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Old 09-28-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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JJR4884 - M3 Imola Red Interior Project

Well, after a year of saying I was doing this... the time has come. I started about a month ago prepping door panels first, then swapping.

cak323i was awesome enough to give me a great deal on his gray M3 interior, so I picked that up last year and finally started with my dye project last month.

Neil... thank you as well for the tips and suggestions. If it weren't for you I'd still be in my garage brushing this dye on the leather, much appreciated!

I originally had my black interior, but I traded that for a dynavin unit which I have been wanting for a while as well. Thus far, in the last two months, I have done a few extra things to the interior

OEM Performance shift lever
OEM Performance shift knob, boot, and ebrake boot (Thanks Charlie!!)
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V1 has been hardwired for a while now
Gray door panels dyed Imola Red, installed in my black door cards
Rear gray seats, dyed and installed today





Door panels dyed two weeks ago
















Rear seats prepped, sanded, and then dyed this past Wednesday







Rears ready for install today












Huge thanks to George at Leatherique. He has been helping me with any questions and I can't thank him enough for this. Not only did he send me a couple extra little goodies, but his advice and quick replies were really a help when I needed some answers quickly. Awesome company to do business with, super impressed.

As for install questions. I followed the basic prep and dyeing instructions

- Clean leather
- Apply rejuvenator oil liberally and let sit overnight
- Wet sand the leather with the prepping agent. I used a spray bottle with 600 then 1000 grit, using a 3M sanding sponge as a flexible sanding block, worked well.
- Wipe thoroughly
- Sprayed the dye rather than brushing, went on much more even and quicker. Light coats are a must.
- Let the seats cure for a few days
- Wipe clean, dry sand with 2000 grit on any rough parts, apply P21s wax to any parts of the leather that are going to be in contact with plastic/leather... so, the sides of the middle armrest, sides of the fold down seats, etc.

front passenger seat will be done hopefully this week, then the driver's side.
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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Very impressive work sir, looks great
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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came out very nicely.
grey as base color probably helped out too.

what are your plans for the silver trims?
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:46 PM   #4
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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Very impressive work sir, looks great
thank you sire, will update with the front seats done

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came out very nicely.
grey as base color probably helped out too.

what are your plans for the silver trims?
they only drawback to the gray was not being able to see when you have prepped it enough... you pretty much have to pay attention to the color coming off in the prepping agent. i'm sure black or any other color lets you know much easier when its "ready" but that clearly wasn't my concern... the only reason i bought the gray was because it was easier to cover...

silver is staying... this is exactly the way i want it. unless i could find a super awesome deal on brushed aluminum, matte chrome stays

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Old 09-29-2013, 03:04 AM   #6
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:58 AM   #7
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looks great. does the dye come in cinnamon?
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:03 AM   #8
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This makes me want to Dye my interior right now.
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looks like it came out good so far.
you planning to do the armrest pads red to match?
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:09 PM   #11
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Very nice my friend!! well done!!!!!!
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damn! great job bro!
coming from you sir...

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looks great. does the dye come in cinnamon?
thanks!

www.leatherique.com

they can do a custom color as well but i am pretty sure they do have cinnamon

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This makes me want to Dye my interior right now.
its a tough project to start because it is labor intensive, i'm about 30 hours into it right now with all the prep and what not... luckily this project costs me about $300 (plus the price of the interior, obviously) but still still very cheap

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looks like it came out good so far.
you planning to do the armrest pads red to match?
thanks alex, i must say i'm very happy with the color but even moreso, the feel of the leather after it cures for a week or so. when i got the interior from cak323i, it didn't come with the armrests so the gray pads weren't there. personally, i'm impartial. Since the rest of my interior is black (along with the middle armrest) i am completely ok with keeping it black for the time being. Same goes for the speaker covers in the back and the airbag screw cover button thingy.. i like it with the black, breaks it up a little bit.

if i come across some gray pads, i can dye them in a day and swap them out in no time, for now, passenger seat is next and thats my only focus

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Very nice my friend!! well done!!!!!!
thanks, just wait until i get the full job done... cannot waiiiit
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Huge improvement! I've never been a fan of grey interiors.
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you should consider painting your brake calipers red as well!!
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Huge improvement! I've never been a fan of grey interiors.
thanks man... yea the whole reason i bought the gray was to make this project easier...

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i could never bring attn to stock brakes considering how ugly they truly are, but at some point down the line i might consider a little upgrade

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Great job! Such a good looking car! I have a Silver Gray 330ci Facelift w/ the M-sport pack. I would love to see more pics of the exterior of your car, do you have a link to a picture-thread or anything along those lines?

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