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

    Guys would it be better to pull the seat cushions? Is that too much of a pain? I would rather have then on a work bench to clean and paint. Just a thought....
    I have not pulled me seats yet for any reason mainly because the airbag scares the crap out of me... I can see myself on you tube making a mistake!

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

    Theres no need to take the leather off the seats or even take the seats out. Just mask it off, i promise you the paint will blend 100% into the leather that doesnt get painted, so u don't have to do the whole seat. the can have a very nice fan on it, with very little overspray.

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

    Will one can will do the front seats?

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

    i did the seat bottoms and the side of the top of both front seats and still have more than 1/2 can left... i'd imagine one can can do 2 rows


    you dont want to overload on the paint.... 3 light coats was more than enough!

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

    Good to know - I just ordered the paint, soap and a SEM plastic/leather prep I know what I am doing next weekend!

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

    COOL! Where did you order it from? I know LuScola was looking for an online store to buy from....

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

    Here you go LU.... this site has everything you need! Pretty decent prices too...

    http://www.levineautoparts.com/semclcoforle.html

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

    Quote Originally Posted by luxurylife33 View Post
    COOL! Where did you order it from? I know LuScola was looking for an online store to buy from....
    Vinyl-Pro of Western Pa..
    http://www.vinylpro.com/

    I used them for the shale interior paint~ I am looking forward to painting the center console leather too

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

    Quote Originally Posted by luxurylife33 View Post
    Here you go LU.... this site has everything you need! Pretty decent prices too...

    http://www.levineautoparts.com/semclcoforle.html
    Good info on this site:
    Directions For Use
    Return to SEM Classic Coat for Leather
    Directions for use
    Preparation:
    Vinyl:
    # Clean first with SEM SOAP and a gray scuff pad, paying close attention to textured or recessed areas.
    # Rinse with water. If contamination still exists, water will bead on the surface. Repeat this step until beading no longer occurs.
    # Next, clean thoroughly with VINYL PREP using a clean lint free towel and wiping in one direction.
    # Rinse with water and dry.

    Leather:
    # Clean first with SEM SOAP and a gray scuff pad, paying close attention to textured or recessed areas.
    # Wipe with a clean damp towel to remove all residue and allow to dry.
    # Next, clean with SEM PLASTIC/LEATHER PREP.
    # Scuff the leather with a clean, gray scuff pad and clean again with SEM PLASTIC/LEATHER PREP.

    MIXING: Agitate thoroughly! Shake can vigorously for one minute after mixing ball rattles to ensure color uniformity and to prevent clogging. For best results, use only when can temperature is approximately 70°F (21°C).

    APPLICATION: Apply light “mist” coats, allowing 5-10 minutes between coats.

    It should be noted that even though film is dry to touch, the substrate should not be subjected to heavy abuse or abrasion for 24 hours.

    NOTE: Spray tip may be adjusted for either a vertical or horizontal fan spray pattern.

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

    Yes, those are the exact directions on the can.... i didnt feel like typing them.... the grey scuff pad however can sometimes damage soft leather, like the escalade has.... i wouldn't reccommend using the scuff pad, i used a foam pad instead to lightly scuff before paint... and i used simple green degreaser instead of the leather prep.... I have been using this method for years ^ and never had a problem.

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

    Thanks for starting this thread! This will have a nice impact on the interior! I will do before and afters as well

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

    Here you go I pulled the seats to make it easier - I also wanted to clean under them and the sides of the center console. I think Elvira the mistress of the dark and her bank of hounds used to own this Lade. over all I am pleased with this outcome. Take your time plan on three coats

    Before


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

    pretty impressive. wasnt sure if i wanted to go thru the trouble, but now i KNOW i want to touch my seats up! thanks for the pics!!!

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

    wow, they look great!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by slowgoer View Post
    pretty impressive. wasnt sure if i wanted to go thru the trouble, but now i KNOW i want to touch my seats up! thanks for the pics!!!
    its worth it imo. it took 20 minutes to get the seats out get a deep well 15mm socket for the front nuts. take your time and use light coats. Like luxury said the creases are still there but the seats look a lot better. SEM soap cleaned them up nice even areas that I did not paint (in those areas I used very light pressure).

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