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Old 02-20-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Bubbles in passenger door pull/arm rest?

Hey guys..

First post yadda yadda..

Just picked up an 04 M3 and am absolutely in love! The car is almost pristine with the exception of one minor thing: There are these strange bubbles in the grey/black plastic of the passenger door pull.

Talking to folks all over, I am told this is SUPER common. I have been searching the forums but not finding any info on this?

Is there a way to repair or is just replacement the only option?

I can post pics if folks want..
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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If it is bubbles in the finish and not actually the armrest material - you could wrap them (as many here have done) in whatever color/finish you prefer. The carbon wraps that I have seen look pretty damn good, or you could go with a solid color - again all up to your preference. It is typically cheaper than replacement of the arm rest.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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Definitely looks like the finish itself.. I saw in this AMAZING thread (dove grey to imola red project) some really awesome looking carbon fiber (wraps?) armrests, both front and rear? Would you happen to have a link or source for the wraps? Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:04 PM   #4
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ECS Tuning sells the wrap, not sure who else might but I'm sure there are plenty of places to source it. If you Google search for "Di-noc" you should get some hits... Here is a link to ECS tuning showing some (if not all) their available stuff: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Di-Noc/

And here is a link to ECS' "installation kit" which consists of some tools to help with the process: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Wrap/ES2608022/

Hope that helps.

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:06 PM   #5
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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I was told in my 02 that it was a problem with the paint and it was caused by the use of hand sanitizer. Anyways, I just bought new ones from Ticher and replaced them.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:12 PM   #7
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Here we go..

Here is a shot of the armrest..

https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...Aucnq_qTxHkKOw

hopefully that works.. *SIGH*

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Old 02-20-2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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Mine has bubbles as well, best bet is just to replace it.

I'm thinking about re-wrapping mine with real leather with foam underneath.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:38 PM   #9
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Here is a shot of the armrest..

https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...Aucnq_qTxHkKOw

hopefully that works.. *SIGH*
Ouch I'd probably wrap it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:41 PM   #10
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Ouch I'd probably wrap it.
Yup.. so based on that link, looks like that carbon fiber wrap is polyvinyl that applies on?
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #11
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I'm glad I have brushed metal. EVERY M3 that I went to look at and had that trim had bubbling.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:10 AM   #12
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I'm glad I have brushed metal. EVERY M3 that I went to look at and had that trim had bubbling.
Yeah.. everyone in the local shops is telling me its completely common which is why I didn't freak out over that detail. My new M3 is absolutely pristine with super low miles, and really that is the only thing wrong.

I am really looking at fixing it, considering both just replacing it ($225) or maybe that carbon fiber polyvinyl ($50).. the carbon fiber look is pretty cool though would need to do both doors and the rear rests then too.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:54 AM   #13
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I'd go with the carbon wrap if I were you. My cube trim on the ZCP is still holding strong, I've not been able to confirm it but it seems to be made of a thicker material than the '02 non ZCP - the '06 has a much more solid feel to the assembly when you grab it to close and open the door.... Anyone know if they are the same material or not?
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Yeah.. everyone in the local shops is telling me its completely common which is why I didn't freak out over that detail. My new M3 is absolutely pristine with super low miles, and really that is the only thing wrong.

I am really looking at fixing it, considering both just replacing it ($225) or maybe that carbon fiber polyvinyl ($50).. the carbon fiber look is pretty cool though would need to do both doors and the rear rests then too.
Ever seen piano black? I like that a lot.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:33 PM   #15
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Yeah.. think I am going to try the carbon fiber set. Going to order a sheet of the 4x1 from ECS this morning. Will have to tear the door panels off (bummer) but will do both door panels, and the rears as well to match. Also thinking maybe the plastic surround, around the gear shift.

Think I will replace the front reflectors at the same time.. they are eggyolk yellow, plus one is a little dinged up.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-S54_3.2L/ES11209/

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Old 02-23-2013, 11:26 PM   #16
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OP i have the same finish and im local. my passenger side is in perfect shape, if you want we can swap? i was going to wrap mine since my drivers side is looking rough. no use in me wrapping a perfectly good handle. let me know if your interested
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:28 PM   #17
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OP i have the same finish and im local. my passenger side is in perfect shape, if you want we can swap? i was going to wrap mine since my drivers side is looking rough. no use in me wrapping a perfectly good handle. let me know if your interested
I would certainly consider it.. I even bought that wrap material and it arrives on Monday. If you wanted to swap, you could buy the wrap off me as well if you need it?
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OP i have the same finish and im local. my passenger side is in perfect shape, if you want we can swap? i was going to wrap mine since my drivers side is looking rough. no use in me wrapping a perfectly good handle. let me know if your interested
Wow, that's a ridiculously generous offer.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:33 PM   #19
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Wow, that's a ridiculously generous offer.
Really is! I would love to work it out.. 8)
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:38 PM   #20
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I got the vinyl in today if you are still interested in the armrest swap?
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