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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
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Dec-03-2018, 11:02:34 PM   #11
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Thanks for posting this. My trim has a small scratch on it and this looks like it’ll work great.
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I ended up just cleaning my Alcantara with lanudry detergent and a soft brush. Looks like new.

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Old Thu, Dec-06-2018, 02:42:34 PM   #15
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The top part is made from a different plastic that seemed to react to acetone. I also used acetone as it proved to be very efficient but immediately rinsed with water. Be careful because acetone seems to melt the top plastic.
Wish I had read this a year ago. Cause yeah... I gave them both a bath in acetone. The bottom one came out nicely. The top one disintegrated completely. (Could use a new one now if anyone has one... it can be crappy quality!)
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can you post some close up pictures of the alcantara, maybe in a better lit environment?

I cleaned my E92 GTS wheel (very dirty from PO) with microfiber towels and heavily diluted laundry detergent and I will admit it came out extremely clean and looking almost like new. While i was doing it however, I was thinking to myself that maybe removing it and washing it with a soft brush may be an even better way to clean it since i would think it would minimize wear and rubbing on the fabric. The only reason I did not go that route was because I could not find any info on how the use of more water would affect the alcantara. I imagine the brush method will end up putting a lot more water on the alcantara, no?

Either way, I am curious to see how yours turned out.
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can you post some close up pictures of the alcantara, maybe in a better lit environment?

I cleaned my E92 GTS wheel (very dirty from PO) with microfiber towels and heavily diluted laundry detergent and I will admit it came out extremely clean and looking almost like new. While i was doing it however, I was thinking to myself that maybe removing it and washing it with a soft brush may be an even better way to clean it since i would think it would minimize wear and rubbing on the fabric. The only reason I did not go that route was because I could not find any info on how the use of more water would affect the alcantara. I imagine the brush method will end up putting a lot more water on the alcantara, no?

Either way, I am curious to see how yours turned out.
When I clean mine I remove it and have held it under running water to rinse off the Sonax. It comes out looking like MUD. (This is the convertible wheel... exposed to way more elements and gunk. I thus do not ever recommend using an alcantara wheel in a vert FWIW.) I would say it ends up being a tiny bit stiffer/less soft, but only while it dries out.
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When I clean mine I remove it and have held it under running water to rinse off the Sonax. It comes out looking like MUD. (This is the convertible wheel... exposed to way more elements and gunk. I thus do not ever recommend using an alcantara wheel in a vert FWIW.) I would say it ends up being a tiny bit stiffer/less soft, but only while it dries out.
interesting ... does the wheel become fuzzier after cleaning it this way? That is another concern, and something i'd like to avoid. I may try it out and see. The wheel on this car is not anywhere near as bad so i'd like to use the least aggressive method possible.
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can you post some close up pictures of the alcantara, maybe in a better lit environment?

I cleaned my E92 GTS wheel (very dirty from PO) with microfiber towels and heavily diluted laundry detergent and I will admit it came out extremely clean and looking almost like new. While i was doing it however, I was thinking to myself that maybe removing it and washing it with a soft brush may be an even better way to clean it since i would think it would minimize wear and rubbing on the fabric. The only reason I did not go that route was because I could not find any info on how the use of more water would affect the alcantara. I imagine the brush method will end up putting a lot more water on the alcantara, no?

Either way, I am curious to see how yours turned out.
I was quite aggressive in my cleaning. I was planning to get the Alcantara changed by Coby Wheel, so my thought process was: let's try and save $ 200.00, let's at least try to clean it and if it messes it up I'll just go ahead and spend the money. So I soaked it, washed it 4 times brushing with a soft suede shoe cleaning brush made of horse hair - with hand soap and laundry detergent the last time - until I could put it on top of my white washing machine and it would no longer leave dirty black water traces, removed excess water with a damp cloth then I partially dried it with a hairdryer and let it completely dry overnight. I then brushed the dry wheel with the soft brush to reveal the fuzz and used a fabric fuzz remover to remove it... it wasn't so bad but there was some near where you'd typically grab the wheel.

Here's the result, I am happy with it. It is way better than dirty as it was. No more sebum from the PO's hands I'm not gonna use Coby wheel's services for now.






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thanks for the pics and sharing your process.
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