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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-23-2013, 11:08:36 PM   #11
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Default Re: Dove gray interior detail, Vader repair, and intensive interior redye

Nice looking work.

I'm surprised you didn't put the driver's cushions on the passenger side and vice versa.
It would have made for a perfect driver's seat.
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Old Wed, Apr-24-2013, 04:51:20 AM   #12
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Thanks to the spammer out of nowhere for inexplicably bumping this thread!

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Nice work. You did a great job improving the look and feel of that interior. I am bookmarking this thread in case I ever have a lot of time and develop more patience.
This kind of leather refurb requires a definite time and patience beyond the usual afternoon detailing session. I probably spent at least 20 hours on just prepping the leather by cleaning, conditioning, wet-sanding, and surface cleaning prior to actually spraying the dye. That was all spread over the course of weeks because I don't have the time or obsession to turn something like this into a weekend project. Spraying the dye was really easy and effective with the HF airbrush I referenced and was a relatively quick process.

Simply replacing all of the leather with Autoberry skins would have been faster, easier, and would look better. I took the dye route because I didn't want to drop $1500+ for front/rear/door panel leather, and I wanted to take a shot at leather dying because it's something I had never done.

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I think it looks great. Does the coating feel like it will last?
The coating, as of this day, is still looking and feeling resiliant. Quite frankly, I'm waiting to see what the inevitable sweat, even with good A/C, does to my driver-side seat when I'm out driving in that inevitable 110+ central-California summer heat.

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Nice looking work.

I'm surprised you didn't put the driver's cushions on the passenger side and vice versa.
It would have made for a perfect driver's seat.
You're quite right, and I thought about that very point quite a bit, but couldn't manage to erase the indent left by the seat-belt buckle guides on the inner-lower bolsters. I tried using a heatgun, which worked a little bit in my case, but didn't work in such a way that I wouldn't see that ugly indent every time I opened the driver or passenger door.
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Great work, this looks incredible.
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Old Sat, Apr-27-2013, 02:12:40 PM   #14
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So awesome!! Thanks for the detailed DIY!
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Old Sat, Apr-27-2013, 06:19:43 PM   #15
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Just wanted to echo other people - this is a great thread. Prior to this I was deathly afraid of trying to do any sort of interior work myself but I think it's within my reach now.
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Old Tue, Jan-27-2015, 09:09:46 PM   #16
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Sorry to bump this thread, but I am about to order a kit today, and need confirmation and what to order...

I need the Dove Grey colorant from Leatherworldtech, as well as the matte top coating, but am not sure if the Deluxe kit the OP linked includes everything? I see nothing on their site stating that a matte coating is included. Can someone confirm?

OEM finish is the low-gloss finish correct?

I recently did the entire process with a furniture clinic kit, where you did colorant, followed by gloss coats, and finish with a few matte coats. Unfortunately, the color was completely off, which is why I'm redoing it with leatherworldtech's kit.

Is the leatherworldtech kit a two step or three step dying process in contrast to furniture clinic? This is the only point I'm a little confused on before ordering. If someone could clear this up, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks
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Nice post do you think these seats are too far gone?
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I need the Dove Grey colorant from Leatherworldtech, as well as the matte top coating, but am not sure if the Deluxe kit the OP linked includes everything? I see nothing on their site stating that a matte coating is included. Can someone confirm?
It does, the topcoat you want is selectable under "gloss."

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OEM finish is the low-gloss finish correct?
Mixing words, yes.

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I recently did the entire process with a furniture clinic kit, where you did colorant, followed by gloss coats, and finish with a few matte coats. Unfortunately, the color was completely off, which is why I'm redoing it with leatherworldtech's kit.
I've worked with both, and would stick with the FC job if you can at all live with it. Maybe recolor some other things to make it match. The FC topcoat is pretty superior to LWT's, and it is the integrity and durability of the top coat that will keep your leather looking good and wearing well.

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Is the leatherworldtech kit a two step or three step dying process in contrast to furniture clinic? This is the only point I'm a little confused on before ordering. If someone could clear this up, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks
Not sure what you mean by 2-step versus 3-step?

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Nice post do you think these seats are too far gone?
It's going to be all but impossible to get 10/10 front seats out of that, because the urethane coating over the leather is worn away in so many areas, but a good prep-job (sanding the surface level and eliminating any rough edges between areas where said uretane coat has worn away) and a good recolor might get you to 7.5. The back seats look like they would take to a recolor well.

Don't be tempted to try a leather filler product to build back up spots where the urethane coating has worn away, because it won't look nearly as good and the difference in surface texture (can't replicate grain easily with filler) between filled spots and non-filled spots is ugly to look at.
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It does, the topcoat you want is selectable under "gloss."



Mixing words, yes.



I've worked with both, and would stick with the FC job if you can at all live with it. Maybe recolor some other things to make it match. The FC topcoat is pretty superior to LWT's, and it is the integrity and durability of the top coat that will keep your leather looking good and wearing well.



Not sure what you mean by 2-step versus 3-step?



It's going to be all but impossible to get 10/10 front seats out of that, because the urethane coating over the leather is worn away in so many areas, but a good prep-job (sanding the surface level and eliminating any rough edges between areas where said uretane coat has worn away) and a good recolor might get you to 7.5. The back seats look like they would take to a recolor well.

Don't be tempted to try a leather filler product to build back up spots where the urethane coating has worn away, because it won't look nearly as good and the difference in surface texture (can't replicate grain easily with filler) between filled spots and non-filled spots is ugly to look at.
So I ordered the low gloss deluxe kit from furniture clinic since no one responded and I need this by next week.

Can you list exactly what else I need to order?

Do I need the furniture clinic gloss coating and and matte top coat in addition to the leather worldtech kit?

My process after prep seems to be as follows:

-leatherworld tech colorant
-Furniture Clinic gloss coating
-finish with furniture clinic matte top coat

Can someone please confirm this so I can order TODAY!!??

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Just reread your post. So when I ordered the kit, I'm assuming when I selected "low gloss," that was the matte top coating?
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