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Old 06-14-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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Refinishing Interior Parts With Rubber Coating

My 9-3 has the usual rubber peeling off the door handles and trim around the gear selector. I decided to give plastidip a try first as it is easily reversible. For the door handle I scraped all the rubber off then sanded it with 320 grit then 400 grit sand paper. For the gear selector trim I started with 80 grit sand paper and sanded the rubber coating off as it didn't want to scrape off easily. Then I hit it with 320 and then the 400 grit. After both parts were sanded smooth I wiped them down with isopropyl alcohol. I gave both parts eight light coats of plastidip with about 15-20 minutes in between coats. This resulted in a nice textured feel. I waited 24 hours before re-installing the parts.

Here is how they turned out:



I'm very happy with how the gear selector trim turned out. I'm not sure if that is the finish I want for the door handles yet but they definitely look better then the cheap rubber coating. Next I will be doing the SmartSlot, driver and rear door pulls, and the faded black trim next to the side mirrors.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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Looks very nice... plastidip is good stuff!
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looks great. I'm planning to do the same to mine.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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I just recently did the trim next to the mirror and one of the door handles.

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I did the part behind the handle but not the handle itself. The is some over spray on the handle but I might try to put a coat on them though.
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