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Old 04-10-2015, 12:48 PM
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Project: Seat restoration. Three choices: 1. Upholstery shop to do the front. 2. Order custom leather seat covers and install. 3. Re-dye the interior front to back. I chose door #3. If it failed, I would got to option 1. The products to re-dye were purchased from Seats REstore. Matching via Jaguar color code, tan filler, and LOW lustre top coat. The steps were 1. Clean seats with a soft brush and Mr. Clean spray. When the cleaner foams, then you wipe it down because the dirt has been lifted and is in the foam. 2. After drying sand rough spots with 800 grit paper. Go easy here. 3. Wipe everything to be dyed with rubbing alcohol. 4. Apply filler where needed and wipe smooth with wet rag. Let dry, sand for touchup. Clean with rubbing alcohol. 5. Apply two THIN coats of dye and let dry. 6. Apply two THIN coats of top coat and let dry. 7. Inspect for any missed spots and dye and top coat as necessary. Let the entire project sit and really dry out. "Wala", you have almost new seats. Note: The black duct tape is to hold the seat belts way from the work. I took the back seat out to give me room to work on the rear seat backs. I raised the head rests and moved the rear seat backs forward after dying to make room to do the side pieces by the door. In the front, I worked from the middle outward. Note 2. Photos are not in order, but there were 3 stages of photos. Finished, after first dye coat, and before.





















































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Looks like it worked out well.
How long did the process take?
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I started at 4pm and was done by 11PM. I did use heat to drive the thin coat of filler. The garage was 75 degrees F. I did clean the seats the day before so that wasn't an issue. The actual work is pretty fast. Then drying time. Taking the back seat out made it much faster.
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