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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-18-2019, 06:01:40 PM   #71
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Default 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.
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Got it.

My order was delivered today. Curious about the result.


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Your seats are probably too nice for SG, Mpar.

I would have gone for LTT Solutions cleaner.
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http://lttleathercare.com/product/ul...ather-shampoo/
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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.
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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.
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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.



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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.
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Ah f***. Alteady placed an order.

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

IMG_5807 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_5808 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_5809 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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

IMG_5810 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_5811 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_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.

IMG_5814 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_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:

IMG_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.

IMG_5818 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_5819 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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IMG_5821 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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