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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 Sun, Nov-28-2010, 04:17:18 AM   #11
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he recommends Gliptone, from the reply right above
My mistake, I just assumed it was a cleaner. Thanks for the clarification
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Great information, some follow-up questions....

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The other thing I do not like about Leatheriques process is they say to brush on the color coat. They do mention you can spray it, which is the proper way to get an even coat the retains the natural leather grain (if applicable).
I had contacted them regarding suggested 'guns' for spraying and they were very general. Do you have recommendations regarding - gun type, tip size etc?


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Leather Clinic is the leather restoration company I am ordering from. They offer a full restoration kit; prep, color, top coat. They also offer the same kits for color changes. Their top coats are offered in glossy, semi-gloss, and matte. They have some of the fulliest kits out there and a proper website to boot.
Do you think the Leather Clinic top coats are compatible with the Leatherique color coats?

Thanks!!
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Great information, some follow-up questions....



I had contacted them regarding suggested 'guns' for spraying and they were very general. Do you have recommendations regarding - gun type, tip size etc?




Do you think the Leather Clinic top coats are compatible with the Leatherique color coats?

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Any airbrush with a large enough nozzle will work. Harbor freight sells the Leather Clinic one for $10.00 and it includes 5 different nozzle sizes.

Yes the top coats should be compatible. I'll be using the Clinics top coat on the LSB leatherique dye I purchased already.
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Furniture Clinic not Leather Clinic, my mistake

http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/index.htm

Pricing for what I got

Item Name Quantity Price Total
Medium Colourant Kit, no cans (Semi-Matt, Matt Black) 1 45.58 45.58
500ml Leather Finish - PU (Matt) 1 16.45 16.45
Delivery 1 40.00 40.00
Subtotal 102.03
Shipping is World Wide Airmail (5-7 Day Delivery) Shipping 0.00
Tax (Inc) 15.20
Payment method is 'Cheque Payment'
Currency is British Pound Total 102.03
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Some more updates on the purchases I made...

Alright... finally got to play with my new Furniture Clinic kit. Learned a lot more about Leatherique in the process.

-I'm HUGELY impressed with Furniture Clinics products and top coats... wow, they make a substantial difference and feel amazing!
-I've learned in the process that Leatherique, since it's made to be a single coat product, is MUCH thicker than Furniture clinics products. The only thing I can complain about leatherique alone, is that it fills in too much of the grain because of how thick it is... but with the matte top coat on it, WOW is it ever nice.

Here are the pics... and just so it can be seen, prep was done right. No sand paper, immaculate to start with leather, alcohol + scotch pad stopping soon as color came off = pebble intact





Color results
(Black = Furniture Clinic)
(Matte Top Coat = Furniture Clinic [leatherique does not offer matte clear coat, only super glossy... yuck])
(Blue = Leatherique "LSB Mix")



This blew me away (pic below, and the text should read Clear Coated Matte, not Matte Coated Matte). Top dried Leatherique LSB with flash on the camera (black leather jacket colored). Bottom is the same section with Furniture Clinic Clear Matte on it... holy crap it's WAY better.



Furniture Clinic KICKS ASS. I'll have them make me an LSB base coat from a new swatch soon as the leather I ordered from BMW comes in.

*** Please note, all pictures were done in the same room and lighting. Flash on the camera was used in all photo's to show the sheen in "bright light". Outdoor lighting "natural light" would look different. ***






One more shot of how substantial a matte top coat is on Leatherique!



Morale of the story; Leatherique is NOT suitable as the single stage product they sell it as. It's also very thick and not ideal for a professional leather restoration process.

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Wow that's awesome man.

Awesome to see something like this being done right. Some day I will have to mess around with my leather.
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Adding in some more information to help further strengthen my extreme disappointment with Leatherique... before in leather care, and now in their color matching and quality.

Took 4 weeks, but Crevier BMW got me a brand new Laguna Seca Blue armest (smallest leather piece I could order that was available). It's STUNNING and really shows how poor leatherique is at matching color... ontop of my complaints about how thick their product is too.

I'm going to be sending off this armrest to Furniture Clinic to have a proper dye made.




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Good info, that's a big plus on the leatherique dyes being absolutely garbage!
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Good info, that's a big plus on the leatherique dyes being absolutely garbage!
I'm glad I finally have backing on this.
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Amaizong job Brett - Thanks for your hard work.
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