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Old 04-09-2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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Opinions Wanted - Interior Two-Tone

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I came across these two tone seat covers on BavAuto while browsing one day. I have no intention of buying them, but I am gradually two toning my interior to a combination of tan and black, and was wondering what everyone thinks about possibly dying the edges of my tan seats to look like this picture? I have read some dye project threads, and haven't seen this. Before someone says just go all black, I have already considered this and decided not to. The alternative is replacing them with OEM black seats from a junkyard or another member selling theirs. I am in no way committing to this, but maybe this is a cheaper way to refresh my seats...? If it comes out bad, I can save the dye for the future or resell it and just buy the replacement seats. Just wanted to get some other opinions, as I am considering it myself. Also consider that my entire center console is currently black, and I already have black floor mats. I am planning on combining my door panels to have a black frame with a tan center as well. Any and all input is welcome. Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-09-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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Its not too bad, Id go with my interior being one colour throughout though
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:35 PM   #3
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Its not too bad, Id go with my interior being one colour throughout though
I would've stayed with all tan, but the car has 14 years of wear on it and the interior shows it in some spots, so I figured since I wanted to replace some things to refresh it, why not change it up a little to make it my own. But that's just my personal taste. Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:40 PM   #4
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I have an all tan interior right now and have been toying with the idea of adding black floor mats, and black front and rear seats. But i dont know how it would look! I feel like the doors need some black too but cant decied what parts. If you go with the pic you posted, i think the doors need some black as well.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:41 PM   #5
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I have an all tan interior right now and have been toying with the idea of adding black floor mats, and black front and rear seats. But i dont know how it would look! I feel like the doors need some black too but cant decied what parts. If you go with the pic you posted, i think the doors need some black as well.

Do you mind posting some pics of your interior?
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:53 PM   #6
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If you go with the pic you posted, i think the doors need some black as well.

Do you mind posting some pics of your interior?
As far as the doors go, I mentioned in the original post that I plan on modifying my doors so that the "frame" or panel that goes around most of the door becomes black, while the center (airbag panel, armrest/handle, and surrounding piece) will stay tan. This is basically splicing two different door panels together. The reason I plan on doing this is because when the door is closed, the frame part of the door meets the top of the dashboard, which is already black (this will give it a more fluid look in my opinion).

As far as my current interior, I only have pictures of my all tan stock interior, which is how it was when I bought it. I was planning on taking a couple quick shots tomorrow with my camera though, so I can probably get them up tomorrow afternoon.

Thanks for your interest!
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:11 AM   #7
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i think it looks pretty good OP. def need to make sure the door panels have that black you are talking about to offset all the tan that will still be in the car. but overall i say go for it. worst case scenario, you dont like it and gotta buy new seats.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:12 PM   #8
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I would get black seats and either black out the whole interior or two tone the rest of the interior. But I think all black seat would be more clean Also make sure you dye correctly if you do dye something. Take your time. Do it right. I had some bad experience with trying to two tone my interior. Good luck! Make sure you update this if you do it
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:28 PM   #9
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i think it looks pretty good OP. def need to make sure the door panels have that black you are talking about to offset all the tan that will still be in the car. but overall i say go for it. worst case scenario, you dont like it and gotta buy new seats.
Exactly what I've been thinking. Even if the dye doesn't work out, black seats will still add to the two tone effect. Thanks for the encouragement!
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:33 PM   #10
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I would get black seats and either black out the whole interior or two tone the rest of the interior. But I think all black seat would be more clean Also make sure you dye correctly if you do dye something. Take your time. Do it right. I had some bad experience with trying to two tone my interior. Good luck! Make sure you update this if you do it
I had been considering black seats, but I like the idea of this because it will give a similar effect for cheaper while being a little different. I am planning on looking into some more dye project DIY threads before making my final decision so that I have a better chance of doing it right the first time. I will definitely keep this thread updated, thanks for the input!
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:47 PM   #11
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Update - Current Interior Pictures

So here are some quick pictures of my current interior taken this afternoon as requested. Pretty dirty right now, and not the ideal lighting, but I'm sure everyone gets the point. I'm planning on wrapping the wood trim in black carbon fiber, and replacing the shift knob (yes, it is an automatic, but it serves a purpose as this is my DD and I live in suburbia) with a black one. The aerial shot of the center console should emphasize how the edges of the seats will match up once they are dyed black. Thoughts?
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:01 AM   #12
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There are a couple epic dye threads on E46F by Alec and Neil. Search for them, very resourceful if you're considering it.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:09 AM   #13
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The stitching and fitment of the leather in the original post looks bad. Real bad. Especially the headrests.
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:18 AM   #14
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There are a couple epic dye threads on E46F by Alec and Neil. Search for them, very resourceful if you're considering it.
Yeah I've been reading a few of those, Neil's was pretty serious haha I don't think I'd ever have the patience or time for all of that. Came out great though! I'm definitely learning a lot reading about it.
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:20 AM   #15
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The stitching and fitment of the leather in the original post looks bad. Real bad. Especially the headrests.
The picture is of seat covers which I am not buying as it says in my original post. They simply gave me the idea of two toning my seats with dye.
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:52 PM   #16
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I wouldn't 2-tone the headrests.
I would dye the seat bottom trim black too.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:43 PM   #17
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I wouldn't 2-tone the headrests.
I would dye the seat bottom trim black too.
I agree on both those points. Thanks for the suggestion!

Seems like Leatherique is the way to go as far as the dye is concerned, anyone have any conflicting opinions?
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:17 PM   #18
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I went through all this, let me know if you have any questions. I did it way before Neil
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:37 PM   #19
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I have black floor mats with tan interior. I like the way it looks. I prob won't take it any further than that.

In my E30 (also tan interior), I'm thinking about adding black floor mats, black door handles & pockets. There's already a lot of black plastic in that interior.

Go for it. Try it out. Keep stock pieces if possible so you can swap back if you don't like the end result or grow tired of it one day.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:05 PM   #20
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I think having one main color with just a small bit of a different color such as the trim or stitching looks much better. Not a big fan of the two tone but hey its your car not mine.
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