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    What to use to polish interior trim?

    Just wondering what you guys are using the "polish out" the dash and center console trim pieces? The piece under the E-Brake is the absolute worst. Dust settles there and every time you engage the handle you can't help marring the finish! It's almost seems like you need to use a specialty tool to get in the rounded pocket. Any suggestions on making it look new again?

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    If it is badly scratched up I'd suggest pulling it out, respraying in, then using some of the same Scotchgard/3M type film on it, but if the scratches are minor then use something like Zaino polish to clean it up as well as you can.
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    I've had reasonably good luck with Meguiars #17 and #10. Works fairly well for the superficial defects but the results for the deeper stuff are not great.

    I have a fairly deep scratch that I cannot buff out on the rear center console that was there when I bought the car. It totally bugs me everytime I look at it and I've thought of just replacing it as I never thought of respraying it as a possibility.

    You can see it in the photo below.

    Andrew, what do you recommend I spray it with?
     
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    Yes I can see the scratch. You'll need to take it to the body shop for the paint work.

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    I'd certainly suggest getting it resprayed, you should take it to a really good body shop. Here are the PDF's to download with an exploded diagram of the car which will help them see how to remove that piece, right-click these to download them, they are 20MB each, so won't open in a browser window.
    http://www.bmwz8.us/pdf/Z8_Training_Manual_web.pdf
    http://www.bmwz8.us/pdf/Z8_parts.zip
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    Andrew,

    The parts.zip file does not open. The other link worked fine.

    Scott

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    Thanks Scott, link is fixed now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macfly View Post
    I'd certainly suggest getting it resprayed, you should take it to a really good body shop. Here are the PDF's to download with an exploded diagram of the car which will help them see how to remove that piece, right-click these to download them, they are 20MB each, so won't open in a browser window.
    http://www.bmwz8.us/pdf/Z8_Training_Manual_web.pdf
    http://www.bmwz8.us/pdf/Z8_parts.zip
    Thanks for the helpful info.

    There is an excellent body shop here that I've used that does high end resprays and restoration work that should be up to the task. They are a bit slower than usual now due to the downturn in the economy as many car guy's are putting off their "elective" paintwork.

    I'll post pics when its complete.
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