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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-29-2015, 02:58 PM
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No more wood trim!

While I like the wood trim on black interior mine are all cracked, faded and no more high glossy finish. I decided not to do the DiNoc carbon fiber wrap as I am not skilled enough to wrap the door arm rest properly. Decided to match the Titanium silver exterior for more contrast and modernize the interior.

Used Bondo glazing putty to fill in hairline cracks
Wet sanded using 400 grit.
2 coats of basecoat
lightly sand with 1200 grit
3 coats of clear gloss paint

Result is a very glossy finish. The silver matches the car 100%

I got the paint online at: www.automotivetouchup.com
They have really good paint products.

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Old 01-29-2015, 03:07 PM
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I like wood trim to lol. But good job non the less.
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:29 PM
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Looks good to me!!
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:06 PM
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I'm sure the wood looked good but I like that better
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:34 PM
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Wow! Very well done!

I think it looks great...congratulations!
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:14 AM
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i was skeptical when i started reading your post, then got to the pics.

looks great to me
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:20 PM
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Nice! Looks good! I think I will do the same!
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:21 PM
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on the topic, i did see a while ago a guy who made a thread on some site where he stripped the existing wood trim off, bought some exotic wood veneer, and redid all the wood trim with a new type of wood.

looked pretty good in the end. id love the find that thread again.

in any case, i like seeing customization jobs like this.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:58 AM
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This is a good thread to cross reference to ...
- What do do about cracks in the wood panels (1)
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:25 PM
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I like the wood better personally but it looks great and looks factory.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:17 PM
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This is a good thread to cross reference to ...
- What do do about cracks in the wood panels (1)
Some high res pics. Camera doesn't quite capture the high gloss and the tiny metallic specs like the exterior paint.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:34 PM
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TekLord, brilliant! How's the paint holding up? Considering doing this for my E39.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:18 AM
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have a look at a paint called Crinkle Finish
I have used it to paint some engine side covers on old Honda CB750's and looks really great
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