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Old 01-05-2016, 10:48 PM   #1
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Rubber coat removal???

Anybody know how to remove this ugly, scratched up rubber coating from the interior? Click image for larger version

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Old 01-06-2016, 12:48 AM   #2
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I removed the coating on my 2001 jettta, and while it looked uniform the color of the plastic was shiny and didn't match the rest of the interior, to be honest I don't really like and I can't recommend doing it. You can use hot water and a mild all purpose cleaner, but if you're a little bit ocd about your car (especially the bmw) you'd be better off buying new pieces from ecs tuning it will look brand new. If you're trying to save some money I understand, clean them gently to avoid scratching and use a good qualirt interior conditioner that's not greasy or shiny to protect the plastic. Here are a few threads from people with simillar issues, most of the issues of these cars have been documented very well on this forum, all you have to do is search. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ght=plasti+dip http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=596687
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:42 AM   #3
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I ended up just replacing all of the pieces. Just be cautious not to damage the new ones.
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:04 AM   #4
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To get the coating off use hot water, a tooth brush, and some elbow grease. It will take a while to do but can come out nice if you do everything. I would not suggest using any acetone even though it works well from personal experience but it drastically dull the color of the plastic and you will end up having to plasti dip it so it looks nice again. If it does come out how you like just buy a new one.

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Old 01-07-2016, 06:41 AM   #5
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I used paint remover formulated for plastic surfaces. Although the coating was gone, i ended up buying new pieces.
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I used a clothing steamer and a Dobie sponge to scrub it off. Personally I think it looks better that way.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:31 PM   #7
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I used 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol on my Jetta. I just let it soak for a few minutes and used an old sock to clean off. Had to use an old toothbrush to get in some areas. I ended up painting everything and then selling the car...the paint I chose was too shiny and the bare plastic showed too many molding flaws. Also, I'm pretty sure the old MK4 VWs soft touch was of a way lesser quality and that is why it came off so easily.
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