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Hi all,

I just wanted to share my latest project with you all.

I have a 2002 330CI sport/premium and my problem was the fabric was coming off my A-Pillars something awful.

After a couple of failed attempts to cut and glue new fabric on the pillars and the thin and brittle screw cover that goes over them, I said the hell with it and decided to spray paint them.

I bought some sand colored textured spray paint at Lowes (like 9 bucks) and let it rip.

Just drying now and they look great! I just hope I don't get a flaking problem later, or I will break down and buy the OEM ones. For now, I am exceedingly happy with the look and the color is an almost perfect match. Has anyone tried anything similar?

Thanks,
David
 

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Hi all,

I just wanted to share my latest project with you all.

I have a 2002 330CI sport/premium and my problem was the fabric was coming off my A-Pillars something awful.

After a couple of failed attempts to cut and glue new fabric on the pillars and the thin and brittle screw cover that goes over them, I said the hell with it and decided to spray paint them.

I bought some sand colored textured spray paint at Lowes (like 9 bucks) and let it rip.

Just drying now and they look great! I just hope I don't get a flaking problem later, or I will break down and buy the OEM ones. For now, I am exceedingly happy with the look and the color is an almost perfect match. Has anyone tried anything similar?

Thanks,
David
where are the pics.. :nono:
 

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I'll get some pics up asap. Bumming now, my girlfriend just picked one of them up wet and the paint came off where her thumb was. I am trying hard to keep smiling at her...smile, smile, [email protected]% fu^&, smile :)
 

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Don't get mad. The spray I used is a bit delicate. When I was putting back my A pillar the first time I scratched it by accident and it turned white in that spot. I had to take it off and respray it again and wait for it to dry. Well worth it at the end. :)
 

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I'll get some pics up asap. Bumming now, my girlfriend just picked one of them up wet and the paint came off where her thumb was. I am trying hard to keep smiling at her...smile, smile, [email protected]% fu^&, smile :)
Right. You can handle this one of two ways ...

You can get angry and probably piss her off and sleep on the couch for a while.

- or -

You can milk it for everything it's worth and maybe, if you're really lucky, PIITB.

"Honey, it's Ok. I completely understand. It was an accident. And these things happen. I'll just repaint it. Hey, while it's drying, I was thinking...
 

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LOL, you are a wise man. I have taken your advice and it's all good. Of course I used all the paint so back to Lowe's for another can, but hey small price to pay :)
 

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  1. I'm surprised that you beat Smolck to this project.... :rofl:
  2. Sounds to me that the 'accident' is an alternate way to use the Bimmer to get the girl (see "girl and the bimmer thread") :D
 

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Thisis a great post!
My '02 330ci is doing the same chit.

I've been wondering how I was going to get out of it.

I think I'll try the same thing. Did you use satin finish? Please name brands and all the particulars.

Many thanks!

TS
 

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Hey Titan,

I just put another coat on and now looks even better.

I used Valspar SANTA FE SAND. You can view the various colors here:

http://www.valsparspray.com/Product/pcode---4651/pccode---3620

I was thinking about covering the long skinny plastic screw covers with black leather, but not sure if I will do that.

I will need to go out and take pics after I get them on. Unfortunately I do not have any "before" pictures. Believe me it was butt ugly...
 

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Well, the only way I see it is possible to do is if the leather is thin (lamb skin or equivalent) and that the leather is cut EXACTLY the same size of the strip, then you should be able to gorilla glue it on top. It will be not feasible if you want to wrap it on to the back, remember, the gap is very small and you have all of the clips there.
 

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  1. I'm surprised that you beat Smolck to this project.... :rofl:
  2. Sounds to me that the 'accident' is an alternate way to use the Bimmer to get the girl (see "girl and the bimmer thread") :D
He didn't. I dyed mine black last summer and my A and C pillars too. The paint won't last, it rubs off where the belt touches the B-pillar.
 

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You guys are amazing! I wish I wouldve seen this (and been brave enough to try it) before I ordered new ones (front and rear pillars). All of the f'in fabric was falling off!!
 

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SolidJake, you are absolutely right. I tried to cut the leather to match the size and forget it! A waste of good leather and indeed impossible (at least for me).

Smolck, did you take every piece off before painting, or did you mask inside the car and paint it? If you took eveyrthing off, did you run into any particular challenges?
 

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He didn't. I dyed mine black last summer and my A and C pillars too. The paint won't last, it rubs off where the belt touches the B-pillar.
In the immortal words of Judge Dredd: "I knew you'd say that!" :D

Has anyone tried using some hard epoxy based paint? Only finish I would think capable of resisting the wear. For example, Foliatec Interior? Or a Smolck Special, Foliatec Liquid Skin?
 
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