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pk328
27-11-2005, 05:17 PM
Hi all!

The seat bolsters on my '87 328 are looking a bit cracked/worn, can anyone recommend someone who re-finishes or re-connollises leather here in the East Midlands?

My other option is to try and restore it myself, any tips?

Cheers

Paul

PS I'll try to post some pics later.

barabus
27-11-2005, 05:22 PM
Hi all!

The seat bolsters on my '87 328 are looking a bit cracked/worn, can anyone recommend someone who re-finishes or re-connollises leather here in the East Midlands?

My other option is to try and restore it myself, any tips?

Cheers

Paul

PS I'll try to post some pics later.

Hello Paul and welcome to Fcars.net.

Do it yourself and save money its simple enough and you can get kits from many places heres one I used its under 30 quid and very good.

http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/

glyn o'donnell
27-11-2005, 05:25 PM
i would agree with the suggestion of woolies, i have been detailing cars for many years and if you simply send them a sample of your hide i.e a tiny cutting from the excess under your seats they will match it perfect

tonyspears
27-11-2005, 05:34 PM
Glyn i hear you have left Malton ,what are you up to now still detailing with Zymol?Im still with Swissol.

Swissol do a leather treatment and you also send them a sample and they will match the colour:thumbsup:

steve f
27-11-2005, 05:40 PM
hi glyn so you finally got here then :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

glyn is a good guy i have known him for twenty years so if anybody abuses him as he is a [nice boy] they will have me to deal with :mad: :mad: :mad: ha ha ha

on a serious note you should of gone on your own years ago have a word with grahamS and become a sponser of this site

barabus
27-11-2005, 05:51 PM
Hello Glyn formerly of Malton Specialist Cars and long time m8 of Steve f, dont spose you remember this:-

pk328
27-11-2005, 06:18 PM
Thanks for the advice guys. I'll look into the DIY option. Here are some pics of the current condition.

barabus
27-11-2005, 06:25 PM
Thanks for the advice guys. I'll look into the DIY option. Here are some pics of the current condition.

You can paint the stuff on from Woolies they will look much better but of course the cracks and creases will always be there they will just look better:laugh:

Dave Z
27-11-2005, 08:47 PM
I'll have a go with this woolies stuff as well , I've got to do the leather on me rover , so I'll give it a try and let you know how I get on

ferrari-spider
28-11-2005, 12:09 AM
Friend of mine in Derby called Dave Beswick is a trimmer and does all the work for Aston engineering as well as the Bamford (JCB) collection. If ya need his number pm me.

Sledge
28-11-2005, 10:13 AM
I've used Leatherique before and it has done a great job.

They have a product that removes the craks and then re-dyes the leather, it is a quite a long process however the result are excellent.

Here is some before and after from thier website.

Before

http://www.leatherique.com/images/before.jpg

After

http://www.leatherique.com/images/after.jpg

here is a link www.leatherique.com

Dave Z
28-11-2005, 03:48 PM
I've just ordered a kit from these guys http://www.liquidleather.com/scuffs.htm
I think they're the makers of gliptone leather feed which is excellent, it should be here in a few days so I'll post some before and after pics when I do it

tom
28-11-2005, 05:05 PM
How well rated is the Zymol stuff, Dave? I have the cleaner (orange liquid) and the conditioner (creamy stuff) and I'm not noticing a huge difference in my leather. If anything it seems to leave it slightly shiny. Am I just doing it wrong? Are my seats just knackered? :laugh: I'm not expecting miracles, but losing a little of the shine on the driver's seat would be nice.

Dave Z
28-11-2005, 05:42 PM
How well rated is the Zymol stuff, Dave? I have the cleaner (orange liquid) and the conditioner (creamy stuff) and I'm not noticing a huge difference in my leather. If anything it seems to leave it slightly shiny. Am I just doing it wrong? Are my seats just knackered? :laugh: I'm not expecting miracles, but losing a little of the shine on the driver's seat would be nice.


Hi Tom,
The Zymol conditioner does tend to leave a sheen on the seats , try wiping them over with a damp cloth and that should dull the shine a little.
If your seats are quite brittle , I'd reccomend using some glyptone leather feed, this doesn't leave a sheen and is brilliant at softening up brittle seats, you may have to apply it a few times though,
you can get it from these guys on next day delivery normally.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Recommended-GLIPTONE-Leather-Conditioner-4ur-Car-Seats_W0QQitemZ8017623813QQcategoryZ72201QQrdZ1QQc mdZViewItem

tom
28-11-2005, 06:00 PM
Cheers Dave, will give that a go.

355fiorano
28-11-2005, 07:10 PM
Dave would you do this Glyptone treatment before or after using the restorer. i suspect after but just thought i'd ask.

I have been thinking of doing my 308 interior. I did buy som eproducts from this company a while back and I used them. I don't remember what I had but I did get the cleaner adn maybe this glyptone as well as the leather did feel softer. I have alwaysbeen hesitant however about using paint based products on my seats in case they go wrong. I also have the fear that they will just rub off again on your clothes and then you'll be left with even worse looking seats. Ideally what I want to do is to clean my interior and get rid of some of the leather lines (much like the pictures here but on crema leather) but i don't want to make the interior look like new. I want it to be original and to be good for its age.

While I'm at it, is there anything that would also clean the material headlining of my targa roof and the same for the rear window "shelf"?

Cheers
Philip

Dave Z
28-11-2005, 09:38 PM
Dave would you do this Glyptone treatment before or after using the restorer. i suspect after but just thought i'd ask.

I have been thinking of doing my 308 interior. I did buy som eproducts from this company a while back and I used them. I don't remember what I had but I did get the cleaner adn maybe this glyptone as well as the leather did feel softer. I have alwaysbeen hesitant however about using paint based products on my seats in case they go wrong. I also have the fear that they will just rub off again on your clothes and then you'll be left with even worse looking seats. Ideally what I want to do is to clean my interior and get rid of some of the leather lines (much like the pictures here but on crema leather) but i don't want to make the interior look like new. I want it to be original and to be good for its age.

While I'm at it, is there anything that would also clean the material headlining of my targa roof and the same for the rear window "shelf"?

Cheers
Philip


Hi Philip,
as far as I can make out you'd feed the leather after using their restoring stuff. I spoke to them on the phone today and they say that their stuff is a dye rather than a paint , the complete kit comes with blending additives so you can match it up to the rest of the car or put it on neat to get the new look.
I have tried that paint stuff before on an old BMW E30 that i restored last year and wasn't too impressed with the finish so this dye stuff is something new to me.
I'm gonna try it on my Rover seats so if it looks **** it wont mattter too much but I'll let everyone know what I think and post some pics.
As for your Targa roof lining i'd probably go for Autoglym interior cleaner from halfords (around 5) just spray a bit on then wipe off with a damp cloth or sponge, that should do the trick,
Cheers
Dave

KenC
29-11-2005, 08:16 PM
A before and after shot of a repair with Liquid Leather.

http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showpost.php?p=134537486&postcount=20

A year later and I've alsmost forgotten that it ever happened.

stevew
29-11-2005, 08:20 PM
A before and after shot of a repair with Liquid Leather.

http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showpost.php?p=134537486&postcount=20

A year later and I've alsmost forgotten that it ever happened.

Ken
That looks a really good job,how long did it take to do and how much of the seat did you have recoat.

KenC
29-11-2005, 08:28 PM
Ken
That looks a really good job,how long did it take to do and how much of the seat did you have recoat.

I was under 5 minutes and I only covered the affected area.

pk328
05-12-2005, 11:38 PM
To get a colour matched kit I need to send a leather sample but I can't for the life of me work out how to get a sample from my seats without maiming them as there isn't any spare leather anywhere!

Dave Z
07-12-2005, 05:45 AM
To get a colour matched kit I need to send a leather sample but I can't for the life of me work out how to get a sample from my seats without maiming them as there isn't any spare leather anywhere!

Hi Paul, try contacting liquid leather , I told them the make , model and colour of the seats and they knew what the colour was already, apparently they have hundreds of pre made dye's already in stock, my kit came on Monday so I'll be trying it out on Friday.
If they dont know it then you could try contacting a dealership, give them the reg number and they may with a bit of luck be able to tell you the colour.