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Old 01-11-2013, 06:00 PM   #101
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Thanks for the DIY, just sold my E46 and I sprayed Plastidip all over the place making it look brand new. Looked good for the test drive, too bad it won't last very long
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:55 PM   #102
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t60, I hope you told the new owner....otherwise, that was a douche move. Think if that happened to you..

To the OP.. great diy!

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:49 PM   #103
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Nope, they had all day to check out the car (literally took them 6 hours to go through it before pulling the trigger) and it's impossible to disclose every single cosmetic issue with the car. And no, it's not a douche move; a douche move would be trying to sell them a car with a hidden mechanical problem.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:59 AM   #104
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Yeah, I don't think that was too much of a douche bag move. Now if you had advertised the car as having brand new interior or mint condition, or if the buyer had asked you if the pieces were new and you said yes, then that would have been a douche move. However, if it looked new and the buyer found it acceptable enough, that's fine. I'm also certain that the plasti dipped interior wasn't what sold the car anyways. Plus, he must've been either a new BMW owner or at least a new e46 owner. Any previous owner of an e46 would have found those pieces in that new of a condition would've looked it over more carefully. Had I been the buyer, if it looked good, I would've been fine.

One more thing, had you coated the plasti dipped with a matte clear spray, it would've been much more durable than even the OEM material with no sacrifice in texture or anything, at least from my experience. The trim outside aluminum trim moldings on my car were both plast dipped, but the driver side was given the matte clear, not the passenger. The driver side shows nearly no degradation of the material after 4 months, and I wash my car on average once a week, mainly hand washing but when I'm lazy, machine wash. The passenger side was done about a month after the driver side with no clear and its slowly starting to wear off, the aluminum rearing its ugly head. I will redo the passenger side, this time with matte clear.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:01 PM   #105
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Hi @delmarco how many cans did you use to do this , do i need more than one? can coz im from macedonia and its very expensive for me almost 40$ for a can but i saw your guide and i think its worth it , thank you
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:00 PM   #106
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If you apply around max 2 layers and not mess up on any of it, you can do 1 can. I think i used 2 cans. Try practicing with a cheap paint on scrap parts to practice strokes. Make sure you wet sand to guarantee a smoot finish.I had to redo a few pieces a couple od times because I didn't wet sand and the pieces felt rough to the touch. If you want to enhance durability, use a matte clear spray after 24 hours of drying.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:41 AM   #107
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thank a lot NumbaOneNewb and i think 2 cans would be enough like you said ,im gonna order them soon
i love your BMW bthw looks nice
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:50 PM   #108
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Thanks! You're the first fanatic member to compliment my baby. Lol. Remember to matter clear it. It'll prevent the plasti dip from rubbing or scratching off from accidents. My outside aluminum window trim was plasti dipped and clear coated. I wash my car once a week and after 6 months it shows no sign of degrading while my passenger side has no clear coat and I can see the aluminum underneath already.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:59 AM   #109
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Hey Delmarco, how's the plastidip holding up?
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:14 PM   #110
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:12 AM   #111
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You know what I love about old threads? You can come back a couple years later and ask "how did it hold up?"
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:23 AM   #112
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I did my cup holder center console. It has held up well. Not perfect. But still 60 times better than it looked 2 years ago before I did it.


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Old 07-10-2014, 04:09 PM   #113
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Nice job on those pieces, I did the same pieces a couple weeks ago but I only stripped the rubber coating followed by steel wool and it is standing up very well.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:20 PM   #115
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Nice job on those pieces, I did the same pieces a couple weeks ago but I only stripped the rubber coating followed by steel wool and it is standing up very well.

What did you strip it with if you don't mind me asking?


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Old 07-26-2014, 08:37 AM   #118
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Why all the pictures are broken

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