Replacement Tow Hook Cover - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Replacement Tow Hook Cover

August 25, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Whether it's using brushes, rollers, pinstripes or aerosol cans, painting is fun. If you make mistakes, you can make them birds. Yeah, they're birds now. And as Riswick previously mentioned a nefarious character hijacked the tow hook cover from our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG and the replacement we ordered needed some paint. I volunteered to do the work and here's how it turned out.

First, I scuffed up the cover with a 3M scouring pad (pictured above) so the paint would stick. Then, I sprayed three layers of the "Brilliant Silver Metallic" paint a few hours between each coat to allow for drying.

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

I applied a few more layers of clear-coat (Mercedes calls it "Klarlack" or Clear lacquer) with the same drying time in between.

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

With any larger or more visible bodywork, I'd usually wet-sand the paint with a smooth-grit sandpaper but with such a small, inconspicuous piece I thought that was unnecessary. I popped the cover in to place, and voila.

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Hopefully this tow hook stays connected to our CL65 for the remainder of our test, but if it does go missing, we've got plenty of paint left for another one.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

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