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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 09-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #21
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went to lowes and bought this today... This should do the trick... Should be enough to do the spray for the project.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #22
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Great work so far. Dont they make a matte top coat? I have it from Leather MAsters.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:17 PM   #23
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Great work so far. Dont they make a matte top coat? I have it from Leather MAsters.
Leatherique does not make a Matte top coat. They only offer super gloss and even then their product is too thick and latexish to properly support a top coat (or itself). He can use a matte coat from any of the proper leather restoration sites (2-stage products) on the net and use it with the Leatherique as I demonstrated in my links. This will make the product look massively better, but does not add any additional durability.

Busa; Before you consider top coating (if you are). I encourage you to spray a leather piece that doesn't mean much to you with the Leatherique. Prep it, coat it and let it dry right. Try to make it fail after you've done all that by picking at it. You'll notice that once the product has failed it seriously comes off like plastidip on a painted body panel. The reason I'm encouraging that you do this is that you don't waste anymore money on this recolor if you aren't happy with durability.

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Old 09-20-2012, 09:33 AM   #24
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Updates from last night... Started to use the prep agent with scotch brite pad. Cleaned with damped cloth and dried with cloth and my wife's sooopah hair dryer! LOL! Once the pieces were dry, I started to assemble the HVLP Spray Station that I bought from Lowes. It worked great and I am impressed with the way it performed. Poured the dye in the can and mixed it with a little bit of bottled water to thin the dye a little. Then I started to spray the pieces. I plan to let them sit until sunday and I will sand down the pieces with 1000 grit and then hit them again with the final dye coat. Texture is great once the dye is dry. Leather grain still shows and looks very OEMish....


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Old 09-20-2012, 10:05 AM   #25
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Brian... your project is looking AWESOME!!!! Looking forward to helping you put everything back together in a few weeks!

Love the updates!
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:45 AM   #26
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Brian... your project is looking AWESOME!!!! Looking forward to helping you put everything back together in a few weeks!

Love the updates!
Thanks Charlie! I really appreciate you helping me take my interior apart! Well at least we now know how to do everything when we do this to your car!
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:07 AM   #27
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Damn wish i had local fanatics around me looking to chill in my garage and do these projects man! Badass much props....
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Good job. Just a question though, is it a bit orangish? It may just be the camera. I have the imola/black interior. Either way, it looks good.
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Ive tried painting some boats seats (vinyl) with the duplicolor vinyl paint and it doesnt last!! It will work on solid surfaces (like the door panels) but its a disaster on anything that flexes (like seats). You will have cracking and peeling and it will get on peoples clothes (which is embarrasing) plus it will look like crap. I hate to rain on your parade but seats will need to be replaced if you want everything to look good.
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Ive tried painting some boats seats (vinyl) with the duplicolor vinyl paint and it doesnt last!! It will work on solid surfaces (like the door panels) but its a disaster on anything that flexes (like seats). You will have cracking and peeling and it will get on peoples clothes (which is embarrasing) plus it will look like crap. I hate to rain on your parade but seats will need to be replaced if you want everything to look good.
Hate to rain on your parade, but he's not using duplicolor on the leather. Read the thread.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:29 PM   #32
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Damn wish i had local fanatics around me looking to chill in my garage and do these projects man! Badass much props....
***9786; thanks man! Just lucky to have some friends who are BMW enthusiasts that were willing to help me take the interior apart.

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Good job. Just a question though, is it a bit orangish? It may just be the camera. I have the imola/black interior. Either way, it looks good.
it might just have been the low light in my basement. It's exactly imola red in color... Camera was trying to get as much light as it can from the surroundings and I only had a fluorescent overhead light to work with...

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Ive tried painting some boats seats (vinyl) with the duplicolor vinyl paint and it doesnt last!! It will work on solid surfaces (like the door panels) but its a disaster on anything that flexes (like seats). You will have cracking and peeling and it will get on peoples clothes (which is embarrasing) plus it will look like crap. I hate to rain on your parade but seats will need to be replaced if you want everything to look good.
please read my thread next time before commenting. I am not using Vinyl fabric spray on the leather parts or seats..

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Old 09-25-2012, 09:36 AM   #33
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Last night, packages got delivered to my house... Black Center Console, Long Euro Tray, Rear tray, small clips and the black Carpet. I ordered the parts from ECS Tuning and the black carpet from Asmod3us... I did the final coat for the door panel inserts, started on the rear seat, rear headrests and bolsters. Did 1 coat of dye for the rear seat, bolsters and rear head rests. This morning, before going back to work, I applied the 2nd coat to them to let them dry until I come home tonight to do the 3rd coat. I was also able to shampoo the carpet with a help of my friend that works in a car wash. He was able to wash and clean the carpets and vacuum them last night.


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this forum still has hope! Thanks for keeping the E46 community alive!
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Brian,

You've done a spectacular job so far! Can't wait to see this in person bro!!!
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You've done a spectacular job so far! Can't wait to see this in person bro!!!
thanks sir charlie!
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