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Old 05-03-2009, 02:26 AM   #1
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Door arm rest finishing - how to restore?

Hi all!

I've searched through the forums but couldn't find the answer, though I know that this issue is a common thing for m3 with dark-grey interior pieces:
there are cracks on finishing of the door arm rest, both left and right. New arm rests are sold $200/piece, probably there is an easier solution to change just this panels

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Old 05-03-2009, 02:36 AM   #2
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:14 AM   #3
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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Looks like your best bet is to prime and repaint. You might want to consider repainting all your trims to match while you're painting one side.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:46 AM   #5
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are there any DIYs on that?
I'm not going to spray it myself but I want to know how to do it best so my paintshop would do that nice
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:43 PM   #6
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follow the directions on how to remove your trims: http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=25

I'd ask the paintshop how much they're charging first. If it's too expensive, you might be better off getting new trims.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:02 PM   #7
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Arm Rest Pads, Removal Assistance Please

Can someone Please direct me on how to get the pad off the arm rest.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:15 PM   #8
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Check out this thread from Bimmerforums.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=435134

You should be able to just pop them out, with enough force.
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