R107 SL 500 - pin hole paint job

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  1. mct_cars

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    Hi All,

    I've been looking at a car that I'm considering buying. The car is very straight, with very little rust (the sills, wheel arches etc. are fine). The only issue is that it's had a not great paint job at some point in the past. It's a shame because the rest of the car is great, and drives extremely tight.

    The paintwork itself is okay (not fantastic, but done well with all glass, rubber and furniture off etc).

    Question is, would it require everything stripping down and repainting to rectify, or could the lacquer (which is the only thing with pin holes in) stripped and re-lacquered.

    Cheers in advance for advice.
     
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    paintwork correction is a big business these days and it would be worth a go... but without having the car to view, its difficult to say.

    If there are serious clear coat defects then yes its a full strip to repaint.
     
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    you could have the car relaquered but would cost as much as a full repaint
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    What sort of ballpark would the costs be at for a full spray (the car is straight, so it would just be prepare and paint) - metallic blue if that makes a difference.

    Would it be worth stripping bits off myself to save on labour?
     
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    Could it have had a cheap respray to hide rust problems?
     
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    You may get away with just a clear coat as Clive said but these cars can hide so much. I specialise in restoring 107's and even a good looking one can have it problems.
     
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    Always possible, but I have a good idea what i am looking for.

    Small repair on the rear wing at the rear above where it meets the rear light lens, and a small bubble on the leading edge of the front wing (expecting it must have been a poorly repaired stonechip as the rest is solid).
    Nothing in the air box, nothing in the footwells, nothing on the sills, nothing in the boot floor, rear deck, rear seat etc.etc.

    Had the car on the ramps to look at the underneath also - very tidy.

    Not expecting the car to be perfect, just usable and clean - my budget is only £10k.
     
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