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      05-20-2019, 07:35 AM   #1
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Fix for peeling soft touch plastic around the cup holders

Anyone have a pic of the underside of a removed center console? I am thinking of removing the cup holders if possible and wrapping with vinyl. My soft touch plastics look like ****.

EDIT: See pictures below. The cup holder section is plastic riveted to the center console. I ended up using a standard kitchen sponge, some dish soap, and a lot of elbow grease to remove the rubber coating. The plastic hiding beneath looks good as new!
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I'm very much in the same boat - thinking I may just bite the bullet and get a new centre console.

I'm going to experiment with some plastikote on the steering wheel trim first though, if it's a solid option I might try masking off the centre console (removed) and spraying it with plastikote.
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I'm very much in the same boat - thinking I may just bite the bullet and get a new centre console.

I'm going to experiment with some plastikote on the steering wheel trim first though, if it's a solid option I might try masking off the centre console (removed) and spraying it with plastikote.
I covered my steering wheel trim with matte black vinyl 5 years ago and it looks good as new. I suggest using vinyl wrap instead of plastikote if you want a permanent solution.
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Well I pulled the center console today and unfortunately the soft touch plastic portion is affixed with plastic rivets and is not easily removable. I think I am going to try drilling the rivets out so the cup holders and oddments tray can be easily removed.

I realize I can just buy a new center console, but it's just going to happen again if I do. I'd rather cover in vinyl and never have to worry about it again.

Here's a pic of the underside of the center console in case anyone needs it in the future.



You can see where the cup holders are attached with the plastic rivets.

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Well guys, here was my fix:



I was able to scrape all of the rubber off without having to remove the cup holder portion from the center console. The plastic beneath looks like brand new again.

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But what about that nice soft touch plastic everyone loves?
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Yeah..., erm...., well,
gotta say, at least on my tablet, that looks kinda awesome
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Yeah..., erm...., well,
gotta say, at least on my tablet, that looks kinda awesome

Thanks. Its night and day. The peeling cup holders were a total eyesore.
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Good to know, I have the same problem
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Had the same problem on both my E46 center consoles. My kids think I'm nuts for not drinking in the car and not using the cup holders!
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Did the same thing. That soft touch stuff actually attracts more dirt. Kudos!
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wow nice job! im going to give this a try eventually.
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Thanks. Its night and day. The peeling cup holders were a total eyesore.
did you just use the sponge side or used both?
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did you just use the sponge side or used both?
I used the green side mostly
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Nice! I may just have to try this. I was thinking about getting a new console, but it will just happen again...
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did you remove the console to do it? or just did it in the car?
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This idea took about 30 minutes from start to finish without removing anything. The finish product looks amazing. I used a dry sponge and cleaned up the loose particles with a damp cloth. Thx
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This idea took about 30 minutes from start to finish without removing anything. The finish product looks amazing. I used a dry sponge and cleaned up the loose particles with a damp cloth. Thx
Edit: Done. Works well, I did the steering wheel face plate too.

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