I posted the pictures a year ago - I just redid one of the rear seat bottoms. They are very easy to do. I will do the front seats this summer. One year and they still look better than when I started. Make sure and clean them well - that is key.
Wow... What a difference.I would suggest one more product, the SEM plastic and leather prep spray.
Hey guys I was looking at the shale color everyone is talking about and on my 02 EXT the leather is tan and the hale color looks to be grey? Is there a dif color I need for my tan seats? Thanks I can't wait to try it out
shale is tan
If the Tan Color is Shale, then what color do I use for the gray interior?
Thank you for the phenominal info here. I spent the last week applying this method to my entire interior and the results are insane. I didn't fully appreciate them until I compared pictures taken before and after (see attachment). If you want to see similar results, here are the steps I followed on each seat: 1) Used scouring pad (moistened with water) and SEM Soap to scrub the entire seat. 2) After 2-3 minutes, wiped clean with dry cloth, then sprayed with water and wiped clean again. 3) Repeat steps 1 & 2 for especially dirty leather (like the one in the attached picture) 4) Used 1000 grit sandpaper to get rid of any imperfections along the cracks 5) applied light coat of SEM Classic Coat. 6) After allowing to dry for 5 minutes, WIPE with TACK CLOTH and repeat step 5 two or three more times, wiping the seat clean with tack cloth before each coat. The tack cloth will remove any dust and lint that might have been caught in the classic coat after spraying. I learned about this step when I asked a professional how I could get rid of the grainy, sandpaper-like texture my seats had after painting with the classic coat, and it worked like a charm.
I'm redoing my bottom right now and I can agree that several light coats is the trick.I clean my seats with face wipes.The things your wife uses to take her make-up off.It'll take several light coats to fill in when you do them lightly but it won't get rough or shiny.Just take your time.5-10min between coats.
Oh and FYI, make no doubt about this.While the Shale SEM is the right color to do our seats it IS lighter.
I've let mine sit for a few days and have just now started to put leather conditioner on the painted part.It certainly softens the feel.The paint,even done with light coats, will give a slightly firmer feel when compared to the stock seat.By itself it feels fine but in comparison you can feel the difference.This has always been my experience with re-coloring seats.
I even scotch-brited the seat between coats to cut down on the firmer feel.The conditioner has helped a lot.
Ill be doing my tahoe seats this weekend ordered my paint today.
Ok, This is great if the seats need painting. Key word If. As an alternative measure many of you will be able to simply take some all natural citrus cleaner (prefer the foam action release spray can) and spray light coat let set abouit 5 seconds and GENTLY scrub letting the chemicals do the work ..then repeat a few times. You will be amazed at how well this works. Try testing a small section of the seat first to see the results. I figured I would be painting mine but instead did the whole interior as I couldnt stop...Vinyl also...Smells great too without the use of any toxic chemicals.ALL NATURAL. I might suggest letting it air out real good for a day or so then slap some leather conditioner on the leather. If applicable you may also option to paint or dye. Just thought i'd share as mine was looking so rough thought id be painting for sure. Good Luck!
Wow I never knew this is actually possible.