From digest.v7.n123 Sat Aug 16 15:08:33 1997
From: Duane Collie <trapdnce_at_erols.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 1997 13:26:25 -0400
Subject: Leather Repair UPDATE <long>
I promised to send a post on my attempt to repair my '95 M3 Buffalo Grey
leather which suffered a dye-transfer from carrying a new tire in the
seat when returning from O'Fest.
So I went to the experts - Leather Master out of North Carolina and sent
them a sample swatch with the stain re-created. They sent back a number
of products, in various levels of potency (some of these could etch
glass, I think). I worked through them up to and including the last &
most drastic of them : SUPER REMOVER! This one has caution label alls
over it including "USE AS LAST DITCH EFFORT BEFORE REPLACING LEATHER".
OhhhKayyyyyy...right....this should be good.....
I proceed cautiously with the Super Remover as a last resort (as the
lesser products failed to remove the stain). "BY GAWD!" I says..."Super
Remover is getting the stain out...finally!" It is also taking the
original BMW leather pigment dye with it.
This is not a good thing.
On to the next step. I suspected this would be the case and had them
mix up a water-based analine dye kit.
It works great! They nailed the color spot-on and its now just a matter
of laying up successive coats of dye. This is not as drastic as it
sounds an is easy to do. Its also great for re-dying the cracks on the
aggressive bolsters on the standard E36 M3 seats. This is not an
acrlyic-based paint (that I saw another Digester mention they used) -
the painted leather repairs eventually crack and flake off over time. A
proper water-based analine dye sinks in and bonds to the leather itself.
You can call Leather Master direct at 800-300-2359. I'm a dealer for
them (I use their products for touch-ups on leather furniture I sell in
my store) so I do not know if they sell direct. I don't really want to
get into the business of selling leather care products via the Digest,
but if you are in need and cannot source elsewhere, then drop me an
e-mail and I'll help you out if I can on a very limited basis. NOTE:
This is NOT a solitation for commercial business - and I have nothing to
send out for information!
Here's what I used:
MIDI kit (a basic 'soft' cleaner & protection kit).. $ 17.50
Bottle of Super Cleaner (careful here!) .... $ 19.00
Custom Colorline Kit-Pigmented (matched to your leather).. $ 49.00
Moral of the story:
- Rubber products DO chemical dye transfer into the leather - don't lay
them on your seats.
- Save the leather sample swatch BMW gives you when you buy the car so
it can be sent off for a dye match transfer later on if required.
- Don't be afraid to re-dye your seats, but get the right product (not
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