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    I guess this is sort of detailing (although perhaps a bit more extreme) so I'll put it in this forum for now.

    Some may have seen me mention in another thread that I've been doing a bit of a seat refurb on a pair of heated sport seats I got from a scrap yard a couple of months back. Now that I've almost finished one of them I thought I'd post up some pictures.

    Here is what I was met with when I turned up to get a few other bits. All the way home I found myself wondering if I was in over my head:

    Driver's side:



    Passenger's side:



    Obviously the driver's side bolster will need re-trimming at some point so I thought I'd kick off with the passenger's side first.

    First job was to remove all the glass and wipe off the mould with a damp cloth:



    Following this, I took off some of the easy to remove plastic trim and gave the seats a clean with methylated spirit. The leather was then given a light sand with some 600 grit paper (areas such as the scar at the top left and the holes at the bottom right of the backrest were given extra sanding attention):



    Step 2 was to fill the three holes at the bottom right using dynamix leather filler. Having left the filler to dry for a good few hours, it was time to apply some dye (also supplied by dynamix). I've read that some people like to water down the dye so it soaks in better and is easier to spread. For the first coat I went for 2/3 dye to 1/3 water. For the second coat I used 100% dye. Here's the chair after the first two coats:



    Due to the level of staining and the fact that the leather is so light, I decided that a bit more dye was required. Here's the chair after one more full coat, one coat targeted at areas needing more colour and one final, very thin coat to finish up:



    Next up is to give the leather a good conditioning treatment to give it a nice lustre. Again, I'm using a dynamix conditioner for this. It has the added benefit of smelling nice and leathery too! At present, I've done two applications 1 week apart and will probably do my final coat this weekend before reattaching the plastic trim.


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    Just in case there's somebody out there who is even vaguely interested (looking unlikely at this point), here's a photo of the reassembled seat with the not-yet-started drivers seat.



    I've now put the passenger seat into my car and can report that it's much more comfortable than the standard seat and everything works as it should apart from the up and down function - the motor is working but it sounds like I need to re-insert the cable (I've seen a guide somewhere on another site so that shouldn't be a problem).

    Also, some of the plastic is a little scratched so I may get a few new bits to fit.

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    Fantastic job Steve, like chalk and cheese the finished passenger and untouched drivers seat,
    well worth all the effort and hard work you've put in

    Are you planning to tackle the bolster repair yourself or send it out to an upholsterer?
     
     

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    Blimey, what a turnaround mate, you should be proud!

    Amazing result there...

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    Thanks! I was a bit worried about the colour match with the rest of the interior but thankfully mine's a touch cleaner than the driver's seat pictured and the passenger seat doesn't look too out of place against the rest of the existing interior.

    I think I'm going to get the bolster filled and re-covered by a pro. I've been quoted around £100 which I didn't think was too bad. There's also a bit of very worn stictching on the base bolster which I may have a go at myself (although part of me is wondering whether to get that bit re-covered as well).

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    Great Job mate, good on ya
     
     

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    That is ace!! how much did it cost to get it looking like that if you dont mind me askin? im looking at buying some leather seats but always get put off when i see em looking hammerd, were did you get the dynamix products from mate?
     
     

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    looking good.

    when are you free to come and do mine?
    I once owned the greatest BMW ever.
    Neiljewell's 850Ci back from the grave project
     
     

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    Good job, looks very nice.


    How hard wearing is the dye ? (if anyone knows)
    E39 M inspired
     
     

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    wow thats a good job, i dont think i would of bothered with the seats in the condition they were to start

    but you bought it back to life



    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffster View Post
    Good job, looks very nice.


    How hard wearing is the dye ? (if anyone knows)
    i used dynamix to do the bolster on my drivers seat,

    maybe 4 months ago, it hasnt rubbed off on my jeans and still looks as good as they day it was done,
     
     

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