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      03-27-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Center vents becoming grey?

Has anyone had their interior air vents start turning grey? I had the ones closest to the door replaced under warranty but now my center ones are becoming grey. Any ideas? I was thinking using that "forever black" stuff thats typically used on the E36 door mouldings.
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      03-27-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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Yup. On both my 08 135 and 09 128. I tired to get them replaced on the 09 when it was under warranty and the dealer wouldn't do it.... Tried "Back to Black"-- no workie...
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      03-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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my whole interior in general is starting to turn gray/yellow from being out in the sun all day and I don't have tint : (. My vents are all gray as well
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      03-27-2013, 10:50 PM   #4
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my whole interior in general is starting to turn gray/yellow from being out in the sun all day and I don't have tint : (. My vents are all gray as well
Have you been regularly using a treatment like Vinylex?
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Have you been regularly using a treatment like Vinylex?
nope and thats probably why. When I clean my interior I just use leather cleaner and just interior wipes for the rest.

my car is pretty much noobed out. The exterior paint is horrible from bird poop, pollen, etc. I try to wash it regularly but the next day its dirty.
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      03-29-2013, 09:39 AM   #6
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Yep- it's a very common issue.

I'm going to try some Black Wow this weekend and see how it goes.
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      03-29-2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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nope and thats probably why. When I clean my interior I just use leather cleaner and just interior wipes for the rest.

my car is pretty much noobed out. The exterior paint is horrible from bird poop, pollen, etc. I try to wash it regularly but the next day its dirty.
Maybe this would help: http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showp...postcount=1192

Saw the link yesterday.
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common. had all mine replaced under warranty.
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Maybe this would help: http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showp...postcount=1192

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Perfect option for wheel wells, engine bay dressing, tire dressing and exterior trim pieces

Surflex Flexible Surface Colorant used to restore the colour of interior vinyl, Surflex is a flexible surface colorant, it’s water -based polymer pigmentation.

Does not crack, chip or become brittle with age, restores the natural appearance and does not look "painted". Will not fill in or cover up the natural vinyl grain pattern, remains permanently flexible. Wash and rinse thoroughly per label instructions. Let the surface dry thoroughly before proceeding with the colouring.


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      04-10-2013, 07:28 PM   #10
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Has anyone had their interior air vents start turning grey? I had the ones closest to the door replaced under warranty but now my center ones are becoming grey. Any ideas? I was thinking using that "forever black" stuff thats typically used on the E36 door mouldings.
Swissvax nano express should restore it! That's what I use.
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      04-27-2013, 05:44 PM   #11
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Swissvax nano express should restore it! That's what I use.
Hey I'm in Miami too... funny enough, i also have a Le mans blue 135 lol anyway, where'd you get the swissvax at?
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      05-05-2013, 08:29 PM   #12
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Yeah, mine look as if the previous owner sandblasted them. Looked at replacing, but if they're going to turn as well it kind of defeats the purpose.
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Hey I'm in Miami too... funny enough, i also have a Le mans blue 135 lol anyway, where'd you get the swissvax at?
I got the Swissvax from Scheer Signature Detailing. His name is Dominic and his number is (786) 554-7508. I'm usually there all the time too so i may get to see your 1!
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      05-09-2013, 06:17 PM   #14
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I got the Swissvax from Scheer Signature Detailing. His name is Dominic and his number is (786) 554-7508. I'm usually there all the time too so i may get to see your 1!
How much did it run you?
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Keep in mind the old vents are easily damaged if removed to paint, etc. The plastic surfaces are really soft.

Replacement vents aren't *that* expensive ($40?). Approach your dealer about purchasing at a significant a discount since its is a known problem and the car isn't far out of warranty.
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How much did it run you?
i only paid for what i used (since we are friends) but i think a normal 250ml bottle will run you $50-60. I'm not really sure so don't quote me on that. Give him a call and tell him that Jordan sent you and he will work something out with you. Nano Express also works great on vinyl wraps too.
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      06-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #17
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All of my dash vents are fading. My car is from Florida and I'm in chicago. So I wen to the dealer and showed them my dash is starting to bubble in couple spots so they are giving me a new dash. And I asked about my vents and they are replacing all my vents as well. I'm still under warranty until September so I don't have to pay anything. Very happy with my dealer they are great.
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      06-13-2013, 06:15 PM   #18
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I just put some (Seen on TV) Wipe New on them, figured what the heck...
Looks good, we'll see if it lasts.
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