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      12-10-2012, 03:01 PM   #67
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the result looks good!!

nice work!!!
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      12-10-2012, 04:55 PM   #68
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the result looks good!!

nice work!!!
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damn looks professionally done! nice work
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wow never seen this before defiantly something cool!
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Thanks guys, I may or may not be working on the remaining portions this weekend, but my additional leatherique dye should arrive soon
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Interesting that you chose to spray every coat. Also sounds like a lot of extra work having to sand everything after spraying to get rid of the shine. Was there not a matting agent that could have been added to the pigment prior to use? Was there much waste from overspray compared with application by hand? Sorry for all the questions, this is one of my fields of work so I have a lot of interest in the different techniques etc.
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      12-12-2012, 09:21 PM   #73
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Interesting that you chose to spray every coat. Also sounds like a lot of extra work having to sand everything after spraying to get rid of the shine. Was there not a matting agent that could have been added to the pigment prior to use? Was there much waste from overspray compared with application by hand? Sorry for all the questions, this is one of my fields of work so I have a lot of interest in the different techniques etc.
I actually ended up applying a very fine mist to avoid the shine, but the fine mist top coat resulted in a 'grainy' top coat so the 2000 grit sand paper smoothed it out.

I used a spray because the "dye" is really more of a very elastic translucent "paint" that bonds to the top of the leather. The spray allowed for a more even coat. I guess it's similar in concept, if not the same execution, as non-aniline dyed leather? OEM leather is, i think, painted in a heated drum which makes it more durable. But my previous leatherique dye job still looked new 2 years into it.

There is some overspray on the cloth sides of the rear seats, but I have a bottle of back cloth dye to redye to black portions back to black. The overspray also cleans up with rubbing alcohol before it completely bonds to the surface, you usually have a good week to clean it up.

If I could do it over again, I would have redone it with a brush method for the first 2 coats, and 2 light spray coats to get rid of the shine. The brush method seems to allow the dye to adhere and soak faster into the leather for quicker results.
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excellent job so far -
what u did to ur e46m3 was sic!
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Great job! This looks like a 3 to 5 day project start to finish...
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      12-12-2012, 10:43 PM   #76
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I actually ended up applying a very fine mist to avoid the shine, but the fine mist top coat resulted in a 'grainy' top coat so the 2000 grit sand paper smoothed it out.

I used a spray because the "dye" is really more of a very elastic translucent "paint" that bonds to the top of the leather. The spray allowed for a more even coat. I guess it's similar in concept, if not the same execution, as non-aniline dyed leather? OEM leather is, i think, painted in a heated drum which makes it more durable. But my previous leatherique dye job still looked new 2 years into it.

There is some overspray on the cloth sides of the rear seats, but I have a bottle of back cloth dye to redye to black portions back to black. The overspray also cleans up with rubbing alcohol before it completely bonds to the surface, you usually have a good week to clean it up.

If I could do it over again, I would have redone it with a brush method for the first 2 coats, and 2 light spray coats to get rid of the shine. The brush method seems to allow the dye to adhere and soak faster into the leather for quicker results.
That is one of the drawbacks of spraying, occasionally you do get a rough finish when your a little too far from the surface maybe?, but it is the best way to apply the final even coats. The finish seems good quality so it's a quicker way of doing it, compared to brush/roller then spray. You had excellent results in the past so I'm sure this will be no different. Makes me want to go and do some right now!

I'm looking forward to doing my own write ups in the new year, black to red on an Audi interior & coral red to deep purple on my own interior, not quite the contrast of black to cinnamon, but it should make a nice contrast to the satin lime green body
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That looks amazing! You did a good job.
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Thanks guys! Here's another update, this is after the 2nd coat, I need to do 2 more very light coats to reduce the shine (also due to the cell phone camara's flash). Far from done, I need to scrub off overspray in certain area's, but it should be ready to be installed in the car by tomorrow evening.

Once again the pictures may look blurry due to the size of the original picture via the cell phone. Rest assured, the original factory leather graining is still intacted. I'll use a digital camera once finished like I did with my last updates.
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Looks fantastic! If I chose to keep my SG E90 long-term, I'd definitely be crazy enough to try and do this in saddle brown!

Are you going to use a fabric pen and redye the stitching to another color? Depending on your car's color, I think black, gray, or white would be rather nice!
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Looks fantastic! If I chose to keep my SG E90 long-term, I'd definitely be crazy enough to try and do this in saddle brown!

Are you going to use a fabric pen and redye the stitching to another color? Depending on your car's color, I think black, gray, or white would be rather nice!
I thought about redoing the stitching as well, but I'll leave it alone for now.

A fabric pen is a good idea. Another idea that I came across is if you just lay a strip of leatherique dye onto the seam where the stitching is at, and let it sit for a couple hours before it settles into the leather, you can peal at the "dye" and it'll remain on the stitching redying it. Someone should try to redo their black stitching to white using this method
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I thought about redoing the stitching as well, but I'll leave it alone for now.

A fabric pen is a good idea. Another idea that I came across is if you just lay a strip of leatherique dye onto the seam where the stitching is at, and let it sit for a couple hours before it settles into the leather, you can peal at the "dye" and it'll remain on the stitching redying it. Someone should try to redo their black stitching to white using this method
I've heard of the fabric pen before! And I would do it on my car, but I think SG and white stitching would look a little odd. I like the gray as it is right now!
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better digital camera pics, but under florescent lighting. It's dark outside so we'll have to wait for day time pics tomorrow
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Great work!

Really like Cinnamon and Sattel brown interior
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Looks very good to me!

The overspray dusting on the floor etc is crazy, will it just brush away?
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Looks very good to me!

The overspray dusting on the floor etc is crazy, will it just brush away?
Yes, It'll scrub off with hot soapy water the cement surface is too cold for the dye to bond with the surface.
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Almost done, i still need to do the door skins (which again will need to order more dye) and the rear armrest is still curing

excuse the dirty car, it rained most of last week and I haven't had time to wash it yet.
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