Damage to leather seat

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  1. 15 Mar 2018 at 8:40 AM #1
    richardg

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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
     
    richardg, Mar 15, 2018
  2. 15 Mar 2018 at 5:41 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.
     
    I-Love-M3, Mar 15, 2018
  3. 15 Mar 2018 at 5:52 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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    Surely you can get the section repaired bud a feel sick for you
     
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    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. :thumbsup:

    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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    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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    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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  9. 23 Apr 2018 at 12:48 PM #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
     
    richardg, May 16, 2018
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  12. 16 May 2018 at 7:23 PM #12
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    Really? It's gonna magically fill in those cracks?
     
    richardg, May 16, 2018
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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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  14. 29 May 2018 at 12:27 PM #14
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    Thank you Adam, much appreciated
     
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  15. 4 Jun 2018 at 7:22 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?
     
    richardg, Jun 4, 2018
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  17. 4 Jun 2018 at 10:44 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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