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Old 01-31-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
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Arm rest wrap?

Hey I am going to cf wrap all 8 interior pieces on my sons 2000 328ci (with his help). The previous owner did a really crappy job. I have read ad nauseam on all the different types of wrap and seen the many here that offer the service that look great. For the price though, I thought it would be worth the try ourselves. However the bottom half of the door armrest are in really bad shape. My question is what and how do you recover these. Is there a wrap of some sort or some other product that is used?
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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I painted mine black.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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i'd just buy a new one.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:26 PM   #4
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The po has put some sort of a fake suede on them but is all peeling off. Was wondering what came on it originally. Buying new ones are too expensive, there has got to be other options. I pretty sure we are going to cf dark gray or black the to pieces. I thought I read that the cf wrap would not stick well to the bottom half of the arm rest.
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Considering they will last a lifetime with decent care, $200 for a new one isn't bad. can you have a shop re-leather it?
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:32 PM   #6
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Considering they will last a lifetime with decent care, $200 for a new one isn't bad. can you have a shop re-leather it?
Try over $500 for some trims. per side.

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Old 01-31-2013, 04:04 PM   #7
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My oldest son has a E36 and it has been a great car. Now this being my second son and second BMW we have enjoyed doing projects together. But $500, I have more more pressing needs for that money (oldest sons Ga Tech tuition 44k lol). So, I want to fix but with a little constraint on the money. Painting may have to be a option. If I were to recover would the material have to be glued, stapled, or what?
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Just to clarify, we are talking about the lower half of the armrests, right?. If so, you have to take the armrests apart (separate the upper wood trim piece from the lower plastic half) to cover the wood trim with CF. When they are apart, you can do anything you want to the lower half. I just sanded mine down to remove the scratched up finish and make it smooth and then spray painted with a plastic-compatible spray paint. I did several coats in black and I think it turned out great. Super easy as well. Of course, getting the pieces apart was a total nightmare...
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Try over $500 for some trims. per side.
huh? ecstuning lists the armrest for $209
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Thanks for the reply. I see your in Atlanta. I went to school there also, loved the town, still trying to get back. Yes we are talking about the same pieces. So were the bottom halves covered in anything, woodgrain or paint? When I do the cf wrap I would like to do the whole shabang while the door panels are off.
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the bottom half of the coupe door armrest are basically just painted. you can prep and repaint them while they are apart when you wrap them in the vinyl.
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Yep, been here about 12 years now. I love it. Moved from the frigid Northeast. I have attached a picture of one of my armrests. The lower part has some kind of coating on it from the factory. I just sanded it with various grits until smooth and painted using a gloss black. The piece is plastic underneath the factory coating. If the original owner put some kind of covering on it, you'll likely need to remove some adhesive. I originally did my wood trim in CF, but didn't like it, so I removed it, sanded all the wood down and sprayed with an exterior grade poly in a satin finish. Looks much better than the factory finish and was easier than the CF, IMO.
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I just finished wrapping mine. I think it turned out a lot better then the painting. Which I tried first. They are a pain to paint for some reason. I did brushed aluminum for the top part and carbon fiber on bottom.
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I wrapped the int. trim on my 325i (sedan) like less than a week back. I was planning to take pics, but I never got around to it.
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It is an easy project, I covered my wood trim and am very happy with the outcome. You have to pull the door panel, separate the handle and then separate the top and bottom pieces. The use of the low setting on the heat gun will allow you to shape the fabric around the steepest part of the handle.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:16 AM   #16
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Are the tabs easily broken on the dash and handle pieces? Does anyone know what they look like so I can buy some in advance? Thanks.
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