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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 Tue, Sep-11-2012, 07:36:48 PM   #1
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Default Project: Dyeing dove gray interior to imola red & black

So lately, I have been toying with the idea of changing my interior color from dove grey to Black and Imola Red combination. I was trying to decide between the cinnamon and imola but with my car being TIAG, I do not think cinnamon would work out. I know this will be a long process and I have gathered information from reading other members' threads about dyeing their interiors to different colors. I spoke with Khristie from leatherique and tried to get as much information about dyeing the interior and making sure that the dye colors that they are about to send me will match the OEM BMW color since I read somewhere about this guy who was going to do an imola red dye but then decided to go with cinnamon instead since he was told that the red dye that he wanted did not have enough red pigments due to goverment EPA restriction stuff. I asked Khristie about that and she told me that what they meant was that they could not match the deep red interiors that some other cars have but luckily for us, they have the exact BMW OEM Imola red color. So long story short, I decided to go ahead and do this dreadful project. It will take time and I will try my best to be as detailed as possible updating you guys.

PROJECT STARTED ON PAGE 4! (PHOTOS AND DESCRIPTIONS!)

I purchased the KIT #4 (48 oz of dye, 32 oz Rejuvinator Oil, 32 oz Prestine Clean and 32 oz Prepping Agent) and 1/2 oz of Crack Filler with the Imola Red Custom Color)
and also a quart of BMW OEM Black Matt finish for the plastic pieces etc.

I plan to start taking out the door panels and front/rear seats this saturday and start prepping them.

WISH ME LUCK!

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Default Re: Project: Dyeing dove gray interior to imola red & black

Good luck!!!
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Old Tue, Sep-11-2012, 08:38:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: Project: Dyeing dove gray interior to imola red & black

i would have done the same if i ended up with dove grey... good luck. be sure to post before/after pics. i've seen others have success with this as well (on e46fanatics i think).
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i would have done the same if i ended up with dove grey... good luck. be sure to post before/after pics. i've seen others have success with this as well (on e46fanatics i think).
Thanks! Yup... Thats where I got most of the info... The person that helped me at Leatherique told me that its easier to change dye color of gray vs black.
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Sounds like an awesome project. Good Luck!!
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Default Re: Project: Dyeing dove gray interior to imola red & black

what are you doing with the dash/center console/carpet?
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good luck man! post pics!
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Nice, Can't wait to see results. GOOD LUCK!

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i wanna see pictures
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