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Old 07-13-2008, 06:08 AM
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That would be cool Bob thanks
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:29 PM
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Help with seat match,

geese louise, whats the easiest way to get a color sample for the paint store. From which part of the interior????

I have a S4 1991 with the cashmere- Anyone have extra Paint???

Located in lancaster, pa

Thank you in advance and the latex caulk is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 04-10-2009, 10:36 PM
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Joe--

I pulled a small sample from the bottom of the driver's seat while I had it out for the repair. The leather is rolled around the bottom of the seat frame and secured with hog rings. Find a place where there's a little extra past the hog rings and snip from that. Paint store dude did fine with a piece about 3/4" square. Be aware that he spent some extra time fine-tuning the tint to get a perfect color match.

I have almost (less an ounce or two) a gallon of the cashmere paint he made for my car. I don't know if it would be a perfect match for your newer car, and of course the color changes with how the car has been stored and where/how it's been driven and parked. Sun is tough on the colors.
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:47 PM
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I would hate to have to take the seat out to get a piece, Any panels that come off easier???

Any other suggestions?

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Old 04-10-2009, 11:02 PM
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Joe,
The seat is in with four allen head bolts, you just need to move it fore and aft (Navy terms) to get to the bolts. Disconnect the electrical connector. Be carefull as the seat is heavy but not too hard to remove. You can also just tilt the seat back and get your sample. I've had various 928 seats out. I plan on doing this myself.

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Old 04-10-2009, 11:16 PM
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If your door insert matches the seats, it's the easiest to pull out and take with you.
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:53 AM
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Joe,

There is usually a fair bit of leather tucked away under the rear seat lower section. May have some glue on it, and of course it has probably never seen sun light, so is the original color (no fading).

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Old 04-11-2009, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Gary Knox View Post
Joe,

There is usually a fair bit of leather tucked away under the rear seat lower section. May have some glue on it, and of course it has probably never seen sun light, so is the original color (no fading).

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That's where I took mine to send a sample to Color Plus.
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Wow its too bad here in chicago,we cant get either products
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Originally Posted by sidehatch View Post
Wow its too bad here in chicago,we cant get either products
Sidehatch,

Here are the links to the Color Plus and Leatherique stores.
You can get everything there that you need to re-do your car interior.
Not a complicated job but take your time and follow every steps and you will be happy with the result.

http://www.colorplus.com/
http://www.leatherique.com/

Good luck.
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Thanks berts,
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Bertranddaoust View Post
Sidehatch,

Here are the links to the Color Plus and Leatherique stores.
You can get everything there that you need to re-do your car interior.
Not a complicated job but take your time and follow every steps and you will be happy with the result.

http://www.colorplus.com/
http://www.leatherique.com/

Good luck.
Sidehatch, , my vote for a burgundy interior is the colorplus product.
I just completed mine by ordering their stock porsche burgundy dye.

I originally ordered the Leatherique product in which the color was not even close to the burgundy. I sent it back and had them custom match to sample for big $$$, again not even close to the burgundy color. I then sent back everything and they refunded my money.

I ordered the Colorplus stock burgundy color and the match was perfect, for much less $$$. I am very pleased. The colorplus was very easy to use and the results were fantastic. I removed my seats though, which made it much easier doing the work on my kitchen table.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by sidehatch View Post
Wow its too bad here in chicago,we cant get either products
Joe, Hatch--

I took the leather sample to my favorite specialty paint store, where the expert made the paint recommendation and matched the color perfectly. The gallon was less than $50, IIRC. The rest of the stuff is commonly available, like the denatured alcohol for the pre-paint cleaning, very fine sandpaper for prep'ing the edges if filler is used, and the latex painters caulk I used for the filler. You'll still want to get the Leatherique stuff to revitalize the tired and dried leather no matter what, and for that the seats really want to come out of the car. You'll get to work on them up at a convenient height, in good light. You'll also have a chance to recover the collectible coins, french fries and takeout fried rice that's somehow migrated under the seats. You'll want to clean the carpets, maybe add a few more layers of sound deadening, etc while the seats are out of the way. The Leatherique softener deserves a good week to work its magic, with the seats wrapped in trash bags and kept in a warm area. There's no reason to try to repair leather cracks if you don't do the softener step, since it will quickly crack again if you skip that step.


Were I to do this again, I would have had the sales guy separate out a quart or less of the paint, and tint just that part to match what I have. Then the other three quarts would go to others in the area with different color projects. I'm sure that the paint guy would be happy to tint one of those quarts to order for a bit less than the cost of a gallon for the next victim. The way it is now, I can only buy cashmere-interiored 928's for the rest of my life if I want to recover the rest of my paint value.
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by dr bob View Post
The way it is now, I can only buy cashmere-interiored 928's for the rest of my life if I want to recover the rest of my paint value.
The stuff sure goes a long way & holds up really well. Fortunately I was able to opt for a only a quart as opposed to having to shell out much more for a gallon.
Even with a quart, I've been able to share my stock w/other Classic Gray owners w/reports of good matches...and still have plenty left for a future touch-up jobs.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:21 PM
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Sorta related but I was getting bugged by my bolster wear....so I swapped driver's/passenger's. They are identical hence can be swapped; at least sports seats in my case. My thinking was that the wear, no matter how much (hair ) dye you use, it's still there...so now I have another few years before I call on our leather specialists.
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