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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Apr-11-2019, 05:05:21 PM   #1
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Default re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?

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?
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I would dye those seats as they still look pretty nice in the photo.
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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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Old Thu, Apr-11-2019, 06:24:35 PM   #4
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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