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Old 03-30-2020, 06:31 AM   #41
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If you guys think $517 is a lot for a set of pillar covers, just check out the price of the black set for sedans.

Still pissed I didn't buy one when the price was more reasonable.
the prices are diff for each side , the rear i was able to re glue

the front's avg $100 a side

ecs seems ti have them cheaper than fcp, i've found depending on the part, this seems to be the case , so i always compare both sites
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the prices are diff for each side , the rear i was able to re glue
ecs seems to have them cheaper than fcp, i've found depending on the part, this seems to be the case , so i always compare both sites
Maybe FCPEuro is trying to cover a little for their warranty because they are projecting that they are going to probably get returns on these for which they will have to provide replacements. Just a guess on my part. Ive already bought a set of As and Cs for my car from FCPEuro.
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Maybe FCPEuro is trying to cover a little for their warranty because they are projecting that they are going to probably get returns on these for which they will have to provide replacements. Just a guess on my part. Ive already bought a set of As and Cs for my car from FCPEuro.
yeah, but mine took 16 yrs to start peeling
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I think that rubber glue may be suitable for fabric bonding, at least there will be no problems with smearing it and it copes well with these types of materials.
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Old 03-31-2020, 04:37 PM   #47
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The paint arrived today. Photo of the paint can's cap color against the pillar cloth.
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I was having the same issue in my car. As a member previously mentioned, both 'A' pillar tabs broke when I tried to reinstall them. I used the Permatex spray adhesive to re-glue the fabric. You can try it yourself, but take your time and don't use too much adhesive. Though, in my opinion it's not worth the effort. The fabric is too thin, delicate, and difficult to glue back on properly, and the glue tends to seep through. Don't expect perfection. You can try finding pieces in better shape at your local U-Pull scrapyard. That's what I'll be doing as my local dealer wants $160 CAD for each side (not surprisingly).
Feel any better about buying new from FCP Euro? They come with lifetime money back guarantee so it would be the last pair you pay for, even if they end up "melting" again.

A pillars: $100 each
B pillars: $130 each
C pillars: $80 each.

The B pillars are the only ones that really bother me in my 2005. Of course they're the most expensive and most involved to replace.
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The paint arrived today. Photo of the paint can's cap color against the pillar cloth.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/AC...w1912-h1434-no
Nice! Can't wait to see the result.

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Feel any better about buying new from FCP Euro? They come with lifetime money back guarantee so it would be the last pair you pay for, even if they end up "melting" again.

A pillars: $100 each
B pillars: $130 each
C pillars: $80 each.

The B pillars are the only ones that really bother me in my 2005. Of course they're the most expensive and most involved to replace.
That's all fine and good, but A) that's still mighty pricey and B) at some point BMW will stop making them and then FCP won't have any to sell. Hence the desire for an alternate solution.
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Feel any better about buying new from FCP Euro? They come with lifetime money back guarantee so it would be the last pair you pay for, even if they end up "melting" again.

A pillars: $100 each
B pillars: $130 each
C pillars: $80 each.

The B pillars are the only ones that really bother me in my 2005. Of course they're the most expensive and most involved to replace.
After having removed all six pillars in my facelift coupe recently and pulling off the pillar cloth, I would (and may still) just have them recovered at an upholstery shop like 325ciLover and Archbid did. The plastic covers and the thin airbag strips stay intact if you are careful removing them.
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The paint arrived today. Photo of the paint can's cap color against the pillar cloth.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/AC...w1912-h1434-no
Well, I shot the first two coats straight into the foam backing and although the color match is damn near perfect, it looks....terrible!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pJ...w1912-h1434-no

Going to take them to my upholstery guy and have them properly recovered.
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Well, I shot the first two coats straight into the foam backing and although the color match is damn near perfect, it looks....terrible!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pJ...w1912-h1434-no

Going to take them to my upholstery guy and have them properly recovered.
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Thanks for trying! Before you take them to your upholstery guy, why not try to scrape off all the adhesive/foam residue and reshoot?
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Thanks for trying! Before you take them to your upholstery guy, why not try to scrape off all the adhesive/foam residue and reshoot?
Before I painted, I tried picking at the foam backing from an edge and it was seriously stuck on there. I didnt apply heat though, so maybe Ill try that. If its really hard removing the foam backing I am not going that route.
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Before I painted, I tried picking at the foam backing from an edge and it was seriously stuck on there. I didnt apply heat though, so maybe Ill try that. If its really hard removing the foam backing I am not going that route.
Why not try a chemical solvent like acetone?

Just trying to save you (and us!) time and money...
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Take the entire pillar cover off by gently prying out the center section and removing the screws. From there' it's pretty easy to re-stretch the fabric and re-glue. I used a spray adhesive on mine, and it worked very well. Be patient, stretch as you re-apply the existing fabric. I would NOT advise pulling off the fabric with the pillar cover still screwed on. That'll make the job twice as hard and almost impossible to get it just right.
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Totally agree. At some point, new pillars are going to be NLA, and upholsterers can't recover them satisfactorily, so IMO we need to figure out a paint solution if we're going to make these look acceptable long-term.
Why can't upholsterers recover them? Mine look great recovered.
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Why can't upholsterers recover them? Mine look great recovered.
I'm still waiting to see a reupholstered A-pillar with the fabric tucked down into the screw recess in a way that allows the cover piece to sit flush with surface of the A-pillar. It would really bother me if it sat up from the surface. YMMV.
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I'm still waiting to see a reupholstered A-pillar with the fabric tucked down into the screw recess in a way that allows the cover piece to sit flush with surface of the A-pillar. It would really bother me if it sat up from the surface. YMMV.

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