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Hey members, I bought some leather Saab seats for my T4 and when I collected them I didn't like the colour as was to dark for the rest of my interior.

I got a quote of £250.00 to change the colour and sort out some of the wear and tear and thought I'd have a go myself :eek:
After all, how hard could it be?

Well, I am going to share with you the process of turning leather seats like this (seat on right), into seats like this (seat on left)



WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1, Warm soapy water
2, A sponge
3, Leather colour kit. I got mine from furniture clinic, which contains every thing else
4, Patience
5, A hair dryer
6, Gloves (I didn't bother, a man thing)
7, Masking tape

PREPPING PROCESS:
1, First of all, I gave the seat/s a good thorough clean with warm soapy water and a sponge

2, I looked at the damaged areas and worked out if I would need to fill any areas (I didnt, so this step is not included)

The worst of the damage was on the drivers seat and looked like this..


3, I cleaned the seat again with alcohol from the kit, making sure to get in every nook and cranny

4, With the Leather kit, It comes with 'Leather Prep' this smells like acetone or nail vanish remover.
They give you a couple of green scourers and some cotton wool.
You pour the 'Leather Prep' onto the cotton wool and fold the green scourer over the soaked cotton wool.
This prevents the liquid from seeping through the scourer T:
Give the seat a thorough rubbing down with the scourer until you start to see the leather paint appear on the scourer.
This means that you have removed the protective leather coat that is on top of the colour. Easy job and anyone can do it.

5, Another wipe down with Alcohol to remove any residue left over.

6, Dry the seat

7, Mask off any areas you do not want painted.
I didnt bother with the belt thing, as the paint wipes off very easy as its water based


APPLYING THE COLOUR STAGE 1:
1, With a sponge that is included in the kit, you pour a little of your chosen Colour onto it and apply it to the leather.
This is really easy and a little goes a long way.

You will notice that it looks really patchy.. DO NOT WORRY.. it is supposed to.

2, Dry with a hair dryer or leave 10 minutes if you dont have one.

3, Reapeat steps 1 and 2

4, repeat steps 1 and 2 again.

Depending on whether you are changing the colour or just restoring it makes a big difference to the amount of times you should repeat these steps. I'd say 3 coats with a sponge is good enough to continue.

Here is how patchy the colour looked




APPLYING THE COLOUR STAGE 2: (The fun part)
1, Make sure you cover any surrounding areas that you do not want covered in paint, because its AIRBRUSH TIME :D

2, Setup you Airbrush that is included with the kit and test pattern on card or back of seat

3, Apply a coat of paint with the airbrush

4, Dry with hairdryer



5, repeat steps 3 and 4 until happy with colour


APPLYING THE PROTECTIVE SEAL COAT :
1, Much like you airbrushed the colour on, you do the same with the Gloss seal coat.
I cannot supply pictures of this stage as was too busy at the time, but its very straight forward
Add a few coats drying with a hair dryer inbetween

2, Go make a cup of tea and admire your work


APPLYING THE FINISH COAT :
1, Again, same process

The final coat is a protective coat that you can choose the finish.
I went for satin.




Think I will do my steering wheel, rude not to ;)



I am well happy with the end result, and honestly cannot get the pictures in the right light to show how great they really look.

Seats bought for 60 quid, Kit bought for 60ish quid
Extra airbrush cans as the kit didnt come with enough!! bought from Ebay for 15 quid
Cannot complain.

I will add some more pictures of any other stages when I do the other seat as wanted to do one at a time to have a comparison picture.

Cheers, Terry
 

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Thanks for that nice job seats look really good. You have just made my mind up to do mine Red Leather were did you buy the kit.

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Thanks for that nice job seats look really good. You have just made my mind up to do mine Red Leather were did you buy the kit.

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Cheers, they really do look professional :)

I bought the kit from furniture clinic
http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/Leather_Colourant_Kit.php



Great kit but I was sent wrong colour and had to buy more White to mix my colour down. So the guy I spoke to was a bit of a and the customer service could be improved.
Also with the medium kit, best purchase a couple of compressed air 750ml tins from the bay.

Stuff works well though and is what the professionals use.

Good luck with seats and please post you're before and after pics.
 

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Cheers Mate

Will post pics when completed off for a couple of weeks wild camping and fishing NE Scotland so will be after my trip.

Cheers

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Good write up Crazy'D.
Just put a set of BMW Z3 seats in to replace the saab 93 ones. I'll pass this thread onto the guy who's buying the Saab seats and I may look at using the above kit on the R+R bed. Currently black and white but may change the white to grey to drag the outside, in.T:
 

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Good write up Crazy'D.
Just put a set of BMW Z3 seats in to replace the saab 93 ones. I'll pass this thread onto the guy who's buying the Saab seats and I may look at using the above kit on the R+R bed. Currently black and white but may change the white to grey to drag the outside, in.T:
Cheers mate.

Make sure you check that the paint is suitable for your rnr bed material. If its not leather that is.
 

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Good write up Crazy'D.
Just put a set of BMW Z3 seats in to replace the saab 93 ones. I'll pass this thread onto the guy who's buying the Saab seats and I may look at using the above kit on the R+R bed. Currently black and white but may change the white to grey to drag the outside, in.T:
Cheers mate.

If your RnR material is not leather then make sure the paint is OK for use on other materials.
My steering wheel didn't turn out great so had to strip it off and re do with a different top coat. Steering wheel is not leather.

Just a heads up as maybe different paints for different materials.
 

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Ok mate, very good point. It's a vinylette type material so I'm guessing it's the same as your steering wheel. I'll be passing this thread on as well mate.T:
 

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I also had a quote for £250 foe the front seats in my BMW m3 convertible,so I though sod it how hard can it be?
So I did them myself over a weekend using the same furniture clinic kit.
Easy looks like new!
I shall be using again on my t4.
 

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Hi I used this kit in my m3 as the seats were well ropey.
So I recoloured all seats and door cards.
After a weekends work they look almost new.
I would have to say I was very surprised in how easy this is with this kit.
That was almost 1year ago and they still look as good now!
I Recommend the furniture clinic kit.
Saved me £400 quid too!
 
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