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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 09-28-2012, 12:09 PM   #61
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I have to admit when I read the title of this thread I clicked just to watch the train wreck...instead I'm completely impressed with the preparation, thoroughness and attention to details of this project, and most of all with the size of your enormous cojones for even attempting this. The results so far truly blow me away.

Having said that, I don't really care for the imola red and black interior. But that is neither here nor there as it's a personal preference.

Thank you sir! I knew that even before I even started this project, a lot of people will tell me that it will not work or go with the OEM instead of doing this. I also would have to admit that I got scared because of those comments but I told myself that I should be ready to buy an IMOLA OEM interior if ever I do mess this up. I made sure that I researched properly and looked at some threads that other members did in different forums. I tried to get the techniques/steps they used that worked and discarded the ones that they did and turned out bad. In most of the threads that I have read, the ones that turned out bad and started peeling/scuffing were the ones that were done quickly with not enough preparation. So with this project, I gave myself a month to work on everything just to make sure that it will be done right. Again, I am happy to share this info with everyone in the forum and I am so far, impressed on how this product works when done with the proper steps.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:11 PM   #62
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JUST TO CLARIFY WHAT TO DO AFTER ALL THE PIECES ARE INSTALLED:

I just spoke to the Leatherique people and they told me that after I'm done dyeing the pieces, all I have to do is apply a wax that has a high carnuba content. After a 1 or 1.5 years, they told me to apply the rejuvenator and pristine clean to it again just for maintenance. But for now, they said pristine clean should do the job whenever I want to clean it.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:35 PM   #63
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Great work!
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:44 PM   #64
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GREAT job so far. I have this kit to redo my cinnamon front seats. Gonnado it over winter when the car sits in the garage.

They want you to use a Carnuba body wax? Interesting.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:44 PM   #65
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GREAT job so far. I have this kit to redo my cinnamon front seats. Gonnado it over winter when the car sits in the garage.

They want you to use a Carnuba body wax? Interesting.
Yup...
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:45 PM   #66
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:27 PM   #67
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looks like a lot of work.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:26 PM   #68
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Nice Work... I give you credit. The interior is going to be 1000x better than the original.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #69
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Nice work. Looks awesome
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:50 PM   #70
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I'm gonna do this I've been wanting to for a while
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:46 AM   #71
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Thanks Brian!!!! After seeing your project in person today you know I'm going to want to do this to my ///M!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:47 PM   #72
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Updates... Friday night, I got home from work and began working on the interior. It continued the whole day till Saturday afternoon at 5pm with no sleep. I had to get as much done so that I would be left with just the 2 front seats. I got help from my good friend Desmond (whom I met way back in the Honda Prelude Forums) that Friday night until Saturday afternoon. He too did not have sleep! Talk about dedication. Charlie aslo came in to help Saturday morning despite his kidney stone problem! Talk about dedication again!!! Big ups to you guys!!! Thank you for all the help and you bet that it would not be forgotten!

Dash wash taken out, glove box, front kick panels and the carpet. Desmond and I took out the dash from 11pm till 4am. 5 hours of work for the dash. 2 hours reasearching things and 3 hours of actual labor. I think it would be about 3 hours of labor if you knew how to take the dash out. We made sure we labled all the screws and small pieces in a zip lock bag. I started painting the dash and the kick panels 9am and we installed it around 3pm. enough time to do 3 coats. The black carpet was also installed as well as the new black center console with arm rest delete courtesy of charlie. Rear seats are almost complete. I need to buy some OEM door panel clipc tomorrow to install all 4 panels. I also resprayed the black part of all the door panels with the Black leatherique Dye that I bought to match them with the dash. The vinyl fabric was good but it was so dull and rough. It did not have that OEM feel to it so I decided to respray them again.

I plan to get the OEM door panel clips tomorrow and assemble the door panels and install them.


GETTING READY TO TAKE THE DASH OUT






SOME PIECES LINED UP




STARTED WITH THE DRIVER SIDE VENT AND LIGHT SWITCH






THEN THE STEERING WHEEL






THEN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER




THE DASH TRIMS




THEN THE RADIO



CLIMATE CONTROL, ASHTRAY, THE SHIFT AREA ETC...




ALMOST OUT








GLOVE BOX REMOVED




ACCELERATOR PEDAL REMOVED




LOWER STEERING COLUMN COVER REMOVED




TIME TO REMOVE THE DASH




AND ITS OFF!!!












GREY CARPET REMOVED








BLACK CARPET INSTALLED


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Old 09-30-2012, 07:47 PM   #73
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DYEING THE DASHBOARD










DASHBOARD DRYING









STARTED TO PUT THINGS BACK TOGETHER



DASHBOARD AND A FEW THINGS BACK IN






STEERING WHEEL CENTER CONSOLE, VENTS, INSTRUMENT CLUSTER, ETC.... INSTALLED




REAR BACK RESTS AND REAR PANEL INSTALLED

















BETTER PHOTOS TODAY... DAYTIME PHOTOS ALMOST SHOWS THE REAL COLOR AND SHINE OF THE PIECES!











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Dang, and I got nervous installing my V1.

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You did a great job with pulling everything apart. I'm still sadened that you went through with Leatherique and even more so that you didn't seek a proper matte coat to at least get an OEM sheen. I thought my link made the difference quite clear.

OE Imola doesn't have that sheen unless it has been armoralled to death.


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Old 09-30-2012, 09:58 PM   #77
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You did a great job with pulling everything apart. I'm still sadened that you went through with Leatherique and even more so that you didn't seek a proper matte coat to at least get an OEM sheen. I thought my link made the difference quite clear.

OE Imola doesn't have that sheen unless it has been armoralled to death.

I still have to sand the rear back rests with 2000 grit when done. It will take out the sheen. It looks shiny right now because they just got dyed. Only good to touch and install but not for sanding yet.

Here is the lower rear set that dryed and got sanded. It's less shiny and its almost the same shine as the photo you showed. Keep in mind that this is only a week old dye job so I'm sure it's a little shiny still. I will show some photos with daylight so that you may see the final outcome. It is dyed so please do not expect it to be 100% OEM...










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Well that's better, just not sure how I'd classify the quality of doing that though. You still know how I feel about Leatherique and I'm not at all discrediting your effort. I still feel at the minimum a true matte top coat would of been more ideal.


Did you ever try the peel test?

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Very nice work!!
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Well that's better, just not sure how I'd classify the quality of doing that though. You still know how I feel about Leatherique and I'm not at all discrediting your effort. I still feel at the minimum a true matte top coat would of been more ideal.


Did you ever try the peel test?
It looks good to me... I understand that you are just trying to state your opinion and I respect that. I know how you feel about Leatherique but believe me, I sat on the rear seat and used my key to rub it. I even sanded it with 2000 grit and never peeled...

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Very nice work!!
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