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Old 03-25-2013, 04:47 PM
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Small chip in leather panel.

The other night I noticed a small chip in the leather panel directly to the right of my iDrive knob, and I'm wondering if it can be fixed. I've attached a picture, but it's a little dark. I can take more if needed. The chip itself is very small, but it's an eyesore. I like to keep my interior pretty spotless, and I have no idea what made the leather chip in the first place. Any ideas?
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:18 PM
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You might try contacting a leather and vinyl repair specialist... They could probably make it look better... Probably not cheap, but if it bugs you that much...
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:21 PM
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It's not a huge chip, but since I know it's there, my eyes are always drawn to it, and my car feels incomplete with a mini-gash in the leather right in plain view. It's a small enough chip that I'm hoping that repairing it shouldn't be too expensive!
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Being that its not leather, but some synthetic material, it may be possible to melt it and try to match the texturing. Then again, the risk of making it worse may not be worth the reward.
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Do you think my local dealership (BMW of Fairfax) would be able to do anything? Do they have the means to fix interior blemishes like these? I've never had to have anything on the interior repaired, so I'm unsure what they're able to do.
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Do you think my local dealership (BMW of Fairfax) would be able to do anything? Do they have the means to fix interior blemishes like these? I've never had to have anything on the interior repaired, so I'm unsure what they're able to do.
Yes and yes.
My dealership put a very similar nick in the black vinyl decking area in my back seat area when doing a warranty repair on the retractable top. The next day, I brought it to their attention and they were able to repair it well enough that I have to work to find it.
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If you know anyone that works at a used car lot or even a dealer...there are guys that frequent these lots weekly that can repair minor interior/exterior issues. My buddy owns a lot and his guy repaired two small blemishes in my vert top and repaired a small crack in the leather seat with great success. I'm like you...those small things drive me nuts but 90% of the folks in your car will never notice it!
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Do you think my local dealership (BMW of Fairfax) would be able to do anything? Do they have the means to fix interior blemishes like these? I've never had to have anything on the interior repaired, so I'm unsure what they're able to do.
They will most likely outsource it to a vinyl / leather repair guy... I go to Sterling, and years ago they messed up my door panel... Had a vinyl guy come in, and although he fixed the tear, the paint match was very off... They ended up getting me a new door panel... I'd suggest that the next time you are scheduling your service, mention that you need this work as well, and perhaps they can schedule you on the same day their guy is in the shop... Same with dentless repair and paint touch up... Those guys tend to come out and spend the day knocking out a bunch of small issues... Good luck!
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They will most likely outsource it to a vinyl / leather repair guy... I go to Sterling, and years ago they messed up my door panel... Had a vinyl guy come in, and although he fixed the tear, the paint match was very off... They ended up getting me a new door panel... I'd suggest that the next time you are scheduling your service, mention that you need this work as well, and perhaps they can schedule you on the same day their guy is in the shop... Same with dentless repair and paint touch up... Those guys tend to come out and spend the day knocking out a bunch of small issues... Good luck!
I posted a link to a leather/vinyl repair company (nation-wide)...similar to "Dr. ColorChip" but it was apparently "deleted" for some reason (?). There are companies with "long term" experience that can do such repairs. The OP can do his own research...
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drive down a rock road and get a big bulleyes on your windshield and you will forget about the minor tear on the interior
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