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Old 03-28-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
jkl
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DIY: Remove scratches from central console

Hi guys, I've recently got my E46 330i ZHP and the first thing I noticed was the ugly scratches on the center console. It seems like a soft plastic covering that comes out with the nails/fingers.

I had an E32 and it didn't had this soft plastic covering like E46.

I completely took apart the central console (you can find it in another DIY) and put the plastic pieces in hot water so this plastic can get softer.

Then I completely removed the soft plastic with a 3M pad that are common for washing dishes, bathroom, etc. (these ones seems to be a little abrassive) and voila, pure black plastic when it's all removed.

I'm posting some pictures so you guys can see the final results.

It now seems like new plastic and free of those ugly scratches.

In some pictures you may notice I didn't removed all the soft plastic (cupholders) since the inside wasn't scratched.

Hope you like it!
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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Perfect, just what I needed.
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