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      09-19-2014, 03:09 PM   #1
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Painting DTC & Shifter Trim

Contemplating painting my DTC shifter and shifter trim.

Any tips or painting the DTC area? I know how to get the shifter trim removed by removing part of the dash. But not to sure about the DTC. Any help?
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      09-26-2014, 06:06 PM   #2
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      09-27-2014, 07:52 PM   #3
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I'll just leave this here even though no one showed interest. Masked and plastidipped.
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^^That came out nice!

But does your car smell now though? (spray paint smell) ???
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^^That came out nice!

But does your car smell now though? (spray paint smell) ???
None that I can smell. I had the windows and sunroof open to keep it ventilated.
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Hey, looks great! Good job!

Plastidip is a really cool product.
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Looks good but there is got to be a way to remove the shifter disassemble and paint. Any BMW technician care to chime in?
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Both pieces easily pop off. I will double check tmrw on how to pull it off but its simple.
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Looks good but there is got to be a way to remove the shifter disassemble and paint. Any BMW technician care to chime in?
I contemplated removing the pieces. But honestly I wasn't in the mood to remove the dash to get to the shifter trims. So I decide a good simple 10 min masking job was best. Result turned out great regardless.
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Benefit of platidip is that when you are ready to paint it permanently, you just peel it off. That said, I feel like a nice even coat of platidip might be more durable on a part like that then paint would be.
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Benefit of platidip is that when you are ready to paint it permanently, you just peel it off. That said, I feel like a nice even coat of platidip might be more durable on a part like that then paint would be.
+1

The plastdip also has a nice grip to it v. paint.
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Remove dash to remove shifter pieces? Shifter pieces are the first thing to come off when dash needs to come out They easily pop off, I plasti-dipped mine as well. Much better!
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Remove dash to remove shifter pieces? Shifter pieces are the first thing to come off when dash needs to come out They easily pop off, I plasti-dipped mine as well. Much better!
I could've swore every DIY I found said you had to remove part of the dash under the radio to be able to get to the shifter trims? Maybe you can point to a good DYI.
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Remove dash to remove shifter pieces? Shifter pieces are the first thing to come off when dash needs to come out They easily pop off, I plasti-dipped mine as well. Much better!
Sorry to dig up this old thread, but I was looking at wrapping the silver trim on my DCT shifter with the carbon fiber 3M Di-Noc film. I figured it would be a nice little accent. I can't seem to find a DIY anywhere on how to remove that trim, can you point me in the right direction?
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Remove dash to remove shifter pieces? Shifter pieces are the first thing to come off when dash needs to come out They easily pop off, I plasti-dipped mine as well. Much better!
Sorry to dig up this old thread, but I was looking at wrapping the silver trim on my DCT shifter with the carbon fiber 3M Di-Noc film. I figured it would be a nice little accent. I can't seem to find a DIY anywhere on how to remove that trim, can you point me in the right direction?
It's pops off very easily with a trim removal tool. Just run it along the edge until you get a bite and lift the trim off the shifter.
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FWIW, to those painting interior bits, use water based (aka acrylic) paint. Laquer and oil based paints tend to stink for a long period of time while fully curing. Water based (sometimes marketed as interior spray paint) is low/no VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint and will be much better suited to your health long term. Plus it doesn't smell lol.
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FWIW, to those painting interior bits, use water based (aka acrylic) paint. Laquer and oil based paints tend to stink for a long period of time while fully curing. Water based (sometimes marketed as interior spray paint) is low/no VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint and will be much better suited to your health long term. Plus it doesn't smell lol.
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That looks great!!!
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