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  1. 2003 E46 330d - All models, restoring/improving worn alcantara seat fabric 
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    Hi all

    I just bought a sport interior for my 330d from another forum member. The alcantara fabic on the seat bases had done its usual as it wears and gone bobbly. I did some research via google but didn't really come up with much so thought I'd try a bit of DIY.

    I had a suede brush used for shoes I bought years ago which is fine for improving the look of good suede but didn't really touch the worn seats. I then had a think and asked myself 'I wonder if I could shave it?'

    DISCLAIMER - If you follow what I did next you do so at your own risk!

    I got my Mach3 shaver out and set about the seats (dry), I just used gentle strokes in every direction, not really pressing on the material but letting the weight of the shaver do the work. You are just aiming to remove the bobbles and not shave it bald, I managed to get rid of most of the bobbles on the material and after a brush it looks much better. I wouldn't say its anywhere near back to new condition but its improved the look and feel 100%. I'd only attempt this as a last resort and if the seats are heavily worn. You need to be extra extra carefull where the material has folds in it as the razor will take chunks out, pulling the fabric tight with your fingers helps.

    It was difficult to capture with pictures but I've done my best here, the first one shows a bolster half done, the front bit has been shaved and you can see the bobbling on the back part, the second picture shows the finished result.

    Hope this helps someone out
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    you actually shaved your car
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    You can buy a jml bobbly remover which is basically an electric razor with bigger holes to remove bobbles off of stuff! My mrs has on she bought like 20 years ago (shit am I really that old!!) for use on her clothes and makes a massive diffrence to anything bobbly!!!

    Could be used on your seats why not, but big respect for trying it!!!
     
     

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    You are a braver man than me, shaving your car....


    Good results though
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetTriple View Post
    You can buy a jml bobbly remover which is basically an electric razor with bigger holes to remove bobbles off of stuff! My mrs has on she bought like 20 years ago (shit am I really that old!!) for use on her clothes and makes a massive diffrence to anything bobbly!!!

    Could be used on your seats why not, but big respect for trying it!!!
    Good call, I did think about those too but couldn't be bothered to buy one and wait for it from ebay, thats probably a safer option though.
     
     

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    Funny as hell, but top tip binman

    Btw Steve, don't go trying that on your leather seats mate...ain't gonna work
     
     

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    You must have been either drunk or high to actually carry out this manouver but it looks ace..
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbenstrikes View Post
    You must have been either drunk or high to actually carry out this manouver but it looks ace..
    I'm usually both but was sober when I tried this.

    Just thought I didn't have anything to lose and as it turns out I got a good result. Its a really good looking material but I can't really understand why they use it on high wear areas. It doesn't seem to be hardwearing enough to be used in daily driven cars to me, there are loads of moans from M3 and Audi owners with Alcantara steering wheels and gear knobs. They wear out very quickly and other then replacing (or as it turns out, shaving ) the fabric nothing can be done with it.

    The only mistake I made was using my own razor, I should of grabbed Mrs Bin's out of the bathroom!

    More top tips coming soon - Bald tyres? don't go to the expense of replacing them, get down to Maplins for a soldering iron and cut some new tread!
     
     

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