The body shop that restored my 82 300CD after the blizzard tree event, did
single stage & it looks great. No clear coat  needed.

Dwight Giles Jr.
1982 300CD
1990 300D
Wickford RI

On Oct 11, 2016 1:11 PM, "Dan Penoff via Mercedes" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
wrote:

> I'm sure that's the case. A single stage requires a lot more finish work
> to make it nice, which is also a function of doing a good job to begin with.
>
> Dan
>
> > On Oct 11, 2016, at 1:05 PM, Donald Snook via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> > Isn't it because single stage is so much harder to do because with a
> base and clear, you don't have to do as good a job with the base.  The
> clear does all the work.  I'm not suggesting this is a good thing, but
> lower quality shops don't want to put the work into a single stage.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Kaleb C. Striplin [mailto:ka...@striplin.net]
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:12 AM
> > To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> > Subject: Re: [MBZ] Bonehead
> >
> > I have not heard that but then again I don't deal with body shops too
> often. I find it very hard to believe nobody does single stage anymore. You
> probably need to look for another body shop.
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Oct 11, 2016, at 5:41 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Heh.  Not quite a Kleb car yet.  Just means I’ll have to find something
> nicer and hand this down to the youngest boy.
> >>
> >> Truth be told, with the exception of the rubbing into the paint on the
> edge of the taillight opening I’m betting I can Martha this right out of
> the finish, which is what I’ll do.  The body shop I talked to yesterday
> wants to do two stage paint for some weird reason - they were adamant that
> no one does single stage paint any more, which I find strange and slightly
> suspect.
> >>
> >> Anyone here heard such stories?
> >>
> >> Dan
> >>
> >>
> >>> On Oct 10, 2016, at 9:02 PM, Dwight Giles via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Give you $500 for it. Seriously glad you had,an honest hitter.
> >>>
> >>> Dwight Giles Jr.
> >>> 1982 300CD
> >>> 1990 300D
> >>> Wickford RI
> >>>
> >>> On Oct 10, 2016 8:50 PM, "Max Dillon via Mercedes"
> >>> <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Ouch, that's no fun to deal with.  Poor car is ruined, guess you'll
> >>>> have to sell now...
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> I call dibs!
> >>>> --
> >>>> Max Dillon
> >>>> Charleston SC
> >>>> '87 300TD
> >>>> '95 E300
> >>>>
> >>>> On October 10, 2016 7:04:53 PM EDT, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
> >>>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>>> I park in a parking garage at my office.  The space I park in is
> >>>>> one of two that are sandwiched between two block walls.  There is
> >>>>> room for two vehicles to fit in the area without having to squeeze
> out of the door.
> >>>>> I normally park well to thIsn't it because single stage is so much
> harder to do because with a base and clear, you don't have to do as good a
> job with the base.  The clear does all the work.  I'm not suggesting this
> is a good thing, but lower quality shops don't want to put the work into a
> single stage.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Kaleb C. Striplin [mailto:ka...@striplin.net]
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:12 AM
> > To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> > Subject: Re: [MBZ] Bonehead
> >
> > I have not heard that but then again I don't deal with body shops too
> often. I find it very hard to believe nobody does single stage anymore. You
> probably need to look for another body shop.
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Oct 11, 2016, at 5:41 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Heh.  Not quite a Kleb car yet.  Just means I’ll have to find something
> nicer and hand this down to the youngest boy.
> >>
> >> Truth be told, with the exception of the rubbing into the paint on the
> edge of the taillight opening I’m betting I can Martha this right out of
> the finish, which is what I’ll do.  The body shop I talked to yesterday
> wants to do two stage paint for some weird reason - they were adamant that
> no one does single stage paint any more, which I find strange and slightly
> suspect.
> >>
> >> Anyone here heard such stories?
> >>
> >> Dan
> >>
> >>
> >>> On Oct 10, 2016, at 9:02 PM, Dwight Giles via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Give you $500 for it. Seriously glad you had,an honest hitter.
> >>>
> >>> Dwight Giles Jr.
> >>> 1982 300CD
> >>> 1990 300D
> >>> Wickford RI
> >>>
> >>> On Oct 10, 2016 8:50 PM, "Max Dillon via Mercedes"
> >>> <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Ouch, that's no fun to deal with.  Poor car is ruined, guess you'll
> >>>> have to sell now...
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> I call dibs!
> >>>> --
> >>>> Max Dillon
> >>>> Charleston SC
> >>>> '87 300TD
> >>>> '95 E300
> >>>>
> >>>> On October 10, 2016 7:04:53 PM EDT, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
> >>>> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>>>> I park in a parking garage at my office.  The space I park in is
> >>>>> one of two that are sandwiched between two block walls.  There is
> >>>>> room for two vehicles to fit in the area without having to squeeze
> out of the door.
> >>>>> I normally park well to the right against a wall so the person in
> >>>>> the other space has plenty of room. This is usually another
> >>>>> employee I work with, or if they’re late, some guy with a big red
> >>>>> Dodge pickup truck, who swings wide because he won’t back up and
> >>>>> straighten out to pull into the space.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> So today as I’m pulling out of my garage I hear a big “pop” sound
> >>>>> and realize I forgot to clear a plastic container with a set of old
> >>>>> H4 bulbs in it.  Realizing that the metal part of the bulb might
> >>>>> have damaged my right front tire, when I pulled into my parking
> >>>>> space this morning I moved towards the middle of the space, evenly
> >>>>> spacing my car between the yellow lines, with a good 8”-12” on each
> >>>>> side of the car between the car and the painted lines.  That way if
> >>>>> I had to change a tire should it have been damaged and leaked down
> >>>>> during the day I can get to that side of the car.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Wife had doctor’s appointment I was attending, so about 9:40 I go
> >>>>> down to get in the car.  There’s a note stuffed in the gap between
> my doors:
> >>>>>
> >>>>> "Sorry, but I scrapped (sic) against your car this morning.  It
> >>>>> doesn’t look bad, but please let me know what to do and I’ll work
> >>>>> things out with you.” (phone number)
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Arrgh.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Left rear quarter is scuffed and left rear taillight is cracked.
> >>>>> When I got it out in the sun I could see a dimple in the middle of
> >>>>> the panel.  The trailing edge of the fender where the tail light
> >>>>> opening starts has the paint rubbed down to the primer.  I took
> >>>>> plenty of pictures of my car, its’ position and the big red truck,
> >>>>> which was clearly swung way over into my space when it pulled in
> >>>>> and had black paint on the bumper where it had rubbed against my car.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> So I called the guy and he was pretty contrite.  He said if it was
> >>>>> below his deductible he would just give me the money, otherwise I
> >>>>> could file a claim with his insurer.  I told him to put it in
> >>>>> writing in an email, which he did, even admitting fault and
> >>>>> including his insurance contact information and policy number.
> >>>>> (Nice!)
> >>>>>
> >>>>> So I went to the local ding and dent place, a chain called
> >>>>> “Carsmetics”, for a quick estimate.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Around $475 for the paint work. LKQ has no left rear taillights for
> >>>>> my car, so the only other choice they have is to go with new from
> MBUSA.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> +$1100.00!!!
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I had them write up an estimate with and without the tail light.
> >>>>> I’m thinking if his deductible is $500 I’ll ask him for $550 and
> >>>>> I’ll source the tail light assembly (easily found on eBay for
> >>>>> $60-$80.)
> >>>>>
> >>>>> But only after I give him the $1700.00 estimate.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Dan
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