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Old 06-17-2010, 07:36 AM   #1
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Cool Renew your Dirty Peeling BMW Console Trim For Free Pictorial DIY (Part 2)

This is a second edition to a previous thread I created a week or so ago.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=770651

This time I found my old coin holder trim (that I took off long ago when I bought my car) that was sitting under the kitchen sink awaiting to be thrown out. The dealership sells these for about $50 and they sell in brand new condition on eBay or online from $25 and up so I didn't care to keep it or sell it. It was really old looking, dirty and just all around shredded.

Anyway, finding it over the weekend made me think that it was going to be perfect for a DIY model for showing the community step by step how to do this relatively easy and unknown trick that will renew and restore the trim to factory new.

Here is a before and after picture to demonstrate how serious I am:










This DIY takes about 5 minutes or less and only requires hot water, dish soap and a dish sponge with a scrub back: All things you will find in any household kitchen for free.

Start with a boiled kettle of water:



Get your trim, scrubbie sponge, soap and mix it all together with a little elbow grease and hot water:



As you scrub and wipe the rubber top coat will melt right off the top revealing a clean brand new under layer:





With in 3 to 5 minutes....voila!










Then you replace everything: Here I bought a new Cup Holder unit trim from the dealership for my car at the time I bought the car that I never used since I also got a Euro Tray from eBay. So you can see how factory new the Coin Holder unit trim is next to the factory new Cup Holder.







One side note that I mentioned in the previous DIY is that when you renew the tan beige trim the plastic under the rubber will look slightly lighter than other trim that still has the rubber coat on. So you may end up having to do the entire console trim units and base around the armrest to get everything looking factory new and OEM.





You can see what I mean in this picture.

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Old 06-18-2010, 12:20 AM   #2
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very nice!! mines peeling so i may do this to my whole center console
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:59 AM   #3
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Worked like a charm! Thanks OP!
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:53 PM   #4
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great idea, but how is this in comparison to respraying the rubber coating?
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:33 PM   #5
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Nice work.I'll try it next weekend.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:40 PM   #6
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hmm. nice. my cupholders look like sh!t
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:11 PM   #7
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great idea, but how is this in comparison to respraying the rubber coating?
I must say it is better. because any rubber coating respray will EVENTUALLY peel.

Also once you scrub away the original rubber coat, the under surface is a harder more durable plastic (with the same texture as the original rubber) that will NEVER peel, strip, fade and it picks up dirt and smudges much less than the stickier rubber coat.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:15 PM   #8
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any idea if its hard to paint? or should u just look to get stuff in a different color.. i have gay(gray) interior would like to add black.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:35 PM   #9
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I just did this for my black coinholder and it didn't do much. Looks a little cleaner.


Yours looks like it came out great.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:46 PM   #10
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thanks delmarco... always love your writeups... doing this tomorrow...
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:27 AM   #11
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hey delmarco, you think after you scrubbed off the rubber if the under plastic would be easier to paint, since its more of a harder solid surface? You think krylon fusion would work -> http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion_for_plastic/ . I want a black center console and figured this might be an easier and cheaper route then buying a whole new black center console.
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I` ve tryed this to, look at the results
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New console for free... can beat that
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:49 AM   #14
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New console for free... can beat that
Thanks buddy. This idea came from you.
I gave you mad props in the part 1 Thread.

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Old 06-27-2010, 07:05 PM   #15
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Thanx for the DIY! Did this today. Some tips from my xp - water HAS to be boiled(/ing), hot is not enough. Credit/debet/whatever card helps a LOT in the beginning, baking soda for fine-tuning.
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Thanx for the DIY! Did this today. Some tips from my xp - water HAS to be boiled(/ing), hot is not enough. Credit/debet/whatever card helps a LOT in the beginning, baking soda for fine-tuning.
Yeah. Boiling hot is the best way.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:57 PM   #18
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coated by rubber plastic spray...



Wow that looks great Darkbug. Is it more durable than the original rubber coating? And what spray did you use??

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yeah, tell us all story I mean DIY
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