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Old 15th March 2018, 08:40 AM   #1
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Has anyone got any idea what I can do about this??!!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/wC5sTC0qclpSxxMu2

I have NO idea how it happened. The chap sitting in the passenger seat must have had a clip/glue/screw attached to his jacket or in his pocket. As he got up I noticed he slightly struggled. And then there was that!

Apart from replacing all of the lovely red leather in the car with a completely different set ($$$$) has anyone got any bright ideas??

Thank you in advance
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Old 15th March 2018, 05:41 PM   #2
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i think thats a replacement seat mate.....
thats why i hate giving people lifts.
i thought i would do a mate a favour and he sat in my merc and now i have scratches where he has wriggled about.

some people are born idiots.
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Old 15th March 2018, 05:52 PM   #3
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I would just stitch it with red thread. Can't do anything really unless you get that entire square retrimmed.
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Old 16th March 2018, 04:34 PM   #4
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Surely you can get the section repaired bud a feel sick for you
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Old 27th March 2018, 11:51 AM   #5
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Buy this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E46-M...gAAOSw-iNZk0y0

Get the middle panel switched over by an upholsterer.
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Old 27th March 2018, 01:13 PM   #6
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Buy this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E46-M...gAAOSw-iNZk0y0

Get the middle panel switched over by an upholsterer.
Good shout.

OP, I replaced the squab and sides on my M3. You can buy the panel from BMW. Not cheap, but a decent upholsterer can replace. However, that seat in the ebay link might be your best option. Would be better if it was a passenger side, but still.

Edited to add that I'd be ****ing livid if someone did that to my car and then just shrugged it off.

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Old 22nd April 2018, 06:17 PM   #7
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Take a look at these guys: www.leathertech.co.uk I've had work done by them in the past and the standard of repair is incredible. I'm taking my e93 to them in a free weeks to get the seat bolster repaired as the leather coating is wearing away. They are probably 90 minutes drive from Warwick, but they will give you a price to repair if you send a photo.
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Old 23rd April 2018, 11:47 AM   #8
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Top advice everyone - thanks!

I saw an upholstery specialist recently and he said don't worry about it too much; try and find a section of roughly the same age and get a good upholsterer to stitch it in place. So I might well just buy that seat you linked to Adamantium and ask the guy to cut out a larger section of it and keep the rest!
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Old 23rd April 2018, 11:48 AM   #9
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PS - it wasn't the guys fault. Could have happened to me, in the drivers side. If I lived on the idea of never giving anyone a lift because they might damage my car I think I'd probably best stay indoors all day!
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I took a chance and bought that seat on eBay.
The seller kindly disassembled and sent me just the section I need. It is not as good condition as the current seat (although the colour is quite a good match).
I'm wondering if anyone here with experience working with leather can inform me whether it's likely that it'll be possible to condition/repair the replacement piece so that it approximates the condition of the current seat... I know that leather re-conditioning can work wonders.
Could anyone please with experience give me their opinion? I've attached a few photos of the old + new pieces below.
Thank you!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nN95ApxxEBGR33qy7
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Old 16th May 2018, 06:23 PM   #12
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Really? It's gonna magically fill in those cracks?
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Old 17th May 2018, 10:34 AM   #13
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Clean with pears soap and a gentle upholstery brush, that will get the dirt out of the cracks and take the shine away making it look much less shiny and removing the black which will hide the cracks.

After that attack it with a heat gun and a damp cloth which will pull it tighter.
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Old 29th May 2018, 11:27 AM   #14
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Thank you Adam, much appreciated
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Old 4th June 2018, 06:22 PM   #15
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Right I've had a go at this. I've done what you suggested Adam. Here are a few pics...
https://photos.app.goo.gl/jbMsdcEyOdeW2TQ22
Now I don't think I'm getting the result you were expecting... The soap, brushing, and heating have basically highlighted the cracks. I don't think it's going very well!
Btw in the scheme of things if this leather is a gonner it's not the end of the world. Do you think there's anything else worth trying here? Or is this leather too cracked to be repaired?
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Old 4th June 2018, 08:29 PM   #16
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Personally I would have a look at the recent thread where the guy with the silver coupe dyed his trim cinnamon. There are some good posts on re-dying the leather and I would suggest this should be your next route.

Will try to find the thread for you..... here you go

http://forums.m3cutters.co.uk/showth...light=Cinnamon
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Old 4th June 2018, 09:44 PM   #17
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Wow... That's quite something.

The problem I'll face I expect is that any work I do will look out of kilter with the adjacent patches. I can't face the idea of re-dying the whole of the interior (which really isn't needed... The leather elsewhere is in good condition...). So if I do treat and dye just one section can I somehow blend it to match adjacent ones?
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