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Interior trim replacement - recommendations

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I am a long time owner of a 2000 996. The car came with burl wood interior. In the past couple of years, the interior trim has started to crack at several places. (It looks like Porsche's poor build quality has been well documented in this forum.)

I am looking for a relatively inexpensive replacement ( probably an oxymoron ) option. The car has a tan interior - so either carbon fiber or aluminum finish. Pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I am debating between a DIY vs having someone else install. Given the large scale replacement. I live in South SF Bay Area ( Sunnyvale). Any references to good installers.

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The 3M carbon fibre Di-Noc wrap is very cool stuff, check out http://www.destronsgarage.com or http://www.carbonfiberfilm.com or ebay. Also this is extremely popular mod on the BMW X5 forums as they put some seriously ugly wood interiors in them, so any googling of that combination will get you a bunch of how to on various BMW forums. e.g. http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=335021.

I think it looks great, and would be a viable solution for badly ageing wood. There is also a brushed aluminium DiNoc as well as many other finishes, worth checking out some options.

In terms of cheap, this would be the cheapest option. If you were tempted, you could steal the wife's hair dryer, buy a small sheet and try it out.

You will need some time and can do one bit at a time if you wanted to, but car would look like frankinstein's monster for a while ;-)
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The 3M carbon fibre Di-Noc wrap is very cool stuff, check out http://www.destronsgarage.com or http://www.carbonfiberfilm.com or ebay. Also this is extremely popular mod on the BMW X5 forums as they put some seriously ugly wood interiors in them, so any googling of that combination will get you a bunch of how to on various BMW forums. e.g. http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=335021.

I think it looks great, and would be a viable solution for badly ageing wood. There is also a brushed aluminium DiNoc as well as many other finishes, worth checking out some options.

In terms of cheap, this would be the cheapest option. If you were tempted, you could steal the wife's hair dryer, buy a small sheet and try it out.

You will need some time and can do one bit at a time if you wanted to, but car would look like frankinstein's monster for a while ;-)

That 3m stuff look very cheap in Porsche
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I have always preferred the wood trim to the carbin fiber, just my personal taste. My car does not have the wood and the only carbin fiber is the brake handle and the shift **** (which by the way is cracked. My buddy has a cab that has about every piece of carbin fiber that Porsche offered in 2000. Over $12K in option. A lot of it is now discolored, cracked and/or peeling.
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I have always preferred the wood trim to the carbin fiber, just my personal taste. My car does not have the wood and the only carbin fiber is the brake handle and the shift **** (which by the way is cracked. My buddy has a cab that has about every piece of carbin fiber that Porsche offered in 2000. Over $12K in option. A lot of it is now discolored, cracked and/or peeling.

Makes me feel better!
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I recently went through the same delima on my 99' Cab, I found these guys in Texas that refinish everything. 400. for the steering wheel 175. for the E brake and 125 for the shifter. I went for the dark burl finish.
http://craftcustoms.com/

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I recently went through the same delima on my 99' Cab, I found these guys in Texas that refinish everything. 400. for the steering wheel 175. for the E brake and 125 for the shifter. I went for the dark burl finish.
http://craftcustoms.com/
Thanks - any pointers to local (within 100 miles radius from Palo Alto or San Francisco)
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If you are looking to save labor cost request a quote, pull the pieces and have them shipped. It took almost a month to the parts back. I couldn't find a local shop here in So Cal and didn't see the need to spend 1500.00 on a new steering wheel. Very happy with the results.Good luck

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If you are looking to save labor cost request a quote, pull the pieces and have them shipped. It took almost a month to the parts back. I couldn't find a local shop here in So Cal and didn't see the need to spend 1500.00 on a new steering wheel. Very happy with the results.Good luck
Actually I am looking for someone who will install locally since I not particularly great/ don't have time for the DIY. Not necessarily to save $$
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What about having it repainted Artic Silver? Unless you prefer the wood.
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I have no affiliation with this seller but they do Artic Silver packages for under $400. Was considering this but I may try a DIY first.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PORSCHE-996-...r#ht_759wt_689
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I just completed replacing all the cracked broken wood trim in my car this weekend. I went with replacing the wood with leather. I think it looks pretty good.

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Interesting option - where did you get the leather trim from ?
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Interesting option - where did you get the leather trim from ?
I had the work done by Classic 9 Leather, they do leather repair and stuff for all makes and years of Porsches.

You can find them here: http://www.classic9leathershop.com

They are excellent and do excellent work.
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