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ChuckG 02-17-2012 03:24 PM

Leatherique Seat Restore Project. Before and After pics!
 
I used the Leatherique Kit #2 (16oz of each liquid) and the whole thing took my girlfriend and I about 6 hours over 3 evenings to complete. I'm very pleased with the results. Let me know what you think?

Passenger outside upper bolster, BEFORE:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3...0/IMG_1450.jpg

Passenger outside upper bolster, AFTER:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-R...0/IMG_1495.jpg

Passenger outside lower bolster, BEFORE:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-f...0/IMG_1451.jpg

Passenger outside lower bolster, AFTER:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Z...0/IMG_1497.jpg

Passenger inside lower bolster, BEFORE:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-w...0/IMG_1452.jpg

Passenger inside lower bolster, AFTER:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-m...0/IMG_1498.jpg

Passenger inside upper bolster, BEFORE:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-d...0/IMG_1453.jpg

Passenger inside upper bolster, AFTER:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-v...0/IMG_1496.jpg

Driver inside upper bolster, BEFORE:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-D...0/IMG_1454.jpg

Driver inside upper bolster, AFTER:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-a...0/IMG_1501.jpg

Driver inside lower bolster, BEFORE:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-6...0/IMG_1455.jpg

Driver inside lower bolster, AFTER:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-t...0/IMG_1499.jpg

Driver outside lower bolster, BEFORE:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-9...0/IMG_1456.jpg

Driver outside lower bolster, AFTER:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2...0/IMG_1500.jpg

And as everyone knows, the worst of the worst... Driver outside upper bolster, BEFORE:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0...0/IMG_1458.jpg

Driver outside upper bolster, AFTER:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b...0/IMG_1502.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Q...0/IMG_1503.jpg

Overall before:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Y...0/IMG_1449.jpg

Overall after:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-n...0/IMG_1493.JPG

X3-terrestrial 02-18-2012 10:16 AM

Amazing! Can you post the exact product you used? Does it have a dye? I'm absolutely doing this!

ChuckG 02-18-2012 07:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by X3-terrestrial (Post 6640330)
Amazing! Can you post the exact product you used? Does it have a dye? I'm absolutely doing this!

I used leatherique re-dye kit #2 http://leatherique.org/detail.aspx?ID=31

It has a rejuvinator oil, cleaning agent, prep solution (you sand with this, I think it's just a de greaser), and final step is dye.

X3-terrestrial 02-18-2012 08:46 PM

Cool! Thanks!, absolutely worth the price, your seats look like new!

CTBimmerGuy 02-22-2012 09:27 PM

Really great work. Thanks for the post. I'm going to give it a shot on my seats as well.

JoshuaG 02-22-2012 09:36 PM

That's incredible.

petriej 02-23-2012 11:04 AM

Do you have to remove the seats to do this?

X3-terrestrial 02-23-2012 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by petriej (Post 6652679)
Do you have to remove the seats to do this?

You maybe don't HAVE to, but probably it's easier, and you don't risk staining something else inside the car.
It just takes 5 minutes per seat to remove them. :thumbup:

CTBimmerGuy 02-25-2012 11:08 PM

Read a post from a guy that did the first seat while it was in the car. Said he had poor results with the top and bottom of the seat sticking together and other problems. Ended up having to take the seat out and do it again. If you're doing the entire seat, top and bottom instead of just a smaller area I believe it's best to remove the seats from what I've read. Also as has been mentioned it's four bolts and a un clipping a wire harness or two and they are out. I'm going to install a new reclining gear in my passenger seat while they are out and fix two problems at the same time.

ChuckG 03-06-2012 11:05 AM

Update to the project:

I ordered a 2oz bottle of BL02 (baby blue), BL06 (blue), and R04 (bright red) from Furniture Clinic. The center stripe ended up being a mixture of about 75% BL06 and 25% R04.

I also repaired the cracks in my stripes with the heavy filler cream from FC, then I used their Matte finish sealant/top coat applied with an airbrush in 3 coats.

Here are some additional pics. The matte finishing coat is currently drying. Final pictures to follow after assembly.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-d...0/IMG_1606.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-s...0/IMG_1607.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-q...0/IMG_1614.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n...0/IMG_1615.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n...0/IMG_1629.JPG

petener999 03-06-2012 11:20 AM

Great job!!

CTBimmerGuy 03-06-2012 07:05 PM

I'm working on my seats right now thanks to your post and a bunch of others on this site. Removed both front seats from the car (easy). Going to fix the broken reclining gear ($39 on Ebay) on the passenger seat as long as I have them out of the car. Found the broken gear inside the seat transmission box and ordered a new one. Spent several hours wet sanding and removing failed dye on the driver seat which is always the worst seat. Used a little crack filler to test results in a couple of the worst spots. So far so good. I bought Kit#2 from Leatherique with 2 oz. of crack filler. Wet sanding and removing the cracked dye is taking quite a while but the leather does get really supple as you remove the old dye. Wet sanding leather is a little scary at first but once you realize there's no turning back you just keep moving forward. I'm taking pictures at various points along the way and will probably post my own thread if the project goes well. The car I'm working on is a 98 M3 in Helrot Red with Magma and black interior. Leatherique has the Magma dye color (custom color) I need. I haven't applied any yet but it looks like a perfect match.

ChuckG 03-07-2012 09:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CTBimmerGuy (Post 6683181)
I'm working on my seats right now thanks to your post and a bunch of others on this site. Removed both front seats from the car (easy). Going to fix the broken reclining gear ($39 on Ebay) on the passenger seat as long as I have them out of the car. Found the broken gear inside the seat transmission box and ordered a new one. Spent several hours wet sanding and removing failed dye on the driver seat which is always the worst seat. Used a little crack filler to test results in a couple of the worst spots. So far so good. I bought Kit#2 from Leatherique with 2 oz. of crack filler. Wet sanding and removing the cracked dye is taking quite a while but the leather does get really supple as you remove the old dye. Wet sanding leather is a little scary at first but once you realize there's no turning back you just keep moving forward. I'm taking pictures at various points along the way and will probably post my own thread if the project goes well. The car I'm working on is a 98 M3 in Helrot Red with Magma and black interior. Leatherique has the Magma dye color (custom color) I need. I haven't applied any yet but it looks like a perfect match.

I also had to replace the reclining gear on both these seats. I did that a couple months back, wish I had done it all at the same time. Good luck, can't wait to see. I love magma interior!

ChuckG 03-07-2012 09:39 AM

Seats are re-assembled. Here's the finished product. I ended up swapping the back and bottom cushions between driver and passenger seats to move the more worn outside bolsters to the inside. I also get to have the slightly nicer passenger cushions as my drivers seat now.

New Passenger Seat:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-p...0/IMG_1638.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-9...0/IMG_1640.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3...0/IMG_1641.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-J...0/IMG_1642.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-j...0/IMG_1643.jpg

New Drivers Seat

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-O...0/IMG_1639.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-h...0/IMG_1644.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-g...0/IMG_1645.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-6...0/IMG_1647.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6...2/IMG_1648.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Q...0/IMG_1649.jpg

As you can see in the background my steering wheel is next.

charlesberry 03-07-2012 09:44 AM

Stunning results!!! Nice work, I was cleaning last year, and I took some color out of the passenger seat. This might be the way to go.

CTBimmerGuy 03-07-2012 09:41 PM

Great work Chuck. Thanks for taking the time to write up your DIY and post your pics. Your DIY and the results you achieved convinced me to do the same. My seats are out and I'm finished with the first coat of Magma dye and the results are stunning...same as yours. It's really hard to believe the seats come out looking like new but they do! I've got a DIY thread going as well for anybody that's interested. I wouldn't have attempted it Chuck if you hadn't posted your DIY.

ChuckG 03-08-2012 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CTBimmerGuy (Post 6686227)
Great work Chuck. Thanks for taking the time to write up your DIY and post your pics. Your DIY and the results you achieved convinced me to do the same. My seats are out and I'm finished with the first coat of Magma dye and the results are stunning...same as yours. It's really hard to believe the seats come out looking like new but they do! I've got a DIY thread going as well for anybody that's interested. I wouldn't have attempted it Chuck if you hadn't posted your DIY.

Glad to hear it. I should write up a proper DIY with step by step but I always forget to take pictures in the middle of the process as I tend to get in the zone.

I look forward to seeing the pictures of your results.

Wahwill 06-25-2012 02:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckG (Post 6686952)
Glad to hear it. I should write up a proper DIY with step by step but I always forget to take pictures in the middle of the process as I tend to get in the zone.

I look forward to seeing the pictures of your results.

I'm thinking of doing this as well. Did you simply choose the generic black color when purchasing the kit#2? Or did you have to provide a custom color code?

How does the leather feel compare to original? And how is it holding up so far?

xDan 06-25-2012 05:13 PM

Amazing work! They seriously look like their in mint condition!:)

Kaylieandseven 08-24-2012 04:48 PM

Wow. This is truly jaw dropping. I'm wondering how long it will last though. Is this some kind of coating that goes on top and wears back to its original state? Or will it stay that way from now on if u condition it from time to time.

Milla 09-10-2012 11:09 AM

WOW!!!! That looks amazing!!!

I currently HATE my Leatherique and ordered Chemical Guys and Zymol - the seats feel so damn DRY!

Now the seats you have look impeccable. How soft is the leather now?

IMSARS69 01-22-2014 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Milla (Post 7064957)
WOW!!!! That looks amazing!!!

I currently HATE my Leatherique and ordered Chemical Guys and Zymol - the seats feel so damn DRY!

Are you saying you'd been using just the regular Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil and weren't happy with the results?

And then did you try the Chemical Guys and Zymol, or both? Did they cause the seats to become dry?

I've been advised by a professional leather restorer that swears by the Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil and had intended to use it. Wasn't going to go into the full restoration process outlined in this thread for now, but was wanting to help the seats out some and hopefully offer some protection for them in the time being.

Any clarification on this would be very helpful.

Anyone else care to offer their experience with just the Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil would also be appreciated.

TIA...

TMACM5 01-29-2014 10:31 AM

This is pretty awesome, thanks for posting it up!

ACK-FIN 02-20-2014 11:11 PM

My first post
 
Oh my Gawd!! I recently picked up a pristine low mileage 95 with black interior. All the leather is nearly perfect except for the driver's outter upper and lower bolsters and the center lid. Luckily my worst spot is better than your best before your work. Since I want to fix even the smallest issue I was about to buy covers for ~$800 plus installation. Well, that is not going to happen now. You did this a while ago - how well has it heald up? I hope to hear it still looks the same as when you did it. Thank you for the write-up and great pictures.

Does anyone have a list of all hose dimensions and lengths? I'm considering silicon or, better yet, viton hoses. My 95 RX-7 had about 30 feet of 1/4" and 10 feet of 3/8" vacuum hoses because of the sequential twins. Well, since rotaries run so hot viton was the best choice. I started developing vacuum leaks and it was nearly impossible to track it down so I bit the bullett. If it lasted so well under those conditions I'd sure feel secure using viton here.


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