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Re-dying seats

Discussion in 'The Beauty Parlour' started by Das930, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Das930

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    I am looking to re-dye a pair of front seats for my roaster I will be using a pair of blue and black seats but wish to change to all black, anyone had any experience doing this?
     
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    I tried to respray a set of tan seats to red a while back. I'm trying to find where I got the kit from, but it didn't really work as well as I thought. Ended up scrapping the seats.

    The problem I think was entirely down to the rubbish spray gun I used that the kit was supplied with. It worked of compressed air cans, which didn't provide a consistent spray so they looked a little streaky.

    I should have spent a little more any buy the proper electric powered airbrush they sold. If I'd used that I think they would have been fine.

    The picture below was after 3 coats, and you can see they are quite patchy.
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    I have used the furniture clinic kit as well and have to agree with Gary if you can get hold of a decent airbrush set as it is a cheap one they provide although I found it adequate for the dashboard I was doing that was a beige to black colour change.

    As with most jobs like this preparation is the key to a good finish so make sure you pay alot of attention to rubbing down the surface and getting it spotless before you spray it and take your time many very light coats are better than a few heavy coats.

    Let us all know how you get on as this would be a great subject for the wiki pages.;)
     
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  5. yocky z3 2.0

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    Hi daz930 welcome to the gang I bought a pair of sport seats off daz 3 they were blue and black, I changed the blue to green I also used furniture clinic. I used the air brush supplied in the kit but bought a small compressor off eBay there is a clear coat finish on top of the colour use the remover supplied in the kit to get this off you can tell when this is off the colour starts to come off as well.There is a sponge in the kit dab a couple of coats of dye with this to get coverage then spray light even coats till satisfied then finish with two to three coats of clear finish this comes in Matt satin or gloss allow to dry in between coats think the kit costs about £60 well worth it mine been done about three years now still like new hope this helps cheers tony.
     
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    Picking up the seats next week then I will post some before during and after photos so as people can see results I have looked into furniture clinc set and also had a look at dynamix kit anyone know anything about this company? I will then need to sell the m seats in the car they have been retrimmed good nick just want smooth leather in the middle
     
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    I was under the impression you couldn't dye a lighter colour over a dark one.
    How did it fair? Does it look OK?

    Mine are black/violet and was wanting to change the violet to a light grey
     
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    From the research I have done on dyes you can change from light over dark it just need the new colour to build up over plenty of light coats , the dye for my seats finally turned up today so I will make a start at the weekend . First job is to change seat belt guides for new ones then start the prep work will post some pictures as soon as I have started
     
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    Hi Sirius-c welcome once you get the clear coat removed and are down to the colour if you apply enough coats to cover the violet then put the clear coat on top everything should be fine if you want any more help you can give me a call on 07962215845 cheers tony.
     
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    Ah that's good news.
    I've got an air compressor and a couple of unopened air brushes.
    Thanks for the offer of help Tony.
    I plan on doing this when the weather picks up which I'm guessing won't be anytime soon.
    Knowing I can go from violet to light grey is good news as I thought my only option was to get the seats professionally re-leathered
     
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    No prob glad to help
     
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    well i have finally had some spare time to get seats sorted and thought i would post some photos of the stages i done
    I first striped the seat so as to change the seat belt retainer that was broken ,followed directions from a forum members post that were first class and it was not a bad job to do. They cost 15.26 inc vat from BMW and at that price could not see the point in making a repair.
    worst seat pre work
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    First i sanded the whole seat with a extra fine pad once sanded i applied filler to all the worn areas
    IMG_1124.jpg IMG_1125.jpg
    when filler was dry it was then sanded using 1200 gauge paper and washed in leather wash and allowed to dry. I applied dye use a sponge applicator for the first two coats dabbing not wipeing
    and then a further two coats using a air brush , the air brush gives no better finish it is just quicker. Three fine coats of satin lacquer have been applied and this takes a full seven days to harden.
    Once done i will then rub a leather paste into whole seat to make nice and supple and add extra protection.
    IMG_1127.jpg IMG_1131.jpg
    All products were from dynamix leather dyes
    Pleased with result and cant wait to get them in car and remove and sell the re trimmed items that came with the car
     
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    Looking good Das
     
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    Brilliant Daz, well done, bet your pleased?
     
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    Very nice great job!
     
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    Yes pleased with the finish was it your thread with ref to doing seat belt guide? If so first class instructions made it easy rather than working blind, I paid someone to do the Porsche interior ( the parts that weren't trimmed in a different colour) and to be honest the finish I got was better. As with all things it takes time to do right but worth it in the end
     
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    Fantastic finish really does look good and will transform the interior of your zed.
     
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    Yes it was my thread on the guides on the M seats, it's quite a easy job really, and for £15 well worth replacing.
     
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    I'm really impressed with your skills doing this. I don't think you would ever tell they weren't black before! :cool:
     

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