Is it worth getting my wallet out?

louisoliver

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Always been very helpful on here. I have a 1996 e280 done 110k lpg injection kit and leather is all as new (feed it with saddle stuff every 3months) some history then serviced by me every year including rip off merc auto box fluid!. The paint is starting to show signs of age wings and boot bubbled. some veins appearing in corner of sunroof bummper a little scuffed. generally starting to look like a 15 year old car. Question is is it worth having the thing sprayed up possibly full re spray or should I just run it into the ground however long that may take. I doubt it would sell for much other wise i may part with it but had the famous m104 head gasket done at andy gayles 3 years ago which cost a few quid. where's a good place foe paintwork in birmingham area anyway?
 

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Nice to hear from you.. It is cheapest and best to have new metal put on the front wings, if you decide to have it done
 
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Yep would buy new wings and give them a good few coats of rust proofing paint like hammerite and wax oil on the inside. the boot lid is a bit pricey for a facelift one and a good secondhand one is rare as hens teeth. \Was thinking of hitting the rust hard with the grinder then welding/filling any holes left by the rust. Not the best weather lately though for that sort of work!
 

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Hammerite is not a good paint to put on car wings..ok for gates and railings.. waxoyl is good but has to be put on warm panels and warmed itself as it can trap moisture.. ..
 

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Yep would buy new wings and give them a good few coats of rust proofing paint like hammerite and wax oil on the inside. the boot lid is a bit pricey for a facelift one and a good secondhand one is rare as hens teeth. \Was thinking of hitting the rust hard with the grinder then welding/filling any holes left by the rust. Not the best weather lately though for that sort of work!

No not new wings,,have the metal cut out where it is bad and put new metal in if only rusty in a few places, if very bad,then new wings
 

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If the boot problem is only the usual rusty lock area then perhaps you could give it a go yourself.
Mine was looking pretty bad, and yet hadn't perforated nor thinned the metal too much. Spent best part of a day with a powerdrill with sanding disk, some rust converter, cans of spray paint, wet & dry and my wifes hairdrier!
The result was pretty good. If you look really closely you can just see where the new laquer finishes (in line with the numberplate recess) but if your standing behind the car you can't tell. Especially now that I've given the whole boot a good polish.
 
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well have bit the bullet and it's going in for some paintwork. The worst thing was anew sunroof seal as the old one has gone a bit stiff. Mercedes charged me a palm stinging 50 quid for the thing. Still managed to finally get the cover for the flywheel inspection hole that they never wanted to look for on their epc.
 
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oh no!

Have bought my wings, But this weekend whilst changing the oil noticed some bubbling behind the wings. After having a poke found the rust had set in infront of the inner arch in the area under the wash bottle and the same on the other side. Chassis legs seem fine rust is in the sheet metal between the arch and indicator both sides. How did this happen. Wondering if its a feasible idea to get a scrap yard to cut me some repair patches from another chassis (think the are is called the wheel house after checking the epc. Am alright at welding having owned a beetle before.
 


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