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      04-15-2015, 10:01 AM   #1
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Recolor/Dye Interior

Good idea?
I'm thinking of dying my seats fox red. The dye kit is ~$100 but I'm not sure what shop I would have do it for me?

I'm in a sparkling graphite e90. I have black Dakota at the moment.

Was thinking of doing red seats/door panels then painting the wood trim sparkling graphite.

Any thoughts?
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      04-15-2015, 10:10 AM   #2
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if you are going to dye them red, i would look into the leatherique kit and make sure to prep the seats/panels really good. There is a really good DIY on e46fanatics by Neil where he did Cinnamon interior http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=725670
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      04-15-2015, 10:47 AM   #3
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Where is that thread on the forums where the guy re-did his entire interior red. It looked a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

Here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1034854

DO IT.
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      04-15-2015, 01:30 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'd read over that thread before, he made me want to do it.

I'm picturing this:

Although I want fox red because it isn't quite as loud.

What I'm worried about is starting, then messing up something, and having to pay a LOT to fix my mistakes.

Anyone have a armrest/door panel for sale? Need a test panel
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      04-15-2015, 01:31 PM   #5
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The fox red:
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The fox red:
Do you want my OEM arm rest? It's grey. I replaced it for a split armrest. Cover shipping and buy me a beer and I'll be happy to donate for your project.
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      04-15-2015, 05:55 PM   #7
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Do you want my OEM arm rest? It's grey. I replaced it for a split armrest. Cover shipping and buy me a beer and I'll be happy to donate for your project.
That'd be great, thanks!

Is it Dakota?
PM me your email and ill send you some funds.
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Do you want my OEM arm rest? It's grey. I replaced it for a split armrest. Cover shipping and buy me a beer and I'll be happy to donate for your project.
That'd be great, thanks!

Is it Dakota?
PM me your email and ill send you some funds.
Got cha! I'll send you a pic shortly.
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      04-23-2015, 05:19 PM   #9
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Got the dye and armrest in the mail today, hopefully will be dying it tonight of tomorrow
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Update:

3 coats in.
Last coat should finish up. Does this look like fox red?
I'm going to ride up to the dealer and try to find some to compare.
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To me it looks a tiny bit more brown than red.
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      04-26-2015, 04:42 PM   #12
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Here's a comparison shot. The gray shining through doesn't help but it's getting redder I think. I've never seen fox red in person though but people say it's brownish.
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More of a orangey brownish red if that makes sense. Looks like chestnut interior
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How hard was it? U think the seats will be a pain? How long did it take
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Yeah, I'm thinking it looks good, although the finish isn't perfect since I had a sponge to apply. I need a sprayer. Here's the finished product:
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How hard was it? U think the seats will be a pain? How long did it take
It was easy to do, and you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process. But, it took me more than four coats for full coverage. I just poured the dye on the armrest then spread it evenly with the sponge and let it dry for about 2 hours each time.

So, not hard, took 2 days total, so far seems strong. I'm going to install it in my car for a long term test.

Seats won't be as easy but with a sprayer they'd be much easier to dye.
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Looks good IMO
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      04-27-2015, 10:14 AM   #18
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Wow! Can I get that arm rest back now?

Looks good man, just looks more brown to me on this monitor. Regardless, amazing work!
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Thanks!

Definitely glad I had your armrest as a test panel or else I would never have attempted this.

And, brownish red is good, because I have a sedan I don't think full on red would look right.
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Alright, community, help me decide. Should I go on?
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Alright, community, help me decide. Should I go on?
Yes because based on what your results will be I will do it
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Yes, looks really good. Lots of work though.

What brand of paint are you using?
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