2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Replacement Tow Hook Cover
August 25, 2014
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.
I applied a few more layers of clear-coat (Mercedes calls it "Klarlack" or Clear lacquer) with the same drying time in between.
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.
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