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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-08-2012, 10:14 AM
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What is this material!?!?

This is killing me..

I have all of my interior pieces torn out, dash and all, but I'm trying to differentiate the materials of the various pieces..

Vinyl is cleaned/scrubbed, sprayed with prep, then shot with color whereas plastic has to be shot with an adhesion promoter prior to color for durability.

These panels are all wrapped in something, I'm just not 100% on what material it is. It looks like a black abs backing wrapped in what I assume is vinyl, but for all I know it could be a cheap plastic "leatherette" wrap..not sure if something like that even exists but regardless.


Shift Surround:



Dash trim:



Center Console:



Thing that wraps around the shift surround ():



Dash:



The dash material is notably thicker than the rest of them, or so it seems. The dash has a foam backing so it is hard to tell the difference.

I tried to peel back the wrap on most of the parts..I apologize for the bad pics.

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Old 12-08-2012, 06:13 PM
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I know someone knows the answer to this...
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:50 PM
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i would take a piece of the material and see if it melts, though. i mean, since you are planning on recovering it anyway, what's it gonna hurt?? if it melts, it's plastic. if not, it's leather...





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Molded vinyl, just leave it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:09 AM
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I must have missed the handshake brief when I registered here

I assume you meant if it melts with something like acetone? (Didn't have any on hand )

And thanks jay, but no. Definitely going to be painting them.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:00 AM
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No, df means melts. With heat. (Not by putting it into the open flame, but held near a heat source, to see if it actually melts.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:42 AM
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I must have missed the handshake brief when I registered here

I assume you meant if it melts with something like acetone? (Didn't have any on hand )

And thanks jay, but no. Definitely going to be painting them.
I thought he meant actual fire.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:44 AM
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Perhaps this might be of interest. Google-ing "identifying plastics" brings up other hits that might be better.

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:52 PM
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Well..seeing as I don't have any of the material that I can actually burn without noticeably ruining my interior, I think I'll just go with jays suggestion of molded vinyl.

Finished with my dash last weekend..still haven't put it back in yet but it looks stunning. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:27 AM
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Well..seeing as I don't have any of the material that I can actually burn without noticeably ruining my interior, I think I'll just go with jays suggestion of molded vinyl.
Now that you mention it, some of those plastic guys seem a trifle infatuated with fire.
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