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Old 07-04-2015, 01:57 PM
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My interior started life as full "cream beige" ...it was a lot of beige, too much beige, so I have slowly changed parts out for oem black ones.

Most recently I acquired some panels from an M5 that was spec'd with the Dirac audio system which meant it has the cool silver speaker grills. My goal was to transfer my beige inserts into the black doors, the car could have been configured like this from the factory but it would of had black levers and airbag plugs which busy things up a bit IMO. To remedy this I kept my beige pieces intact to visually smooth things out.

Previously my decorative trim was sprayed with a metallic silver Plasti-Dip, the dip looked fine and was a nice option when considering factors like price and ease-of-application but I decided to replace it with some brushed aluminum 3M vinyl.

Here are some pics of the process,
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Used doors arrived, I tried to get the full set but unfortunately the seller couldn't find the driver panel so I took the 3 and sourced an additional panel elsewhere.


Black vs Beige


I was hoping the inserts could be removed with unscrewing some hardware or simply popping them out, NOPE! The leather inserts were held in place with some plastic rivets and they needed to be ground down with a dremel.


Dremel doing work


Insert removed. The front doors had 25 rivets on each insert and the rears had 22!


I assembled some mounting hardware consisting of some screws and sealing washers, they worked very well. It was important that they insert was secure as both the airbag and speakers mount directly to the insert.


While the insert was out I cleaned the everything with some leather cleaner, a horse tail brush, and some towels.


Plasti Dip off


Vinyl on


Getting better at this


My favorite part of these custom panels, the Dirac speaker grills! I really like the contrast and the aluminum color matches other interior bits.


High performance grills! lol


BSW Stage 1 peaking through


Before


After


Rear assembled


Rear installed


My wagon originally had the sun shades.


Sun shade deleted! I never used these stupid things and viewed them just as another part that could (and did) break.


The black doors and carpet really make a big impact.


Surface details: vinyl, foam, and leather
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Old 07-04-2015, 02:54 PM
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Not a fan of that vinyl but cool project nonetheless.
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what colour were the trim piece originally? do you have the part number?
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Nice work.
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totally dig it!
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Originally Posted by jimmychef View Post
what colour were the trim piece originally? do you have the part number?
It was originally Dark Poplar, this is the part number for the main dash trim: 51456970268
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Awesome project. Love those grill covers.
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Awesome project. Love those grill covers.
Grills are hands-down my favorite too!
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Were the grills easy to install? Do the old ones just pop off and the new ones easily inserted?
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