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Old 04-12-2009, 12:29 AM
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After getting a better appreciation for the wear that the bolsters suffer, I find myself doing a little bit of a one-armed vault out of the seats these days. Cuts down on the twist-and-drag wear I think.

I looked today at the repaired bolsters and they probably need a little attention more before we enter any serious shows. There's some very slight checking starting on the repaired bolster section. The Good News is that I have enough of the paint to do the car, plus the front and back Porches too. Added to my list of to-doits.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:42 AM
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My bolsters aren't too bad but some surface wear is beginnning to show. I've been using Leatherique and I'd like to try something like the Duron you guys are talking about. What you've done looks great.

Has anyone found anything in an aerosol spray can that works? Maybe paint for vinyl?

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Old 04-12-2009, 01:08 AM
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Harvey-

I cut a section of a sponge into a wedge shape and painted with that and a standard foam brush. Much better control that an aerosol. The BreakThrough paint I used is way too thick to put in the airbrush or even the touch-up gun without a lot of thinning, and that thinning seemed to cause the color to change towards yellow so I gave up on that and went with the foam brush. The sponge was used just a little damp to detail the edges of the repair and help restore some of the leather texture to the refinished areas.
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:59 PM
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Would you say it's flexible enough to use on other parts of the seat?
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:02 PM
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DEFINITELY FLEXIBLE ENOUGH!- WORKS ABSOLUTELY FIRST CLASS!!
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:46 PM
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^^^WHAT HE SAID!!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:37 PM
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How would this work to completely change the color? Has anyone any experience?
I would like to change the burgundy interior of my car to a light and dark grey scheme.

Thanks...
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:41 PM
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Nah, I dont think I would go that far. But i might do a panel or two just fpr some contrast!

Enjoy the rideits a blast!
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:55 PM
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Just my opinion & not from actual experience:Going from a dark to a light color, any product will give you limited success - & for a limited time. The areas that get the most flexing & contact (bolsters, seatbacks & bases) will develop tiny stress/flex lines and the base color will likely show through.
I wouldn't try it unless you really, really hate Burgundy.
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Originally Posted by Stylemobile View Post
How would this work to completely change the color? Has anyone any experience?
I would like to change the burgundy interior of my car to a light and dark grey scheme.

Thanks...
I have burgundy, I wouldn't try a color change. I did dye the door panel inserts black in mine. I have pictures in my album if you click my avatar.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:50 AM
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Originally Posted by dr bob View Post
This past week I finally pulled the trigger on this project for my driver's seat...
Wow! That looks awesome! Your seat looks a lot like the driver's seat in my GTS. Unfortunately, I'm in NorCal or I'd be knocking on your door. I'm definitely going to give the repair a shot. Couldn't make my seats look any worse than they already do.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:08 PM
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Discouraging news/advice on a color change but have to do something to introduce some lighter color and/or contrast to my burgundy interior. I grew up with burgundy and as much as I can appreciate it with someone elses property, I cannot surround myself with it. Perhaps if I change a less flexible area's color like the dash and console or perhaps if I change the burgundy carpeting. SOMETHING needs to be lightened up. Perhaps the burgundy seats may punch out and be appreciated more if contrasted by another color. Hmmmnnnn..................
Juz thinkin out loud and inviting comment....
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:35 PM
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JPTL, I respect your opinion, and you say it isn't based on experience. I have recoloured entire interiors before except for seats. And I have never found any difference between going light -> dark or dark -> light.
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Just my opinion & not from actual experience:Going from a dark to a light color, any product will give you limited success - & for a limited time. The areas that get the most flexing & contact (bolsters, seatbacks & bases) will develop tiny stress/flex lines and the base color will likely show through.
I wouldn't try it unless you really, really hate Burgundy.
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:23 AM
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Well, I've never really thought of this before... What keeps the ORIGINAL color from cracking and showing the natural color of leather through the dyed color? Cows are not originally burgundy, grey, cashmere, etc.
Surely a subsequent color added, if a proper bond and flexibility characteristic are achieved, would just add to the top finish of the leather? This would be like a good paint job on top of an already painted car, no?
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:26 AM
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Difference between painted and drum dyed leather, I believe. Paul could shed some light on this......
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