of parts in stock and buying them this way saves him some time so he might give you a better deal. All of the parts he sent me were in very good condition. Absolutely no cracks or broken bosses or tabs. Now remember they are used parts so they may not last another 10 years but they're probably better than what's in your car now and the price is reasonable. My car looks like new now. I'll post some pic's when I have the radio installed (waiting for the antenna adapter and wiring harness).
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Turns out I found Herman as well. He lives about 30 miles from me so travelled up to see his operation. Bought a complete set, unrestored. At the time, he was not 'painting' his parts typically...maybe he changed his procedure?? Parts came from SLK230 'donor' cars used as the base for custom built gull/wing replicas.

Reasonable price. Good quality. I refinished by stripping, sanding and repainting with similar to original paint. Came out great!
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Yeah now I see that you posted your original question quite a while ago. Sorry I was late with the reply but I guess everything turned out OK. I used the OEM type Nitro lacquer (in bottles) that you can get on eBay. The stuff is hideously expensive but it's a dead-on perfect match to original factory painted parts. I just cleaned the stripped parts really well (lacquer thinner, then alcohol, then scuffed with green 3M pads and finally wiped with alcohol again) then shot the paint with a LVLP gravity feed gun. Came out great and now my car looks like new.
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