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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Thu, Nov-08-2018, 03:10:31 PM   #1
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Default Rear seat upper rubber trim help

Hey guys- i am sure most of you who have messed with your rear seats have seen the upper rear rubber trim deteriorate over time.

Since the part is NLA, the only way to restore it seems to be the plastidip route.

My question to you OGs is should I remove the existing coating first or just fill in the areas with the coating that flaked off? The exist coating could be easily scratched off with a finger nail; exposing a smooth plastic surface but not sure if that was by design in the first place which might explain why the original stuff didnt adhere very well

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It appears you answered your question with your explanation.
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You have to remove any of the loose stuff before you put new coating on. I would probably give the whole thing a good sanding and then clean with soapy water or rubbing alcohol before trying to restore it otherwise the same thing is going to happen with it peeling off.
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Well that was a pain in the ass. 2 hours with a razor blade and 70% alcohol.

At least is ready for plastidip
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Keep us posted on progress!!!


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Old Sat, Nov-10-2018, 01:47:18 PM   #6
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Default Re: Rear seat upper rubber trim help

I bought these new about 10 x years ago....I can't figure out how these mount into the seats? Do they just press in?
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You slide them on. Use silicon lube though because these can easily snap if you force it in to hard

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Finished project. 5 coats of plasti dip (30mins apart per coat) gave it the same texture and thickness of oem

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Looks good!
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Good to know. This is on my list, though with the rear roll bar I can’t use the seats and they won’t even fold down so maybe I should just delete them. About all they do now is provide sound deadening.
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