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

    Glad you asked!

    Initially I followed the directions to use the SEM soap and my seats looked great with that alone. I waited overnight and painted the areas that needed touching up first thing in the morning. Looked beautiful... the stuff really is easy to work with and blends in like magic.

    Then weeks later... this started happening.... (the horror!)










    So then I called SEM products to ask them what went wrong? They said to go to the website and download these directions: http://semproducts.com/images/Users/...RAP-1_1009.pdf

    The guy explained SEM soap is only for water soluble debris (like dirt), and then I need a grease/oil cleaner which is their SEM leather/vinyl prep aerosol. It reminds me of brake clean because it is an aerosol that evaporates almost instantly leaving nothing behind.

    So the process is to clean with SEM soap and a "3M gray scuff pad" which is almost like a dish scuff pad, but not as harsh. That's what the scuff pad is called, and you can get it at Sherwin Williams or most other places that sell professional auto paint (not Autozone or OReilly etc). Then after thoroughly cleaning that way, you use a lint-free cloth (microfiber) and sweep in one direction as you spray the grease/oil solvent aerosol.

    Then you put on the Classic coat stuff. I've so far in a few weeks had great results. I do have a couple of high-flex areas that are chipping see the picture below
    but I can touch it up with more confidence knowing the failure was probably some residual oils.

    The SEM Classic Coat has a technical data sheet that explains the above procedure http://semproducts.com/images/tech_f...7353%20TDS.pdf in less detail.

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

    9/09 - still holding up great. I use Zaino to condition. Have used Lexol on them too with no ill results.

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

    does anybody know what is the color SEM color code for the gray seats in a cadillac cts? Also the dash around the radio and air vents

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

    I have to say I was a bit skeptical about this, but I bought the sem soap & the shale sparay for my 04 cts, I followed this diy and it matched up great

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

    Anyone match up the light gray color from a 2001 Deville (GM sode 142)? Sem has a light gray but their code is 9781.

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

    Subscribed for future reference. Very informative thread!

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

    I know this is an old thread but does anyone know where to find an equivalent for the burgundy interiors?

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

    Do you paint this on the parts of the seat that are meshed too?

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