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Old 01-09-2013, 09:47 AM
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Leather Touchup

Hello all,

I need a suggestion on how to correct a problem I have with my leather covered door armrest on my 2005 BMW X3. See attached picture, is there a DIY touchup kit I can but with will prevent me from having the entire are rest refinished?
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:03 AM
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Well one of two things might work. In our Mercedes's about that same color we get marks and it actually ends up being dirt or oil from our hands so with a rib it comes off.

Now in my 2002 BMW I had those marks and I bought a leather kit from bavauto.com which was in my black leather color and covered it up completely. Not sure if they have lighter colored kits or not. Gl
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:41 PM
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This same thing happened to my E60 535i along the edge of the center arm rest as it coursed up towards the shifter. I'm sure it was self inflicted (by me) from over-cleaning. In those days I always/only used the BMW leather cleaner, but it still happened and looked terrible, as though a layer of the material had been wiped away.

I'm now a big fan of Swissvax, and they sell a leather healer. Its pricey, but Swissvax stuff is worth the money, in my experience. Here's a link: http://www.swissvax.us/merchant.mvc?...e=LEATHER-CARE

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This same thing happened to my E60 535i along the edge of the center arm rest as it coursed up towards the shifter. I'm sure it was self inflicted (by me) from over-cleaning. In those days I always/only used the BMW leather cleaner, but it still happened and looked terrible, as though a layer of the material had been wiped away.

I'm now a big fan of Swissvax, and they sell a leather healer. Its pricey, but Swissvax stuff is worth the money, in my experience. Here's a link: http://www.swissvax.us/merchant.mvc?...e=LEATHER-CARE

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You are right it was self inflicted from rubbing to aggressive from cleaning. Thanks for your suggestion I will check it out.

Jeff
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