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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2020, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Seat restoration

I thought I had posted to the site info on the seat restoration Im working on, but hey ho.

Finally bit the bullet and decided to restore the much overdue seats in my SS2
Cream leather and denims do not go well together and as can be seen from the photos the dye from denims dirt etc really has taken its tolls

Removal of the component parts was really easy and the restoration process is straightforward enough but the kit did not come with a spare bottle of patience as it is a job that requires a bit of bravery as its gets much worse before getting so much better.

The first seat to tackle being the drivers
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I shopped around and finally settled on the furniture clinic product.
I gave their technical help desk a call as I didn't see a kit that suited me, The seats didnt have cracks so didn't need the filler.
The first job is the alcohol cleaner and then leather prep, the prep is amazing at really digging in to the old colour and removing the layers of dirt etc. A messy job and you need plenty of nitrile gloves, have attached photo of the kit supplied and also photos of the seat base etc stripped back ready for dying spraying etc
In one photo you can clearly see the difference between the seat base and back
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So now at the spray stage, the kit came with an airbrush which I was able to connect to my compressor and turn the pressure down to 20psi.
You have to make sure that after use the bottle and gun are cleaned thoroughly. I had other air brushes and couldn't get them to work after a bit of investigation was down to nozzle size
Some photos of seat panels sprayed, on average two to three coats, you can speed up the drying process using a hair drier, top tip less is more.

The piping is the big test, tried several attempts at masking etc, eventually settle on buying 5mm masking tape, do the piping first and then when you come time to spray mask off with the 5mm tape
couple of photos with sections sprayed and getting near to finished product
The last job is a leather sealer that has to be applied. I have decided to wait for better weather as this is a critical coat to apply and don't want it held up because of temperature in the garage, The photo of the seat base isn't the best as the flash shows it glossy
The piping still has a couple of areas to be tidied up
In the end I settled for a very fine artists brush and used a flexi bladed scraper to keep the gray on piping away from the cream leather
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Looks great! Its nice that the leather itself was in good structural shape with no cracks. Looks really good!

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Did you rejuvenate the leather before dyeing to make it supple? Every leather interior I have done was as follows. Clean, strip feed leather with rejuvenator and dye.
Results were butter soft. If you do not feed the leather it will sooner or later crack. It is a skin.

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Well done, looks like you have achieved good results.....
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I followed the advice of furniture clinic, they advise going the route I have and when completed then feeding the leather every six months

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