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Leather seat refurb

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by Old Badger, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Old Badger

    Old Badger Copenworld Regular

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    Just got a quote to fix red leather driver's seat. £100 :eek:
    There's a small scuffed patch and a very small scratch. Seems very steep to me. Anyone had any experience with leather repair specialists? Should I shop around? :think:
     
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  2. DaG

    DaG Copenworld Guru

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    Can't you do it yourself if it's only small?
    There are plenty of leather fillers and repair kits on ebay and amazon and there are threads on here about different products that people have used.
    I've just got some woly's red leather cream which a poster recommended as a good match for the seats. I've got a few marks on my seats and I'm hoping this stuff will cover them. Either that or I'll have red shoe polish all over my wranglers. I'll try it tomorrow and let you know if it's any good.
     
  3. Old Badger

    Old Badger Copenworld Regular

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    You try it first and let me know! I'm worried I'll make a pig's ear of it and spoil the look of the seat:(
     
  4. DaG

    DaG Copenworld Guru

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    Oops, forgot to update this thread.
    I tried the Woly's red shoe cream and it is pretty well a perfect match for the colour of the Copens seats. I had a scratch on the passenger seat and a bit of crazing on the drivers seat bolster.
    I rubbed some of the shoe cream in, left it a minute and then buffed it off. The difference was amazing the colour was just right.
    I think the thing to do is fill any scratches with red leather filler which is sold on ebay and then go over it with the woly's cream to get the colour perfect.
    If all you have is a shoe type scuff then the woly's by itself will do a great job.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281137222...eName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
     
  5. Your Majesty

    Your Majesty Copenworld Regular

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    Shoe Polish

    As mentioned elsewhere, don't be afraid to buff in some shoe polish, or/and use a permanent marker pen to go over minor scratches where the bleached white leather is showing.
    I can confirm that shoe polish is used in the automotive industry to cover up very minor marks, so I'm happy using it :cool:
     
  6. hiramscodd

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  7. DaG

    DaG Copenworld Guru

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    On reflection the wolys wasn't as good as I first thought. In the right light you could see the colour difference so I didn't use it again. Probably be better if you did a whole seat section so the difference didn't show.
    In the end I just lived with how my seats looked, they have character I suppose.
    I still think red leather filler is the way to go but getting the right shade would be a case of trial and error. The stuff is expensive as well for what you get.
     
  8. ClareL

    ClareL Copenworld Veteran

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    It matches my colour well but I am just touching up very small areas. I do find that I need to put it on, buff it off, put on more etc. and I repeat it every 6 months or so.
     
  9. JulesAtCumbria

    JulesAtCumbria Copenworld Regular

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    Yeah, I'm with Clare on that. I've used the Woly a couple of times this year and with a good buff it's come up really nicely. Mind you, it's struggled with the rather grubby red inserts on the steering wheel - must wipe the oil off my hands after tinkering!! :rolleyes:
     
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