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Braymond141 Thu, Apr-18-2019 07:01:40 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
You're still cleaning the surface which includes all the peaks and valleys of the grain, Mpar.

Tex, semi accurate. Our leathers are semi-permeable. This amount varies on year and car manufacturer.

M_Parallel Thu, Apr-18-2019 07:34:01 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
Got it.

My order was delivered today. Curious about the result.


http://idon-industries.com/bimmer/va...implegreen.jpg

Braymond141 Thu, Apr-18-2019 07:37:59 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
Your seats are probably too nice for SG, Mpar.

I would have gone for LTT Solutions cleaner.

Braymond141 Thu, Apr-18-2019 07:39:21 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
http://lttleathercare.com/product/ul...ather-shampoo/

M_Parallel Thu, Apr-18-2019 11:56:32 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Braymond141 (Post 1067947400)
Your seats are probably too nice for SG, Mpar.

I would have gone for LTT Solutions cleaner.

Maybe. But I thought the same of my steering wheel, but that turned out to be incorrect.
As can be seen in the pic I posted.

I might try a small inconspicuous spot, and not go full strength.
And driver’s side is not as ‘mint’ as the rest. Blaim the big previous German owner.

And I still have the old 328i which driver‘s seat is more shiney than a Vegas Casino.

I’ll check out that LTT stuff.

M_Parallel Fri, Apr-19-2019 12:56:53 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Braymond141 (Post 1067947402)

I see they are a UK based company, which is nice as I can order without import dusties and tax (untill Brexit).

I see the Ultra Leather Shampoo is listed under furniture.

They have a dedicated section for car products, including a kit that has "Smart leather care Auto Foam".

Gonna order the Ultra leather shampoo nontheless.

Steve M3 Fri, Apr-19-2019 02:34:07 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Braymond141 (Post 1067947014)
Steering wheels are already quite thin in their coatings if used and worn. I would not use the eraser there.

I ended up using Adam's APC sprayed onto the wheel, agitated it with a boar's hair brush and then wrapped a microfiber around it and lightly twisted it around to take off the dirt. This was the stock wheel that was given to me with my car so there wasn't a lot to lose with it if things went wrong; however, I'm quite pleased with how much better it looks. I am thinking to try this method on my E46 interior as it could use a really good deep cleaning.

Not bad for literally less than 5 minutes of work on a 20 year old 140k mile wheel.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...9d24840e_z.jpg

Thanks again for the tips :thumbsup2:

Braymond141 Fri, Apr-19-2019 05:21:24 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by M_Parallel (Post 1067947603)
I see they are a UK based company, which is nice as I can order without import dusties and tax (untill Brexit).

I see the Ultra Leather Shampoo is listed under furniture.

They have a dedicated section for car products, including a kit that has "Smart leather care Auto Foam".

Gonna order the Ultra leather shampoo nontheless.

I may have got the link wrong, use the car stuff.

M_Parallel Fri, Apr-19-2019 06:49:58 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
Ah f***. Alteady placed an order.

Lets see if I can switch. I ordered a 1L bottle.

Texaz3 Mon, Apr-22-2019 12:54:36 AM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
I have just restored an e46 m3 seat using Leatherworld Tech stuff – while in the end it worked out ok, I do not recommend these products as they were really crap.

The seat was in a rough shape, with deep cracks in the seat cushion and side bolsters:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...db7028d4_c.jpgIMG_5807 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d358e3f5_c.jpgIMG_5808 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...05f82d4d_c.jpgIMG_5809 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Not all the way through the leather, but still pretty bad:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...c322fa1e_c.jpgIMG_5810 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...cd87b37f_c.jpgIMG_5811 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...a7086308_c.jpgIMG_5812 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Everything was sanded, filled, sanded again – the filler is crap, does not sand smooth even with 1000g sandpapers, and scratches easily.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...a0083035_c.jpgIMG_5814 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...4e09145e_c.jpgIMG_5815 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Airbrushed 3 coats of the paint – not a very good product either – covers well, and dries fast, but it was super thick and color match was just ok – the headrest is not painted:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...7a68c203_c.jpgIMG_5817 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Turned out ok in the end, but I was not impressed with their products. Btw, this was the first time I have attempted to re-color leather so I had no experience at all.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...5d0fa0ec_c.jpgIMG_5818 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...49aa435d_c.jpgIMG_5819 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...37e9e574_c.jpgIMG_5820 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...75f19ac5_c.jpgIMG_5821 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...627bbef8_c.jpgIMG_5822 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f414bdd6_c.jpgIMG_5823 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...2023ef40_c.jpgIMG_5824 by Italian Horses, on Flickr


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