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Old 04-18-2015, 03:43 PM
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04 645 Interior DYE DIY Black to Imola Red

Hey guys I've been around here for awhile I've been more active on e46 fanatics but since I sold my 330 and picked my 645 up about 4 months ago I've been on this forum constantly. So I decided I was going to dye my interior BMW Imola Red since my 645 is black and I couldn't find a black 645 with red interior like I liked so I decided to do it myself. I ordered the dye from Leatherique.com great company and very informational. Most of the info I received was from DIYS on e46 fanatics and reading the instructions with the dye kit. Here's a list of things I picked up for the project.

1. Degreaser from lowes to scrub and degrease the seats

2. Scotch bright pads

3. Kobalt latex paint gun kit from lowes. ( didn't get this until yesterday when I found out that a regular paint gun will work for the dye but it will clog up really quick in between coats and it's very difficult to use after that. So the best thing to do it buy a gun for latex paint / stains.

4 . Random tape to tape off the seat controls and ect.


I've actually already painted one head rest just to see how it would turn out and it came out pretty legit, I just started taking the door panels apart to paint the inserts vs painting the whole door.

Leatherique D.I.Y steps

1. Degrease the seats and scrub with scotch bright pads

2. Wipe down with hot warm rag let dry.

3. Spray seats with rejuvenator oil and place in plastic bags to sit overnight and let the oil take all the dirt and grim from the seats.

4. Take out of bags and spray with prestine clean and wipe down again.

5. Spray with the prep agent and wet sand with 400-600 grit sandpaper to scuff the surface.

6. Spray a light first coat to give the paint something to stick to. ( I waited 20 mins between coats)

Forgive me for not starting this thread when I first began in now 1 week into the project because all the parts are at a buddy's house and I work 12 hour days so it will take a little longer to get my project done but I have other BMWS to drive so no biggy. Any questions you have just let me know this my first time doing this so I've learned a lot about this latex type of paint.

So far I've got 1 head rest done, all the door panels are taken apart and ready to be painted , we started spraying on of the door panels but haven't finished I'll just upload all the pics. More pics to come Click image for larger version

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Old 04-18-2015, 03:50 PM
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Wow, that does look good! Very nice project, look forward to seeing the finished product.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:08 PM
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Wow, that does look good! Very nice project, look forward to seeing the finished product.

Thanks bud its a lot more involved then what the DIYS say of course, but I will go over tomorrow and we will finish some work up we should get a lot done so more pictures coming tomorrow, I want to at least get all of the door panels painted and maybe the center consle painted to. We will just see how it goes
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Old 04-19-2015, 10:00 AM
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Great, the doors should look good with the red leather/black trim. I like the differentiated look, since your car is black now your carpet is black and you are keeping it that way? I almost bought a car with the red interior, the Wife just thought it was too much red. I would rather have the black carpet/red seats.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:10 AM
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Yea I'm gonna keep it that way, the oem Imola red is just to much red for me .. Red carpet , red seats, red doors, red trim by the door ... To much red like your wife said , the black carpet will tie it all together and look a lot better to me. Plus I'm doing my center console and the glove box so it shops look nice , headed over my buddy's to work on it now
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:07 PM
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Got one of the doors down today it's not fully together just put it together to see what it would look like , came out looking good ... I'm trying to finish the other 1 one tonight
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:07 PM
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:34 PM
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04 645 Interior DYE DIY Black to Imola Red

So I decided to see how well it would turn out if I brushed the dye on vs spraying the dye on like we did on the first door panel on the picture I posted above.. And it came out very well to me, it covered faster with just one coat did then 2 coats with the paint gun. Here's the panel with just 1 coat on it .. I will post another pic once finished and how many coats I did Click image for larger version

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I went to lowes and bought 100% polyester brushes and sanded down / scuffed with 600 grit paper and prep agent

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Old 04-19-2015, 02:57 PM
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Updating this live lol .. So this is only 2 coats brushed on and I must say its covering extremely well and is looking good Click image for larger version

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Old 04-19-2015, 03:24 PM
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Coat number 3... I'm thinking 4 coats will do it Click image for larger version

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Old 04-19-2015, 04:14 PM
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Finished rear panel.. 4 coats

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Old 04-20-2015, 02:33 PM
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Put the first coat with the brush on the rear seats, the center console, the glove box and the hand door trim for the passenger door.. I decided to go ahead and brush the dye on from here on out because I don't waste dye with overspray and I believe it lays on smoother with no lines at all. Everybody has there own method on how they will apply the dye but mines was the brush method. On to the pictures

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I got my makeshift booth set up in my den, the dye has no odor at all so it doesn't smell up my house, I just laid down some plastic to protect my hardwood floors..
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:44 PM
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Got the third coat on and the color is forming One more coat tomorrow after work and it should be doneClick image for larger version

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Old 04-20-2015, 07:05 PM
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Damn pretty sick, hows it going to settle ? Any cracks in paint when sitting down you think?
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:41 PM
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Damn pretty sick, hows it going to settle ? Any cracks in paint when sitting down you think?

No not at all , this is dye not (paint) so it's very durable and is made to be able to take a little wear and tear I guess you should say. I guess it all depends on how good you prep lol ... No other member has had that problem that has done this before years after dying
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:27 PM
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Just a quick picture to see what the rear panels would look like with the red Click image for larger version

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Old 04-21-2015, 10:42 PM
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Here's the last and final coat 4 coats total Click image for larger version

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I'm thinking about wet sanding with 2k grit paper once it's all cured to make it matte like oem it has a little bit of a sheen ..

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Old 04-23-2015, 05:48 PM
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Here's the front seats with 2 coats in them ... I'll be applying the 3rd coat in about 10 mins

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Old 04-24-2015, 01:37 PM
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Finally done .. Here's the pics of the last coat on the 2 front seats Attachment 505717Click image for larger version

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Old 04-24-2015, 01:40 PM
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Here's all the parts that have been curing for a couple of days ..


I'm gonna wet sand these with 2000 grit sand paper to even it all out and matte the seats

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Old 04-25-2015, 12:09 PM
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You are the dye master!
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That is a very adventurous project and you are to be applauded for the execution. The sum will certainly exceed the parts!!
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:27 PM
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Thanks guys I really appreciate the comments , I searched high and low and didn't find a DIY on how to do this on the forum so I decided to do my own to help anyone else out also. My project was a little different then what you'll see on other forums because I was doing red over black so I needed more coats of paint of course and more prep work. I'm changing all of the trim color to match the wheels so reassembly should start next week stay tuned I'm just as excited as you guys are to see in together in the car

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Old 05-01-2015, 02:52 PM
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Start putting the interior back in today, I still have to install the head rest, and all of the door panels , I haven't done those yet because they need to be put back togather and it's a MISSION in a half to do it so in a couple days I'll update
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Old 05-01-2015, 02:55 PM
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ITS LOOKING PRETTY SWEET SO FAR BEEN AT IT FOR 3 hours installing and I got lots of cleaning up to do, the dye got a few places and ect.. Just small areas need touched up with dye from installing the pieces back in

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