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DIY: wrapping interior trim parts with Carbon Fiber Fabric
Published by Starscream
01-17-2009
DIY: wrapping interior trim parts with Carbon Fiber Fabric

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Today Ive been busy wrapping my friends interior trim on his E46 M3 and thought Id post some pics on how that turned out,

This seems to be a very up and coming popular interior mod amongst the BMW crowd, Mostly 3 Series owners,
Its a bit of a PITA, Not what I'd call easy but its not rocket science either,

Here is what I did,

First you start with your stock boring silver graphite parts,



Then you get your carbon sheets that they sell very cheap these days,
Its a carbon fiber fabric, and imitates the look of the BMW "Carbon Leather" trim I have in my M and can be optioned in most new BMW M cars,





You then cut what you need leaving ample room around the part, after all you have to wrap it clean over the part and secure it to the back,
Also pictured is the doctors style tools you need for the job, a really sharp pair of scissors and an exacto knife and 3M's Super #77 spray glue



Then spray the part, I used 2 coats as it gets a bit thick with any more



Then its time to lay the sheet and start pressing out all the air and getting it nice and flat,



Next comes the holes, Pretty much speaks for itself, Just cut close to the edge and keep rolling back applying glue to the rear





And then some finished pics and closeup of the weave,

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By Starscream on 01-17-2009, 08:05 PM
The rest of the pics





I also did the same technique for the rest of his trim and here is that finished







These two parts interlock together on the dash so I made sure I got the weave to line up, This was a little tricky as the parts contour to the dash so wrapping these was a bit of a challenge but they came out nice





And thats it so far,
Tomorrow I'll install them and get some installed pics
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By Starscream on 01-17-2009, 08:05 PM
For comparison here is some close-ups of the real Carbon Leather in my BMW from the factory,

Not much difference,










Mine is a little more textured, you can physically feel the weave,
But for $30 a yard the carbon fabric really is an awesome way to add some nice interior mods without going over the top and tacky
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By BMWI6 on 01-17-2009, 08:13 PM
dude I need this asap, where did u get it?
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By Starscream on 01-17-2009, 08:15 PM
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dude I need this asap, where did u get it?
Look in the for sale section of this board, I see people selling it there
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By PLAYON on 01-17-2009, 08:16 PM
DAMN. . .this is the 1st DIY I've seen for the CF fabric wrap. . .great job man
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By ZuerstBMW on 01-17-2009, 09:07 PM
You did a FANTASTIC job, Im sure your friend was very pleased.
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By BK on 01-17-2009, 09:10 PM
Very nice work, it looks great. Looking forward to the installed photos.
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By HighQ on 01-17-2009, 09:13 PM
You get extra points for making sure the weave lines up.
Attention to detail rocks!
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By Aija on 01-17-2009, 09:33 PM
well done
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By Andro07 on 01-17-2009, 10:06 PM
Looks Good
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By edy74 on 01-17-2009, 10:10 PM
did u first spray the front and after the fabric was glued u spray the back?any pics from the back side?
thnx

U DID A GREAT JOB
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By Aurora Bearialis on 01-17-2009, 10:53 PM
Very Nice... do you do this? Like if we sent our trim could you do this? Or is it easily done?
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By Starscream on 01-17-2009, 11:07 PM
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You did a FANTASTIC job, Im sure your friend was very pleased.
he hasn't seen it yet

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Very nice work, it looks great. Looking forward to the installed photos.
Likewise, will update the thread tomorrow, He also has the "Dove Grey" leather interior on his M3 so I think this will break up the dull grey

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You get extra points for making sure the weave lines up.
Attention to detail rocks!
Thank you
Took some fiddling but its worth the extra effort

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well done
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Looks Good
Thanks

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did u first spray the front and after the fabric was glued u spray the back?any pics from the back side?
thnx

U DID A GREAT JOB
Thanks, Yes sprayed the front and pressed out the air, then cut off the excess and sprayed a small bit of the back and folded over, Then with the blade again trimmed excess,
ill try to get some back pics,

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Very Nice... do you do this? Like if we sent our trim could you do this? Or is it easily done?
I guess I could do this for board members
From the looks of it the E90/E92 interior looks a lot more involving than the E46 here, Id have no idea what to charge for doing it either lol,

As I said its not easy, But if you take your time and do it nice and slow and one piece at a time I'm sure people could do it themselves,
Just a little patience and a SHARP knife and it should be manageable
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By Starscream on 01-17-2009, 11:08 PM
Just to add this is also the first time I have ever done anything like this,
Very happy how it came out for my first time!
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By PaulBailey@ltbmw on 01-17-2009, 11:19 PM
Looks very good man!
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By JayeJaymes on 01-17-2009, 11:21 PM
awesome man, very good job for your first time
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By Starscream on 01-17-2009, 11:25 PM
The interior its going into looks like this



Just without the Nav and SMG and aluminum trim lol,
But same Grey color,
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By ianbiz on 01-18-2009, 02:05 AM
looks awesome bro!
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By sepsis on 01-18-2009, 06:23 AM
looks great. what's the lifespan of the material and seal?
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By Tolofou on 04-29-2009, 09:41 AM
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I am setting up a project for my E46 M3 to have both red/back carbon fiber and gray/black carbon fiber. Just didn't want to much red color U know. So I am looking at some post here about wrapping this stuff without epoxy resin. I am concerned about the material fraying or wearing funny without the protection of the so called glass like material. How is the wear on these items? and where did you figure that epoxy resin was not needed for this install just spray glue? Cheers!

Tolofou
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By Soni on 04-30-2009, 06:09 PM
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I am setting up a project for my E46 M3 to have both red/back carbon fiber and gray/black carbon fiber. Just didn't want to much red color U know. So I am looking at some post here about wrapping this stuff without epoxy resin. I am concerned about the material fraying or wearing funny without the protection of the so called glass like material. How is the wear on these items? and where did you figure that epoxy resin was not needed for this install just spray glue? Cheers!

Tolofou
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