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Old 06-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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E30 Sport seat restoration [part1]

I uploaded this to R3V a while ago but I thought i'd share this to fellow maxbimmer members as well.

A while ago, I was looking for a set of leather seats...and seller sent me those images..

So I brought them home. Front seats had fair amount of cracks..

Rear pieces are in pretty good condition

I ordered Leatherique kit from Leatherique Canada - they were very helpful and informative.

I brushed Rejuvinator Oil onto the seats several times until they stopped absorbing the oil(front seats took about 5 coats and 2 coats for rear)

After 2 days(leather surface got much more soft after that) I grabbed leather cleaner

and sprayed on the seats


I let it sit for 2 minutes and started wiping off. I had to use about 10+ towels to get them complete dirt-free..

After I cleaned & redyed the back seat

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Old 06-23-2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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Obviously the front pairs needed more attention so I started to remove old dye using prepping agent

After a lot of wiping and sandpaper - about 50% cracks were gone at this point.



Then I grabbed crack filler

and applied it on the seat..

and sanded until I got the smooth surface
(Note: do not put excessive amount of fillers like I did, because after about 3 months of usage, deep cracks are showing because the cracks are rubbing against each other and damaging the point where I filled with the crack. If cracks are too deep to be filled, just let it be. Don't try to smooth them out)


Anyways, after about a day, I started to dye the seat with leatherique dye using brush. I don't have pictures for it because thing got very messy and i didn't have an extra hand for a camera.

here is the surface - I should've put more coats because dye in side lower bolster came off after about 5 months of using. I put about 4~5 thin coats(opposed to 2 last time) for driver seat - they still look good so far.


Before & after



I'll update you guys soon with part 2(driver's seat with torn off bolster and cuts)
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:38 PM   #3
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awesome job and great write up!!! thanks for sharing that.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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Holy man child! That's awesome!

Can you link to the kit you bought?
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:42 AM   #5
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Holy man child! That's awesome!

Can you link to the kit you bought?
http://www.leatheriquecanada.com/
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:10 PM   #6
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I have some leatherique stuff too...

But I accidently sanded the leather down a bit too much trying to smooth out the cracks and had to get it repaired...

If I would of done it right with the crack filler, would of saved me 400$ that I spent on www.fibernew.com to do the work, and honestly, yeah, they're fixed now, I have him the restoration work to, so he used all his own stuff... The colour looks ok, seats ended up ok... but, I think whats missing is the crack filler, almost want to do it all over again and redye them once more now...

I can post pics to compare when I get home..

anyhow, lesson learned,... when wet sanding to strip the dye, do not use it for smoothing out cracks, use crack filler instead...

anyhow, I talked to the leatherique guy personally on the phone... he's a nice guy, collects Jags I believe...
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:19 AM   #7
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Wow! Great work! I won't balk at crap condition interiors for sale anymore! They can be saved
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #8
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Wow, very impressive! I'd like to try this on mine. I'll wait and see your part 2 as my driver's seat also has a a tear.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:23 PM   #9
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That's some amazing work!
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:24 AM   #10
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God yes! What a transformation. My seats look like the "before" picture and now I have hope they can look close to your 'after' result.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:33 AM   #11
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its all in the prep...take the time...the end result will be rewarding...mostly elbow grease!
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:22 PM   #12
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Can you post an, uh, after-after photo of the damage to your filled cracks? You made it sound like they actually ended up getting more damaged by the filler and I am curious.

I have pitting in my steering wheel and I have been wondering about filling it up but I don't want to end up with dye and putty coming off in my hands while I drive...
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:49 PM   #13
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This is absolutely fantastic!!!!

Approx. how long did it take to get everything all set?
Also did you dye the seats yourself? If so, what did you use, where did you get it from?
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This is absolutely fantastic!!!!

Approx. how long did it take to get everything all set?
Also did you dye the seats yourself? If so, what did you use, where did you get it from?
you might want to slow down enough to read the captions below the pictures. the product is listed there. :-)
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you might want to slow down enough to read the captions below the pictures. the product is listed there. :-)
Good point... "Leatherique Canada" I just saw this for cleaning and crack filling. Missed out on the dying solution, but now I see the lighhht....
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