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Old 03-13-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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Cover over convertible top compartment looks bad

Sorry guys...not quite certain what this thing is called. The cover for the top? The cover cover?

Anyway, mine looks terrible. Faded from the sun, and somehow has crud all over it from previous owner. I think they may have had a dog or something that rode back there. I've tried cleaning it with various things and nothing works well.

So, I'm considering trying to plasti-dip it. It seem's like it would be tough to paint, but maybe plasti-dip would work. At first, I thought of black, since the front dash has the contrasting black, but I'm worried it will won't look good with the lines of the window sills all being tan, then this solid line where it would turn black.

So, recently I saw someone using white plasti-dip on their wheels. My car is arctic white, so maybe having this solid white wouldn't look bad? I know the white wouldn't match, but it's really only visible when the top is open. I've got to think anything will look better than current state.

Anyone have similar issues with this looking cruddy? Did you clean it succesfully after the damage was done? Has anyone tried plasti-dip on it?
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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You can always have a company like this restore it, yet its gonna cost a few hundred $$$: http://www.fibrenew.com/

You could try to re-dye it yourself. There's a great thread of someone who dyed their grey interior black and red, you would just need to source tan dye.

Plasti-dip is going to look absolutely awful, don't do it. You'll lose the "grain" and it'll look even more out of place against the rest of the interior. Plus it'll look silly a different colour as it wraps around the rear seats and joins the side trim.

Buying a new one is expensive, $800+.

Finding a good shape used one is near impossible (if you find black let me know!).

There's a CF one on eBay, yet its as much as a new one.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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...here ya go......(you're welcome)....


http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-CONVERTI...000254&vxp=mtr
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:18 PM   #4
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oh...addition.

feel free to ASK A QUESTION on ebay seller,...see if he'll sell for LESS.....perhaps u can get it for 1/2 or 3/4 what he's asking....I've done that...with HIGH success rate.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:27 AM   #5
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Sorry guys...not quite certain what this thing is called. The cover for the top? The cover cover?

Anyway, mine looks terrible. Faded from the sun, and somehow has crud all over it from previous owner. I think they may have had a dog or something that rode back there. I've tried cleaning it with various things and nothing works well.

So, I'm considering trying to plasti-dip it. It seem's like it would be tough to paint, but maybe plasti-dip would work. At first, I thought of black, since the front dash has the contrasting black, but I'm worried it will won't look good with the lines of the window sills all being tan, then this solid line where it would turn black.

So, recently I saw someone using white plasti-dip on their wheels. My car is arctic white, so maybe having this solid white wouldn't look bad? I know the white wouldn't match, but it's really only visible when the top is open. I've got to think anything will look better than current state.

Anyone have similar issues with this looking cruddy? Did you clean it succesfully after the damage was done? Has anyone tried plasti-dip on it?
My cover's cover (the "Cover") is not really 'damaged' because the car has always been garaged, but it did get bird poop in several places, which discoloured the (grey) colour of the Cover since I didn't clean it off immediately. Later, I cleaned it pretty thoroughly - required some but not too strong scrubbing, and the colour of the Cover immediately showed whiter/paler spots. I then used Meltonian (shoe) Wax - it comes in lots and lots of colours - on the discoloured spots, blending them in to the surrounding area. In my case, I used the 'dark grey' colour and it is really easy to adapt the saturation of the colour to match the rest of the Cover by dabbing a little and spreading as needed with a dry cloth, then dabbing more if the colour is too weak. If you put too much on one place, it comes off with a light rubbing while still fresh. Of course, you need to start with a closely matched colour, and Meltonian is great because of the wide range of colours they offer. Once you have a achieved a satisfactory saturation/hue, let it sit a day or two or three without touching. It dries resistant to the odd wet cloth wipe and still looks good over a year later. In fact, I don't even notice it when I inspect it knowing about it: I can't find the exact spots.
Good luck!

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Old 03-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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PaulJCL...great idea. I never thought of shoe polish!
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:58 AM   #7
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PaulJCL...great idea. I never thought of shoe polish!
Will you let us know how it worked, if you do use it?
Tks. & good luck!
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:53 AM   #8
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Shoe Polish, You are a Genius !
I also have tan interior on black. I'm going to try this shoe wax method, if you find something that works great, def let me know!
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:28 AM   #9
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wrap

Have you considered a wrap? There'll be lots of options including a carbon fibre look
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:59 AM   #10
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Sorry guys...not quite certain what this thing is called. The cover for the top? The cover cover?

Anyway, mine looks terrible. Faded from the sun, and somehow has crud all over it from previous owner. I think they may have had a dog or something that rode back there. I've tried cleaning it with various things and nothing works well.

So, I'm considering trying to plasti-dip it. It seem's like it would be tough to paint, but maybe plasti-dip would work. At first, I thought of black, since the front dash has the contrasting black, but I'm worried it will won't look good with the lines of the window sills all being tan, then this solid line where it would turn black.

So, recently I saw someone using white plasti-dip on their wheels. My car is arctic white, so maybe having this solid white wouldn't look bad? I know the white wouldn't match, but it's really only visible when the top is open. I've got to think anything will look better than current state.

Anyone have similar issues with this looking cruddy? Did you clean it succesfully after the damage was done? Has anyone tried plasti-dip on it?

@glamdring71...I would suggest looking around in your area for a local "re-dyer". He can re-paint this in an hour or so & it shouldn't cost more than $100. To me, this would be the best option. I had a Small tear in mine & had the guy fix the tear & redye it, redye the bolsters on both front seat and the arm rest for $100. Check with any of your local used car dealers as all of them have sources for this, as well as wheel refinishing, steering wheel refinishing, door dings, scratch repairs, etc.
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