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Old 12-10-2019, 07:55 AM   #1
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center console-rubberized trim coat removal

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I thought I'd refresh my interior a little and get rid of the scratch marks on various trim pieces , like the glass holder , the center console , the rear ash tray cover , the triangular trim on the steering wheel and the door handles .I tried very fine wool wire and though it worked it was completely unproductive , it took me 4 hours just to get the coat off from the center console small tray! and even then I couldn't remove the material from the bottom or the corners .

I tried also alcohol and acetone .acetone did nothing , alcohol seemed to help but only a little .someone on the dealership told me to use spies 7010 silicone remover , I tried that ,still no joy . I know many have done this before with success so does anyone have any advice ?any suitable solvent ? forgot to say that I dont have any power tools at my disposal right now

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Old 12-10-2019, 08:16 AM   #2
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I threw my trim pieces in a hot bath and used a kinda scotch pad-type thing. Worked a treat. Weird looks from the wife.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:25 AM   #3
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I guess I will try that and rub them with a harsh sponge .did it easily peel off after that? cause all these solvents barely did anything and now I am high on chemical fumes
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:38 AM   #4
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The ammonia in Windex softens it very well. Ask me how I know lol.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:42 AM   #5
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The ammonia in Windex softens it very well. Ask me how I know lol.
hahaha I see I ll try that too
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Old 12-10-2019, 09:40 AM   #6
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well , really hot water didn't do the job ,so I guess I will find a detailer to buff the coating
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I used brake parts cleaner and soft metal brush. The cleaner wasn't all that effective at first but with the brush it really helped things to soften up and get off the plastic.
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Old 12-10-2019, 11:30 AM   #8
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aaand disaster
I went to a paint shop , described the situation and the very helpful assistant gave me a <> spray . but the spray was actually paint stripper and while it removed completely and easily the rubber paint , it turned my tray and center console chalk white! and with a slightly harsh finish .I managed to sand it down with sandpaper and it smoothened out but the whitish colour remains. glad I didn't try the spray on other pieces too.the pieces are salvagable but they ll have to be repainted but I don't know to proceed next , maybe I go to a body shop and ask to prep the pieces for painting and to completely remove the coat by sanding it (I destroyed only one side of the console)
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Yeah, I have tried various solvents with similar results- either nothing, or it makes a mess.
I have a few junkyard parts that I've ruined...

It occurs to me that I have not tried the over- the- counter Goof- Off, its competitors, or oven cleaner.
I'm not sure that chemistry is going to work, as the 'finish' seems to be tougher than the base plastic.
At least chemically.

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sticky, and not happy about it.
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Old 12-10-2019, 11:38 AM   #10
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Yeah, I have tried various solvents with similar results- either nothing, or it makes a mess.
I have a few junkyard parts that I've ruined...

It occurs to me that I have not tried the over- the- counter Goof- Off, its competitors, or oven cleaner.
I'm not sure that chemistry is going to work, as the 'finish' seems to be tougher than the base plastic.
At least chemically.

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sticky, and not happy about it.
at this point I will never try another solvent , spent enough on things that don't work or destroy things , possibly I will use a polishing drill bit or have someone to do it and then repaint everything
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aaand disaster
I went to a paint shop , described the situation and the very helpful assistant gave me a <> spray . but the spray was actually paint stripper and while it removed completely and easily the rubber paint , it turned my tray and center console chalk white! and with a slightly harsh finish .I managed to sand it down with sandpaper and it smoothened out but the whitish colour remains. glad I didn't try the spray on other pieces too.the pieces are salvagable but they ll have to be repainted but I don't know to proceed next , maybe I go to a body shop and ask to prep the pieces for painting and to completely remove the coat by sanding it (I destroyed only one side of the console)
Yeah, you should never use any kind of paint stripper on painted plastic parts... And the people at the paint shop should have known that, I would go back there and try to at least get them to give you your money back!

As for saving your plastics: Sand them thoroughly, then paint them with a plastic filler primer and then use some spray on foil, that should give you a similar rubber finish to what was on there originally.

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Or buy one of those 30$ center consoles from aliexpress, since we are all curious on how well they are made

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Old 12-10-2019, 01:03 PM   #12
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Yeah, you should never use any kind of paint stripper on painted plastic parts... And the people at the paint shop should have known that, I would go back there and try to at least get them to give you your money back!

As for saving your plastics: Sand them thoroughly, then paint them with a plastic filler primer and then use some spray on foil, that should give you a similar rubber finish to what was on there originally.

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Or buy one of those 30$ center consoles from aliexpress, since we are all curious on how well they are made
I should probably do that but now I am not in the mood to confront this idiot ,never mind I should have figured myself this was actually a paint stripper but I was impatient

that is what I intend to do , the part is not damaged , just off white , just it's not completely stripped from the original rubber finish and I have some other parts I need to finish too, I am not sure that I want to experiment again and I havent the tools that I need to sand them down ,I ll try to have a paint shop prep them by sanding them or soda blast them and they will hav the responsibility also

actually I have another center console from my previous e46 , I hope the experience from the first attempt will allow me to make it completely right the second time
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Hot soapy water and a toothbrush and it pretty much just falls off leaving beautiful clean plastic underneath. Ive done mine and it works perfectly.I then plasti dipped them to give a finish similar to the original.

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Hot soapy water and a toothbrush and it pretty much just falls off leaving beautiful clean plastic underneath. Ive done mine and it works perfectly.I then plasti dipped them to give a finish similar to the original.
I tried how water , didn't do the trick
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I removed it all from my center console last year. Soaked it in hot water over night, changed the water a few times when it got too cold, then used a stainless steel pad/pot scrubber to scrub all the paint off. It all came off with no problem.
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Buy a new one?
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Old 12-10-2019, 05:53 PM   #17
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Buy a new one?
with the same prone to scratches rubber paint ? no thanks
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Do not use any solvents on these pieces. I usually put them in the dishwasher for the hot wash part of the cycle then pull them out and either use friction from my fingers or a plastic scraper to remove the surface. Hot water, detergent and time are really all you need.

Once all the finish is removed, sand to give it some tooth, spray with adhesion promotor, then re-spray with Colorbond LVP
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Update:Took the parts back from media blasting ,they ripped me off ,60€for the center console ,front trays and rear smoking tray ,but whatever .the finish is quite roughened up ,so I think it won't need any sanding before painting .the question is do I paint it myself or pay someone to do it.I am quite keen with my hands but with all this trouble and money I spent for blasting I am little afraid I will mess up


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Old 12-13-2019, 07:08 AM   #20
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Unfortunately the glue residue is very stubborn. Some are easier to remove than others. Different batches is my guess?

If you're lucky enough to be left with a presentable look, more power to ya'.

For those that aren't you're left with just a few choices:
Plastic paint in a rattle can.
Vinyl Wrap.
Water applied decals.

The last one, most expensive but gives one the chance to express themselves.
Conversely you could suck it up and buy new ones....
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