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Old 10-09-2011, 12:10 AM   #1
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Complete Cinnamon/black overhaul project (Big Pics)

So I posted some time ago that i was going to do a re-dye of my already once dyed interior and i've come to a point where I can share some of my progress. (previous project)http://e46fanatics.com/forum/showthr...320&highlight=

Well I was gonna dye my existing seats but i figured if i was going that route again I might as well get some sport seats and do it right! Bought some off a fellow member and that in turn started a snowball effect.
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I must give a shout out to Neil1138 for his thread as i followed some of the procedures that he did with his dye project.
I immediately went to work by disassembling the seats and prepped them for a cinnamon dye from leatherique.Photobucket
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It's a good idea to spend the time taking them apart for the process... Don't be a bum, (words made famous by Neil1138), the end results will be 10X better. I must also give my opinion on prep work. I found that sandpaper was ALOT of work so i used a red scotchbrite pad with light pressure and the prep agent. It may sound bad but the results are awesome and require a third of the work...
I took a little different approach from the traditional painter brush technique and decided to use an HPLV sprayer from Lowes. Kobalt brand.Photobucket

I started by painting the seams of the seat
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Then proceeded to spray them with the spray gun.PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Let me just say that the spray gun works GREAT! Granted you have done the correct prep work and it is not very humid, which I constantly fought living in the great state of FL. If you have a compressor I HIGHLY recommend it. To get the results I was looking for, it only took 3 coats with the sprayer. A little goes a long way.

Just a quick pic of the seats and some panels dyed. Along with a few parts painted with vinyl and fabric paint.
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I've made quite a bit of progress and will post later a few goodies that I picked up. Just wanted to get this thread started because a few members were interested in what direction I went with new project...So stay tuned.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:59 AM   #3
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A couple of pics with the seat fully assembled, short of headrest.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:28 AM   #4
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I decided to do the seats first so they had plenty of time to dry before putting them in the car. next was a little project that i had been needing to do for a while. Good ol' wood trim wrap. I decided to use 3m flat black.
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And a little teaser pic.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:41 PM   #5
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In! Installed interior pics cant come any quicker! I have wanted to do this for so long, so I want to see how yours turned out. Being skeptical of the results of dye, I had been going back and forth between dying my beige sports cinnamon/black to just buying black seats and doing all black interior and painting over the wood trim with steel blue. God it feels like I have been typing this forever, hurry up and post the pictures man, lol. Seriously cant wait to see the end product.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:21 PM   #6
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In! Installed interior pics cant come any quicker! I have wanted to do this for so long, so I want to see how yours turned out. Being skeptical of the results of dye, I had been going back and forth between dying my beige sports cinnamon/black to just buying black seats and doing all black interior and painting over the wood trim with steel blue. God it feels like I have been typing this forever, hurry up and post the pictures man, lol. Seriously cant wait to see the end product.
Im trying my best to get this project finished trust me, lol. i am in the midst of waiting on a few things that are stopping me from finishing up, but should be ready in a week or two. In the mean time...
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:52 PM   #7
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:31 PM   #8
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Next on the project list was the dash. I was putting this off but since I picked up some black carpet I figured that painting it was a given since it had to come out for the install anyways...

Some components removed
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Dash removed
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A little prep
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And then using the ever reliable Duplicolor vinyl and fabric flat black paint
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I will tell you that the paint matches pretty good. I definitely swear by this stuff as it's tough and leaves a nice finish as well as dries nice and even, but you be the judge. The DIY for dash removal
http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=628898

This was time consuming in my opinion and took a little longer seeing as how I let it dry for 2 days before putting it back in the car. I highly recommend it.

While it was doing its thing i decided to drop in the carpet
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For those who haven't done this and are considering, im not sure if there is any other way but I had to cut out the section that sits under the dash crash bar (the steel cage that the dash sits on). I figured there was no way I was going to remove all that just to leave the carpet in one piece...

I was ready to finally put this on
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A quick phone pic of the dash back in
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I have the dash fully assembled but don't want to put in pics until I get the car fully assembled. Lets not spoil the end result. My big issue right now is that i'm waiting on a few things to arrive and for some material as well. Until next time...
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:36 PM   #9
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damn.. you are puting in WORK!

looks good!
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:09 AM   #10
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that looks incredible!!!!!!
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damn.. you are puting in WORK!

looks good!
Thanks man. It most definitely IS work!

So I finally got the call today. My ultra-suede finally came in, but i still have to pick it up. I will not be able to until Thursday but here are a few other things I've done thus far.

A freshen-up of my door panels. A scrub down and repaint process
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Along with some miscellaneous parts...
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Here are a few pics of the panels assembled
With flash
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Without flash
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A few goodies from tischer. Black dead pedal, Leather auto shift knob, and OEM rubber mats.
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Here is something I really am amazed with.
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I painted this with vinyl and fabric paint because dye didn't stick very well. The finish was OK but I wanted more sheen so I winged it and used a buffing wheel and leather creme on it.
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...and the end result is just awesome!
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:06 PM   #11
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Simply amazing!! Im actually in the process of the same thing but from grey to black/cinnamon. Cant wait to see it all installed!!
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:14 PM   #12
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Did you sand your seats down really well?

If not, you're in for a very shiitty next 3 months.
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Simply amazing!! Im actually in the process of the same thing but from grey to black/cinnamon. Cant wait to see it all installed!!
Thanks man. Remember, prep is everything. Good luck.

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Did you sand your seats down really well?

If not, you're in for a very shiitty next 3 months.
I hear ya, Though this isn't my first dye job. I've already had the driver seat in for about 5 weeks with no issues. As stated above, I know that prep is everything!

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I just picked up some FB rustoleum vinyl and fabric paint, have you used it compared to duplicolor? Also do you know if there is any shade variation between the two companies? Im just curious cause it seems to be a little flatter than yours is all.
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I just picked up some FB rustoleum vinyl and fabric paint, have you used it compared to duplicolor? Also do you know if there is any shade variation between the two companies? Im just curious cause it seems to be a little flatter than yours is all.
It's probably the flash of my camera that makes it look a little different, though I have never used nor seen the rustoleum paint in person.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:55 PM   #17
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you didnt aswer my question though. did you prep at all?

doenst look like you did.

hope you did or youre gonna get fuccckkkkkkkkeeeeeeed and it will suck.
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you didnt aswer my question though. did you prep at all?

doenst look like you did.

hope you did or youre gonna get fuccckkkkkkkkeeeeeeed and it will suck.
We waited 8 months for you to do this project, and we still are. Don't be mad someone got to it first
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