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Old 07-28-2015, 01:49 PM   #1
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Is Leatherique damaging my leather?

Hello everyone,

This is my first post on this site and i'm glad to be here. I purchased a 2002 330i a few weeks back (my first bmw) and i've been working hard to get it clean inside and out. The front seats are in pretty rough shape with cracking, hardening, and dirt and i had read good things about leatherique cleaner and conditioner, so i ordered some from detailed image.

I covered all the seats in the rejuvinator oil and rubbed it in by hand as described on the leatheriuqe site, I then let the car sit for about a day in the hot sun and sprayed down the first seat with the pristine clean. On the parts of the leather that were in decent shape like the seat backs it seemed to be doing good.

However when i got to the lower seat cover i noticed that the towel was turning tan and it appeared that there were small dark spots appearing in the leather as i was rubbing the towel over it. It looked like either the seats had some kind of coating that the leatherique was taking off, or that it was pulling the dye out of the seats. Maybe the leather on those parts of the seat was just beyond repair? I don't know, and i don't want to automatically blame the product, but i'm just a little confused on what to do now. The thigh support looks blotchy and discolored now. and if i add more pristine clean it looks like i'm just completely removing the tan color. Not sure what to do now?

Heres the seat, notice the inconsistent color now:

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Old 07-29-2015, 09:42 AM   #2
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It looks to me like the leather was perhaps redyed or repaired and that is what is being removed.

How did the seats look before? Did you try anything else before the leatherique treatment such as a microfiber soaked in warm soapy water?


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Old 07-29-2015, 10:26 AM   #3
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Hi Greg,

After doing a lot of research last night, i suspect you are right in that the seats were redyed. The seat shown is the passenger side which is in much much better shape than the drivers, the drivers side is severely cracked on the bottom and doesn't really have a grain anymore. I don't really know how to proceed, i think the drivers side just needs to go to an upholstery shop for new leather, but i'd like to save the passenger side if possible. Should i just try to get the old dye off? on certain parts of the set when i rub it looks like i'm taking parts of the leather off, but for instance on the thigh support, it looks like the leather under it is ok. What do you think my next step should be? i can't stand the blotchy uneven look it has right now
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Hi Greg,

After doing a lot of research last night, i suspect you are right in that the seats were redyed. The seat shown is the passenger side which is in much much better shape than the drivers, the drivers side is severely cracked on the bottom and doesn't really have a grain anymore. I don't really know how to proceed, i think the drivers side just needs to go to an upholstery shop for new leather, but i'd like to save the passenger side if possible. Should i just try to get the old dye off? on certain parts of the set when i rub it looks like i'm taking parts of the leather off, but for instance on the thigh support, it looks like the leather under it is ok. What do you think my next step should be? i can't stand the blotchy uneven look it has right now

Sorry - our username is a little confusing... my name is Zach McGovern, I am a professional detailer and work for Detailed Image as an author for their ask-a-pro blog as well as with supporting the forums that they sponsor. For simplicity sake, we use the same username for a couple different people, so be sure to keep an eye on the signature to see who is actually posting... we have to keep you on your toes

Anyway, I would suggest doing some research for a DIY dye kit to help repair your seats and produce and even looking finish again. This is not something Detailed Image is involved with, however I have seen people repair damaged leather and it looks great, so hopefully you can find some more info on that on the web.

Hope that helps.

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