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Post by Mark-Z4 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:52 pm

I've just got myself some M seats in my actual interior colour Oregon Pearl Grey.
Its a lovely colour but a bitch to keep clean. These seats are in need of a good initial scrub to get the dirt off, after that i can look after them like i do with my current seats.

Can anyone recommend a product/s which is safe to use on lightly coloured leather to get the dirt off and to also restore some goodness.

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Post by Buckz » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:03 pm

try auto glym leather cleaner and then balm. Works well enough :)
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Post by bowler » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:09 pm

Furniture clinic for me. Totally re furbed some seats using their gear. After cleaning the seats came up very well and the balm seams to feed and seal the leather well.

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Post by Anmarube » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:24 pm

Steam buddy,
Watered down APC (All Purpose Cleaner) 50/50 mix a good scrub and then some steam if you can get your hands on a Steam cleaner..
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Post by Mark-Z4 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:28 am

Thanks guys, dont have any steam but ive been on Furniture Clinic for a deep cleaner and I'll see how i get on there as they have pretty much everything you could need. I've got the autoglym already to finish off with.
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Post by dgm » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:38 pm

Zymol leather cleaner using a soft shoe brush to gently agitate and then wipe it off with a microfibre cloth. Amazing stuff.
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Post by Mark-Z4 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:31 pm

Thanks for the replys everyone. So today I had a go at the drivers seat as it was the worst. I don't think I've seen a lightly coloured seat this dirty, maybe never cleaned?

Anyway so I ordered some Furniture Clinic ultra deep clean and a conditioner. I started off by giving the seat a wash with a white sponge and warm water with a dash of fairy, then a spray of autogylm leather cleaner with a leather brush over the top to get in deep. Finished off with the ultra clean and a white sponge and a wipe down with a clean cloth. Then I went over with a hairdryer in places to tighten up some of the leather, then put the conditioner on after and it absorbed it straight away so I think they will need a few coats.

Here's a before and after pic. I just need to think about what I want to do now either have the worn leather repainted and tightened up in places or have the bolsters on the seat pad, back pad and headrest retrimmed in black with a light grey stitch. Then it's just a case of swapping my SE bases over to make them heated/memory.

Any opinions welcome.

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Post by bowler » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:11 pm

Mark are these the wrong way round, the before looks cleaner than the after?
If you go for the re dye its easier than you think i did it so it must be
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Post by Mark-Z4 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:36 pm

Now there the right way around :thumbsup:


That looks really good. I did find a good re-colour step by step guide using Furniture Clinics kit, they do Oregon Pearl Grey too and I think a colouring could be a good move, the bolsters are solid. There is a place near me that can tighten up the leather, sort out any niggles and colour match so I will speak to them also.
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Post by Mark-Z4 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:32 pm

Finished, just have to repair the worn colour bits and they will be mint. Struggled to find anything wrong on the passenger seat, i had to take the back part off and refit the seat pad but was straight forward.
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Post by bowler » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:59 am

Good job, very satisfying. Its worth taking the seats out of the car for a proper job.

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