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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms in Cadillac Escalade Forums; OK, as a profession I do mobile auto reconditioning. I mostly fix scratches, dings, dents and exterior work for used ...
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    Diy - freshen up leather seats for $20 - no more ugly seat bottoms

    OK, as a profession I do mobile auto reconditioning. I mostly fix scratches, dings, dents and exterior work for used car dealers and private owners who have lease returns or want their cars looking good. However, I do some interior reconditioning as well, so I thought I'd share a few pointers.

    As everyone knows the Escalade seat bottoms wear like no tomorrow! Instead of spending $200+ (EACH!) on a new seat bottom, I'd rather freshen it up a bit, much like I do on lease returns and used cars. You will need a $9 bottle of SEM SOAP and an $11 bottle of SEM 149B SHALE (#17203) Classic Coat leather paint. You can find these at most auto body supply shops. SEM has a list of their distributors on their website.

    Lets get started! Here's what you need:









    ^^^ Notice the slight discoloration? ^^^


    You will need to thoroughly clean the leather to be painted to get rid of any conditioner or grease left behind. Dab a little on a heavy duty Blue paper towel and use a spray bottle to spray the leather with water. Mask the area you don't want over-spray.





    You will want to apply 3-4 light coats. You may want to go slightly heavier to fill in the "cracks", NOT THE CREASES! If you look closely at the seats, you will notice the black "dirty" spots are actually really small cracks. Those will be filled in.







    And the other side.... (sorry no before pics, it was just as dirty/worn as the driver side)





    Pics don't do any justice. The difference in person is night and day! Although the problem with the creases will not be solved, it will definitely make you happier to live with. The paint is amazing, the blending properties within the SEM paint are unbelievable. You will notice the paint is really not a paint, but more like a dye. It just disappears into the leather and blends perfectly. You will not have to paint the entire seat. Just don't lay the paint on thick, and you will be pleased!

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

    that should work on my denali, too, thanks

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

    Amazing! Thanks!

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

    Nice...thanks

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

    SEM makes good stuff.I like Prep-Sol for anything plastic or that needs a heavier color/coat.

    I have the tan seats also and this could make me happy enough to not replace the bottom.

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

    This is a nice write up thanks.
    The dealers do this all the time on preowned cars; including mine, which I learned the hard way once I tried to clean the seats!

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

    I am just curious, why did you learn the hard way? Was it "painted" as mentioned above and the paint came off or something?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by pcguy760 View Post
    I am just curious, why did you learn the hard way? Was it "painted" as mentioned above and the paint came off or something?

    Exactly.

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

    Awesome write up.. Thanks alot gonna go try this out soon looks like it works great...

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

    When you clean leather seats, you will always notice the color will come off the seat a little bit, whether the seat was ever painted or not. But like I said, this is more of a dye than a paint, you will see it is very watery when it come out. I did this over a week ago and its holding up great!

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

    hi good info this.
    but i was wondering can u use any other soap ?
    i dont find it where they sell paint.

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

    Im sure you can use something like a mr. clean magic eraser, just anything to get any grease / conditioner out of the seats!

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

    I just finished using this method on my 05 and all I have to say is WOW!! The seats look just the way the did when I got her a couple years ago. Now I want to see how it holds up. It easy enough to do again if I have to. This post def. needs to be stickied

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

    Thanks for the tip. I'll be sure to utilize it when needed. However, quick question if I may?? Trousers wont get stained after the application?? How long would you wait before sitting?? God Bless,Joe

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

    SEM recommends that you leave it for 24 hours to cure.... The paint is dry to the touch in about 10-20 minutes. Like I stated, its more of a dye than a paint, the color is sucked into the leather. I have not had a problem with that.... I wear white shorts to the gym and haven't found any beige on them in the last couple of weeks! I also do this for used car dealers and never had anyone complain!

    And thanks for adding another story to my thread ESCALADOR! Glad it worked for you! Been a few weeks for me, nothing has peeled or worn out yet! And yes its a very quick and easy project, 45 mins at the most for both seats!

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