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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, Jun-18-2006, 06:06:27 AM   #1
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Someone asked for a Leatherique DIY, not sure if it was in this board or the Detailing board. Here it is...

Park the car outside, and try and do this on a warm day. I told you guys I'd have this made last week, but I had to wait for warmer weather, hence the tardiness. *Note: if wanting to vacation in Monterey, come in September and January - nice and hot.*

Vacuum any particles off of the leather.

Put towels over the center console, but most importantly, cover the seatbelt latches. The first time I did this, I neglected covering them; as a result, Leatherique got down in them and set off the airbag light.



^^^ Can you tell where my thumb was just before I took the pic?

Spray Rejuvenator Oil all over the seats (I used about 50% of the bottle). Rub it into the seats. Notice the rear sunshade, this helps reduce the amount of oil mist sprayed onto the back window.





Let the oil soak for around 24 hours. I leave the front and rear sunshades up; you can too, but you don't have to. I also had to apply a second dosage halfway through since so much was absorbed. In all, I used about 80% of the Rejuvinator Oil on this project.

This is what it should look like after the 24 hour bake...



Spray the seats with Pristine Clean, one seat at a time. Wipe off with a fresh, clean, cotton towel. Use a new towel for each seat. After I go around the car once, I come back and spray once more with Pristine Clean. Buff seats with a clean towel.

Finished. See, it's really not difficult at all. Just repeat in six months.




(the strap hanging down is from my Bavarian Auto sunshade; nice shade, by the way.)

Options: My door panels and door handles are leather too, so I did this to them as well. I also Leatheriqued (so it's a verb now ) the steering wheel and armrest.

Good luck, this stuff rocks!
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Nice job. Now you say you used about 80% of the bottle of rejuvinator...how many ounces was that? How many ounces of the cleaner did you use? Any before/after shots?
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16oz bottles; so I used about 13oz. of R.O. and maybe 3 or 4 ounces of Pristine Clean.

The before and after pics aren't different enough to show any noticeable difference. I do this religiously every six months, so the difference is almost entirely in the "feel" of the leather. It's much softer after doing this.

Now, if I had before-and-after pics of this project when I first bought the car, that would be a different story.

Also, I forgot to mention, I use a spray nozzle to keep the application even. It also wastes much less product. I think I stole this spray head off of my bottle of 303.

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Does this get out dry patches in the backseat? I couldn't get mine out so I replaced the rear seat.
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with the R.O., does it go completely dry once it has absorbed the oil? i've had my car for about 2yrs now and have never done this so its well past due, and just wondering if i should get more than 16oz bottle?
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You would probably use the whole 16oz. bottle to do a good job, so if you want extra get a bigger bottle. If not, the 16 should be fine.
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Does this get out dry patches in the backseat? I couldn't get mine out so I replaced the rear seat.
I'm testing that out on my E30. The tops of the back seats are practically cardboard. If it can bring that back to life, I'll let you know.

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You would probably use the whole 16oz. bottle to do a good job, so if you want extra get a bigger bottle. If not, the 16 should be fine.
Correct, Leatherique recommends 4oz. per seat.
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Thanks for the post... My seats need some help, BAD....

I'd heard about Leatherique for quite some time...

What did it do for the cracks, does it restore them?
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My seats don't have any cracks, so I can't specifically answer that. The parts on the bolster that look like "cracks" are just worn off dye, but the actual leather is perfect. They sell a re-dye kit that I'll use next year to recolor those spots.
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Nice DIY.. don eilenberger did a write up last year and went all the way, removed the covers and used the full system to sand and re-dye the leather.. it looked amazing!

i have never done this.. i use lexol every few months.. seems to do the trick... but my leather is also in very nice shape (not as nice as Bray's new seats)

i am considering this on my stang though!
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