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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 06-19-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
Gene Kluber
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Arm Rest plastic part paint?

The plastic part of the arm rest covering looks like a tape material. How do we repair or replace?
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #2
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The plastic part of the arm rest covering looks like a tape material. How do we repair or replace?
Yeah... it peels off easily. You could go to the dealer and they could hook you up with the "leather" restoration guy who will just redo that part... obviously it won't look like it does now. If you want it to look new, you need to replace the entire arm rest. I want to say the front arm rests are like $900 each.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:22 PM   #3
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I had the same situation and I painted with plastic paint flat black. Looks like new
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:56 AM   #4
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I was thinking about trying to get the colored stuff off and just leave them as bare black plastic. Anyone know if they match the door handle surround that way or do they need to be painted?
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:18 AM   #5
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painted portion of arm rest

I took the arm rests off. Its necessary to remove door panel there are more screws on back side, Removing the painted portion of the arm rest requires sanding. The plastic will not look good you need to paint. Be sure, if you use enamel paint let each coat cure prior to adding another coat.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:59 AM   #6
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Are you talking about the center console plastics from the E switch to the rear ashtray w/cup holders/tray/coin keeper & leather covered armrest?
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