Z4 E85 Interior Matte Silver (Titan Shadow) Restoration

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Z4 E85 Interior Matte Silver (Titan Shadow) Restoration

Post by vbelsky » Wed May 16, 2018 7:56 am

The silver that the gauge cluster bezels, AC vents, radio, window switches, and center console insert trims on 2003-2005 E85s are painted is called Titan Shadow by BMW. This color was also used in the E46 M3 interior, for the SMG shifter surround, SMG paddles, steering wheel trim, and as an interior trim color. Over time, age and weathering takes its toll. Where does one find a perfectly-matched, yet durable paint to restore the trims? I've found a perfect, and I mean PERFECT match of vinyl to this color. 3M 1080 Matte Charcoal Metallic.

Before of my shifter trim:
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I also did the center console trim, and you can see the original paint of the airbag light trim/ring, compared to the vinyl around it.
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Z4 E85 Interior Matte Silver (Titan Shadow) Restoration

Post by Crazy Harry » Wed May 16, 2018 8:02 am

Hi and welcome to the forum. That trim has taken a hell of a beating - what millage was the car?

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Post by vbelsky » Wed May 16, 2018 8:09 am

110k miles. Interior was pretty trashed, for the (to-me) relatively low miles, in part because of the car being a sun-baked Florida car. I swapped it from beige to black, carpet and all, with E46 3-series sports seats, and redid the center console in Alcantara, with the dash trims in Alcantara as well, and wrapped the old center console trim in this Titan Shadow color.

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Post by Crazy Harry » Wed May 16, 2018 8:26 am

Looks like someone was moving stones in it!

We like photos here so you better post a few so we can see what it's like before the photo police arrive :police:

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Post by vbelsky » Wed May 23, 2018 6:05 am

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My interior is really coming together. A little dirty though. Need new shift boots and to rewrap the steering wheel in perforated leather.

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Z4 E85 Interior Matte Silver (Titan Shadow) Restoration

Post by wonkydonkey » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:55 pm

vbelsky wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 7:56 am
I've found a perfect, and I mean PERFECT match of vinyl to this color. 3M 1080 Matte Charcoal Metallic.
Thanks for this info! A previous owner stuck a horrible massive M Sport sticker on my ash tray lid. Removing it left superglue etc on the surface. 3M vinyl now en route from France for me to test your recommendation! :wink:

Edit: The vinyl has already arrived so on it went. Majorly happy with the colour/texture match! Ashtray lid freshly-wrapped against my centre console:
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2003 3.0i E85 Z4 Roadster in Sterling Grey
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Post by davros » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:01 pm

Wow, that looks a perfect match :thumbsup: . I think I will have to order some of that vinyl for my interior. Was is difficult to do?
3.0i E85 Sterling Grey, 108's, xenons, professional hi-fi with dsp & nav, power mirrors. Now with DLV backbox & roof motor relocation, M3 Sports Seats with heat & power, cruise and hope to add other mods in near future...... :)

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Z4 E85 Interior Matte Silver (Titan Shadow) Restoration

Post by fgottlieb » Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:47 am

Hi, can you take the silver trim out without removing the entire center console? Unfortunately, the pictures aren't there anymore

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