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Old 04-23-2013, 07:16 PM   #1
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Plasti dip interior trim pieces? Thoughts?

I have the ugly annoying wood trims thought out my 4 door...

Been considering the 3m carbon wrap ..
but I live in PALMDALE Ca which is super hot 110+ on summer days so I don't want it to be a waste.. With the bubbling and stuff I've read

So my question Is ?
Has anyone ever plasti dipped the trim pieces ?
Would I look stupid?
What's your thoughts?
O and its cheaper of course!
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Wrapping is easy. You just need a heat gun trust me. I wrapped my interior over the weekend and took my time. I'm a perfectionist and I wouldn't tell you to do it if I didn't think you could plus then you can get a different finish over a plastidip finish.

Edit: kind of misread your post but I really don't think you could go wrong with a wrap.

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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Plasti Dip is a rubber coating - advantage is that you can remove it with minimal damage to the original piece, the disadvantage is that it has a low melting point.

Exact reason why you don't use it to paint your front light housing. Honestly, I would wrap it. I live in California too where it gets 110+ too during the summer and have seen cases of Plasti Dip melting because of the heat. It's unlikely that it would melt inside your car, but if your interior/exterior is a dark color (black), and is left in the sun for ample amounts of time, I wouldn't take the chance.

No point. If you want black, then wrap it in black. Wrapping is cheap and can be done yourself. If you're scared of ruining your trim, buy a crappy trim set from eBay and do it on that.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #4
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You shouldn't get bubbles if you use good vinyl like 3m it will cost a little more for a roll or how ever much you need to get but its quality stuff.I would for get about plasti dip on the trim it will start peeling fast where the window lock and buttons are plasti dip is decent stuff but I dont think it would be to good for interior use
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:07 PM   #5
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Just buy the brushed trim from a wreck... it's easily changed. It can also be painted.
I don't think plastidip will look very good or be durable..
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:12 PM   #6
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No. Find the trim you want, and buy it, or send yours to diM3tri and ask him to apply some mojo to it.

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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Or keep the wood. It's a BMW.
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Or keep the wood. It's a BMW.
Agreed. What's with all the hating on the wood trim lately? It is one of the things that attracted me to the my car. After all, it is a LUXURY sports sedan....
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:22 PM   #9
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Get it professionally painted. I got mine paint matched and it looks wicked.
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Get it professionally painted. I got mine paint matched and it looks wicked.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:42 AM   #11
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Agreed. What's with all the hating on the wood trim lately? It is one of the things that attracted me to the my car. After all, it is a LUXURY sports sedan....
Because it reminds me of the fake wood paneling on the side of my dads 1972 Country Squire station wagon.
And yes, I realize it is real wood. And real wood looks great in a Bentley or a Rolls Royce, but IMO, and many others as well, it looks completely out of place in an otherwise modern car.
If the interior had more classic styling, and 5 cowhides worth of leather covering every surface, it would not look so out of place.
But my first thought when I saw the wood trim inside an e46 was not "Wow, luxury!". It was "Why the Hell did they use fake wood?". I learned it was real wood, but it is possibly the thinnest veneer ever cut, and has so much clear coat on it, that it looks plastic.
But honestly, the biggest complaint is that it just looks out of place in an otherwise modern and clean interior. Just my $.02.

Oh, and OP - please, no Plastidip. Have some fvcking pride man.

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Haha that's your blue coupe? It's problly my old one I sold it to someone in the yay area! Lol
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A little late response on this thread, but I wanted to add my two cents.

I just plasti-dipped my trim black to match the black interior and one huge plus I was not expecting is that the texture matches the texture of the leather interior so it almost looks like the whole interior is leather. A huge plus in my opinion, for those who hate on plasti-dip you should remember that this is a cheap quick way of changing the look of your car, it is not meant to be a permanent or professional alternative. My 325xi is my daily commuter and I just like to have fun with it, I don't plan on winning any car shows with it.
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for those who hate on plasti-dip you should remember that this is a cheap quick way of changing the look of your car, it is not meant to be a permanent or professional alternative.
but if you're going to take the time to paint it, why not just do it well once and be done
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I have plasti dipped several interior parts with excellent result. Looks oem quality. I haven't had any issues with wear or heat (Greece is similar to slightly warmer place than CA). If substrate is in good condition, and if applied patiently and in minimum 4 to 5 layers you will get long lasting paint
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but if you're going to take the time to paint it, why not just do it well once and be done

Half a can of Plasti dip at Home Depot - $3-4
Prep Time (trim removal and setting up a table) - 10 Minutes
Actual spray time - 20-30 Minutes (5 coats)

I used the drying time in between coats (30 Minutes) to do something else, like clean out the garage and hold a tag sale.

And it looks fantastic, I did the bow-ties on my suburban 3 years ago and they have held up through 3 harsh NE winters so I expect the interior of the BMW should withstand any abuse or lack of actually.

Call me crazy but with under an hour worth of labor and less than $10 in cost, and having the ability of quickly hitting the reset button by peeling it off at will. Why would you not give it shot?

You be the judge, does look like bad?




I took it a step further(this definitely was A LOT more work but still a fraction of a pro job at under $300) for my first car paint job I am very happy with it.


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Old 05-05-2015, 02:02 PM   #19
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Here's the only options I would recommend...

1)Leave it alone
2)Buy eithor the silver trim, or Cube trim (found in M-Sports/ZHP)
3)Paint it (color of your choice)
4)Hydro-Dip (in pattern of your choice)

IMHO Plasti-Dip is for rookies who don't wanna commit to painting something.

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Here's the only options I would recommend...

1)Leave it alone
2)Buy eithor the silver trim, or Cube trim (found in M-Sports/ZHP)
3)Paint it (color of your choice)
4)Hydro-Dip (in pattern of your choice)

IMHO Plasti-Dip is for rookies who don't wanna commit to painting something.
1) don't like wood
2) Spend over 1k on trim for a car I paid 3k for...NOT
3) Painting?
4) Hydro dip? Really?

Call me a rookie (and that's ok because I am) but any real money will be spent on the mechanical and performance of the car not on the trim. AND it looks damn good!

I would however say that I would not recommend painting the shifter, I do not think it would hold up to constant wear and tear. Currently searching for an appropriate replacement to the wood grain one I have.

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