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    BMW plastic wood grain

    Anyone ever "correct" the scratches in plastic interior parts? Same as paint or what did you do? Mine has gotten a little scratched.

    It`s a 2017 BMW X3.

    Never had to deal with this on my Camaro or GM vehicles as they were always the cheap looking interior.


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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    I was looking at my F30 thinking the same thing (although the scratches on mine are very faint). My thought was to first mask off the plastics and then use some plastic polish on a mf towel wrapped tightly around my finger and just rub at it for a bit. If that doesn`t work, maybe try a compound. If that doesn`t work, i`ll call my friend with a rupes nano.
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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    My thoughts were a Nano as well. I think it would be perfect for small intricate areas like this as well as the tight areas on paint. But until I spend $600 on a Nano I need a workaround lol.


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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    Quote Originally Posted by dontlikemyname View Post
    My thoughts were a Nano as well. I think it would be perfect for small intricate areas like this as well as the tight areas on paint. But until I spend $600 on a Nano I need a workaround lol.


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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    http://www.autopia.org/forums/machin...remel+polisher

    try this to hold you over?

    Quote Originally Posted by dontlikemyname View Post
    My thoughts were a Nano as well. I think it would be perfect for small intricate areas like this as well as the tight areas on paint. But until I spend $600 on a Nano I need a workaround lol.


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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    That material is soft. I have it in my BMW 335d. I`ve got some very minor scratches on my fake wood, but even though I have a Nano haven`t got around to shining up that part. You could use a very fine polish and a microfiber, though that may lead to micromarring/hazing like on soft paints. Maybe start off a little more agressive, as in Rupes Yellow Pad and polish vs Rupes White pad and polish. I doubt there is anywhere to do a test spot. Maybe someone else can chime in that had a BMW? Ron?

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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    Quote Originally Posted by nickclark08 View Post
    Definitely an awesome idea...I`ll try that I think until one of y`all buys me a Rupes Nano as a few days late birthday present!


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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    use a product called,NOVIS, they have 3 levels, one for minor two more aggressive and 3 is for deep scratches. so you will need all three bottles.. there cheap so it wont break the bank... start with level one, if it dosent clean go to level two, if that works then finish with level one, if level two dosent work go to level 3, that will work, after this if you still have maring, get a cut polish and try that..
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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    Quote Originally Posted by instalher View Post
    use a product called,NOVIS, they have 3 levels, one for minor two more aggressive and 3 is for deep scratches. so you will need all three bottles.. there cheap so it wont break the bank... start with level one, if it dosent clean go to level two, if that works then finish with level one, if level two dosent work go to level 3, that will work, after this if you still have maring, get a cut polish and try that..
    Which set? 7056, 7100, 7136?


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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    I wonder if an AIO like HD Speed on a hand applicator would work? I maybe have to try it on the wood trim inside my 335i.

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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    Quote Originally Posted by Angus View Post
    I wonder if an AIO like HD Speed on a hand applicator would work? I maybe have to try it on the wood trim inside my 335i.
    I did try a microfiber and a one step light compound and polish (CG V36). It removed some of the extremely light scratch s but not any RIDS. Maybe something like the HD Speed or Menzerna One step 3 in 1 would work?


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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    I have that same plastic wood grain in my 335d. I personally can`t stand the sight of it. I ended up buying some 3M white aluminum wrap and wrapped the entire trim on the car. There are plenty of youtube videos explaining the process. The top photo is a stock photo, I didn`t switch from manual to auto. lol bmw.jpeg

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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    Quote Originally Posted by rlmccarty2000 View Post
    That material is soft. I have it in my BMW 335d. I`ve got some very minor scratches on my fake wood, but even though I have a Nano haven`t got around to shining up that part. You could use a very fine polish and a microfiber, though that may lead to micromarring/hazing like on soft paints. Maybe start off a little more agressive, as in Rupes Yellow Pad and polish vs Rupes White pad and polish. I doubt there is anywhere to do a test spot. Maybe someone else can chime in that had a BMW? Ron?
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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    None of the wood trim in the BMW`s is fake plastic wood like used in GM and Ford. Its a thin wood Veneer with a Lacquer top coat. to remove the Rids its best to remove the panel and use a Fine grade paper and gently sand it. I am talking 3000 grit and polish it out. you don`t want to go crazy just a gentle light sanding as the lacquer is fairly thin and the veneer is also quite thin and easy to sand through. I have refinished the wood in my E34 540i and E38 750i and e36 328i due to the lacquer developing cracks.
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    Re: BMW plastic wood grain

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeysentra View Post
    None of the wood trim in the BMW`s is fake plastic wood like used in GM and Ford...
    This of course is model dependent from the domestic manufacturers. Some of the Ford trucks, the Platinum’s along with the Limited’s and King Ranch’s are wood veneer just like the Euro guys. The Lincoln’s, Caddy’s and other up scale models are as well. The lesser models are of course plastic and many of these models don’t try to imitate wood these days but go for a gloss or carbon fiber look. I’m not up to speed with the MOPARS but I’d bet they too follow suit. The operative word here is veneer, it’s a pretty thin slice or several slices of laminate wood with a top coat of eurathane, hence the look of plastic. They do have a product called “Eurothane” I believe that has many of the characteristics of eurathane but doesn’t have the shiny plastic look. I think some of the high end Euro cars use this and have more of a satin look. Of course, you wouldn’t want a solid wood these days, it doesn’t last in the heat or over time. It will likely shrink or crack along the grain.

    @j_dailey, though you don’t like the look I’d be surprised if the trim that you covered wasn’t actually a wood veneer in that Beemer.
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