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Old 04-09-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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Anybody else do a leather restore?

My first attempt, here are my results.



Used Leather World Technologies kit. Cleaned, sanded, recleaned, filled cracks with filler putty and redyed. Overall took an afternoon... Have to wait for the dye to cure for the clear UV coat.

They actually were one of the few companies I found that offered the N6TT perfect match color.

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Old 04-09-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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Very nice results. What did you use on it? Or was this some kind of professional job?
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:35 PM   #3
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did this mod include the purchasing of new seats? or do you have access to a product you failed to mention but are waiting for us to ask?
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:43 PM   #4
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sorry, edited
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:44 PM   #5
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looks great. sounds a bit difficult...how hard was this?
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:46 PM   #6
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looks great. sounds a bit difficult...how hard was this?
Wasn't too hard at all, just take a lot of teeth grinding patience... When you first start you might get scared that you just trashed your seats but if you work at it patiently and wait for each coat of dye to dry before applying the next... it yields amazing results.

The nice thing is the putty is really forgiving so if you go over your crack and have a huge splotch, you can just sand it down with 600grit.

Also, I recommend covering the whole seat unless you are really good at blending. The color DOES match the original factory color but sitting in the sun for 12 years kind of killed the color. I redyed some of the door panels as well and those matched perfectly because they never sat in the sun.

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Old 04-09-2014, 04:48 PM   #7
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Is this the kit you got?

http://www.leatherworldtech.com/Cust...p/custdlrk.htm
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:49 PM   #8
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Yep that's the kit... I ordered slightly larger size though because I did the back as well and it was way more than enough... Standard size should be perfect.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:34 PM   #9
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Wow that looks really nice. Great job. Think I'm gonna try that.
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:33 PM   #10
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Looks amazing. Will be curious to see the long term durability of the putty used to fill in the cracks. If it hardens enough to be sanded I would think it would not be flexible enough to stay adhered to the leather.

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Old 04-09-2014, 10:04 PM   #11
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It feels rubbery when cured. But still hard enough to sand down.
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