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Old 10-17-2012, 08:36 AM
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Seat Dye Removal

I have found a BMW Z4 that is almost perfect for what I am looking for. The good about the car is that it's an 04 3.0i with the exterior the exact way I would want it. The bad is that the xenon headlamps are not working right now which I was going to say oh well and purchase the car anyway. However when I went to give the car a more detailed inspection I realized that someone has tried to dye the tan interior black. The seat covers had hidden the condition of the seats until I pulled them back to look at them and now I know why they are there. Where the leather wrinkles the dye has came off reavealing the tan leather below. Where the carpet wears the tan shows through which at first I thought was just dirty parts of the carpet. Is there any way to strip the black dye from the seats? It was cheaply done and like I said is coming off where the seat wrinkles. Could you remove the carpet and use whitewall cleaner along with a power washer to remove the dye from the carpet? The wear spots in the carpet are almost perfectly tan an the tan leather showing through looks great. It's almost as if the black is just a covering and didn't dye the fabric.

Vehicle lineup:
2003 325i-Premium pkg, heated seats, leather (sold)

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe-Navigation, Sunroof, DVD, 4X4, autoride, etc. (sold)

2007 Audi A6-everything except navigation (sold)

2007 z-71 Avalanche-heated seats, sunroof, 4X4

2007 BMW X5 3.0si- heated seats, technology pkg, premium pkg

Also in the garage-
2007 Cadillac Escalade
2010 GMC Sierra SLT
2012 Ford F-250 Lariat
2004 GMC 2500HD

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Old 10-18-2012, 03:02 AM
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Repalcing the pigmentation (colour) of finished laether is relativly easy-"Leather Pigmentation (Colour) Renovation" - http://www.autopia.org/forum/autopia...ml#post1479003

Carpet dye (black over tan) may not be so easy. Options new tan carpet or visit an auto upholstery shop and seek advise
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:22 AM
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Off topic, but my first thought is that I would run away from any car owned by someone who would do something like that to the interior. If they went cheap on that, Imagine how poorly they might have treated the rest of the car...
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