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Old 11-19-2005, 11:38 AM   #21
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tips for those who want to do this DIY.

a)buy the ADhesive additive to make your dye more "sticky"
b) when use the spray thing, if you use spray paint before then you know how easy it is do spray too much. Be patient, spray lightly, this make require you to do 4 coats so don't be in a hurry to lay a thick one on right away because IT WILL RUN.
c) lay everything down flat so it will lessen potential for RUN. Gravity is your enemy

Hope that will help anyone to make the job easier.
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Old 11-19-2005, 04:00 PM   #22
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What Adhesive Additive are you talking about? And where to get it? Did you use it?
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Old 11-19-2005, 04:52 PM   #23
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from the same place I bought all my dye material
here it is http://www.leatherworldtech.com/Prod...roductid=LW111

I used on on the 1st coat as instructed. I mixed 2 part dye, one part adhesive
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Old 11-19-2005, 08:01 PM   #24
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Dang! I missed it somehow!! Now I start to fear that dye will peel. I haven't done my front seats, so I think it's time to order more dye and adhesive. Gotta ask Randy about possible problems. SUCKS!!
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Old 11-19-2005, 10:13 PM   #25
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I think the clear coat at the end is even more important because I did my first dye job 8 months ago without the adhesive and without the clear coat. I experience flaking in areas with a lot of rubbing so I think it is very important to use both the adhesive in the beginning and the clear coat at the end. My head rests as you can see from the pic are near "perfect" and I didn't use either the adhesive or the clear coat.

The only area that suffered visible flaking/ashy was the right near the door handles. I would have never thought opening the door will cause flaking but it did....note I didn't say peeling.....hard to describe but it is like dry skin if you know what i mean.

If it was me, I would apply more than one clear coat at the end and then use the conditioner once a month to keep the leather in good shape and not "dry"...that should do a lot of good in the long run....even so, I am very leary about doing this to my front seats. I need t see some "improvement" on the door panels before I am sold that this will hold up to continuous and frequent "rubbing"
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I'll talk to Randy about that on monday. Will let you know.

I quite don't get what you mean by flaking/"dry skin"

Take a pic please.

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Old 11-20-2005, 06:51 AM   #27
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sorry...I am about to head out for a week away but when I return, I will post a pic if I can find it. I remembered taking a pic of the troubled spot a while back before i took the panel out and redo it last week.

I must say, all in all, I was quite pleased of how the dye held up under harsh conditions. I move to Florida with no tint and I was worrying the heat down here will do some damages to the dye job but it didn't..just some rubbing and ashly on a few spots. One of the reason I waited this long to restart and redo the project was to see if the heat will cause some damages before i wasted any more time doing it again.
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:00 AM   #28
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ok..so I got a few requests to post my red dye job. Please keep in mind this is the old one, i have since decided to redo it. I stopped half way because of the move and I didn't like the result. I had to wait until now to find time to redo and finish what i started 8 months ago. Right now all 4 panels are in the dining room waiting for a second coats. I probably won't get around to finish it until Christmas. I will post better pictures of what the final result will be...but here is what "cardinal red" is for those that are curious. I hope the pics will show up
MAN WHY THE HEADRESTS


WHY WHY YOU RUINED YOUR CAR
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Old 11-22-2005, 11:15 AM   #30
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Talked to Randy (from LWT) today. He says AA is used for problem spots - like the ones that rub against each other for example or which are exposed to real heavy usage - like steering wheel. I also asked about Crosslinker. He said it's used to make dye harder. Not sure what exactly he meant, but I think it's like Crosslinker makes dye coat more durable. Anyway, I'm gonna use both on front seats. He said you can do it. I'm pretty much relieved about problem of peeling... And looking forward to finish this project.
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Old 12-10-2005, 05:00 PM   #31
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ok, clear coats on and you can compare this pic to the old pic to see the shine. The 1st time I did with no clear coat and the dye was flaking and cracking so I decided to use clear coat this time.
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