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Old 11-05-2010, 03:51 AM   #1
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Red face (Another) DIY Two-Tone

I have a AW Coupe with a (boring) beige interior. After reading through neil's and Dominic.G.s thread's I decided to go ahead and do it.



Materials:
Dupi-color Vinyl and Fabric Paint (Can be found at Autozone, Wal-mart, etc.)
Generic Cleaner
Torx T15 Driver (Door Panel Removal)
Soap and water
"Krud Kutter" (Or something Similar) You don't really need this -- it just make's life a hell of a lot easier.
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a whole lot of patience



Before you jump into this you need to realize that if you want to make your door panels absolutely perfect you need to take the leather insert out. However this requires actually drilling it out, so if you're not able/willing to take apart your door cards but don't want to do it half-assed, I suggest either 100% perfect precision (and a whole lot of patience) or you just don't do it.

Also, a great way to get the rubberized coating off of the center console, the cupholder and change tray I would suggest "Krud Kutter -- Graffiti Remover"

I picked it up from Wal-mart for around $6.00 I believe.


It's still a work in progress. It may not seem like much done but all of this (especially door cards) takes a while.



I used Dominic's notecard method. I slid them in the crack between the leather insert and the vinyl panel and for the most part it worked pretty well. They do however like to pop out of the crack if they're not sitting right.
It is also difficult to fully cover up the turn on the end of the insert but you can find a way.
The speaker cover just pops out of the panel, so I did that while waiting for the rest of the panel to dry. Takes a quick 2 seconds.


I hate this thing the most. I didn't think of any acid-type solutions to remove the BMW rubberized coating so I sanded it with 180 grit and then back over it again with 2000 grit to smooth it out. I apparently missed some (a lot) of spots and missed spots bubble up when the Dupi-Color paint is sprayed over it. In my defense I didn't have my glasses on and it really did seem free of the rubber-coating.
I'm gonna have to go back and redo it but for now it's fine.


(rubber-coating free and completely clean)

Tonight I did the cupholder and the coin tray. It was actually a breeze to do since I used to "Krud Kutter" spray. It really just lifts the rubber coating off and with a little bit of massaging under warm-water it will be entirely free of the rubber.

-I took the inserts inside of the cup holder out and left them tan to let it be more of a two tone effect. Even if you'd want these completely black I suggest taking them out and painting them separately. Taking them out is self-explanatory if you simply look under the cup-holder.

Update (11/11/10)

Last night I did the passenger door panel. I started to gouge out the things that hold leather insert in place but realized unless I got a drill or sander it would take me all night just to get the insert off, and then it would be destroyed to the point where it'd be hard to get back on. SO, I tried the tape and note-card method. This really was a big no-no. It's fine now after I sanded excess paint off the leather insert, but the paint around the bottom speaker is really messed up. I will not be doing my drivers side until I can properly remove the insert.





My Progress so far:
(Two rear panels, Passenger panel and the entire console [aside from arm rest])





Will update as I go along.
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:15 AM   #2
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looks great dude. I am doing this this weekend. I gotta start from the cupholders and move towards the door panels.
Is that Krud Kutter thing good? I'm planning on grabbing one of those also
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Looks great man

Time for CF wrap on your trim
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the two-tone look is great looking!
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:40 PM   #5
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looks great dude. I am doing this this weekend. I gotta start from the cupholders and move towards the door panels.
Is that Krud Kutter thing good? I'm planning on grabbing one of those also
You spray it on and it just eats the rubber coating. I'm sure there are better more effective products out there but this was cheap and worked well enough.
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Looks great man

Time for CF wrap on your trim
While the door panel was off I inspected the arm rest, but I can't see a way to get that wood separated from the plastic? I want to wrap my trim but I can't see that happening if the wood won't separate.
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I know the armrest separates however I don't think the actual wood plating separates from the arm rest.
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I know the armrest separates however I don't think the actual wood plating separates from the arm rest.
I've seen people with coupes wrap their trim in vinyl before. I'm sure it does.
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I've seen people with coupes wrap their trim in vinyl before. I'm sure it does.
I looked and yeah it is possible. I tried though and it's really tough.
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It's looking good man. Cant wait to see finished product.
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dow do you reattach the door cards after the plastic welds are drilled out?
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how are your cupholders holding up? i wanna spray my tan ones but it seems like the paint wouldnt last long on a busy area like that
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I'm definitely going to turn my grey interior into a two-tone, and soon. How is the Dupli-color holding up? Anyone else recommend any similar brand of paint?
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I looked and yeah it is possible. I tried though and it's really tough.
It is tough, start from the front and and with a lot of force you'll separate them. Be careful not to brake the tabs tho.

I traded in my old trim, it was a ***** but i didnt brake any tabs, and the one i got in return was all ****ed up on drivers side.
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Looking great... I'm interested to know this too, since I repainted my trim except for the door armrest next weekend possibly...

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