Mercedes Benz 190SL classic car paint removal

Mercedes-Benz 190SL

The beautiful Mercedes Benz 190SL is growing in popularity day by day.  We’ve worked on a few now, and can understand why they’re liked by so many people.  Sadly, the shells tend to suffer from a lot of rust and rot, so the ones we have worked on to date have looked great on the surface, but have been hiding a lot of filler work and repairs.

This one was no exception, but the owners currently restoring it were not deterred, and progress is well underway to really return this classic to its former self!

We were asked to clean the shell and panels – inside and out.  Utilising both our soda blasting and media blasting processes, we took away several layers of paint, the filler, and rust.

This particular era of German car (including Porsche, BMW and Mercedes) have a white underseal that is particularly strong.  Despite our best attempts with a number of different processes (including acid dipping), we are unable to remove it.  The team can remove the paint covering it, and any small bits that maybe lurking, but if the car is coated underneath with underseal, we would suggest leaving it there as it is definitely doing its job!

This is how the 190SL looked when it arrived at our premises:

We used both soda blasting and media blasting to strip away the paint, filler and rust.

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Uncovering the Mercedes Benz 190SL filler:

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The bare Mercedes Benz 190SL shell, following soda and crushed glass blasting:

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On this occasion, the owners of this Mercedes Benz 190SL decided not to utilise our paint priming option, although they did have quite a distance to travel with the bare metal exposed.  We would always recommend including our epoxy priming option where possible.  It provides much needed protection to the exposed shell and panels.