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Old 05-23-2010, 03:29 PM   #41
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Great job! I wonder is just regular flat black paint would last longer? and not scratch so easy
Last long enough...almost 2 full months later and my console is still pristine...
I even installed heated seats, tps and sport mode with a true myrtle wood brown shift knob during the interim but the console looks like brand new! Proving beyond any doubt that the Plasti-Dip has some longevity for the $6 a can you spend on it!

NOTE: I've been cleaning it with soft non-alcoholic wet naps/towelettes to get the dust off. I DO NOT use Armor-All nor would I recommend Armor-All or other greasy-based or abrasive cleaning agents.

Remember a dry matte finish is better than the Kentucky Fried Chicken Greasy fingers shine when it comes to your BMW interior!

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Old 05-24-2010, 06:31 PM   #42
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Shifter Knob

Where did you get that cool A** shifter knob?
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:49 AM   #43
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Last long enough...almost 2 full months later and my console is still pristine...
I even installed heated seats, tps and sport mode with a true myrtle wood brown shift knob during the interim but the console looks like brand new! Proving beyond any doubt that the Plasti-Dip has some longevity for the $6 a can you spend on it!

NOTE: I've been cleaning it with soft non-alcoholic wet naps/towelettes to get the dust off. I DO NOT use Armor-All nor would I recommend Armor-All or other greasy-based or abrasive cleaning agents.

Great job! Don't you just feel so fulfulled when you know you saved a lot of $$$ and still got the results you want?

Here's a pics of my old E36 M3 which had the wood burlwood interior that I spray painted myself back in '02. The wood was cracked and fading so I broke it off, sanded it down and instead of buying a $75 replacement I bought a $4 flat black can of paint.



My .02 for you would be to use soft bristled paint brushes to clean your interior instead of wet wipes. Keep up the good work!
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:06 PM   #44
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:47 PM   #45
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worth to try on my cup holder, lots of scratch than other parts.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:16 PM   #46
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Delmarco! your diy's are amazing man! im following your sunshade one now lol.

I just plastidipped my chrome to matte black today and im 100% happy with my results

PlatiDip FTW! (i payed 8.99 tho!!
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:03 PM   #47
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Looks great - I'm concerned about the longevity here - u think it will start to flake apart?
It will be 5 months this week with this in my car and my console trim doors and indicator plate all looks new.

Only issue I found is if you drive with the windows down and sunroof open most of the time, like during the summer months as it were with me in NY, then the rubber coat will pick up the usual dust (more so than a painted smooth surface).

I use Windex and a paper towel or a Clorox Wet Nap to wipe it down weekly or whenever I clean the car.





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Old 08-29-2010, 01:09 PM   #48
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I forgot to mention,

I discovered that the PlastiDip coating actually hardens or toughens overtime from sitting in the car.
Whether the sun bakes it or not it definitely becomes more resistant to scratching and peeling.

I took this picture today. It has been in the car 5 months now and I am extremely happy with it. I saved $50 by not replacing it with a used one or $150 by not replacing it with a new one from the dealership.

Even if 5 months went by and it started to look like crap I would've been satisfied, but 5 months later and it still looks fresh and clean like my car just left the BMW production factory I couldn't be more happier.

No complaints at all. Less than $6 spent on something that is quality.

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Old 09-12-2010, 03:58 AM   #49
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:00 PM   #50
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THIS IS AWESOME!!! i was about to go get black spray paint from home depot!!
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You know, my doors are looking ratty, and I haven't been keen on spending $100 for new ones. Definitely on the project list. Thanks for documenting what you did, looks great!
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:40 PM   #52
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I could add that if you want to remove the original rubber coating, you can use hot soapy water. It will peel of easily.
Learned it the hard way... as I am a lazy a$$ I didn't bother cleaning my cup holders myself so I threw the whole thing in the dishwasher. It got out without 3/4 of the rubber coating.
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:30 PM   #53
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Delmarco - looks great... I know it's lasted a long time now I wonder if a coat of spray matte laquer after the dip would still look as good? It would be eaiser to clean and be harder to scratch. I threw my cup holder in the dishwasher and alot of the rubber came off so I may dip it.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:17 PM   #54
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I think its great DIY and how you went about it, But the route you took doing it I would have sanded the ashtray lid a little more and also why cover them with "rubber" paint again you know its gona last 2 months and its gona look bad again. Im more for sand/prime/paint...Maybe even clear coat it.
But good job on diy for everyone that wants to go this route.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:17 PM   #55
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This method is for something who is looking for quick and inexpensive fix.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:31 PM   #56
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This method is for something who is looking for quick and inexpensive fix.

No kidding? I thought the title gave that away.

I did it and its been holding up great after about 4 months.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:00 AM   #57
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[QUOTE= I did it and its been holding up great after about 4 months.[/QUOTE]

Me too
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:12 PM   #58
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Great work man! Why spend more money and work time on something when you could do it for way cheaper and less time and still have a lasting result. I love this plasti dip product and I don't understand why people are hating on it, but I can care less. It works for me and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:21 AM   #59
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Plastidip Hmmmm
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:03 PM   #60
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Not bad for $6 bucks

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Hope you like it, 100% worth it in my opinion.
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