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    It almost beat me, I'm trying to learn stuff as I go along and this almost had me booking it into a professional to finish the job. As it stands I decided to man up and order more materials and crack on, although it's going to take at least a week from today to complete.

    Using:

    Fine/med wet and dry sanding block
    Leather cleaner
    Filling compound
    Credit card
    leather/vinyl aviation approved paint
    Sponge
    Preval disposable spray unti & glass jar.

    Masking up.







    Untreated



    Sanded, cleaned, & filled





    Almost there...



    Driver seat done, headrest replaced to show color contrast



    So that's the journey so far, then I ran out of spraying power 3/4 into the passenger seat because of my heavy-handed approach to spraying. I was somewhat dismayed so I had a cup of tea and decided, upon reflection, I was going to stay the course so I thought I'd keep a rookie journal and maybe share some tips with anyone who's considering this.

    What I learned today:

    1) Less is more
    2) Sponge is good
    3) Mask not, swear much
    4) American classics albums played through an 800w rig get you funny looks in Walsall. Although, admittedly, so does having straight teeth and a Mrs you aren't related to.
     
     

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    Nice work mate. Those seats look superb...
     
     

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    Looking good that pall.
     
     

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    Lookin Good :
     
     

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    Looking good! I only just realised this thread was here... I posted up some photos of my seat refurb yesterday (I'm obviously a trend setter rather than follower!)

    840 Sport Seat Refurb

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaMan View Post
    wont the paint crack from wear and tear
    I can't speak for the stuff that mjpt is using but mine was applied with a sponge and is more of a dye. A few weeks later the leather feels just as it did before I started (better in fact).

    I have also spoken to somebody who used the same kit I'm using a year ago and he reports that the seats are doing just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaMan View Post
    thanx steve! but what if u got heated leather seats wont that cause paint transfer on your clothes etc
    I'll let you know in a few months once I've had mine fitted a while and I've been using the heated seats on the top setting!
     
     

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    ...seriously though, I doubt they'd market a product which would come off that easily. Dynamix (the stuff I used) has been quite widely mentioned in enthusiast magazines over the past few years.
     
     

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    From what I've read, that is most likely down to poor preparation/application. My stuff came with a nice set of instructions that were very clear about saying that it's essential to take time with preparation and to make sure the seat is thoroughly cleaned and lightly sanded. The instructions go on to say that you need to leave a good 4 hours between coats otherwise the dye may not adhere properly.

    My guess is that when your mate had his done they rushed it and didnt leave enough time between coats. Just a theory though.

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