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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    Do you spray dye on paper towel n then rub it in or spray directly on seat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdbvulcan
    Do you spray dye on paper towel n then rub it in or spray directly on seat?
    I think it is sprayed on the seat

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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    Good info - is this a one-shade-for-all thing? I have a 93 Allante with light tan seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickyc
    Good info - is this a one-shade-for-all thing? I have a 93 Allante with light tan seats.
    Go by the interior color code as each model has different color codes

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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    I've read all 10 pages of this thread, and still could not find a definitive answer of how long this fix lasts, beyond "a few weeks".

    One person reported this to be a temporary fix at best, stating that within a year, his paint peeled.

    The OP reported having to redo his over again after a period of time, I think a year.

    Another person reported discovering his/her seats were "renewed" with paint by a dealer. The discovery was made while cleaning the seat.

    But most of the reports have been "amazing" "awesome" etc. The only problem with those glowing reports is that they were all made within a week or two of application.

    Therefore, I'm wondering if this fix is merely cosmetic "just before selling the vehicle" bandaid to mask the real problem... which is leather that is too thin/cheap to hold up over time.

    If that is the case, I'm wondering if the $40.00 and the hour of time would be better spent toward a more durable seat cover? Perhaps one made by Katskin (sp?) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYS
    I've read all 10 pages of this thread, and still could not find a definitive answer of how long this fix lasts, beyond "a few weeks".

    One person reported this to be a temporary fix at best, stating that within a year, his paint peeled.

    The OP reported having to redo his over again after a period of time, I think a year.

    Another person reported discovering his/her seats were "renewed" with paint by a dealer. The discovery was made while cleaning the seat.

    But most of the reports have been "amazing" "awesome" etc. The only problem with those glowing reports is that they were all made within a week or two of application.

    Therefore, I'm wondering if this fix is merely cosmetic "just before selling the vehicle" bandaid to mask the real problem... which is leather that is too thin/cheap to hold up over time.

    If that is the case, I'm wondering if the $40.00 and the hour of time would be better spent toward a more durable seat cover? Perhaps one made by Katskin (sp?) ?
    I would recommend the seat shop website

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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    Just found this write up and will try on my Eldo interior which needs work.
    Thank you!

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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    Quote Originally Posted by NYS View Post
    I've read all 10 pages of this thread, and still could not find a definitive answer of how long this fix lasts, beyond "a few weeks".

    One person reported this to be a temporary fix at best, stating that within a year, his paint peeled.

    The OP reported having to redo his over again after a period of time, I think a year.

    Another person reported discovering his/her seats were "renewed" with paint by a dealer. The discovery was made while cleaning the seat.

    But most of the reports have been "amazing" "awesome" etc. The only problem with those glowing reports is that they were all made within a week or two of application.

    Therefore, I'm wondering if this fix is merely cosmetic "just before selling the vehicle" bandaid to mask the real problem... which is leather that is too thin/cheap to hold up over time.

    If that is the case, I'm wondering if the $40.00 and the hour of time would be better spent toward a more durable seat cover? Perhaps one made by Katskin (sp?) ?
    There has to someone out there that has done this a year or so past and can report how it is holding up. I have the SEMS dye and cleaner already, but would like to hear if it is worth the effort longterm or if it creates problems long term..........

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    I been wanting to do the same thing but also wanted to know the lasting effect of it. Guess I'll still get out and and do it one sat morning.

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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    I did my front seat bottoms back in April. The drivers side is holding up fairly well. I am in and out of it a lot. the pass side still looks new. I think it is well worth it. It doesn't take long to do it and if I have to freshen up the drivers side every 8 months or so.. no big deal.

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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    Outstanding... Thanks for following up.

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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    I just placed my order tonight so i can do my seats. I do have one question that appears to have been missed or maybe i missed.. Is everyone spraying the perforated middle portion of the seats?
    I was just worried that the spray would fill in the holes leaving a strange pattern.

    I will take some detailed pics for everyone of each stage, from start to finish.

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    Re: Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    Don't worry about that. The spray is a very fine viscosity and won't fill in the holes.

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    I just completed both of my front seats last night.. they were creased and worn a fair amount. I used the SEM soap and a green scour pad and a small dish brush to rid some of the dirt in the cracks. I used both cans, I could have used another can since I did multiple passes. I think I stopped at 8 passes. I did go a leafy heavy on some areas to get the color into the cracks and then I went back over with light coats. Overall I am pleased with the outcome. It looks a lot better than what I started out with ..

    This pic is the before of driver seat.


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    Here is after a through clean and tape up.

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    And here are some pics of the final spray.. someone mentioned using sandpaper to cut back on the crease lips, this may have helped. But I couldn't find any of my wet sanding paper.. so I did the best I could. The next time I do a touch up I will sand down the cracks a little.

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    Great job!! I have planning on doing this for some time now and after seeing your pictures I am. Looks really good!!

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