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Old 08-15-2010, 01:02 AM   #1
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DIY: Two Tone Interior

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Here is my DIY on two-toning your interior! Starting off tan, changing to tan and black. So I am going to try to make this one the easiest to follow for someone who hasn't done it yet. I would like to put links to all the other two-toning threads so if you have a thread you made send me the link The other two-tone threads are at the bottom of this first post

List of Materials:
Duplicolor vinyl and fabric spray paint matte black
Mr. Clean magic erasers
Green Works cleaning wipes
Masking Tape
Torx screwdriver?
Index Cards


Ok first thing I did was to test out the materials on something that would be easier to replace. So I chose my two sun visors. They are very easy to take off, just unscrew them from the headliner.

Sun Visor's:
1. Clean the area you want to paint with the magic erasers.
2. Clean the area again with the green works wipes.
3. Dry the area with either a soft towel or in the sun.
4. After you have cleaned it as well as you can mask off the areas you don't want painted.
5. Make sure you wash the parts you want painted EVEN if they look perfectly clean.
6. After you mask of the areas you don't want painted take the visor to your painting area, preferably in the sun.
7. Give it a light coat that still lets you see a lot of tan through the black.

8. It dried really fast for me so I gave it it's next coat about two minutes later.

9. Same with the third coat.
10. Now just paint the areas that may have been missed, then let dry.

11. After its dry take off the masking tape

Picture of them installed again


I also used the paint to paint my front and rear pillars, so my A and C pillars. It looks really good but the texture is horrible. It looks like velvet but once you touch it you will see it isn't haha. It's hard and course, but idk how many people are going to be feeling my pillars in my car so it doesn't bother me.
*i'll get a pic soon

Now for the door panels which took me a whole day to do one panel. Worked from two till dark. I have two done, two to go.

Door panels:

1. The door panels were a lot easier to take off then I thought they were going to be.
2. Here's how to take them off.
3. You will need the torx scredriver thing.

4. First take of the interior trim piece on your door.
5. Under the trim there will be two or three screws that need the torx scredriver.
6. Screw them off then look on the underside of your armrest, there will be two plastice oval pieces.
7. Pop off the oval pieces and use the torx to unscrew the screw in each hole.
8. The last screw you will find under the window button, pry up the window button with a flat head screw driver, disconnect it and unscrew the screw.

9. Now you will be able to take the whole door panel off. Just gently pry the door off being careful of the door lock pin near the window.
10. It will pop off but be careful because the door panel will still be connected to the door by some wires. The door handle wire, the speaker wire/s and the window button one.

11. Take all those off and wash the door panel with your magic erasers.
12. Then wash the door panel with your green works wipes.
13. Then let it dry in the sun.
14. After it's dry mask off the areas you don't want painted. I wanted to do the top and bottom of the door panel and the door handle, not the middle of the door panel where the door handle sits.
15. A lot of people actually took the different panels apart to do a more perfect job but I didn't want to mess with all the plastic welds on the back of the door panel.
16. So I masked off the panels I didn't want painted.
17. The first way I did it (which was probably the easiest) is I used my flash cards.


18. On the second door panel I did I just used masking tape and that was a lot harder for me.
19. After you mask off what you don't want to paint, your ready to paint.
20. Take your door panel into your painting area, preferably in the sun, and give it its first layer.
21. Make the first layer very light.

22. Wait 10 minutes ( while your waiting you could take the other door panels off?)
23. The second do as much as you feel is ok.
24. And do a third if there's spots not totally covered up.
25. Make sure to get into those cracks between the door panel panel's!!
26. Now the way I did it is I masked of the entire middle so now I need to take off the masking products and mask around the arm-rest so I can paint it black.
27. I definitely suggest using the index cards for this part.
28. All you need to do is pull on the armrest/ door-handle so that it separates slightly from the door panel and slide index cards under it. The handle won't come off the door panel, unless you mess with the plastic welds on the back (which I didn't do)
29. So mask off around the door handle and then paint the door handle.


30. Let it dry, take off the masking stuff.

31. Paint the speaker mesh if you want, good idea to put a protective clear coat over it if you do then Hook the wires back up that were connected between the door panel and the door.
32. Put the door lock pin in the lock pin hole, line up the door like it was and push the panel against the door so that it will pop back into place.
33. Then put the screws back where they were supposed to go.
34. Put the interior trim back on and your done.

Other Two-Toners!!

Illogical_Mind
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...724&highlight=
niiCk
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...+tone+interior
Officer140
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...+tone+interior
2000_328ci
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...+tone+interior
TMQ
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...+tone+interior
Chris-alfonso
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=768645
neil1138
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=725670
deraufschneider
http://forum.E46Fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=584524

I did this in one sitting so after I post it i'll make sure I didn't make any mistakes and such let me know what you think

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Old 08-15-2010, 01:36 AM   #2
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nice!
Awesome Write Up!
Did you do the entire headliner?
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:37 AM   #3
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nope just the a and c pillars thanks
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I really wanna do this. Dye my doors black and leave the middle part grey, but I'm not sure how it'd look. Yours looks great though!
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I really wanna do this. Dye my doors black and leave the middle part grey, but I'm not sure how it'd look. Yours looks great though!
thank you there are some imperfections here and there that would have been avoided by taking the door panel pieces apart but they are hardly noticeable. So I suggest if you have the time then take some tools and go at the welds on the back
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i was wondering if you can do this to your whole interior ?
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i was wondering if you can do this to your whole interior ?
I don't think so, the door panels are made of two different materials, vinyl and leather. I don't think the spray paint would do to well on the leather and i think that if you sprayed the seats it would eventually wear off.. you could use leather dye for the leather parts and for the seats though. I believe you can find those products at leatherique or something like that, but if you don't mind the texture of the fabric on the headliner and the pillars then you could do those parts.. And carpets would probably be a no go also. Did that help?
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Looks great but for those looking through the write ups, keep in mind my door panels were made by combining black outer door cards (the vinyl part) with my tan leather centers. It's a better way to do it but, as you can guess, requires a lot more time and more of a financial investment as you have to buy a new set of door panels. Then again, it's a superior option as it will hold up a lot better, is a perfect paint match, etc... But it's a trade off in cost.

Both are great options just depends on your budget and time restraints.

Great do it yourself thread!!!
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Looks great but for those looking through the write ups, keep in mind my door panels were made by combining black outer door cards (the vinyl part) with my tan leather centers. It's a better way to do it but, as you can guess, requires a lot more time and more of a financial investment as you have to buy a new set of door panels. Then again, it's a superior option as it will hold up a lot better, is a perfect paint match, etc... But it's a trade off in cost.

Both are great options just depends on your budget and time restraints.

Great do it yourself thread!!!
yup yup, I would have rather done it that way but this is way cheaper so I went Duplicolor path and it turned out perfectly fine and thank you
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nicee, let us now how this holds up.
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yup, I believe Chris-alfonso has had his done for awhile
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Just did the third door with my preferred note cards heres some pics
Starting off with note cards..

Then tape it up, try to tape up most of the cracks between the note cards as well..

Then newspaper it off..

*Close up*

Take it to where your painting..

First coat..

Second coat..

Third and done... I did the arm rest after but I just skipped ahead to that pic
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Can you paint the middle or do you have to dye it?

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Looks great! This makes me want to continue my two-toning on my car again, but I may actually "do it right" by taking apart all the door pieces, who knows how lazy I'll get when I actually start it. Can you show close ups of the crevices where you put the note cards? Did you have paint peeling problems when removing the note cards after the paint dried?
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