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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Tue, Apr-23-2019, 06:29:55 PM   #1
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Default Leatherworld Tech leather restoration kit review

Ok , so I have just restored an E46 M3 seat for a buddy of mine using Leatherworld Tech leather restoration kit, and thought I'd post a mini-review for those looking to buy and use their products for similar type of work on their E46M.

Disclaimer: this was the first time I have done leather restoration, and have not used any other leather products but this one - though I do have a lot of experience working with fillers and paint in slightly different applications.

Below are the progress pix - and while in the end it worked out ok, I do not recommend these products as they were really hard to work with and were way worse than I have expected.

The seat was in a rough shape, with deep cracks in the seat cushion and side bolsters:







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







Everything was sanded, filled, sanded again – the filler is crap, does not sand smooth even with P800-P1000 sandpapers, and scratches easily. It peels off easily too, and it water soluble, even after completely dry. So, some of it started to peel off when I was doing a final wipedown for paint, and ruined the surface again.





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 - not perfect – the headrest is not painted. But this might be dues to the fact that seats were slightly faded.



Turned out ok in the end, but I was not impressed with their products. Maybe my expectations were just too high. I intentionally didn't apply too much filler to completely hide the imperfections because i wanted to retain the leather grain and look, not just make it completely smooth and look like plastic.















In the end, it can be made to look ok, but I'm eager to try other products, especially fillers to see if there are better products on the market. The seat has completely dried now and remains nice and supple and has a really nice matte sheen to it. The major concern now is how this will stand up to use and hold up over time.
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Old Tue, Apr-23-2019, 07:03:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Leatherworld Tech leather restoration kit review

Well done and I think the results look pretty fantastic, much better than before! I kind of want to do this to my seats as well but suspect I'll try a different manufacturer after your product review.

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On the interwebz it looks just fine
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I think it is actually pretty good especially if it stays like this fir sone time. Thanks for posting!
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Nice work!
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Looks really good to me man. It may not stay OEMish but it looks clean and new. At least on the pics. Good elbow grease

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Looks really good in the pictures.
Good work
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Default Re: Leatherworld Tech leather restoration kit review

Yeah, the result is satisfactory, if not exactly perfect. Just wanted to share that I didn't quite like the products. Maybe they are all like this, but from my experience with similar materials in other areas, something tells me they are not all the same.
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I think they look SO much better you have to call this a win! Especially your first time with leather I don't think you could hope for much more. For me the question is if this lasts a few years / 30k miles (other than bolsters that can wear in 2 years depending on habits).

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Nothing will be like OEM unless you get OEM covers to replace what you have. For the repair, the kit did it's job and looks great.
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