2010 2011 BMW 5 Series Forum F10
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
 

2010 2011 BMW 5 Series Forum F10 BMW 5-Series (F10) Forums General 5-Series Sedan and Wagon (F10 / F11) Forum Dashboard Leather Just Started Bubbling (Pic)...
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      10-07-2022, 08:53 PM   #1
SummerallGuard04
Private
SummerallGuard04's Avatar
24
Rep
75
Posts

Drives: 2016 BMW 550i M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Fort Mill, S.C.

iTrader: (0)

Dashboard Leather Just Started Bubbling (Pic)...

I'm sure this is a systemic problem on all BMWs but I'm wondering if anyone has any DIY advice to offer for when the leather on the top of the dashboard starts to bubble, when the glue starts giving out? My knee-jerk reaction was to get a quality leather cream/conditioner, massage the area and hope that it lies down with a little bit of pressure but I'm thinking that might be a stretch...thoughts?

__________________
2016 BMW 550i M Sport - Mineral Gray Metallic
2015 BMW X5 base - Jet Black
2011 BMW 335i - Alpine White
Appreciate 0
      10-07-2022, 10:29 PM   #2
M_Bimmer
Lieutenant
M_Bimmer's Avatar
United_States
255
Rep
423
Posts

Drives: .
Join Date: May 2020
Location: .

iTrader: (0)

Mind sharing a picture through the windshield?

Current view, looks like you can fix this via your center speaker, by removing the grill, cleaning off the old contact cement, reapply new contact cement, then keeping the leather tught, laying it flat as you move toward the windshield.

The problem will be near the windshield if the leather has come out from underneath the plastic trim near the windshield, which will require the leather to be reinsterted under the plastic trim, which is almost impossible while the dashboard is installed.

To properly fix, the dashboard should be removed. Anything other than this will result in waves and bubbles still visible in the leather...the leather must be restretched.

On my dashboard, I had to use leather softening fluid ($9 off Amazon) to help the leather go back into it's original location, since it had shrunk due to Sun exposure. Without it, the leather would have shrunk too much to cover the dashboard 100%.
Appreciate 1
      10-08-2022, 11:00 AM   #3
SummerallGuard04
Private
SummerallGuard04's Avatar
24
Rep
75
Posts

Drives: 2016 BMW 550i M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Fort Mill, S.C.

iTrader: (0)

Here is from windshield. I think you're spot on and I feel like I'm just going to have to live with this.





Quote:
Originally Posted by M_Bimmer View Post
Mind sharing a picture through the windshield?

Current view, looks like you can fix this via your center speaker, by removing the grill, cleaning off the old contact cement, reapply new contact cement, then keeping the leather tught, laying it flat as you move toward the windshield.

The problem will be near the windshield if the leather has come out from underneath the plastic trim near the windshield, which will require the leather to be reinsterted under the plastic trim, which is almost impossible while the dashboard is installed.

To properly fix, the dashboard should be removed. Anything other than this will result in waves and bubbles still visible in the leather...the leather must be restretched.

On my dashboard, I had to use leather softening fluid ($9 off Amazon) to help the leather go back into it's original location, since it had shrunk due to Sun exposure. Without it, the leather would have shrunk too much to cover the dashboard 100%.
__________________
2016 BMW 550i M Sport - Mineral Gray Metallic
2015 BMW X5 base - Jet Black
2011 BMW 335i - Alpine White
Appreciate 0
      10-08-2022, 03:06 PM   #4
M_Bimmer
Lieutenant
M_Bimmer's Avatar
United_States
255
Rep
423
Posts

Drives: .
Join Date: May 2020
Location: .

iTrader: (0)

Thanks for the additional photos.

It does confirm that your leather has pulled away from the front dashboard plastic trim.

You could try and use contact cement on the leather area you can reach, let it set, then try and use a plastic putty knife to try and tuck the leather back under the trim.

My experience it that a proper repair absolutely requires the dashboard to be removed, which is sort of a pain in the @ss.

I've repaired it once, which lasted several years, then bought a new one from eBay ($1000) and replaced it...so for the last three years, no problem, but I'm religious about using a windshield shade.
Appreciate 1
      10-08-2022, 05:55 PM   #5
ezaircon4jc
Brigadier General
ezaircon4jc's Avatar
United_States
2447
Rep
4,593
Posts

Drives: 2019 540i M Sport
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: San Diego

iTrader: (0)

I always wanted the leather dash. Now I'm quite pleased I didn't get it (I purchase CPO; let the original buyer take the hit).
Appreciate 1
      10-09-2022, 09:13 PM   #6
SummerallGuard04
Private
SummerallGuard04's Avatar
24
Rep
75
Posts

Drives: 2016 BMW 550i M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Fort Mill, S.C.

iTrader: (0)

Wondering if anyone has had any luck with a dashboard cover as a quick, "out of sight, out of mind" fix?
__________________
2016 BMW 550i M Sport - Mineral Gray Metallic
2015 BMW X5 base - Jet Black
2011 BMW 335i - Alpine White
Appreciate 0
      10-09-2022, 10:31 PM   #7
SummerallGuard04
Private
SummerallGuard04's Avatar
24
Rep
75
Posts

Drives: 2016 BMW 550i M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Fort Mill, S.C.

iTrader: (0)

After a little more research on this deficiency, I'm going to attempt to inject 3M neoprene high performance contact adhesive 1357 with a syringe into the affected areas. I will post back with my results.
__________________
2016 BMW 550i M Sport - Mineral Gray Metallic
2015 BMW X5 base - Jet Black
2011 BMW 335i - Alpine White
Appreciate 0
      10-29-2022, 03:03 PM   #8
Kermdaddy
New Member
6
Rep
7
Posts

Drives: 2016 550I
Join Date: Jul 2022
Location: Shelbyville, TN

iTrader: (0)

I have the same issue but is way worse. I bought the car that way, so I am definitely interested in your results.
Appreciate 1
      11-14-2022, 08:09 PM   #9
SummerallGuard04
Private
SummerallGuard04's Avatar
24
Rep
75
Posts

Drives: 2016 BMW 550i M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Fort Mill, S.C.

iTrader: (0)

:::UPDATE:::

I decided to do a DIY repair of injecting 3M Neoprene High-Performance Contact Adhesive 1357 into a few areas in the dash. I'm actually quite pleased with the results! An initial concern of mine was being able to compress the dash and evenly distribute enough weight to flatten the popped leather while the adhesive was drying. I found that my college yearbooks worked perfect in that they were heavy enough and that I was able to manipulate the book binding so that each of the 4 books could be "wedged" into the slant of the windshield to create tremendous downforce (see pics). Again, it's not perfect but I'm happy with the results and didn't have to spend boku money. To anyone who tries this, i would say to get 18 gauge syringes as they are the perfect size to take and distribute the 3M adhesive. Once injected, I tried to keep the yearbooks in place for at least 12 hours (which is probably overkill).

Before:








AFTER:
__________________
2016 BMW 550i M Sport - Mineral Gray Metallic
2015 BMW X5 base - Jet Black
2011 BMW 335i - Alpine White

Last edited by SummerallGuard04; 11-15-2022 at 09:32 AM..
Appreciate 2
SWFLf10176.50
      11-18-2022, 08:58 AM   #10
Blue Angel
Captain
Blue Angel's Avatar
Canada
411
Rep
642
Posts

Drives: 2011 323i and 2016 535d
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ottawa, ON

iTrader: (0)

Nicely done!!! I hope I never have to do this with mine!

Just curious, did you use any products to protect the leather? I'm wondering if something could have penetrated the leather and compromised its bond to the adhesive?
Appreciate 0
      11-23-2022, 07:09 AM   #11
SummerallGuard04
Private
SummerallGuard04's Avatar
24
Rep
75
Posts

Drives: 2016 BMW 550i M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Fort Mill, S.C.

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Blue Angel View Post
Nicely done!!! I hope I never have to do this with mine!

Just curious, did you use any products to protect the leather? I'm wondering if something could have penetrated the leather and compromised its bond to the adhesive?
Thank you! If it does happen to you, I would try it DIY.

I bought my 550i less than a year ago so not sure if the previous owner treated the leather in the past or whether it was just parked outside and exposed to the elements. I have NOT used any leather conditioner as of yet but I did just pick up some griots garage leather conditioner and plan to use that every-so-often. I park it in the garage full time so i'm hoping I have some time before other areas start to give out.
__________________
2016 BMW 550i M Sport - Mineral Gray Metallic
2015 BMW X5 base - Jet Black
2011 BMW 335i - Alpine White
Appreciate 0
      11-23-2022, 07:47 PM   #12
Blue Angel
Captain
Blue Angel's Avatar
Canada
411
Rep
642
Posts

Drives: 2011 323i and 2016 535d
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ottawa, ON

iTrader: (0)

I'm the second owner as well. Here's hoping my leather stays put!
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:07 AM.




5post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST