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Old 10-16-2012, 10:00 PM   #221
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I was at BMW Tulley this morning to pick up my A pillars that I ordered and saw an E46 M3 with Imola red interior that was being serviced. I wanted to compare my dye job from the real OEM Imola interior. After looking at the Imola Interior that the E46 M3 had, I realized that my rear seats that I dyed were the same color but a little shiny rather than a matte color that the OEM Imola interior had. So when I got home from work tonight, I took the rear seats out again and decided to mask them and sand them down with 400 grit to take out a thin layer of the dye that I had applied. I back tracked a bit from what I did and realized that I applied thick coats to the seats and kinda rushed them a bit compared to the door panels. The door panels were perfect and has the exact color and sheen compared with the OEM Imola interior that I saw. I just finished sanding all the pieces for the rear seat and will apply very light coats and set the spray to super fine setting to achieve the same sheen and color with the interior that I saw earlier. I want this done right and to look exactly OEM!

MASKED THE REAR BACK RESTS AGAIN!






COMPARING HOW SHINY THE FIRST DYE JOB THAT I DID TO THE SANDED ONE WHICH LOOKS MORE OEM ( Left one sanded down and right one the previous work that I did)

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AFTER BOTH BACK RESTS ARE SANDED



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Old 10-16-2012, 10:46 PM   #222
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Wow I never would have done that. Props to how much time and effort you are putting into this.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:56 AM   #223
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Wow I never would have done that. Props to how much time and effort you are putting into this.
Thanks!
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:47 PM   #224
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hows the finish after sanding?
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:39 AM   #225
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hows the finish after sanding?
Pretty good... I just sanded part the dye that I first sprayed so the texture is still the same. Not felty or smooth... More like the front seats that I have that are still OEM grey...
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #226
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Great progress and love how well this is documented!

Ever considered more of a scuffing action using steel wool? I don't have experience, but I do know steel wool can give more of burnished finish that you may be looking for.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:52 AM   #227
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Great progress and love how well this is documented!

Ever considered more of a scuffing action using steel wool? I don't have experience, but I do know steel wool can give more of burnished finish that you may be looking for.
Thanks man! I think that the steel wool would be too much to use for scuffing the leather... It will damage it and make it felty...
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:48 PM   #228
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Just finished swapping my OEM steering wheel components to my newly alcantara wrapped steering wheel by COBY WHEEL. I am very pleased with the customer service of Mike @ COBY and the wrap. It took me about 30 minutes to take out the steering wheel, transfer the parts to the other core and install it back on the car. I will apply the finishing coat to the rear seats tomorrow as well as swap the **** boot to the alcantara one too. Hopefully I will have enough time to disassemble the front seats and be able to apply the Leatherique rejuvenator and leave it for 2 days until monday night.
I will take better photos tomorrow during daytime!

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STARTING TO SWAP THE PARTS TO THE OTHER STEERING WHEEL




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Old 10-20-2012, 09:50 AM   #229
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Looks great! I'm so tempted to get an alcantara steering wheel...

What are your impressions on the feel and what not of it?
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:15 PM   #230
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Today, the weather was nice... It was about 70's so I decided to just dye the rear seats outside the house to see it better and have an even spray with the help of the day light... The pieces came out great and better vs the previous coat that I did. It's not soooopah shiny and very close to the OEM Imola interior that I saw at the dealership. I was also able to install the alcantara shift knob that matches the steering wheel.. I stored the rear seat pieces inside my SUV so that the heat can get to it during the day to let it dry (like an oven LOL!) until Tuesday then install them in the car. I will try to get to the front seats tomorrow or Monday. ALMOST THERE!!!


The rear seat pieces that were re-sprayed. ( They came out great!!!)





















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Old 10-22-2012, 09:18 AM   #231
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Last night, I started working on the driver side front seat. I got a little frustrated trying to take pieces apart but thanks to deadlysyns and LSBE46M3 for posting the DIY threads, I was able to disassemble it. The back rest was able to move up to give me about an inch or two space from the lower seat part to work with the dye. I applied the rejuvenator and will leave it for about a day. I will work on the front passenger seat tonight and apply the rejuvenator and hopefully by tuesday night, I can start cleaning it and be able to apply the prep agent to get both seats ready for dyeing. I plan to finish the dye on the front seats early next week. Again, thanks guys for all the help!


THE PART THAT GAVE ME HELL LAST NIGHT
I got confused on which bolt I needed to take out since they all seemed to be connected to both the seat and the back rest.



I called LSBE46M3 (Kevin) this morning and asked him if he can remember how he took his seat apart and the rest was history! Thanks again Kev! I only needed to take out this one bolt on each side and the back rest slid up and gave me enough working space! It was hidden underneath the leather cover! We are back in business! WOOT!!!




PLASTIC PIECES AND BUTTONS TAKEN OUT




SEAT REJUVENATED










ENOUGH SPACE BETWEEN THE BACK REST AND THE SEAT TO WORK ON THE DYE!
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:09 PM   #232
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I was finally able to apply the pristine clean to wipe the driver seat down. I also started to scuff the leather with scotch brite pads and the leatherique prep agent. All the parts of the seat that will not be dyed were masked with tape and saran wrap. The headrests were applied with the leatherique rejuvenator and stored in a plastic bag until thursday night. I plan to work on the passenger seat and disassemble it tomorrow night and apply the leatherique rejuvenator and have it also masked and ready before saturday. I will start to apply the dye on both seats and the headrests on Saturday since it is supposed to be warm that day! Possibly 2 to 3 coats of dye with sanding in between.


DRIVER SEAT WIPED WITH PRISTINE CLEAN AND DRIED WITH THE HAIR DRYER






AFTER APPLYING THE PREP AGENT AND SCUFFING THE SEAT WITH SCOTCH BRITE PADS






SEAT MASKED AND READY FOR DYE!!!






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Old 10-24-2012, 10:03 PM   #233
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Tonight after work, the rear seats that I re-dyed were installed. My wife and I sat on the rear seat after I installed them and just looked at the interior of the car. She said she likes it a lot better than the grey one that we originally had in the car. I was also able to work on the passenger seat. Disassembled the plastic pieces and applied Leatherique rejuvenator. So far, everything is on schedule. I plan to finish prepping up the headrests and the 2 front seats by friday night so that they could be dyed Saturday!

I promise I will take better photos during the day for you guys to see the color and texture better!

ASSEMBLED THE REAR CENTER ARM REST TO THE SEAT







REAR SEATS COMPLETE AND INSTALLED!













PASSENGER SEAT WITH THE LEATHERIQUE REJUVENATOR APPLIED







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Old 10-25-2012, 09:13 AM   #234
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TOOK BETTER PHOTOS OF THE REAR SEAT INSTALLED THIS MORNING
(Still hard to capture the true color since the car is in the garage and the battery is disconnected) I guess I'll take photos of the whole interior when they are all installed and take the car out of the garage to get proper lighting.















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Old 10-26-2012, 09:15 AM   #235
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I saw Jun and Chris' build thread and decided to jump in the bandwagon! LOL!!! Seriously, when I saw their photos with these LED's installed for the reverse light, I had to get them. It is a nice little addition/mod to the car... Thank you Chris for sharing the ebay link to us... and Jun, you can start collecting fees for the rights to this mod! LOL!

Although I have read somewhere that the ebay seller took advantage of the surge in sales and brought the price up! What a douche!!!








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Old 10-27-2012, 12:05 PM   #236
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Just finished dyeing the 2 front seats. I will continue to work on the headrests and dye the plastic grey pieces to black. I will update the thread again later tonight! Stay tuned!

PIPINGS DONE






DYE COAT #1





DYE COAT #2




DYE COAT #3





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Old 10-27-2012, 12:28 PM   #237
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:58 PM   #238
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Brian, the seats look so much better here compared to the FaceTime pics you showed me. Awesome progress my friend!!! Can't wait to come up next weekend to see for myself!
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:52 PM   #239
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Brian, the seats look so much better here compared to the FaceTime pics you showed me. Awesome progress my friend!!! Can't wait to come up next weekend to see for myself!
Thanks Charlie! Looks a lot better in person! You should come up next week to see it!!! I should be done by next weekend! Woot!!!
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:52 PM   #240
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Updates: Continued working on the headrests and the plastic pieces were dyed with black leatherique dye. They were sanded down and then sprayed with 3 coats of black dye. I am finally done with dyeing all the pieces that I need. All I need to do is just assemble the seats and put them back in the car! Soooooo Close!!!!

HEADREST DONE!





SEATS WITH THE HEADRESTS DRYING













SANDED DOWN THE PLASTIC PIECES BEFORE DYEING THEM







PLASTIC PIECES DYED IN BLACK LEATHERIQUE AND DRYING




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