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phantom 309


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PostSubject: Leather renew   Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:02 pm

As most of you know i,m pretty cynical about most things,. and something has to prove itself to me before i endorse it,.
The seats on mommy's fancy ford were showing their age and UV damage,. I looked around for leather rejuvenating products and read up about this company,.
I ordered some of the product,. and for the past week i,ve been redoing the seat,.(just 1 for an experiment,)
First i slathered on the rejuenating oil,. and the leather slurped it up really quick,. it,s best to leave the car out in the hot sun,. after a couple of coatings,. i cleaned the oil and muck off the seats,. a huge difference in itself,.
I then used laquer thinners and removed a bunch of the badly cracked dye,and filled other cracks that weren't so deep,..
spread on a really thin coat of crack filler and let it dry,. i used a piece of laminated paper so it bent and molded very nicely to the seat,.
i was amazed at how easy it is to remove the dye,.and just how the cracks are in the dye not the leather,.
i thnned out the dye and did 2 light coats with a really expensive soft brush,.
let the pictures speak for the job,..
lots of you guys have nice cars with really cracked leather seats,. and this is how to make them just like new again,. read their web site and look at customers projects,.

after they dry completely a nice buff and i think they will be awesome,
most all of the cracks including the tiny spider web ones have all but disappeared,.
i,m really pleased as mommy's fancy ford is a nice car,. and this will make it nicer still,.
and this winter i can see re-doing the impala ss seats i have in the black car,
The leatherique guy matched the color from a scrap of material i sent him cut from underneath the seat,
The dye is a much better product than SEM ,.

go to the web site and see the customer gallery's,. the crack filler stays supple,.
there are some very high end cars in that gallery,.

i did the impala ss seats in the black wagon with SEM 4790? burgundy maple wahtever,.,. they are cracked pretty good after nearly 3 yrs,.

The laquer thinner doesn't hurt the leather,. it just removes the dye,and evaporates real quick( need both front windows down tho as i caught wicked dizzy spells and a head ache after),.. i used terry towel rags and turned them over constantly, as it removed the dye

I was just outside,. the dye has dried to the touch,.and i can squash the leather by hand and it seems fine,.

I doubt this company would have the reputation they have since 1968, if their product didn't perform,. i tried to find a complaint anywhere on the internet but came up with nothing,.

I actually bought this restoration stuff a year ago,. the crack filler had dried out,. i called them and they sent me a new pot absolutley free and i got it in 3 days,
pretty decent customer service and i caused the problem by not using the stuff when i got it,.i paid around $100.00 from the canadian distributor,.

i got a bottle of leather oil,. leather cleaner, custom matched dye, prepping agent, crack filler, 2 paint brushes,

Re-doing the leather steering wheel in our cars would work pretty good. Fred refinished one with Duplicolor for me for a roady wagon in tan, and it lasted a year before the green started to come back through,

I did the lumina wheel with SEM and it still looks good,. (black to burgundy). the pontiac GP shift knob and the console all still look great, but the carpet on the console faded bad from uv,. so i may invest in this companys carpet dye,.

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PostSubject: Re: Leather renew   Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:28 pm

Pretty cool, I've seen this stuff mentioned on Autopia and places like that...
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PostSubject: Re: Leather renew   Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:37 am

That's just amazing. Still can't believe you can bring leather that far gone back!

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PostSubject: Re: Leather renew   Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:47 pm

HOLY CRAP! That is a downright amazing transformation. I'd have written those seats off years ago as unfixable.
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PostSubject: Re: Leather renew   Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:21 pm

My bonnies are going to look a lot better using that stuff! Thanks Nick.
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