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B9 S4 aluminium interior trim scratches - replace or wrap?

Balders Oct 20, 2019

  1. Balders

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    I pick up a 67 plate S4 avant tomorrow night, great car with really good spec but it’s got a fairly big scratch on the aluminium trim on the dash just under the aircon unit. Also on drivers drivers door next to the handle there are a number of scratches. Non of this is the end of the world and I will probably not even notice them when I’m driving but... I do like things to be right! The rest of the car is in mint condition.

    Has anyone else replaced or repaired interior aluminium trim? Is it hard to extract? I am also considering getting the trim wrapped in carbon atlas style wrap as an alternative and guess it is likely to be more durable than the aluminium? Again anyone done this, how much did it cost?

    Any views or advice?

    Cheers
    Paul
     
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  3. ZZidane

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    When I bought mine recently, the same part was a bit scratched on mine. I think the centre piece was £150 or something like that when I asked. There is a youtube video showing how to remove it yourself rather than paying Audi another 150 notes to do it.

    I decided to just park my OCD for a few weeks and see if I could live with it. Which I have as I've become more obsessed with finding some rotors instead !
     
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  4. Ginge247

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    Exactly the same on my avant m8. Scratches on the long brushed aluminium piece that houses the air con buttons, the centre console piece and the door trim bits. I've chosen to wrap them in the brushed titanium 3m 1080 vinyl. I've currently done all the door pieces and the centre console. Haven't took any photos yet as I'm waiting until I've finished the whole lot, but it is looking good. The door trims and centre piece was easy to get off, haven't attempted the the the dash pieces yet as I'm waiting for more vinyl. Going to cost me £59 in total, that's including the extra vinyl I needed for a mistake I made. You will need some trim removal tools, I got some decent ones off ebay for £4. I'll get some pics up when I'm finished.

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  5. Balders

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    that’s good to hear, think I’ll prob go this way. Be great to see some pics when you’re done
     
  6. Ginge247

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    Got one piece on the dash left to do but I'm still waiting for the vinyl, hopefully be here on Friday. Here's a couple of pics of the door trim pieces and the light switch surround. It's hard to get a good picture to show the brushed effect but here goes. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  7. OCDaveS4

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    Wow that looks good mate! Not heard of “trim removal” tools though - sound useful !!
     
  8. GenerationGav

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    Honestly think that looks nicer than the original trim. I presume the texture hasn't caused any issues?
     
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  10. Ginge247

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    The original trim is the brushed aluminium mate, it wouldn't go over the textured trim very I doubt.

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  11. Simonwhite2000

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    Just been quoted £280 quid to have the trims wrapped in gloss carbon to mimic Carbon Atlas. Ouch! Might just continue to put up with the alu trim or have a go at wrapping it myself.
     
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  13. Grubb

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    Do you have any instructions for removing the dash and light trim?
    Thanks
     
  14. Ginge247

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    You need to first remove the panel under the steering wheel. Basically open the door, remove the panel on the side of the dash, undo the 8mm bolt, then there are 2 more 8mm bolts underneath in the footwell. Follow this vid I know it's a LHD but the principles are the same. This will get the light switch trim off.

    Once that is off the long dash trim comes off by removing 3 T20 torx and then use the dash trim removal tool to prize it off.
    The 3 T20 torx are marked in the photos, 2 are accessed by opening the glove box. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  15. Grubb

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    Have a go yourself. I've done the doors and center console so far. It's pretty easy. Will get pics up when everything is finished.
     
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  16. GenerationGav

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    I thought that all B9 trim was either carbon fibre or the textured aluminium. The brushed aluminium looks really nice.
     
  17. cuke2u

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    Or black, like one, when it was a free option, for the more humble A4's. I believe black ash was an option too across the pond...
     
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  18. Simonwhite2000

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    Been a while since I got a quote for Carbon Atlas from a dealer - its now £100 more expensive for a full coupe set at £1299 !!
     
  19. Ginge247

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    Yeah the matt Aluminium trim was an option. Looks nice but the previous owner didn't look after it!

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  20. Ginge247

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    What vinyl have you gone for mate?

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    Before and after for the centre console. Waiting for the tools to do the dash
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  24. Ginge247

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    Mines all finished now, very happy and saved a fortune! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  25. Simonwhite2000

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    Right guys think you have inspired me to have a bash at this - 1200 for carbon atlas inlays is mad. I'd rather get a new tv!
    Will order a couple of glossy carbon films and see what looks most like the atlas.
     
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  26. Grubb

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    Order some removal tools too as you don’t want scratches
     
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    Only 1 bit left to do now.
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  28. Grubb

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    Finally finished.
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  29. ZZidane

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    Can you please put a link up to which vinyl you bought for the job. Thanks
     
  30. Ginge247

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    I used 3m 1080 vinyl. Brushed titanium which is product code BR-230. They do a brushed aluminium as well which is code BR-120. I've attached the colour chart from 3m. I bought mine from ebay but I'm sure it's available elsewhere.
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/122377103579 View attachment 1080 ColourCard_2018_LowRes.pdf

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  31. ZZidane

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    So what is closest to the original interior trim - BR120 brushed aluminium or BR201 brushed steel? Edit - or BR230.

    Most of mine is ok apart from the L shaped centre section which I fancy having a go at.
     
  32. Ginge247

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    Not sure tbh mate but I'd say the brushed aluminium.

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  34. JoshS38V

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    Resurrecting this one! Do the door plastics just pop off with a trim removal tool?


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  35. Ginge247

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    Yeah m8

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  36. Grubb

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    It’s all pretty easy to do. Just get some removal tools. You’ll find the instructions on the thread Ginge247 referenced.
     
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