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Old 02-22-2011, 10:20 PM   #61
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Hope you like it, 100% worth it in my opinion.
Looks good did you sand then paint the trim?
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:31 PM   #62
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Looks good did you sand then paint the trim?
Yes sanded down to a smooth surface, prepped and 3 coats of Plasti-Dip
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:24 PM   #63
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I did this job a couple weeks ago and have been very pleased with the results. Very durable and hard finish, and no evidence of scratches underneath.

I removed all the factory coating with a razor blade -- I "strummed" across the surface with the blade held at 90 degrees to the surface and the coating came right off. Then I sanded with 400 grit sandpaper and primed with Duplicolor Self-Etching Primer (pea green cap) and several coats of Duplicolor Filler Primer (grey cap) (I probably could have easily gotten away with using just the Filler Primer). I sanded with 1000 and 1500 sandpaper and re-primed several times until I got a flawless surface. I finished with multiple coats of Duplicolor Vinyl & Fabric Coating and let the final coat dry overnight.

Removing the console from the dash is very easy and well worth the time and effort. No need to buy a new parts. It's easy to remove the switches from between the two compartments.

For those wondering about the chrome strips on the doors, those had gotten discolored long ago, so I just painted over them. Duplicolor does make a chrome product but I decided not to worry about it.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:36 PM   #64
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How do you remove the rubber coating? Having a hard time removing all of it
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:18 PM   #65
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How do you remove the rubber coating? Having a hard time removing all of it
Here is the link to clean/remove rubber coating on your center console.

Thanks to delmarco for putting together another GREAT DIY!

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...center+console
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:59 PM   #66
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delmarco, nice job! If you find a tan to match the interior let me know I need to fix my console!
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:02 AM   #67
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delmarco, nice job! If you find a tan to match the interior let me know I need to fix my console!
I guess you can apply 'CLEAR' Plasti Dip over your tan console after you've removed the old film. The CLEAR are transparent, is worth a shot.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:41 PM   #68
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #69
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Delmarco - another great DIY from you. My console looks 1000 times better now. Like New! Thanks!
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:12 PM   #70
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Hey Delmarco on image 7 on page 1, just wondering how you took the little door off of that to access those screws??? -thanks

P.S. this plasti dip **** is amazing!!
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:10 PM   #71
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FYI If you do use the Platic Coat and don't like how it looks you can remove it easily and completely. Spray the surface with starting fluid and wipe it away. it comes off easy and leaves no trace.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:00 PM   #72
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:01 PM   #73
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What happens in the missing pic? How do you get the door off to remove the top 2 screws?
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:32 AM   #74
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you open it up then just pull on the door and it'll pop right out!
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:41 PM   #75
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Haha. thanks... I got it.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:35 PM   #76
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This is awesome! On my way to homedepot now
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:47 PM   #77
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Thanks. Just did mine over the week. Will be putting my pieces back in tomorrow

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Since I had read a lot of fuss about whether Plasti-Dip will last or not I took a few extra steps just in case.
Used Filler Primer at a friends suggestion.

After that dried (about 10 mins) I applied Adhesion Promoter


then sprayed plasti-dip over. The Adhesion Promoter said to do about 2-3 coats and about 3 mins after (however many coats you choose to do) the second coat I applied the paint. I followed those instructions and liked how how the pieces turned out. Image after 2nd coat

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Will update with another photo after pieces are put back into the car. (Excited for tomorrow hahaha)
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:13 PM   #78
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Thanks. Just did mine over the week. Will be putting my pieces back in tomorrow
Nice, looks great
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