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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 Thu, Jul-12-2018, 06:44:37 PM   #11
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Default Re: Peeling/sticky interior rubber coating annoyance

I think what makes it turn sticky is using cleaning products like ArmorAll and heat from leaving it out in the sun.

Since then I've learned and I only use a damp rag to clean soft-touch coated plastics now. Have not had a problem since.
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I think what makes it turn sticky is using cleaning products like ArmorAll and heat from leaving it out in the sun.

Since then I've learned and I only use a damp rag to clean soft-touch coated plastics now. Have not had a problem since.
Yeah that's the rub with cleaning products - hard to sift through whether they're helping or hurting!
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Old Thu, Jul-12-2018, 09:02:10 PM   #13
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1Z cockpit cleaner has been the best interior product I've ever used, keeps things nice and matte/factory looking and seems to have done a great job of protecting the interiors of cars I've owned.

Won't fix the issue now, but when you replace the trim pieces use this stuff regularly: https://www.pelicanparts.com/More_in...EaAoBREALw_wcB
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Old Thu, Jul-12-2018, 09:36:04 PM   #14
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So this sounds like it will be a small fortune. Lol

That being said, I also want to replace my terrible looking ash tray cover/radio bracket. Any one care to let me know how much of a PITA it is to install or provide a DIY (vid or written)?

Referring to part #51167001410
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1Z cockpit cleaner has been the best interior product I've ever used, keeps things nice and matte/factory looking and seems to have done a great job of protecting the interiors of cars I've owned.

Won't fix the issue now, but when you replace the trim pieces use this stuff regularly: https://www.pelicanparts.com/More_in...EaAoBREALw_wcB

Yup, great stuff. Also like 303 Aerospace. Not sure if either one does anything for the soft-touch degredation though. Would require some longterm control testing.
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1Z cockpit cleaner has been the best interior product I've ever used, keeps things nice and matte/factory looking and seems to have done a great job of protecting the interiors of cars I've owned.

Won't fix the issue now, but when you replace the trim pieces use this stuff regularly: https://www.pelicanparts.com/More_in...EaAoBREALw_wcB
How does that product compare to 303 protectant in your opinion? I have found that it provides the little cleaning I need for the interior, but most importantly provides fantastic protection. I use it for boating. It's incredible.
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How does that product compare to 303 protectant in your opinion? I have found that it provides the little cleaning I need for the interior, but most importantly provides fantastic protection. I use it for boating. It's incredible.
The nextzett stuff cleans much better than 303 and leaves a streak free matt sruface, but I do feel like the 303's protection lasts longer. Can always use both (nextzett to clean heavily soiled areas and 303 to top).
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The nextzett stuff cleans much better than 303 and leaves a streak free matt sruface, but I do feel like the 303's protection lasts longer. Can always use both (nextzett to clean heavily soiled areas and 303 to top).
I agree with this sentiment. Haven't done any long term testing obviously but seems about right.

If you park outdoors a lot I might use the 303, in my mind it protects better from sunlight, but for cars that are mostly garaged I don't think it's necessary.
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The nextzett stuff cleans much better than 303 and leaves a streak free matt sruface, but I do feel like the 303's protection lasts longer. Can always use both (nextzett to clean heavily soiled areas and 303 to top).
I think I will give it a try. Thanks

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So this sounds like it will be a small fortune. Lol

That being said, I also want to replace my terrible looking ash tray cover/radio bracket. Any one care to let me know how much of a PITA it is to install or provide a DIY (vid or written)?

Referring to part #51167001410
Working with those pieces is stupid easy. Check out youtube for quick R&R procedure.
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So this sounds like it will be a small fortune. Lol

That being said, I also want to replace my terrible looking ash tray cover/radio bracket. Any one care to let me know how much of a PITA it is to install or provide a DIY (vid or written)?

Referring to part #51167001410
That piece is pretty easy. Should take you like 15 minutes.
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