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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Thu, Apr-11-2019, 09:37:59 PM   #11
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Default Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?

Here's an example of just cleaning leather on a pair of seats I purchased a few weeks ago. E46, but the Nappa leather is identical to E36.



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very nice work ....

mind if I ask what cleaner you used? degreaser... all purpose cleaner? diluted i am sure.
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Simple Green. You may have to go full strength, just make sure you even apply any APC as missed spots can leave cleaned spots (you just have to clean again to get rid of them). You can gently use a soaked normal magic eraser too. Used correctly the eraser will not damage.

Note; this type of cleaning is for neglected seats, not really for regular upkeep. Get them clean and then maintain with a gentle leather care cleaner.
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Agreed! I used Braymonds' method twice now, and the results are pretty amazing. For some strange reason I don't have the picture of completed job, but here is the seat that looked REALLY bad during degreasing - you can see how nice and flat the leather comes out:



The second shows how much dirt was picked up by a magic eraser:

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that's cool... i'll def give it a try. I really wish they hadn't been re painted... oh well, mine still look pretty good compared to lots i see in classifieds. That's why I hesitate to re-upholster ... the seat covers aren't ripped or even terribly abraded

we'll see how they look after the simple green/ magic eraser technique
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That’s great result on those E46 seats. As good as new.

APC? Any specific brand? There are so many out there. I have some McGuiers APC here, but I find it leaves staines too much, even after wiping it all off.

Magic eraser is basically superfine sanding I understood?
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He uses simple green. and yes, you are correct about it being like super fine sand paper.... need to be careful. Light pressure and not to over doing it


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That’s great result on those E46 seats. As good as new.

APC? Any specific brand? There are so many out there. I have some McGuiers APC here, but I find it leaves staines too much, even after wiping it all off.

Magic eraser is basically superfine sanding I understood?
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I have avoided magic erasers because they allegedly strip away the protective clearcoat. Has this been debunked?

I have some bizarre glossy stains on my seats and all attempts to remove them over the last 11.5 years have failed.
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I have avoided magic erasers because they allegedly strip away the protective clearcoat. Has this been debunked?
No they still will burn through if you apply too much pressure or if you do it often enough (like more than maybe once every year or two). Like Bray said, this is mostly a one-time thing you need to do to bring old leather back - after that - you need to just maintain it.
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