Repairing the BMW i3 Backrest Fabric

The backrest of the BMW i3 driver and passenger seats has a thin, glued on fabric center that’s vulnerable to staining, ripping, and disconnecting. This article will show you how to repair the BMW i3 Seat backrest fabric.

  1. Get yourself some molding and trim removal tools if you do not have them (you should be able to find them at your local auto parts store).  These tools are essential to avoiding scratches and breakage of your car’s interior.
  2. Start by prying the bottom left and then bottom rights of the backrest off.
  3. Continue along the sides, leave the top connected.
  4. The top of the backrest is the toughest to remove.  Start by prying one side until it disconnects from the clip, ensuring not to bend the backrest.  Repeat on the other side.
  5. If you are replacing the fabric, push the fabric through and pull it cleanly off.  Cut the new fabric to size, using the old as a pattern.
  6. Glue the fabric along the channel using a strong adhesive, ensuring you do not allow glue to touch the front side.WARNING: Do not attempt to dry the glue with a heat gun.  You can destroy the OEM fabric and or trim (TRUST ME).
  7. Stretch and press the fabric down for 30 minutes while it dries.  Inspect the fabric after 30 minutes and reglue where required.
  8. Clean the fabric and backrest before snapping back in.
  9. Snap the backrest molding back in place in the reverse order remove: starting at the top, then on the sides, and then on the bottom.
  10. Enjoy!