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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-10-2009, 07:02 PM
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DIY: Leather Restoration

I tackled the project of restoring my Vaders. Having survived 14 years and 144k miles of tough love, they were in need of some work.








I bought a deluxe leather repair kit from Leather World Technologies with the double shot of dye, turned out to be unneeded, and the graining copier, also unneeded, along with a touch up kit. The total damage came out to around a hundred bucks.

http://www.leatherworldtech.com/Prod...Kit__DLRK.aspx

First step is to remove the seats: You'll just need a 16" socket and rachet with a 6" extension.



Take out the two nuts on the front, the two bolts in the rear, lift slightly, disconnect the wires under the seat, and remove. I dragged them outside to start working on them.



Next step was to clean them, I first went at them with a vaccum to get all the sediment out of the creases, then used the prep and cleaner provided in the kit.



I lightly scuffed the surface, and made sure I was getting them clean, the color will actually start to come up.

Wear the damn gloves:


Time to fill the cracks, at this point all the commotion had caught my dad's interest, and he swooped in to share some experience, he owns a body shop. Dont bother with the ridiculous spreader the kit gives you, use a bondo mixing knife, and spread it over the cracked surface, as you work it, the cracks will fill in, and you'll take the excess off the top.











It became readily apparent I didn't need the graining copier at this point, that would be best served in a large patch or repair where the surface would be noticeably different.

At this point, I set the seats up in the garage overnight, with a fan moving air over the top of them to help dry the filler. Then i went inside and had a beer.



The next morning I got up and sanded down the patched areas with 400 grit sandpaper. This helped clean all the unnecessary filler off the top surface, and help to smooth out the cracked areas. Doing it again I would have sanded BEFORE and AFTER the filling, the leather tends to curl up when it cracks.



I set myself up on a drop cloth and broke out the dye. First I used the cleaner again with a lint free cloth to make sure I had a clean surface. Then I used a 3" foam brush to apply the dye.

Writing this is taking a while, I need a sandwich...




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Thanks for waiting. Using the foam brush method did leave streaks, but the sprayer supplied in the kit just threw blobs of dye at the seat. So this area could use some improvement. I did find a liberal application streaked less, but took much much longer to
cure. The ///M striping was a disaster, the touch up kit is terrible, guesswork to mix, and impossible to apply. I left them alone after one attempt, in the hopes I can find someone to mix me the proper colors one day.









All in all I did three coats. This was Sunday afternoon and it was dawning on me I wasn't going to be driving my car to work in the morning. I left them to sit for about thirty hours. I got home from work Monday night and reinstalled them.
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They still had a matte finish at this point, and the streaks were quite obvious. I took the conditioner provided in the kit, which I had tested on my shift boot to great success, and started to condition one of the seats. It was lifting the finish right back off.


Immediately I stopped and spoke expletives that would make a whore blush, but I got it back together. Thinking quickly, I went in a swiped a bottle of my dads motorcycle leather conditioner.



Viola! It put a fantastic sheen on the leather, and didn't take off any off the new finish. Tomorrow morning will be the test to see how much of it has actually soaken in, and how much conditioner I'll be wearing when I get to work.





Sorry for the poor finished pictures, but it was getting dark, I'll have to get some in the light of day tomorrow.



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Old 08-10-2009, 07:07 PM
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Congrats. The seats look awesome. I am going to have to add that to the list eventually. Great job!
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:19 PM
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Excellent work Joey

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Old 08-10-2009, 08:05 PM
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Hmmm, this may be on my longgg list. Looks GREAT!
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:09 PM
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Does look really awesome! How does it feel, like a texture contrast in the repaired areas?

My bolsters could use that treatment too actually... but only because I like the end result of yours so much really. Normal people don't notice any issues with mine, but I do now that I see what your repaired ones are like.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:19 PM
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Nice job and even better writeup...I have always wanted to do this on a car..one day!
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:49 PM
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:15 AM
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I think I need to drive my car more so m seats wear enough to do this lol.


Great job man.
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Thanks for sharing that. I have some fine lines - not as bad as yours, that annoy me. Will have to put that on the to do list!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:21 PM
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Congratulations a superb Job..Well done.

Looks every Penny well spent there and hard work well worth it!!

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Old 08-12-2009, 01:08 PM
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Where do you find the color code for your interior? My seats have needed this repair for a long time now.
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Great work as usual, yet i was expecting for you to go all out and recover all the seats in suede.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:39 PM
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Thanks guys, I'm glad you like them. The texture is a bit off, sort of stiff, but I'm going to keep treating them with that conditioner and see how they wear in.

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Old 08-12-2009, 06:27 PM
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I'd want a guard dog like that to watch over my detached BMW seats

Nice work - I'll have to look at the link and see if I can get the beige (or whatever they call in in BMW speak) that is in my interior.
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Thread revive, but did you use the Jet Black 0523 kit or the regular Black 917 kit?
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Old 06-20-2010, 04:30 PM
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Thanks for saving me the search. KEN!!! This is the thread I was telling you about in an e-mail a while back.
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Got that, Amber! It won't restitch the seats, but that info will help save the seats that are still intact. THANK YOU!!!!
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My leather seats are totally busted up and cracked. Can you post more detail pictures of the finished seats. I want to know if the patch kit fixed your cracked seats? Also did they cracks reappear after sitting on them for awhile. Let me know.. thanks-
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Should make this a sticky, and how did the leather play out after conditioning for the last 10 months? softer???
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Yeah, how did it hold up? I have a 2 inch rip in the left side of drivers seat, i doubt bondo will do the trick.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:25 PM
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i used RV sealant (Black) to fix a tear i had, it has held up nicely for the longest time now. do that with this resto and it will be mint, wouldn't
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Got that, Amber! It won't restitch the seats, but that info will help save the seats that are still intact. THANK YOU!!!!
Yeah I know, but it was the only thing I could think of to help I'm not big on the whole sewing thing....
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And here I was feeling all warm and fuzzy for the work I'd done on my seats...... Great job . They look flockin' awesome.
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Yeah, it's hard to believe this thread isn't brought back from the dead more often. Seems there are a lot of folks who could make good use of this DIY write-up.
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