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Well i thought id make a start on the interior. Did the headrests once i get back from holiday i will do the seats and then the console door cards and dash. Plan on doing the carpets when i have the seats out gone for a lighter colour for the leather then black carpets

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Thanks for the positive replys. Upholstery, recovered all of my 1969 sumbeam alpine over 25 years ago. Bought a liquid leather colouring kit excell white. Rubbed down the headrests with thinners. Cleaned then conditioned then cleaned again. Tried the sponge method not happy with the finish so got an airbrush diluted the colour and sprayed a quite a few thin coats. Preffer the colour. Once the interior is complete i will start looking a full respray.

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Looks ace, it'll be lovely when it's done.

 

I did mine with the Liquid Leather kit which they matched to my interior. Diluted it 1:1 with water and a good number of hugely thin coats kept the grain in the leather nicely.

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How long do you expect it to last Pete?

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Wayne

Looks outstanding.

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Looks good Pete. Keep the pictures coming bud :)

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Hi Peter, did you take a closer look on the wear on your seats? I am thinking if the marks are cracks in the clearcoat on the leather colour itself, or it is in the leather itself. Either case, you may need to either fill it up (nomally a silicone product) or give your leather a good going over with leather softener, so prevent it from looking like that Again quickly, before you dye it. Just a thought as I did the something similar on my Corrado.

 

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Hello Jaques. Yes once i have stripped the colour i clean it then i condition it using my hands to rub it in. Then clean once the conditioner is absorbed then paint. Creases ate fine but cracks will need filling and sanding before painting.

I dont think there are any cracks on the seats just some creases But will know better once i have them out

All the best

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Hey Peter, could you tell me the name of what you are using and where you got it please. I'm very interested in doing this to my car. Thanks Wayne

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I'm sure Pete will be along soon but a good option is Liquid Leather from Gliptone.

 

http://www.liquidleather.com/

 

Smells divine too :D 

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I did mine with stuff from a company called trimtech, and cleaned the leather with sem soap, if abraded the surface so the coating has a key.

Looking good Peter.

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On those v8 comfort seats be careful re the piping.  I did a pair with liquid leather  and changed from sand to mushroom. I cleaned and conditioned meticulously but it rubbed  of the plastic piping within 2 weeks where I got in and out of the car  and didn't last much longer on the leather.   Maybe staying the  same colour is better. 

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Thanks fellas. Will be watching your progress Peter.

Regards

Wayne

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Sounds like fun masking the piping! I wish I had a decent enough interior to work from, I would have just recoloured them, but mine is so poor I'm gunna have to replace it or recover it. Great work though, look like new ;-) 

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Hi Peter,

It surely looks good so far. Seems as if most creases were superficial. I would soften the leather over several days, giving it softener, say 3 or 4 times, until it cannot soak any more. Pays in the end.

 

 

CharlieCroker, your leather must be absolutely terrible, not to be able to restore it. Take a look for example at furniture clinic's site. You'll be amazed what can be done.

 

Cheers,

Jacques.

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