Wide Arch and colour change C63

Mercedes C63


What Car: 2012 Mercedes C63

The Lowdown:

This Mercedes C63 is the 3rd car that we have booked in recently to have our wide custom rear arches fabricated and fitted. If you have not check out the other project yet head over to Jasons here and Boons here. The difference with this project is that Lee the owner has opted to go for a full colour change respray too, so keep checking back on this project guys, this is going to be a cool one to follow.
These kits are now available to purchase so if you are interested in ordering a one or would like us to convert your C63, get in touch here 

The plan:

Suspension: Adjust the ride height to allow for the new bigger wheels.
Bodywork: Custom fabricated wide rear arches, fitted and the whole car resprayed in a new colour.
Brakes: Callipers prepped and sprayed.
With our new fibre glass kits fresh out of production, Al started by cutting the inner arch back to create clearance for the new wider alloys that have been bought for the car.
The 3 door arch kit was then trial fitted and tapped up in a position we were happy with. Al then sanded back some of the paint on the wing to allow the panel bond to adhere to the bare metal. It was then drilled and screwed into place, these screws and holes will act as locators after the panel bond has been applied to the arches during the next stage.
Next he applied a bead of panel bond and screwed the new arch extension to the wing.
The whole arch was then sanded/etched before a layer of fibre glass was applied over where the arch kit meets the existing panels and this was then sanded back flush and smooth.
To finish things off nicely in the inner arch, where we cut unto the original arch we primed the bare metal and filled the gap between the panels with sealant to prevent crud getting in.
Next up a thin layer of filer was added and then rubbed down
The C63 was wheeled into the both where it was masked up and was sprayed in a layer of spray putty and a black guide coat to help reveal any imperfections.
The swage lines were then masked up and the car was then sanded up to the tape, making sure all swage lines aligned correctly.
With the arches sanded back it was time to strip the car down ready for paint including taking the windows out. The body was also rubbed down ready for primer.
It was then wheel into the booth where it was given a coat of primer and a black guide coat.
Al and Kyle are doing the final prep work before the car gets painted
The C63 is in the booth getting masked up ready for paint
The paint has been mixed, let the painting commence, no turning back now!!
After a good bake in the oven its time to unwrap the green breast! What do you guys think of the chosen colour? We all love it here!
Time to roll it out the booth for a look in the day light……yep, just as bright!
The rest of the panels have been prepped ready for paint and are now in the booth getting painted.
Al has started to flat and polish the C63, this Merc is going to be gleaming when he has finished! Lee even popped over to see the car in all it’s green glory, he loved it!
The guys are putting the car back together bit by bit.
Bret has removed the red callipers ready for their colour change.
The engine cover has also been sprayed green to add a bit of detail in the engine bay.
The front bumper is going on.
The engine cover is back on and here are a few before and after shots. Use the sliders below to see the difference.
The callipers have been sprayed in Lees chosen colour
With everything now back on the car including the new wheels, the C63 headed over to the garage to have the 4 wheels alignment treatment and we took it for a quick test drive to make sure everything handled as it should.
With the car ready for Lee to pick up, we snapped a few shots, however we will be doing a full finished shoot once the vinyl decals have been stuck on to lees car in the coming weeks. We may even get Boons and Jasons in for a group photo shoot.
To be continued…….

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