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Hello,
Apologies for the delay in posting any updates. Work and life outside have been hectic. The Silver Shadow isn't progressing anywhere near as fast as I had hoped, but it is progressing.

I tackled the interior back in November last year. The interior didn't look too bad in the car, it was dry and cracked, but I bought some Connolly Hide Food and was applying liberal amounts on the times I was at the car working on other parts. I didn't see any marked improvement from this so I decided to remove the interior and go for a re-connolising. My main concern was some of the cracks were quite deep - these were in the high wear areas and they would just end up splitting.

Once removed and under the halogen spotlights in my wife's garage (her car on the street ........ didn't go down so well after days turned into weeks) the seats look really bad. Bought the kit from Furniture Clinic, watched their videos on YouTube and also they were available to answer any questions I had. Only thing I purchased outside the kit supplied was some rougher grades of emery paper for some of the bad areas of the seats.

I have no idea how much hours I put into these seats. A lot.

Pictures tell the rest of the story.

Other updates to follow when I get a chance;
Spheres strip & rebuild.
Brake calipers rebuilt (stainless pistons).
Height control system valves (resealed with seals from local seal manufacturer).
Steering box reseal (resealed with seals from local seal manufacturer).
Power steering pipe and hose replacement.
Brake and height control hoses replaced in PTFE/Stainless braid, stainless end fittings (carbon black wrap to have some original look).
Door capping re-lacquering.

Cheers,
Scott
 

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Remainder of pictures. I tried to keep some of the faint cracking. I didn't want completely smooth seats.

Cheers,
Scott
 

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I'm not a friend of black leather car interiors, but this one is now growing on me!
Well done Scott!
I used the products from some german supplier (Lederzentrum), but I am disappointed with the durability of the result. All cracks started showing again after a year or so. Maybe lack of skill from my side, maybe the product itself?
Please let us know how durable your result is!
 

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One key to softening the leather after it is cleaned of grime that clogs the pores, is to continually apply conditioner with heat, either a small heater in the car or leave it in the sun and add until it no longer absorbs. Note: the original finish was not glossy and you may have oil based rejuvenator.
 

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Nicely done and well done for saving it. I hate to see these re-trimmed, they rarely look right. I've saved much of our S3 leather from many years of neglect, just with Leatherique feeding and cleaning. Two sections on ours are are just too cracked though, what a shame.
 

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Great job and great restoration! I love the way you have kept the patina which looks perfect with the "age" of the car. 👍

By any chance Scott, do you happen to know how to maintain those "new" leather seats once recolored and treated? Will you use the regular products or are there any precautions to take and special products to use, for the maintenance of leather?😉
 

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[I have done my bright beige leather seats with leather oil from a horse riding shop. One liter für 9 Euro in ebay. 5 L für 35 Euro. Also you can buy in black leather oil for black leather or from another supplier also in brown.
If the leather is in a very good condition like on the back seat, it will last 3 months in winter time, until it is inside the leather. The surface fells wet for a long time. If you do this in summer, when the car is standing in the sun and the interior is really hot, it will last 3 - 5 days until the leather feels dry. It is very important to do this BEFORE the leather is cracked. But when the leather looks good, nobody cares about the leather.
I am driving also an E-type V12 with a black leather Motor-Lita steering wheel. After 32 years the leather between 8 and 10 o'clock looks like NEW, because I have oiled the steering wheel every year in autumn.
Therefore start to oil your leather NOW, before it is too late. It takes maximum 30 minutes to oil all the leather of a car with a brush, which is two inch wide. You can't do anything wrong. If you are too lazy, give 5 pound to your daughter. Girls like to "paint the skin".

Regards Wolfgang Gatza
 
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