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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 Sun, Mar-04-2018, 05:20:15 PM   #1
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Default DIY: Refinished my Ash Tray Cover/Bracket and Sunglass Holder

If you are landing here then see this post. I did this again with Plasti Dip and it came out better.

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I've received some "constructive" criticism from a few members, senior ones at that, so I think its fair for me to preface this with what a person should expect from this DIY.

1. The fluctuations in color are because I was parked under a tree (look at the full picture of my car). Not variations in the color of the paint that was applied. I assure you the color is uniform.
2. This will not get you to a factory look or feel. A few have said plasti-dip would be a better route, perhaps so.
3. This will get you a solid much improved look if your trim was very rough like mine.
4. The pics are harsh and show every little defect. In person the defects that are present are extremely hard to see.


Materials:

1. Duplicolor Vinyl and Fabric Coating. Flat black.
2. 180 Grit Sanpaper (I used 4 sheets)
3. 400 Grit Sandpaper (I used 2 sheets)
4. 0000 Steel Wool
5. Degreaser (I just used Rubbing Alcohol)
6. Tack Cloth

Steps

1. Remove Radio, Sunglass Holder, and Ashtray compartment. I used this.
2. Sand off the rubber coating from all of the pieces using 180 grit. This is a PITA and took quite a while. I couldn't do this gently enough to preserve the little chrome strips on the door covers.
3. After all of the rubber coating has been removed follow with the 400.
4. Then follow with the Steel Wool
5. Then use the degreaser of your choice.
6. Use the tack cloth, gently, to remove any debris.
7. I applied 3 fairly thin coats waiting 30 minutes between each coat.

The "rubber" coating on this trim was really beat up from a previous owner. This looks a million times better and I couldn't be happier.
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Another thing worth trying if you're just looking to clean it up a bit is using plasti-dip. with some light sanding to flatten things out I sprayed it on. It gives a similar look and feel to the OEM finish and will fill in nicely.
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Is the top compartment door upside down?
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Is the top compartment door upside down?
Probably this part
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...z/51168260312/
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I think I like that better then what its in mine.
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Just me or did the radio brackets go up significantly in price recently? I was looking at buying one a year or two ago and they were in the ~$75 range I believe...now almost $200?
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As our cars get older, parts while still available will continue to rise in price! Look at the steering wheels and even the floor mats.
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Another thing worth trying if you're just looking to clean it up a bit is using plasti-dip. with some light sanding to flatten things out I sprayed it on. It gives a similar look and feel to the OEM finish and will fill in nicely.
I was torn between plasti-dip and what I used. If the duplicolor doesn't last or fades I will give plasti-dip a chance. It gets a lot of hate but I feel like it is probably pretty decent if you do the prep correctly.

Next up is two toning the door panels. I'm studying on different approaches.
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Just me or did the radio brackets go up significantly in price recently? I was looking at buying one a year or two ago and they were in the ~$75 range I believe...now almost $200?
Yes, everything is rising. The exact replacement for my radio bracket is now $196.50 at ECS. Hence the refinish my existing one. It isn't as good as OEM, I won't lie, but it is very close.
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Radio bracket is $96.00. I just bought one and the rest of the console stuff from ECS last month. All brand new now and looks fantastic.
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