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Replacing rear window chrome

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Do you really have to remove the rear window to replace the chrome that goes around it? Seems like a whole lot of work for something that should be simply.

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Re: Replacing rear window chrome

When I had my car painted a few years ago, I removed "everything." Well, everything except the front and rear windshields. You might try a couple of old line body shops that did Mercedes work years ago, or even some auto glass places. If there is a way, they will know.

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Re: Replacing rear window chrome

Ok, yesterday I replaced the rear window seal in a 300SD. I re-installed the window chrome frame into the rubber seal before installing the window as per the shop manual instructions. During installation, about 2/3's of one of the chrome frame pieces slipped out of the rubber. I finished the window installation before tackling the slipped out chrome frame piece. At first I thought I was doomed. Thankfully, I was successful in getting it re-secured into the rubber. My secret was to apply a lot of continuous pressure (be careful not to break the glass) to the frame and gradually work it into the rubber. I did this with pressure from my hands and using my body weight. At one point in time, I stood on the edge of the trunk (in my sock feet) in order to be able to get the right amount of pressure coming down onto the chrome frame.

I mention all this because I only had 2/3's of one piece to wedge in. To do an entire window (especially around the window corners) could be a lot of work and you may not be successful. The alternative is as you correctly mention, to remove the window and start from scratch.

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Re: Replacing rear window chrome

My 420 SEL was painted recently and they did nick the rear window trim with one of the grinders they were using to remove old paint and primer. I thought I could replace this simple piece of aluminum trim.

I went to the local pull a part yard to investigate this problem, and I determined that it is very difficult to do with out removing the rear windshield. It may be near impossible. I was able to remove the trim but not without bending it out of shape. I then attempted to put it back and found it near impossible. The manual says it is done with the glass out, I believe them. Put it this way, in my 420 the defroster wires in the glass are not one hundred percent anyway so I am inclined to replace the glass and the trim at the same time. That anodized aluminum trim is not pretty when it starts to age.

Good Luck and keep us posted.

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Re: Replacing rear window chrome

condition is key.. mileage is not

i bought one with 53K miles a couple years ago.

i love the car, but i hope you can do some work yourself because they will nickel and dime you to death if you have to pay someone to work on it all the time.

mine's an 86. age is the culprit, not mileage

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