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  1. 1999 E36 318ti - Repaired my seats today 
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    Only had my car a couple of months but one thing that had been bugging me was the condition of the seats, drivers side in particular.

    Not having the money to get them re-upholstered or find a replacement, i brought a repair kit from Buffalo Leather and gave it a shot. Only cost £29.99 and although the finish isn't perfect, hopefully it will stop the damage getting any worse and looks a bit more pleasing to the eye

    This is the kit: Ordered on sunday and delivered tuesday morning.


    All in all took around 5 hours but at least 2.5 of those were waiting for everything to dry inbetween steps.

    The bottom bolster had a small hole and some scuffs / discolouring. The process was relatively simple:
    1. Clean area thouroughly (kit contained a cleaning pad and leather cleaner)
    2. Cut out a sub patch and glue on top of the foam under the leather hole
    3. Fill the hole with leather filler and leave to dry
    4. Sand down the filler until flush
    5. Using a sponge / spatula, apply the pigment and dry with a hair dryer
    6. Apply protective coating

    Anyway here are the results:

    You can still see where the hole was, looks like the leather stretched but looks a lot nicer

    Side bolster was knackered and i wasn't really expecting too much from the kit. It had a hole and loads of deep scratches and scuffs and hardly any colour at all.

    Looks a lot better but the damage was too great to smooth it out completely, hardly noticable from a distance though.



    At least i'm not ashamed to open the door anymore
     
     

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    That looks bloody good mate.
    Ill have to try some of that stuff as my seat bolsters are starting to look tatty..
     
     

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    Well i'd definately recommend the stuff. Just the pigment / dye stuff on its own does a great job covering over scuffs.

    Just hope it doesn't rub off after a week getting in and out of the car......
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverti View Post
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    Well i'd definately recommend the stuff. Just the pigment / dye stuff on its own does a great job covering over scuffs.

    Just hope it doesn't rub off after a week getting in and out of the car......
    Keep me posted, because I will try some if it lasts...
     
     

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    Nice work mate
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    Keep me posted, because I will try some if it lasts...
    Will do mate
     
     

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    Good looking job - I did mine earlier - haven't applied protective coating (as yet) but seats look top notch - anyone else used clarks scuff repair??
     
     

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    Looks like a really good job from the pics - I could do with something like that because the edge of my drivers seat bolser is starting to look a bit tatty after 110k.

    Keep us up to speed with its longevity.
     
     

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    You might want to try swapping the seat covers over too. This way the wear goes on the unworn side of the passenger seat rather than your newly repaired edge.

    See here.... http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...r-swap-t39196/
     
     

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    top work my drivers seat needs doing with the dye so im intrested also about how the stuff lasts. keep us informed

    cheers drew
     
     

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