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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 Tue, Apr-16-2019, 12:21:58 PM   #51
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Default Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?

Wonder if Braymond's E46 seats are Simple Green'd only, or also a magic eraser was used.

Braymond you do suggest using one as an option, but not whether or not it was used in that particular example.

Talking about 'mums tricks' (we would say "Granny knows"), I've had some amzing results with good old Green Soap, the waxy version. I have a feeling this is very similar to Simple Green.





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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.
I remember years ago you suggested Gliptone leather conditioner after cleaning with Simple Green. Are you still using this product or something different on nappa leather?
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Old Tue, Apr-16-2019, 07:17:26 PM   #53
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Default Re: re-dye, re-upholster or leave them alone?

Any easy way to get some of the faded color back in the M stripes on the seats?

A month back I was too abrasive with the magic eraser and removed some of the dye (just a bit resulting in a slight fade).


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Old Tue, Apr-16-2019, 07:36:33 PM   #54
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A leather paint kit is the only way to bring it back. The stripes are not dyed.
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Any easy way to get some of the faded color back in the M stripes on the seats?

A month back I was too abrasive with the magic eraser and removed some of the dye (just a bit resulting in a slight fade).


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There are kits that sell leather paint with all 3 M-colors. Don't remember the vendor of the top of my head, but can look it up later.
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Wonder if Braymond's E46 seats are Simple Green'd only, or also a magic eraser was used.

Braymond you do suggest using one as an option, but not whether or not it was used in that particular example.

Talking about 'mums tricks' (we would say "Granny knows"), I've had some amzing results with good old Green Soap, the waxy version. I have a feeling this is very similar to Simple Green.

Windex and a tooth brush will get the tri stitching looking new as well. I follow up with griots leather cleaner/conditioner afterwards.

Magic erase is far too abrasive to use on our seats so I wouldn't recommend that.
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All my seats get the eraser. Using it carefully causes no issue.
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Great info in this thread. Planning to try some of these recommendations on my spare steering wheel and then my interior if that goes well
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I’d be curious to see what a professional auto detailed would use . I don’t mean a person who works at the local car wash . I mean a real professional mobile auto/boat/private plane deatailer .
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I’d be curious to see what a professional auto detailed would use . I don’t mean a person who works at the local car wash . I mean a real professional mobile auto/boat/private plane deatailer .
Detailers use same cleaners, but you have to keep in mind that detailers are not restorers. They clean, not fix.
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