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Old 05-19-2006, 09:06 PM   #1
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Talking Dash Trim Project..

Well got my vinyl in the mail I ordered and last night I started on my little project of recovering some of the wood dash trim pieces last night and did the shift cover tonight. Here are some pics of the finished project and one of the shift cover after I finished it and letting it dry more before installing it in the morning. I got to say I am glad I got 12" X 25' worth of the stuff and it was rather cheap buy from Ebay uner $20.00 shipped to my door. I had to redo it a few times maybe 3-4 till I found what seems to work best to make it as smooth as possible but I got to say patience is your friend
Well on to the pics let me know what you think there not 100% perfect but I got to say I got better at it as I got to the 4th piece and they look pretty good to boot. I will be trying the arm rest parts this weekend. Lots of extra vinyl left over to try it again and again and again if needed.




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Old 05-19-2006, 09:40 PM   #2
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Hey, pretty cool. How durable is it? Is it an item if scratched i'll pull up a huge bunched triangle of vinyl? Or is it more durable than that? Great job again.
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Old 05-19-2006, 10:33 PM   #3
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Looks as good as it gets, Thats how mine look, and that was with lots and lots of patience.
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:09 PM   #4
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Hey, pretty cool. How durable is it? Is it an item if scratched i'll pull up a huge bunched triangle of vinyl? Or is it more durable than that? Great job again.
Well if you hit it with something sharp I guess you could tear a small spot on it but then again just pop it off and remove cover it once again. Its lots easier once you do it once and learn a few trick along the way
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:38 PM   #5
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what surface are they drying on? I would wrap them in that lol
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Old 05-20-2006, 02:18 AM   #6
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link to buy the stuff plz
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Old 05-20-2006, 04:11 AM   #7
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Looks pretty good; minus a few imperfections.
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Old 05-20-2006, 06:37 AM   #8
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link to buy the stuff plz
http://cgi.ebay.com/12-Satin-SILVER-...QQcmdZViewItem
I am sure there are other companies selling stuff similar too, I even stopped by a local sign company but they wanted 20.00 for 47" X 1' and I thought damn thats alot if I want to get extra for when I screw up, so went to ebay.
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Old 05-26-2006, 09:35 PM   #9
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Finished door trim.........

Well since I had the day off today decided to finally complete the front door handles, got to say its a bit of work to remove that dang handle LOL have to pull the whole door panel which took maybe 15-20 mins each
I have to also say wow what a pain to cover these things, lots of patients and using the hair dryer to warm it to help it comform to the handles bends and turns, first one took me 3 tries till I liked how it looked and learned the best way to do it and which end to start with but still have plenty of left over vinyl in case I have to recover any pieces or decide to do the rear handles too.
Let me know your thought...

Well on to the pics ...




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Old 05-26-2006, 09:45 PM   #10
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looks amazing. far better than anything i could ever do
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Very Nice Job. Looks OEM to me.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:34 PM   #12
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Vinyl trim project tips on application and my process......

Some pre-requisite reading:
http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=25
Just a FYI some things didn’t match exactly on my 330Ci Cabrio but gave me plenty of good information to get started on the door handles.

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• Scissors
• Water bottle with water and few drops of dish detergent mixed in (helps keep thing loose for a while as you get it in place and all the air bubbles removed)
• Razor blade
• Hair dryer
• Vinyl in color choice I went Satin Aluminum/Silver (I got enough to mess up a few times)

Here is a picture of were I started to remove my trim after this piece the center one pops of without any problems and the left come off the same as the first its also outlined nicely in earlier link:




Cut a piece of vinyl larger than part and be sure if the part is curved to leave extra vinyl for that to be stretched and moved around some as you position it just right.
I spray down the piece being covered with the dish water solution
I also spray the vinyl as I removed the backing and make sure to keep wet as you peal backing off. (Hint… Don’t get water on backing or it will stick to the vinyl).


Picture of the vinyl as I peeled and wetted it down at the same time:




Lay the vinyl onto the piece to be covered…



Start to smooth out the air bubbles with your hand also add some of this dish water to the top for lubrication if needed. Be careful not to scratch or rip the vinyl cause it can tear pretty easy done that a few times just as I was about done and had to start over.
(hint… if you crease it a little don’t worry just warm it with the hair dryer on high a few minutes and pull the vinyl at the edge carefully or push with your hand toward the edge and it will pull or push the creases out.)

Here a sample picture of pushing the air bubbles out from under the vinyl to the edges not I have not turned the edges over yet cause once you do you will trap the air bubbles and it has no place to go:




Once you have it all smoothed out take the hair dryer out and heat up the vinyl along the corner edges as pull them over and fold the vinyl over this help to lessen the corner overlap look.




Once everything is like how you like it trim the excess off if you want to or leave it too since most will never be seem again once its snapped into place, This is also a good time if you don’t like how a piece came out to pull it off and do it again now.


As for the door handles once there off of the car and I started at the most curved end and started to smooth it out by hand and then hit it with the hair dryer as needed here and there as I pulled on the ends to get the creases out and all the slowly stretched it around the edges, it cools back down pretty quick so keep hair dryer handy if you need to help keep the vinyl more pliable to pull it around the edges, be careful as you pull can it can still tear and if it does you will have to start over. I had done that a few times too as I was on my learning curve time but it does get easier after first piece or two.


Well hope this helps some folks out to maybe attempt this them selves but it does take a bit of patience and willing to mess up and try again and again if needed.

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Old 05-27-2006, 01:15 AM   #13
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good job DIYing but it still looks flawed even from pictures.

might as well just shell out for the real deal :/
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Old 05-27-2006, 02:00 AM   #14
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looks good, should have just bought a rattle can of $4 silver paint...
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good job DIYing but it still looks flawed even from pictures.

might as well just shell out for the real deal :/
Well to each there own, plus this was only $20.00 and some time to actually do it. I think it looks good for what it is

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looks good, should have just bought a rattle can of $4 silver paint... :/
I can always put it back to stock by pulling off the vinyl if I ever need too, and I don't think th epaint would be as durable around the handles were your constanly grabbing to close the doors and would show signs of wear pretty quick but I could be wrong.

Well if no one thinks this DIY worth the time and effort I can always just delete it
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I dig it. It looks good. I think rattlecanning it would cheapen the effect.
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Well to each there own, plus this was only $20.00 and some time to actually do it. I think it looks good for what it is


I can always put it back to stock by pulling off the vinyl if I ever need too, and I don't think th epaint would be as durable around the handles were your constanly grabbing to close the doors and would show signs of wear pretty quick but I could be wrong.

Well if no one thinks this DIY worth the time and effort I can always just delete it
nah bro, i'm not saying it wasn't worth the time and effort---looks good, but personally i would have just refinished it krylon style with a clear coat
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nice write up

looks good

do you think the vinyl is durable and will last?
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nice write up

looks good

do you think the vinyl is durable and will last?
I think it should be pretty durable and should hold up over time, Maybe someone that had this stuff on there trim inside or outside can chime in on how its holding up long term.
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