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    Default Cabrio Leather restoration

    Started a resto on an E30 cabrio leather interior - pretty poor condition before hand - needed some filling on the leading edges:





    After sanding back the filler -



    Starting painting - first coat





    Second coat -





    Sprayed and sealed -




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    Got the seat back finished this afternoon - wasn't quite as bad as the base.



    Quite a bit of gunk came off with the gliptone -





    There's a large gash on the top of the seat which needed repair - this is after the canvas repair patch has been glued in. No doubt a professional would have been able to stitch this.



    Glue then goes over the patch -



    Then filler -



    Cracking wasn't too bad on the rest of the seat - very thin coat of filler here after its been applied



    Finished seat -





    The repair to tear isn't perfect - needs a small bit of flexi filler applied, but it won't be getting any worse anytime soon anyway.


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    Wow! Nice work Ken! I must do the front seats for my Touring as they are in a similar state
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    Excellent work Ken. They came up really well. Did you use the same type of kit you got for doing the interior in the 323?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffymurphy View Post
    Excellent work Ken. They came up really well. Did you use the same type of kit you got for doing the interior in the 323?
    Its the same kit - but I've had a lot more practice at it at this stage. Also have the spray gun for the final colour coats, and the sealant - the sealant needs to be sprayed on, so didn't use it previously. The spray coats really finish it off nicely.

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    wow that is some job fair play
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    Thanks lads - the front seats are definitely going to be a challenge on this one! Need to dye the carpets too before refitting the seats, should make a huge difference to the car - its looking a bit tired at the moment.

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    Very impressive, big transformation
    Can you put a link, from where you got the repair kit?
    I'll try to do a steering wheel.
    Thanks

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    You'll get it from Dynamixdyes.com

    I had an issue with the last batch of dye I'm using on my E36 though, and didn't find them overly helpful from a customer service point of view - so will probably go with liquidleather.com or furnitureclinic.co.uk for my next batch.

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    Nice work Ken. I got a kit from Dynamix for my cab but I'd say the leather was too far gone for rescuing. She spent most of her life in Jersey and I'd say it was damage from the sun was the issue.. I went for a re-trim last year altoghter..

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    Got the rear seats back into the car and they look great. Started work on the passengers seat, and while taking it apart somehow managed to drive a screwdriver straight up under my thumb nail. That resulted in a tetanus injection and significant pain - which has held up work a bit. You never realise how important your thumb is until you lose the use of it!

    Anyway - these pics will give you a good idea of how poor the seats are:







    The two tears have been repaired, and the cracks have now been filled - left to dry overnight and will be sanded and coloured tomorrow.









    Need to let the repairs to the tear dry overnight at which stage it will be sanded too - followed by some filler, and then more sanding.
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    Class they look really well fair play

    Post up a few pics of your tumb as well haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeE30 View Post
    Class they look really well fair play

    Post up a few pics of your tumb as well haha
    Cheers - as requested


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    Sweet haha

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