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Old 03-02-2014, 03:21 PM
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15 months ago I bought a CPO E93 with a black leather interior. After a few months, I decided to clean the leather and apply Lexol. Using a leather cleaner, I noticed that when I cleaned the driver side bolsters, the white rag ended up with a black tint. I guess that means the bolsters were once dyed.
I applied Lexol anyway but now some rough spots with gray background color are appearing. I have heard of car owners who have used shoe dye with good results, but i am concerned the sheen would be different. Others suggest buying pricey dyes from internet suppliers.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:19 PM
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15 months ago I bought a CPO E93 with a black leather interior. After a few months, I decided to clean the leather and apply Lexol. Using a leather cleaner, I noticed that when I cleaned the driver side bolsters, the white rag ended up with a black tint. I guess that means the bolsters were once dyed.
I applied Lexol anyway but now some rough spots with gray background color are appearing. I have heard of car owners who have used shoe dye with good results, but i am concerned the sheen would be different. Others suggest buying pricey dyes from internet suppliers.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanx
Mikey
P.S. Saturday it was 83 here in TX and the top went down. Howzit bajou?
Are you sure that it wasn't dye from your blue jeans that was coming off onto the rag? They call it transfer dye. I use Lexol too to clean my wife's '08 535xi and I have not rubbed the dye out of her light creamy color interior. Go back and look at your seats to see how they look after it has dried.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:38 PM
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Definitely take a picture, you should not be able to rub off the color with Lexol. The bolsters do tend to wear the most and maybe the dealer used some less than stellar methods of covering up the worn areas, like using some shoe polish or something. if it really is worn and discolored, you would really want to clean and re-dye (not as hard as it sounds), you just basically clean the area with a solution to remove old die and then you can apply the water based die just with a rag, rub it on and let it dry and recoat - can be done in a few hours max and will dry at the temps you are seeing easily in a day. www.leatherique.com is one company that does the color matched dyes for BMW's and has some how to videos.
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