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Old 08-04-2012, 03:48 AM
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Restoring interior facelift trim

Hi everyone,

I have been slowly facelifting the interior of my 2002 745i with parts I have been getting from ebay, as you know the interior trim is just painted plastic and is easily damaged, especially if its been removed in a hurry by some car thieves in some lockup somewhere!

Anyway, the new light switch module I received this week was pretty damaged:



I stripped the guts out the back:



The PCB is held in with a couple of screws and clips. The facelift panels/controls are two tone, the darker parts are separate pieces, they are hot melted onto the main body. Carefully using a sharp knife trim off the melted joints and remove the pieces.



I then sanded the main body with 400 grit wet and dry and applied a few coats of plastic primer, I let this dry for a few hours before sanding down again with 800 grit wet and dry is warm soapy water, this filled the scratches and gouges.

I then baked the panel in the oven at about 80 degrees for 30 mins to dry it out and immediately sprayed the panel with a few thin coats of silver paint from my local car parts shop.



I baked again for 20 mins, used 1200 grit wet and dry, baked for another 30 mins and applied another two very thin coats.

Amazingly the colour is 99% exact to the OEM finish! Here are some pics of it finished and compared to the OEM finish on the facelift IHKA panel.





And now fitted to my car:





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Old 08-04-2012, 03:51 AM
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Wow..... great job Stuart

It looks brand new....and thanks for the very clear pictures and instructions too

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Old 08-04-2012, 03:58 AM
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Thanks! No problem

Just the IHKA panel to do this weekend, I also stripped the IHKA controls down and removed the knobs, they had a kind of gritty feeling. The grease had collected grit and dirt, I cleaned them out and applied fresh grease, like new now!



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Old 08-04-2012, 04:20 AM
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A job really well done mate

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Old 08-04-2012, 06:41 AM
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Very good job i repainted all the foot steps that were pealing. Nice to know how the trim turns out after painting. Very good job keep us updated))
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:09 AM
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Great Job. It does look brand new.
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UPDATE:

Hi everyone, been busy retrofitting the iPod kit and getting the trims for the facelift interior so I can fit my new IHKA.

Sourced the CAS trim cheap on eBay and the passenger trim from the dealer.

Here is the CAS trim as received, again chipped and pretty damaged



I sanded and sprayed with silver paint, the IHKA I had to spray a few weeks ago as this too was damaged.



This is the trim all installed today, I have not bothered spraying the passenger dash trim, the colour is pretty close and only slightly noticeable in certain light conditions, unfortunately silver isn't very forgiving!







The iPod kit is a snug fit!



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Old 09-01-2012, 07:21 PM
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Great write up....

Will be doing this but i have been unlucky finding the trims

Will be looking high and low on ebay.

Also is the ihka a straight swap?

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Great work man, trim looks really good.
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Hey, thanks for the comments!

The trim for the passenger side I got from the dealer, it was about 20. The button needs changing too, that was another 25. The CAS trim the dealer wanted over 40 for, but managed to get one on eBay for 15.

You need to change the trims to fit the IHKA, its a direct swap apart from the wiring to AUC sensor and the sensor itself, it was changed on the facelift model. Thanks ACE for pointing that out!

I also bought the iPod/CDC retrofit harness from the dealer, tore it apart and converted it for use with the SVS module I have retrofitted too.

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Hey, thanks for the comments!

The trim for the passenger side I got from the dealer, it was about 20. The button needs changing too, that was another 25. The CAS trim the dealer wanted over 40 for, but managed to get one on eBay for 15.

You need to change the trims to fit the IHKA, its a direct swap apart from the wiring to AUC sensor and the sensor itself, it was changed on the facelift model. Thanks ACE for pointing that out!

I also bought the iPod/CDC retrofit harness from the dealer, tore it apart and converted it for use with the SVS module I have retrofitted too.

Stuart
So Stuart, would i need to change the AUC wires and AUC sensor???

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