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Old 07-20-2010, 04:48 AM
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Reconditioning leather seats?

The black color has faded from the side bolsters after 12 years of being rubbed when getting in and out of the car. Local detail shop said to spray on new color. Company that sold it, says it's not for leather, only viny, plastic and carpet. Detail shop says okay on leather, he's done it before. It actually coats the leather rather than soaking it with color like dye. I am considering getting some black leather dye from local belt factory, Leatherman Ltd. But, whatever I try, I'm afraid of making them worse maybe permananetly.

Anyone done this before and recommend and sure fire solution? Thanks!!
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:53 PM
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Dying your seats can make them look really good if you prep them well. I remove the seats and use a large work table to do this and take my time.
Durabilty is all about the leather taking the dye and sufficient coats of dye and allowing it to dry completely...
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:57 AM
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Thanks for the reply! Seems that lots of folks like Leatherique products, although there are some older Mercedes seats with hardened leather that can be ruined by them.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:50 PM
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Hey fun2drive.... What do you use on the seats after they have been redyed? I am concerned about UV, as it's a cabrio used for nice weather top-down driving.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:08 PM
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I've started doing some Dove Gray seats with Leatherique..... care to come to Avon to help???? Kidding. Haven't used the dye yet but the rejuvinator oil and pristine clean are the best products I've ever used.
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:33 AM
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I wound up using a pro that the dealer recommended. He's in RI, but travels all over.
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'98 328ic Cabrio, one owner cream puff, Boston Green-tan leather, 46,000 miles, sport package, factory hardtop, Harmon-kardon 6 CD changer, OB computer, heated seats, 4 Dunlop Sport Snows on CCD Alloys. For sale as soon as CT issues my title.

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Old 08-20-2010, 08:05 AM
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For anyone who is interested in preserving and protecting your cars leather we carry both Genuine BMW Leather care kits, as well as Connolly Leather Hide Food & Care, all can be found below...

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Old 10-18-2010, 01:33 AM
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I use Zaino products which have been fantastic, I highly recommend them! The leather care made the wear on my drivers seat bolster almost disappear. If your looking to re-do the whole seat check out the link below. I would look into a specialist and how much it would cost before attempting an amateur repair, you may end up with an amateur result!

Good luck!

How to get the best out of a creaking leather interior
http://video.yourdiscovery.com/servi...tid=5099799001
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:33 AM
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I've been using this stuff on another car with black leather with great results........it really brings the black back on the worn spots......

https://www.leatherclear.com/cgi-bin/store/pid_01.htm

And I use Leatherique products on my Dove Gray Vaders.........
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:28 AM
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I just sent my drivers seat out for redying. I asked the trusted (actually true) BMW used car manager who did they use, and called them. They came out and took the seat with them. I get it back on Monday, $150, and I don't have to do it... Bonus...
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