A messy job made easier with a plastic sheet over the engine. The old adhesive wasn’t that strong & I was able to remove the majority with the plastic shovel, used as a large scraper. The rest I removed with a razor blade scraper. I’ll pressure wash it now to remove any other grease & debris. Unlikely I’ll replace the pad with an original or OEM type.
Not sure what the paint is like on your car but if good it is worth putting on a new pad. The heat from the engine will eventually crack the paint above the heads. Even on my lowly 230E this had happened as the PO did not bother to attach the pad. Coupe pad is different to sedan!
It is a job that can be done quite efficiently by an expert, such as Parks. Getting the old stuff is reasonably easy. The secret is to orbital sand the old, hard glue as best as possible and then apply PROFESSIONSAL thin glue twice. Wait for the initial application to be better than touch dry, and then a second coat, wait for about fifteen to twenty minutes, and then glue the new pad in place. It will stick just about rock hard at the merest contact with the glue that's been finely applied. Finely is the secret, and do it with a spray gun. Regards Styria
Yes Mark, any update ? Looking at the underside of your bonnet, whoever applied the glue must have done so by virtually throwing the tin of glue onto the bonnet - it is just as well that a new item will be fitted that will hide the ugly marks so evident at the moment. The bonnet padding on Gleaming Beauty (6.9) is now due for replacement, but I will pay Parks to apply the final touches - nothing like an expert doing it as it fits well and is neat and tidy, "tucked in" properly at all the edges. Regards Styria