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Repairing cracked seats

Post by andy123 » Wed Jun 19, 2024 5:07 pm

Just wondering if people have had success using a kit to repair cracked seats. I assume if you repair an area on a seat, you would then nead to recolour both seats?

Photo shows the level damage, also seat looks a bit grubby, slightly surprised as the car has done less than 60000 miles. Although white/cream interiors seem to look grubby in most adverts. Do they just photo badly?

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Post by enuff_zed » Wed Jun 19, 2024 5:53 pm

Methinks you need to talk to Usel. :thumbsup:
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Post by Usel » Thu Jun 20, 2024 12:19 pm

They will clean up but the bolster will need paint.

Woolite detergent diluted works well for me to clean them.

The seat below is canberra beige buts it nappa leather. The ones in your picture are Kansas leather.
These have been cleaned:
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The below shows the seat base and only the left damaged bolster have been painted:
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So when cleaned the paint will match well.

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Post by andy123 » Thu Jun 20, 2024 4:32 pm

Hi Usel, thanks for the reply.
It looks like you achieved really good results. Did you use a kit/paint from Furniture Clinic, also did you spray the seats or apply the paint with say a sponge?
Also did you use filler on the cracks?

Sorry lots of questions !

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Post by Usel » Thu Jun 20, 2024 4:45 pm

I sand the leather with 800 grit paper.

Then use the repair paint from furniture clinic.

I apply the paint using a sponge, thin coats I wipe, thicker coat needed then I dab.

If not happy with the finish then wait 24hrs and lightly sand again.

Then apply paint.

Rinse and repeat until looking perfect :thumbsup:

Be careful when sanding near stitching. Avoid if possible but that's not always possible.

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Post by andy123 » Thu Jun 20, 2024 5:22 pm

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Basec on your answers it looks like its something I should be able to tackle.

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Post by Special Kay » Thu Jun 20, 2024 7:28 pm

Usel wrote: Thu Jun 20, 2024 12:19 pm
Woolite detergent diluted works well for me to clean them.
That's fantastic advice Usel, thank you. But can I ask whether or not its better than using an all purpose cleaner on leather?

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Post by Usel » Thu Jun 20, 2024 8:18 pm

Special Kay wrote: Thu Jun 20, 2024 7:28 pm
Usel wrote: Thu Jun 20, 2024 12:19 pm
Woolite detergent diluted works well for me to clean them.
That's fantastic advice Usel, thank you. But can I ask whether or not its better than using an all purpose cleaner on leather?
It cleans cream/beige/white seats better than anything I have tried. Great value for money as it comes in a 750ml bottle which you dilute at 15/85 with water. I have safely worked at 50/50 for heavy stains.

Apply 3 coats. Apply the 2nd and 3rd just before the previous is starting to dry and then wipe off with a wet towel. Use a tooth brush or similar on heavy stains if needed.

I originally got it for the alcantara but found it equally as good on the leather.

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Post by Special Kay » Thu Jun 20, 2024 9:11 pm

Your a man of many talents, those are incredible results on alcantara :thumbsup: . I'll definitely be taking your advice and trying this out soon. thank you again :thumbsup:

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Post by Usel » Thu Jun 20, 2024 10:56 pm

andy123 wrote: Thu Jun 20, 2024 5:22 pm Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Basec on your answers it looks like its something I should be able to tackle.
Yes it's a DIY job and you should surprise yourself with the results :thumbsup:

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Post by Usel » Thu Jun 20, 2024 10:56 pm

Special Kay wrote: Thu Jun 20, 2024 9:11 pm Your a man of many talents, those are incredible results on alcantara :thumbsup: . I'll definitely be taking your advice and trying this out soon. thank you again :thumbsup:


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