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    A Pillar Restoration

    With 115k miles on my car, the felt on the A Pillars was starting to sag a bit towards the bottom. The consensus seemed to be that it was better to just buy new ones but I gave the 3M Super 77 Adhesive spray a try. Worked out great. First pic is the "After".

    Tips:
    -Don't get the spray anywhere you don't want it; it's a mess if you do
    -Practice how you will lay the felt down a few times before you do it with spray
    -The spray seems to dry in ~10 seconds so work in smaller areas
    -I'd recommend spraying the adhesive on piece of cardboard and then applying with a Q-tip or thin paint brush. The spray from the can isn't very precise
    -Wash your hands frequently so spray on your hand doesn't touch something by accidentName:  pillar2.jpg
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    Good job, sir. I paid $71 for each side two years ago. BTW, these are the part numbers for sedan:

    51437902933 left side
    51437902934 right side
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    152,000 miles

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    I wish that was still the price for both sides!

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    I tried doing this like 3 times because I suck at gluing :P


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    I am gonna have to do this very soon. Did you have to buy new clips when you removed the pillar? I heard they are prone to breaking when removed. Also, did you have to unplug the battery, what with potentially touches the airbags and what not?
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    I wrapped mine with 3M adhesive-backed vinyl with very good results (got to sand them real good, and be careful not to crack or break the corners).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reasoned1 View Post
    I wrapped mine with 3M adhesive-backed vinyl with very good results (got to sand them real good, and be careful not to crack or break the corners).
    hmmm... got any pics of that?

    My car is full ghetto with the A & C pillars flapping in the breeze
    Dinan CAI &Throttle body, ESS Tuning TS2, Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, UUC SSK & DSSR. Achilles oil pump, VAC oil pan baffle
    M3 Motor mounts, UUC Trans mounts, Modified clutch style LSD 3.15, TMS front subframe reinforcement, Koni Yellow sports,
    H&R sport springs,
    UUC sway bars, BMW Perf. Rotors, UUC SS brake lines, Hawk HPS pads, CSL replica wheels,
    Rotora strut bar, FXR HID conversion, M3 Mirror conversion, BSW stage 1 speakers

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    Here ya go... I did my C pillars too. My B pillars are in good shape, and I was too lazy to do them merely for consistency--not even I notice it. Note that I replaced the screw cover strip with factory.

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    That looks pretty good! 3M vinyl product similar to DiNoc?
    Dinan CAI &Throttle body, ESS Tuning TS2, Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, UUC SSK & DSSR. Achilles oil pump, VAC oil pan baffle
    M3 Motor mounts, UUC Trans mounts, Modified clutch style LSD 3.15, TMS front subframe reinforcement, Koni Yellow sports,
    H&R sport springs,
    UUC sway bars, BMW Perf. Rotors, UUC SS brake lines, Hawk HPS pads, CSL replica wheels,
    Rotora strut bar, FXR HID conversion, M3 Mirror conversion, BSW stage 1 speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sockethead View Post
    hmmm... got any pics of that?

    My car is full ghetto with the A & C pillars flapping in the breeze
    Mine was like that until I just pulled the fabric off. The base material is like a black felt, so it blends good enough with the headliner that I don't even notice, and surely no one else does.

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