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      02-11-2009, 11:31 PM   #1
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Leatherette wrapped interior trim COMPLETED!

Re: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=227304

Made a new thread so it's less cluttered and more clear.


***NOTE: I will update this thread in the spring once I can remove my winter mats, do a full detail inside and outside and get a professional photoshoot done. Stay tuned for new photos later.

Background:
The brushed aluminum looks really agressive but unfortunately it scratches way too easily. Especially with the iDrive and the sunglasses tray, that center console area gets a lot of access and my iron ring doesn't exactly make it any easier. Had three big deep scratches and a few areas of pitting and the car is only 2 months old.

I didn't want to go CF because it looks a little too sporty and I wanted to go for a more luxurious look. So, I had the idea of wrapping my trim with leather or imitation leather.

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I contacted Richy from BMW MotorSport (******** Motorsports) and had him find some leather-like vinyl material (aka leatherette) to wrap my center console trim. Instructions were to find some sort of automotive leatherette which is treated for UV and moisture, thick enough so it gives it a luxurious feel, yet thin enough so it'll fit. Basically the idea is sort of like the back side fo the BlackBerry Bold and the M3's center console trim.

I did consider wrapping everything but I like the contrast of the aluminum trim and I'll probably wrap it all once the trim starts to show wear. The center console is probably the most accessed and obvious place for wear and tear on the aluminum trim.

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Contact Richy ******** from ******** MotorSport (bimmerpost user: BMW MotorSport) for pricing. Given that this is the first trim done by him, we're not sure what to price it and I have agreed not to disclose the experimental price that was quoted for me.

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Here are photos from ******** MotorSports: http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/inde...lbumId=1277375

Here are photos of the trim being installed and after installation. Enjoy!
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looks nice. good idea
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      02-11-2009, 11:37 PM   #3
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Nice job Richy, that looks great.
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looks nice. good idea
It looks even nicer in person.
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Nice job Richy, that looks great.
Thank you Mike. You are NEXT.

Here are some pictures of the finished product. You can see more pictures here.
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Thank you, Richy@********MotorSport.com

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      02-12-2009, 12:08 AM   #5
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Wow very nice!
Something different thats for sure
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Something different thats for sure
yeah for sure paul. I replied to your email, did you get it? This center console looks even better in person and feels even nicer to the touch.

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wowowo so nice i alz want to do this for my center= =
damn after seeing it i wanted to do it even more!
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Nice work Richy, has that lux feel to it now.. It's got me thinking about it...
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wowowo so nice i alz want to do this for my center= =
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Nice work Richy, has that lux feel to it now.. It's got me thinking about it...
Thank you Kit and phattbam. Just let me know guys. Send me an email for the details. Richy@********MotorSport.com

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the new LCI center look so nice= =
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Looks good Richy!

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You "ARE" next buddy. You still haven't seen my CF trim in person, you are going to love it in your ride Mike. Big difference. When are we doing it?

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You "ARE" next buddy. You still haven't seen my CF trim in person, you are going to love it in your ride Mike. Big difference. When are we doing it?
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yeah sorry, just send me an email Mike.
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i like it a lot!
clean looking and very luxurious as well!
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dammit richie, if only you live closer, simi valley's far lol

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It looks even nicer in person.
That's the truth. The photos don't do much justice for how nice it looks. I actually wish BMW used this material for all plastic parts. The leatherette trim actually makes the car look more luxurious than with the previous brushed aluminum.

I am absolutely pleased with Richy's work and selection of materials.

What I'm interested to see is someone using this idea with Coral Red seats. I can just imagine how awesome that will look with the trim in Coral Red too or maybe even a light grey.

In terms of install, the wrapped part actually adds a bit of bulk which made it a bit harder to put in as opposed to the stock trim. The stock trim was almost a "drop in and click" but this one you just have to be patient and even use a bit of extra force just to compress the fabric a bit so that you can get the trim in. Took me about 5 mins as opposed to the 20 seconds before. Still very easy so it's not an issue.
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That's the truth. The photos don't do much justice for how nice it looks. I actually wish BMW used this material for all plastic parts. The leatherette trim actually makes the car look more luxurious than with the previous brushed aluminum.

I am absolutely pleased with Richy's work and selection of materials.

What I'm interested to see is someone using this idea with Coral Red seats. I can just imagine how awesome that will look with the trim in Coral Red too or maybe even a light grey.

In terms of install, the wrapped part actually adds a bit of bulk which made it a bit harder to put in as opposed to the stock trim. The stock trim was almost a "drop in and click" but this one you just have to be patient and even use a bit of extra force just to compress the fabric a bit so that you can get the trim in. Took me about 5 mins as opposed to the 20 seconds before. Still very easy so it's not an issue.
Thank you so much Andy it was a pleasure dealing with you and even more so talking to you. As I had mentioned to you I had 4 other options for leatherette but I decided to go with the nicest and strongest vinyl I could find for your project. Some had a really shiny sheen to them with a really rubbery feel to them. Yours feels and looks matte just like OEM napa leather.

I believe this mod would look fantastic in any color interior but you are right Coral Red would looks awesome.

Here is a picture of the M3 Leather Center Console which looks identical to yours.
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god i'd love this done. would this cost around the same as the cf you do?
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