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    Hi all
    Was going to post this at the end of the process, but as so many people have ask me how to done this i have cut & pasted there instruction, will update what i have found to be good or bad in the with in the process once i am finished, good luck.

    IF ANYONE WANTS THIS DONE I WILL DO IF FOR THEM BUT ONLY IN 1 COLOUR, YOU WILL HAVE TO BRING SEATS TO ME AND GIVE ME A HAND WITH THE PREP WORK, SEATS WILL NEED TO BE REMOVED FOR 2 DAYS


    SORRY BUT COULD NOT PUT THE PHOTO BY THE TEXT, BUT THEY ARE IN ORDER, ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK, WILL ADVISE ON 2 COLOUR IF REQUIRED





    This guide will show you how to change the colour of a leather car seat. We will be changing the colour of this car interior from red to cream, but it is possible to change to any colour you want.

    A colour change can be made from any colour to another, i.e. black to white, or white to black, with just as successful results.


    The leather colourant kit used in this guide can be used to change the colour of all leather, vinyl, plastic, PVC & leather cloth car interiors.

    This photo shows a red leather car seat from a Rolls Royce. This guide will show you how to change the colour of the leather car interior.

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    Heavy Filler - To fill cracks

    Leather Colourant Kit - Used to change the colour of leather

    The first stage is to prep the leather using an abrasive pad. This process removes the transparent manufactured finish applied to leather. Removing the finish allowing colour to properly adhere to the leather.


    As shown in the photo, as the finish is removed, so is the colour (but not all the colour). Basically, when you remove some colour form an area, that indicates the finish has been removed, and so, you can move onto the next area.



    Once you have prepped an area with the abrasive pad, you often get a lot of prep and colour sitting on the surface. This is very common with old Rolls Royce, jaguar, Bentley, Aston Martin and other cars that used Connolly leather.


    So, we wipe the leather with a cloth to remove the excess prep & colour. This tends not to happen as much with modern cars (1980's +) as the way leather was made changed, becoming more resilient against the prep. Not to worry though, it doesn't affect the end result!

    The photo to the left shows what the leather should look like after being prepped. You can see where the colour has almost completely been removed in the middle flutes of the seat. This is indicated by the light tan/brown colour that is showing through - the original leather.


    Notice that the shine has also gone making the leather look more matt. This is the main indicator of correctly prepped leather (no shine), as the colour will not always be removed.

    Important Note: Leather is painted, that is how a wide variety of colours are achieved. When leather becomes old, it looks as though it cracks, but most of the time it is actually the paint that is cracked, not the leather itself.

    So, when you prep the leather, the painted layer is either removed or reduced greatly (as shown in the above picture) and so all the cracks are removed as well. This makes for a very smooth finish and excellent end result.

    Using a cloth, wipe the leather down with the alcohol cleaner. This process removes any waxes, oils or silicones that may be on the leather. Removing these gives better adhesion of colour.


    As you can see so far, like any job, preparation is the key to success. Take your time when doing it and your end results will be great. Its not a hard job to do - it can just be quite time consuming!



    After prepping the leather, there were still a few small cracks in the leather.

    These are fixed by spreading the heavy filler over the leather with a pallete knife. The filler only sits in the cracked leather.

    The leather is then sanded smooth using fine 1200 grit sand paper.

    Once the leather has been properly cleaned and all repairs have been made, it is then time to apply the colour.


    The first coat is applied by sponge. This is done to work the colour into hard to reach areas and to also minimise later spray applications. As you can see by the photo, the colourant used is highly concentrated and so, changes the colour of the leather quickly.

    This photo shows roughly what the leather should look like after one base coat of colour has been applied.


    When applying the base coat do not rub too hard for too long. Instead, applying gentle pressure, wipe the colourant onto the leather with a sponge.


    To speed up drying use a hair drier and it should take no more than 5 minutes to be thoroughly dry.

    The next step is to spray the leather colourant onto the leather using the airbrush in the kit. To start with, spray the colour around the edges of the piping and in between the seat flutes.


    This is covering the harder to reach areas first, which in the end, makes the job easier, and uses less colourant.


    Then proceed to spray the colour all over the seats until it looks nice and uniform. Always let the colourant dry before spraying more on top.

    Finished Result


    This photo shows the two front seats from the car, totally colour changed. We changed them to a specially selected cream by our customer and applied satin finish.


    The finish is applied in the exact same way as the colour. The benefit of a finish is, it makes the leather look & feel softer and more natural, as well as offering protection from wear & tear.


    TAKE IT FOR ME, IT IS EASY, YOU JUST NEED BALLS
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    thats a great guide
    since seeing this i am now toying with the idea of changing the colour in the e36 coupe
    this airbrush it was run off a compressor yes? (having a bit of a blonde moment)
     
     

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    Cheers mate, no its ran off of cans, would advise if you have a spray gun and compresser use it, it would be quicker
     
     

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    Hi, thanks, are you saying that kits are available to do this, wouldnt mind getting my two front seats back to original light grey.. they have worn and look old.... or if anyone knows a good place to get replacements seats for 1996 E36 320i softtop?
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    yes mate
    you just sent your colour in them and they will match it, kit comes complete.
     
     

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    will the kits do the dash etc ??
     
     

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    Hi Neil

    Please read the instruction as the company say it will do plastic, so the answer is yes
     
     

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    sorry should read propley

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    NO PROBLEM MATE
     
     

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    how much would kit cost for two front seats...? as I cant see any mention of price?
    Cheers, and has anyone had these done/used them/ rate them? ta John
     
     

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