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Flycaster
06-05-2011, 07:53 AM
In two areas, I have "bubbling" vinyl...with no reasonable explanation. What is "bubbling" vinyl, you ask? Well, it appears that my tan interior vinyl, is really a fine coating of tan vinyl over the tannish plastic base. This thin covering of vinyl is now bubbling and peeling off the plastic structure that it is on. And, there appears to be no way to stop it or repair it.

My only thought as to why this is happening is that it may be related to the use of sun-screen lotion. I live in SoFL and play a lot of tennis. I also have had quite a few skin cancers, so I use a sun-screen lotion. The damn lotion does impart a yellow stain on the tan leather and I'm wondering if it it the cause of the bubbling, too. Although, the two areas where the bubbling occurs, doesn't seem to be where contact would be made with the lotion?

dalekressin
06-05-2011, 07:55 AM
I've read BMW recognizes this problem and have covered the problem in 06 330i

Flycaster
06-06-2011, 06:07 AM
I have just heard from a '06 3M owner who had this problem and it was fixed via warranty. Yep, BMW does know about this, but I fear it is too late for my out of warranty '05 Z4...but I'll try.

Angelo@properautocare.com
06-07-2011, 12:03 PM
Sorry about your skin cancer, but I would call BMW and see if you can get it under warranty repair if possible. Keep us posted please.

Flycaster
06-07-2011, 12:51 PM
As an aside: Did an aweful lot of lizard patrol (basking in the sun on a rock and not moving for the day) during my youth and middle age. Derm says that in my retirement, I'm now paying the price of too much tanning. Anyway...

Spoke with the BMW service manager and he said come in for them to take a look at it. Made no commitments, of course. I'll give it a try, but don't think they will do anything about it. One of the guys who had this issue, had the part replaced under warranty. The part in question appears to be part of the whole plastic section behind the driver's seat. Not only does this part have to be real expensive, but to replace it is a bear (remove dropdown console and probably the driver's seat just to get to the part) and probably several hours of work. Way too expensive for then to do gratis. And, I doubt that there is a cosmetic fix, either. Going to try to get to the dealer tomorrow and will let you know what's up.

Flycaster
06-08-2011, 09:50 AM
Went to BMW today and got lucky. On inspection, the service manager kept saying that the bubbling on the vertical panel was due to my using the seat belt. And i kept showing him how the seat belt didn't come near the defect...Yeah, I kept calling it a defect and telling him I knew BMW was aware of this. Bottom line, although the correct fix is to lift out the whole plastic shield behind the driver's seat and replace it, they will AT NO CHARGE repair the peeling areas. Their repair woman is very, very good at repairing vinyl and leather and I ahve no doubt that although I will be able to see the repair, it will nonetheless be an excellent repair.

mujjuman
06-08-2011, 09:54 AM
Take pics of the repair. And also before the repair if you have the car. Please

Flycaster
06-08-2011, 12:53 PM
Take pics of the repair. And also before the repair if you have the car. Please

Will do. Got the before pic and will have the after pic next Tuesday.

Angelo@properautocare.com
06-08-2011, 05:44 PM
Can't wait to see it myself from your pictures, hope it turns out great for you.

Flycaster
06-09-2011, 11:33 AM
Here are the before pic. You can see from the one on the armrest that the bubbling is spreading horizontally from the bubbles. On the other pic, I had peeled the bubbling with hopes that it would prevent its spead. Don't think it is working.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a30/Flycaster1/IMG_3532.jpg



http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a30/Flycaster1/IMG_3530.jpg

mujjuman
06-09-2011, 11:55 AM
Yikes

Angelo@properautocare.com
06-10-2011, 06:06 PM
I have seen this before and even happen to me. I just replace all the pieces. It was like some type of wrap to me back then. It was on my DD Honda.

Flycaster
06-14-2011, 01:53 PM
Well, I've got to hand it to my stealership. They surprised me and fixed the bubbling/peeling vinyl...with no charge, although out of warranty. As you can see from the "after fix" pics below, the fix was perfect. Personally, I never thought it would come out so good. BTW, my stealership is Braman BMW (West Palm Beach), and I do very highly recommend that if you need some repair for your vinyl or leather, Joanne -their specialist, doe s a great job.

Here's the fix on the arm rest:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a30/Flycaster1/IMG_3539.jpg

Here's the fix on the panel to the left of the driver's shoulder:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a30/Flycaster1/IMG_3542.jpg

RJ
06-15-2011, 10:20 AM
That is indeed a very good fix.

Any idea of the process involved? How was it done?

Flycaster
06-19-2011, 09:56 AM
That is indeed a very good fix.

Any idea of the process involved? How was it done?

don't really know how it was done. But as it was some kind of vinyl (or sorft texture paint), I asume it was air sprayed on???

mujjuman
07-08-2011, 04:56 AM
that's a great repair!!! thanks for sharing the pics