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Mindart Thu, Apr-11-2019 06:05:21 PM

re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
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Hey all,

Just curious to get you opinion of what I should with my seats?

the current state of them isn't too bad.... i am still not sure what my goal is with this car if i'll keep it long term or let it go eventually.

Looks like doing a proper re dye- strip, condition, crack fill, dye then top coat would probably cost me little in materials, but would likely take 8+ hours for the two fronts to do a proper job.

New skins cost anywhere from 299 ( lseat.com ) to 1600 bucks from GaHH. and that is not including labor if I decide to sub out that work.

anyways... what would you do with these if they were you starting point?

Steve M3 Thu, Apr-11-2019 07:03:48 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
I would dye those seats as they still look pretty nice in the photo.

Mindart Thu, Apr-11-2019 07:13:38 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
yeah... structurally they are fine, but do have some deeper cracks.... they have been dyed before ..... needless to say the job was less than stellar

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Originally Posted by Steve M3 (Post 1067944880)
I would dye those seats as they still look pretty nice in the photo.


Braymond141 Thu, Apr-11-2019 07:24:35 PM

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I would degrease the heck out of them first. A thorough clean will reveal the true condition and then go from there. Avoid any greasy “rejuvenators”.

egebhardt Thu, Apr-11-2019 07:26:19 PM

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Howdy Braymond!

GAAH leather is not my favorite. I don't care if they cost more. The problem is GAAH leather is too thick and cracks when it gets dry.
AutoBerry.com is the best replacement leather as far as fit, texture and cost for $800. Dave knows his business well. OEM remains the best if you can find nice ones.

Re-painting the leather is hardly beneficial. The days of dye are long gone. It's all paint nowadays and has been for a long time.

If I were you, I'd swap the cushions, left to right. Then be on the hunt for a used set. Look for good passenger cushions in the future because they are often the best but finding nice leather is getting harder for obvious reasons.

Texaz3 Thu, Apr-11-2019 07:35:31 PM

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Through cleaning, filling in the cracks, and re-painting these won't be too hard. Couple of days worth of work, and they are like new.

Braymond141 Thu, Apr-11-2019 07:40:11 PM

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Originally Posted by egebhardt (Post 1067944897)
Howdy Braymond!

GAAH leather is not my favorite. I don't care if they cost more. The problem is GAAH leather is too thick and cracks when it gets dry.
AutoBerry.com is the best replacement leather as far as fit, texture and cost for $800. Dave knows his business well. OEM remains the best if you can find nice ones.

Re-painting the leather is hardly beneficial. The days of dye are long gone. It's all paint nowadays and has been for a long time.

If I were you, I'd swap the cushions, left to right. Then be on the hunt for a used set. Look for good passenger cushions in the future because they are often the best but finding nice leather is getting harder for obvious reasons.

You're back! Someone must be shopping for a new E36? :265:

FK Thu, Apr-11-2019 08:36:29 PM

Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?
 
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Originally Posted by egebhardt (Post 1067944897)
Howdy Braymond!

GAAH leather is not my favorite. I don't care if they cost more. The problem is GAAH leather is too thick and cracks when it gets dry.
AutoBerry.com is the best replacement leather as far as fit, texture and cost for $800. Dave knows his business well. OEM remains the best if you can find nice ones.

Re-painting the leather is hardly beneficial. The days of dye are long gone. It's all paint nowadays and has been for a long time.

If I were you, I'd swap the cushions, left to right. Then be on the hunt for a used set. Look for good passenger cushions in the future because they are often the best but finding nice leather is getting harder for obvious reasons.

The legend.

:hattip:

M_Parallel Thu, Apr-11-2019 10:20:35 PM

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We have the ‘famous’ Stipt Polish Point detailing shop(you can check YT) and they restore cars back to factory new.

I’ve seen worn shiney seats come back almost factory untouched. They don’t reveal any secrets and I still have a hard time believing they don’t redy. If not they have the best degreasing method in existence.

Braymond141 Thu, Apr-11-2019 10:31:54 PM

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Originally Posted by M_Parallel (Post 1067944982)
We have the Ďfamousí Stipt Polish Point detailing shop(you can check YT) and they restore cars back to factory new.

Iíve seen worn shiney seats come back almost factory untouched. They donít reveal any secrets and I still have a hard time believing they donít redy. If not they have the best degreasing method in existence.

I'm 99% sure 99% of those jobs are redyes. But there is a lot you can do with just cleaners.


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