Should i underseal the sills of my SL or just paint black?

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hi

as some of you are aware, i'm currently restoring my 1985 R107 SL.

The outer sills/rockers under the doors are, by standard spray painted matt black.

i've repaired these with new metal and the finish is good, however the original curve of the sill is intact but close up (ie rubbing hand over it) you can just feel where the new metal meets old.

i've painted them matt black and they do look fine from standing next to the car but if you really look/touch the area you can see the imperfections. this is just because the paint is thin.

i know if i brush painted black underseal over the sills they would look A1, but wouldnt be original look i've so far tried to go for.

my question is;

should i keep them matt black or brush black underseal on. this remains very very slightly tacky but would be better for rust protection aswell. i'm leaning toward underseal but would be intersted in all opinions! The underseal is hard to remove easily so its point of no return.

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You can get a spray version of body shultz this gives a perfect small dimpled cover that can be painted over, and looks a factory finish
 

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Some of this stone guard stuff will actually accentuate the joints between the new and the old metal, you could try smoothing out he joints first with some filler, it will really look well then
 
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Some of this stone guard stuff will actually accentuate the joints between the new and the old metal, you could try smoothing out he joints first with some filler, it will really look well then


yes i've applied a thin coat of filler. its helped a lot but still not perfect.

the stone chip paint stuff sounds perfect and i'll get some

the original MB colour for 107 sills is matt black, not grey

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yes i've applied a thin coat of filler. its helped a lot but still not perfect.

the stone chip paint stuff sounds perfect and i'll get some

the original MB colour for 107 sills is matt black, not grey

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Thanks Derek,, any mat finish reduces any uneven appearances purely as light cannot reflect in it. Thank you on the grey bit :D
 
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Thanks Derek,, any mat finish reduces any uneven appearances purely as light cannot reflect in it. Thank you on the grey bit :D

Halfords sell a stone guard black spray that apparently has a ripple effect in black. i may give that a go.
 


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