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      11-17-2008, 02:25 PM   #1
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CF fabric ashtray lid

I have read many of you having difficulty on using the CF fabric wrapping the ashtray. Here is a little DIY hope that help.

1. Here is how the base ashtray unit look like after you seperated the top lid. There are 5 tabs which are holding the top lid.
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2. Here is how the back side of the ashtray lid will look like after you sepearated. You can see there are 5 clips. And yes, I broke the far left one on my first attemp when I swap the Sunglass tray. In this picture, you will also see the 3 melted spots that holding the chrome plastic part. Use some sharp object cutter or siccors and trim off the edges of the melted spots. Then push the pins and the chrome parts should be easily come off.
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3. Spray the adhesive on the whole cover and put on the pre-cutted CF fabric. Work on all the corners and make sure all corner doesn't overlap. The fabric it stregthable, so you can avoid overlap by pushing and pulling. Once you get all corner smooth out, you can use your finger nail or some object that not so shap to find the line between the lip and black plastic bottom. Put little pressure so it showed the line. Now use a sharp cutter cut on the line and tear off the bottom fabric. Then use some alcohol to clean the residure on the black plastic part. Poke three holes on the fabric where the original chrome part seat.
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4. Completed unit will look like this!!
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      11-17-2008, 02:25 PM   #2
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hey soni, quick Q for you. The added thickness in the sunglass door, as well as having additional CF trim around the opening adds at least 1/2'' of extra material, how did you compensate for that? I appreciate your DIY and will do this myself, but the main question is all the added wrap WILL effect the opening/closing of this piece. How did you accomodate this? I was thinking of grinding down the sunglass door a couple inches all around then wrapping it as you suggested.

My problem in addition to teh sunglass door was having the smaller gap created between the sunglass door and the opening from the excess cf wrap...
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      11-17-2008, 03:14 PM   #4
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Somehow I can't edit my 1st post. Pictures order is off!!

here we go again!! Also added few more pics!!


1. Here is how the base ashtray unit look like after you seperated the top lid. There are 5 tabs which are holding the top lid.
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2. Here is how the back side of the ashtray lid will look like after you sepearated. You can see there are 5 clips. And yes, I broke the far left one on my first attemp when I swap the Sunglass tray. In this picture, you will also see the 3 melted spots that holding the chrome plastic part. Use some sharp object cutter or siccors and trim off the edges of the melted spots. Then gentlely push the pins and the chrome parts should be easily come off. DO NOT PUSH TOO HARD, you might bend or break the piece.
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3. Spray the adhesive on the whole cover and put on the pre-cutted CF fabric. Work on all the corners and make sure all corner doesn't overlap. The fabric it stregthable, so you can avoid overlap by pushing and pulling. Once you get all corner smooth out, you can use your finger nail or some object that not so shap to find the line between the lip and black plastic bottom. Put little pressure so it showed the line. Now use a sharp cutter cut on the line and tear off the bottom fabric. Then use some alcohol to clean the residure on the black plastic part. Poke three holes on the fabric where the original chrome part seat. Put back the chrome part, you can use some glue to glue down the chrome pices, but the pins should be tight enough that you don't really need to use any glue.
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4. Completed unit will look like this!! Just this ashtray cover itself shouldn't take more than 20 mins.
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THANKS Soni. that helps a lot. I need to redo mine. the corners are all bunched up
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      11-17-2008, 03:45 PM   #6
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nice DIY Soni

I need some CF fabric hehe
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nice DIY Soni

I need some CF fabric hehe
thanks!!

Sorry, I don't have any fabric. Please check with Jo@EuroDyne, they sell the fabric.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185836
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Nice DIY write up, but the problem is that the added vinyl material does NOT let the Ash tray door open and close correctly.
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You have to ensure that the alignment is correct with the ash tray assembly with respect to the center console. I had a rubbing issue at first with my vinyl cf trim the 2nd time i redid it. Now it opens/closes flawlessly.

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Nice DIY write up, but the problem is that the added vinyl material does NOT let the Ash tray door open and close correctly.
I have no problem at all. Maybe you are using a thicker material and I am using thinner material.

Also, I don't like the modify idea in case if you want to go back to stock, will it affect the OEM look or function

Here are 2 clips of my front and rear ashtray cover open and close movement. As you can see it open and clow without a problem.

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Rear:
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A bit dirty, but does the trick!
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wowoowwo soni- -
u r a life saver!LOL
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Here is a picture of the rear ashtray lip disassembled.
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And here is completed wrapped front center console with idrive and rear center console.
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man if I only took the time and didn't rush it.. I need more Soni.. lemme know if you get more.
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just do 2 pieces per day...at the end you see all trims will be ver nice. But if you try to do it all at once, spend like 5-8 hours...man, the last few pieces are going to be sloppy!!
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Definately take your time. I spent close to 15 hours on this
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Definately take your time. I spent close to 15 hours on this
what 15 hours?? you really take your time...I can get all done in 4 hours.
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I was definately taking my time haha. I ended up redoing all the trim peices twice and the ashtray times so sadly yep...
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is there anything that you can put over the finished product like a clear coat or something?
or does the glue dry and act as a clear coat?
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is there anything that you can put over the finished product like a clear coat or something?
or does the glue dry and act as a clear coat?
you don't really need any clear coat...the fabric itself easy to clean with any cleaning product and fabric itself is water resistant.
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ooo i c i never saw it in real life and from picks i liked the way it shines w/ a coat but that was like the commercial stuff not quite DIY lol but i saw the video of the front ass try thing and my cover doesnt close smoothly the back seems to rub and i have to force it closed i just got my car like 2 weeks ago u guys think bmw can fix that problem for me?
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