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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 04-20-2015, 08:50 AM
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Painting center console?

Has anyone ever repainted it? Cupholders anything like that? Is it like a latex paint or something because it's got that layer that's peeling off. If not that what's the best paint to use for something that this?
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Our former member Smolck changed the color of his entire interior, and detailed the whole process on this Forum. That was maybe 6 or 7 years ago, if you search around a bit, you can probably find it.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:12 AM
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Has anyone ever repainted it? Cupholders anything like that? Is it like a latex paint or something because it's got that layer that's peeling off. If not that what's the best paint to use for something that this?
Im going to do this soon. Mine looks like crap. You need to get rid of that rubber layer first by scrubbing it with 409 and water (It takes some time). Once its gone then you can spray the console with whatever color "Vinyl and plastic" paint from your local auto store.
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:37 PM
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Here's an E39 thread on painting the trim, with tons of pictures...
-Painting trim (1)
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:13 PM
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The parts are cheap, just replace them. I bought a new center console for mine for like $40 a bunch of years ago... seems they are around $65 now. And the cupholder is about $35. So for $100 you get brand new stuff.

http://realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.do?mo...id=47710&hg=51

Scroll down to Center Armrest/Storage Trays section and click on the graphic. I had an armrest in mine from the factory, but wanted to remove it so I bought the short version and a mounting bracket.
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:02 PM
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I re painted my cup holders. Ashtray and sunglasses storage and trim. The easiest way I got the peeling rubber coating off was the orange hand cleaner and scrubber it cam with for finger nails and mixed it with goo gone. Came right off. Then painted all pieces with satin black. It matched well and my car had the silver carbon fiber trim so it looked great when finished
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