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    SilkyBrown is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Leather Seat Dying Process

    Just bought some 2000 STS Grey leather seats but i think the actual color name is "Shale". I will be installing these seats in my 1970 Deville Convertible. I'm thinking about dying the whole interior of the 70' black. Door panels, Dash, and the Seats. Does anyone have any experience in dying seats themselves?

    I called several upholstery shops and these are some of their prices as fallows:

    Bucket Seats: 100$ /each
    Rear Bench: 250$
    Door Panels: 100$ /each
    Dash: 250$

    In total he wants to charge me around 1200$ to completely dye the interior.
    Can anyone tell me if they think this is way to high a price? Would it be cheaper to dye the seats myself, or is it difficult? Has anyone done this before? What do i have to watch out for? If so, can you list the steps i'll need to take. Thanks alot.

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    MWA is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: Leather Seat Dying Process

    investigate Leatherique.com and give them a call for any questions concerning leather dye and procedures. Their leather treatment is second to none and all products are high qualilty. I condition my Eldorado seats and interior with Leatherique and Prestine periodically and it is remarkable how nice the feel and smell is after use. Their website also has valuable information on all things leather. Good luck.

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    8.2liter is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Leather Seat Dying Process

    Those prices are REE DIC QLOUS. Try a good leather dye, just be careful that you don't dye any areas or fingers because the dye is like paint. I just dyed some leather baseball gloves with excellent results.

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    Submariner409 is offline If it won't run, install a boombox
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    Re: Leather Seat Dying Process

    Don't forget that about half the material you see is vinyl, not leather, and takes a different coloring process. The "seating surfaces" are leather. The rest is usually vinyl.

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