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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Sat, Sep-15-2018, 02:59:21 AM   #11
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Did you strip the rubber coating completely before wrapping? I understand going from bad to better, been there done that. But if you did not strip the rubber stuff then I would redo. You will achieve even better results.

X2...Using a hairdryer when applying the wrap also helps when applying to curved areas.

Itís kinda hard to tell from the pictures how good or bad it actually looks.
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I think it looked better before. Itís too inconsistent and gummy, like itís wrapped in black trash bag. At least itís easily removed so no harm done.


He's right. The upper half looks pretty damn good. The gloss vinyl was a terrible choice.
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Agreed.
The problem with a lot of wraps I've seen (especially in person compared to photos, which tend to hide it better)...TONS of orange peel.
This. Gloss solid colour wraps look like garbage. Too much orange peel and doesn't have the depth that paint does. I've seen guys do window trims and the like.. its not the same as a factory gloss or paint.

OP there was another member here who properly bonded the upper and lower halves of the armrest and then wrapped it to make it look 1 piece. His came out great: http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=557170
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This. Gloss solid colour wraps look like garbage. Too much orange peel and doesn't have the depth that paint does. I've seen guys do window trims and the like.. its not the same as a factory gloss or paint.

OP there was another member here who properly bonded the upper and lower halves of the armrest and then wrapped it to make it look 1 piece. His came out great: http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=557170
Thanks for the link. That does look great.
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He's right. The upper half looks pretty damn good. The gloss vinyl was a terrible choice.
Thanks for the comments.

Braymond, in lieu of starting another thread, I'm planning to dye the carpet in the car. Have you ever seen this come out to an acceptable standard/result? Is Rit dye the suggested product?
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Thanks for the comments.

Braymond, in lieu of starting another thread, I'm planning to dye the carpet in the car. Have you ever seen this come out to an acceptable standard/result? Is Rit dye the suggested product?
I haven't seen any successful redyes on carpets.

I'm no fan of Rit. Never seen it work properly in automotive applications (I've tried so many times). I've only seen it used with success on black shirts that have lost a shade or two due to washing.
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I haven't seen any successful redyes on carpets.

I'm no fan of Rit. Never seen it work properly in automotive applications (I've tried so many times). I've only seen it used with success on black shirts that have lost a shade or two due to washing.
Well, another "since I have nothing to lose scenario" I am planning to go ahead and try to dye the grey carpets to black. If I don't like it, I'll buy black carpets down the road, no big deal. However, since I'm going through with it, what is the "best" product for the job in your opinion?
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I think it looked better before. Itís too inconsistent and gummy, like itís wrapped in black trash bag. At least itís easily removed so no harm done.
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what is the "best" product for the job in your opinion?
Carpet that is black already.

Sorry, wish I could offer something, but I just donít know. Iíve seen the Rit attempt by the guy who did an LSB leather paint. It didnít look nice.
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Took your guys advice and got rid of the piano black lower trim wrap. Also, carpet and lower trim is now black. I like it...

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