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      04-14-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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Is my drivers seat toast?

I have one spot where my leather seems to be cracking. Can I fix it with Zaino or Leatherique? Is leatherique better for this kind of damage?

I didnt notice the cracks in the leather until about a week after my bumper to bumper warranty ended, last month...

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      04-14-2010, 05:27 PM   #2
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Toast. No need to waste time with the Zaino.
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      04-14-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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go to the leatherique website. they can tell you how to re dye it. and always practice on someone else's car first.
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      04-14-2010, 10:29 PM   #4
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go to the leatherique website. they can tell you how to re dye it. and always practice on someone else's car first.
Are you volunteering your 335 for me to practice on? How nice of you!

In case I don't have any practice or experience w/ leather... what should I do?
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      04-15-2010, 06:02 AM   #5
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Take it to a pro upholstery shop
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      04-15-2010, 10:40 PM   #6
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aw man.... seriously?
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      04-16-2010, 09:24 PM   #7
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Since your warranty just ended, see if your dealer would be willing to do a goodwill repair (doesn't hurt to try)
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      04-16-2010, 10:52 PM   #8
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Yea, seat looks like its pretty messed up. Chemicals aren't going to help it.
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      04-18-2010, 09:06 PM   #9
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Maybe its not quite as bad as it looks in the photo... its not like it has cracked all the way through the leather. How does one tell if it is past the point of no return? Just condition it and see how it goes? Which products are better for reconditioning as opposed to just maintenance? I'm very new to owning leather seats btw...
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      04-18-2010, 11:16 PM   #10
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http://www.detailersdomain.com/leath...tineclean.aspx

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      04-19-2010, 10:50 AM   #11
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Leatherique PC and rejuvinator is the cheap way out and you should try it first before taking it to a pro. the system does work wonders.
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      04-20-2010, 07:39 PM   #12
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Thanks. I'll order that.
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      04-20-2010, 08:37 PM   #13
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Make sure you get both steps. 2 products.
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      04-20-2010, 10:11 PM   #14
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Those products aren't going to restore it completely, you can tell in the close up pic that the dye has failed. They need a minor touch up, an upholstery professional is your best bet, unless you want to try doing it yourself then you can try a repair kit from leatherique.com
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      04-29-2010, 09:17 PM   #15
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Those products aren't going to restore it completely, you can tell in the close up pic that the dye has failed. They need a minor touch up, an upholstery professional is your best bet, unless you want to try doing it yourself then you can try a repair kit from leatherique.com
Maybe the camera made it look worse than it actually is - I dont think I need to dye it. I ordered leatherique, and now I guess I need to wait for a hot afternoon to try it out... maybe I'll test it on an old shoe first.
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      04-29-2010, 09:50 PM   #16
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Since your warranty just ended, see if your dealer would be willing to do a goodwill repair (doesn't hurt to try)
I agree, you have nothing to lose. My ex had the famous chipping on the black trim on her 325i. A dealer was willing to do a goodwill repair.

My friend brought his 325i into the dealer and they actually replaced both of his front seats right before his warranty ended.

Depends on how good your relationship with your dealer is.
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So, I ordered leatherique. I followed the directions to the letter.

It made the seat WORSE.

Thank god I only did a small test area - but too bad my 'test area' was on my drivers seat, where I had the problem. It went from being a little annoying to being very noticeable.
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my seat has the same crack. Im about to buy a used e93 sportseat and get it re-upholstered.
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      09-01-2010, 05:37 PM   #19
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Leatherique made it worse!

Before:



AFTER photo of what my seat looked like AFTER using leatherique rejuvinator oil and prestine clean:
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      09-08-2010, 04:26 AM   #20
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whoa...looks like Leatherique dried it out too much
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I have that same spot on my 'ette. The dealer keeps telling me he has a guru that stops in, but he seems to always call in sick on my appointment days. And there was never even any mention of my expectation that it would be done "good will" either.
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      09-10-2010, 12:36 AM   #22
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whoa...looks like Leatherique dried it out too much
No, the cracks were partially covered with dirt before the leatherique treatment, when the seats are clean cracks are more visible.
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