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Old 04-21-2017, 04:03 AM   #1
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Refinishing ash tray door

My center console ash tray and cubby hole doors are looking a little shabby. They feel like they are rubber coated. What is a good way to refinish them?
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:12 AM   #2
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Buy replacement parts.

Folks have tried refinishing them with plastidip but it doesn't seem to last long enough to be worth the effort.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:16 PM   #3
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Buy replacement parts.

Folks have tried refinishing them with plastidip but it doesn't seem to last long enough to be worth the effort.
I did that on my old vert. I first had to remove ALL the rubber coating though - used Fantastic to do it. Then I scuffed it with 600 grit and sprayed it with PD.

I used an exacto blade to cut around the chrome button instead of masking and it turned out pretty good. Was like that fine till I sold the car - not sure how it's holding up now though.

If you only ever use soap and water the original rubber holds up fine - it doesn't seem to like any kind of cleaner though.
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:24 AM   #4
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Does no one ever utilize the search function?
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:04 AM   #5
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Does no one ever utilize the search function?
Prohibited use in some states.
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Is it better when they do? Dude bumped 9 threads about replacement key options last night.
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Is it better when they do? Dude bumped 9 threads about replacement key options last night.
LOL I saw that.
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Is it better when they do? Dude bumped 9 threads about replacement key options last night.
Glad someone else noticed that. At first I thought every e46 owner in the US had lost their keys then realized it was the same Canuck.
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Could you not wrap it? Seems like the easiest option apart from buying new of course.
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