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      12-04-2013, 01:35 PM   #23
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I need to do this along with some trim in the back after i put a tv stand on the back seats and it mullered the trim

Will use this as a reference....
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      01-19-2014, 09:36 PM   #24
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Great Thread!

I think I'll go Plasti-Dip. I use it on my grille and love it because repairing chips is effortless.
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      01-20-2014, 06:09 AM   #25
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86??!!

I paid 12+Vat for mine, that was Oct 11.
He did say that was a big discount but massive mark up on them.

I know the date as I sold it and took some pics...




I would seriously use the plasticote matte black, it is a perfect match, and so easy to make it look good.
You got the part number for the trim?
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      01-20-2014, 06:44 AM   #26
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It will be on www.realoem.com mate.
Have a look on there.
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      01-20-2014, 07:39 AM   #27
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Found it

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Thanks
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      01-20-2014, 09:55 AM   #28
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Great DIY guide!
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      02-03-2014, 06:25 PM   #29
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I'll 100% be doing this, great post! Cheers!
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      01-28-2015, 03:24 PM   #30
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Any tips on getting the trim off? I've loosened the 3 bolts but cannot for the life of me free the clips to get the thing off!
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      02-13-2015, 01:03 PM   #31
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top tip,just done mine on my 135k 320i in matt black carbon fibre and it looks very nice.all for 7.99 inc blade and 30 mins
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      02-13-2015, 01:28 PM   #32
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Agree-this should not be happening on a 30k+ car!-but top work chaps
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      08-13-2015, 05:16 AM   #33
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top tip,just done mine on my 135k 320i in matt black carbon fibre and it looks very nice.all for 7.99 inc blade and 30 mins
Same here, wrapped mine in Carbon foil. Looking far better than before. Goes well along a M-sport steering wheel.

..only issue, I do not have the nerves to make a cutout on the M badge - afraid it will look terrible. :/
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      08-13-2015, 06:42 AM   #34
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I will use this for sure. Many thanks!
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      08-13-2015, 09:15 AM   #35
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Lee did this the other day which inspired me to get on with it - here's my experience.

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T20 torx bit. Thats it.

I was going to remove the airbag, and hence disconnected the battery, but I then realised I would have to puncture the steering wheel cover to get at the airbag release clips. I then decided to try it without removing the bag (as on E90post DIY) - this is actually quite easy.

1. Undo 3 x T20 torx bolts on the rear of the wheel. They are effectively captive.

2. Wiggle the trim away from the bag, just tug at it firmly but carefully and it will squeeze away from the airbag. You just need to pull it away sideways enough for it to clear the bag.



3. The trim then hinges around the right hand side. Careful as the wire is short and it won't come away far.



4. You can then get a T20 torx bit behind the trim to remove the self tapper that holds the right hand side buttons to the trim. Careful not to drop the self tapper under the electric drivers seat runner when the battery is disconnected making it difficult to retrieve....



5. The left set of buttons come away just the same.



6. You then need to remove the remaining covering material. Apart from the edges where it came away easily - this proved very tough. Various cleaning agents I tried were ineffective. In the end I resorted to 80 paper. This proved the quickest way of getting the surface clean, followed by 240 and 600 paper to get it ready for primer.



7. Ready for primer - M badge masked as I couldn't remove it without potentially damaging it. I masked it with 4-5 little bits of masking tape in layers. I also masked the part no.



8. Primer coat 1



9. Primer 2. Then rubbed down with 600 and 1200 paper to get it nice and smooth.



10. Three thin coats of Matt Black.



11. Finished result. I've always been naff at paintwork, but I have to put modesty asde and report it looks fantastic - and 10x better than I expected. Matt Black ended up looking 100% stock, if anything the finish is even better. I don't think you'd spot it unless you were told.



Overall - recommended. Take your time with the 600 & 1200 paper to get the surface very smooth - it pays off.
Great job
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      08-13-2015, 12:38 PM   #36
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I just wrapped mine in carbon wrap

Looks almost genuine cf








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      10-24-2015, 08:40 PM   #37
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What about putting polyurethane matte or satin clear afterwords to protect it from scratches ?

Should the same clear be used for the window switch trim peice since it attracts a lot of dirt and other particles ?
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      10-26-2015, 08:48 AM   #38
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Just wanted the thank the OP for this thread. Did mine last week with matt black Plastidip and it looks so much better now.

I also did the cup holder fronts to match. Came out well too.
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The best thing to use is Plasticote matte black, this was a siver trim I sprayed black...




However, I think I paid 12 for a new steering wheel trim from the dealer, plastic bits are usually surprisingly cheap.
Last one I bought was 72 with discount so 12 probably wouldn't get you a dust cap from bmw dealer
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///ajd thank you for the write up...did mine this weekend and very happy with the results, your step by step made it very easy about 35-40 all in.

Peter
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What about putting polyurethane matte or satin clear afterwords to protect it from scratches ?

Should the same clear be used for the window switch trim peice since it attracts a lot of dirt and other particles ?

Great result mate, i was just wondering the same thing as this poster above, is a clear coat needed?
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      04-14-2016, 01:42 AM   #42
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I'm glad this thread has been resurrected... I have been meaning to look into this since I let my wife drive my car and her blasted nails scratched up the trim... I swear I could take some garden shears and chop her bloody claws off!
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