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So last year my S60R was written off so I got Myself a V70R. Magic Blue on Atacama. The previous owner did not take care of the leather and the Atacama seems to be very sensitive to damage, water stains etc. After some research I decided to contact Leatherique to see what could be done. Origonally I had intended to just "clean" the leather to see if i could get the marks off. No such luck. For those looking to freshen thier interior this is a great solution. I'll post some pics to show the progress so far. The seats were pretty bad. Way worse then the bit of wear on my Nordkap seats. The staining doesnt show up in the pics all that well.

1) Disconnect the battery. Have the seat up and at 80 degrees first. Remove the seats and all components There are four bolts under the covers. Start there.



2) Release the seatbelt by depressing the tab

3) Dont touch the button below the seatbelt tab. Its the impact sensor for the SIPS bag. Undo the screw for the PSM OR DSM

4) Remove the headrest by pressing where shown on BOTH sides. Pull the headrest up and off



5) Unscrew the seat connector. VIDA suggests cutting ties and multipe plugs. No need for this. Vacuum under the seat. Despite a good cleaning whn i got the car, it amazing what lives below the seat!





6) Sand the seat with prepping agent. Some will suggest that full dye removal is necessarry. It isnt. Just need to give a good scuff to get the new dye to bond.



I'm on dye coat number 3 right now. Post pics once im all done for those interested to see the difference old vs. new. The match inst perfect, but its extremely close. Once everythning is all done it will be impossible to tell the difference. Mine has been a bit slower as the car has booster seats which require more dissmbely and finesse work to dye.
 

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Watching with interest.

We need to see a pic of the whole car ... like this"

Congrats on getting a rare and beautiful wagon.
+1!
 

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A while back, JRL had mention a company that did a good/great job on refinishing leather seats. At that time I looked them up and they were no where close to me, but it is time for me to make a journey to them, as my front seats are not real pretty anymore:(
 

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Yeah, result pics will be great to see. :) Dye is the way to go when repairing worn seats.

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6) Sand the seat with prepping agent. Some will suggest that full dye removal is necessarry. It isnt. Just need to give a good scuff to get the new dye to bond.
If you sand too much, you'll lose the grain and the seats will look flat and cheap once the new dye is applied.

If you use a really good cleaner that will take out silicone from the seats, the new dye will adhere just as well if not better than sanding since you'll completely maintain the grain. Honestly, repairing your seat would be as easy as just cleaning it thoroughly and then applying the dye. I used to work as an assistant tech with Colorglo. I do highly recommend them to anyone that needs repair work done on their seats.

Not sure what dye you're using, though, so sanding might be necessary...
 

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Is it possible to fix a leather area that the skin was lifted off? For example, strong masking tape was left in my passenger seat and it pulled up a part of the seat... actually a small discoloration that looks like the seat flaked off when I was getting rid of the tape/sign.
 

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Is it possible to fix a leather area that the skin was lifted off? For example, strong masking tape was left in my passenger seat and it pulled up a part of the seat... actually a small discoloration that looks like the seat flaked off when I was getting rid of the tape/sign.
Not easilly. The problem is that the original Atacama was a two tone colour dyes with vegetable dye (all R leathers are vegetable based, hence the fast wear) Its very hard to make a two-tone dye. basically the dye that you will get to make the repair wont match. So a couple of options:

A) dye the seat using some cheese cloth and wipe it on so "blend" the colour OR
b) use some leatherique rejuvinator oil and see if the oil will lift the glue off. This may make the seat stain however.

The match leatherique made for me was based on a samle from the back of the door panel. Now that half the car is done, you can see that the match isnt exact, but that doesnt really matter as the whole car is being re-dyed. Its pretty close to the sample, meaning the seats have become badly damaged. I'll post a pic later. for now half the car is done. The drivers seat, and the rear seat back are a seperate project.
 

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Yeah, result pics will be great to see. :) Dye is the way to go when repairing worn seats.

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If you sand too much, you'll lose the grain and the seats will look flat and cheap once the new dye is applied.

If you use a really good cleaner that will take out silicone from the seats, the new dye will adhere just as well if not better than sanding since you'll completely maintain the grain. Honestly, repairing your seat would be as easy as just cleaning it thoroughly and then applying the dye. I used to work as an assistant tech with Colorglo. I do highly recommend them to anyone that needs repair work done on their seats.

Not sure what dye you're using, though, so sanding might be necessary...
Using leatherique, and i didnt loose much grain at all. The leather was very "smooth" to start with. The sanding is done wet, with thier "prepping agent" This helps to remove the old dye and clean the seat so the new dye will soak in. Still, I didnt have to do much sanding. Light passes with 400 paper and prepping agent.
 

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Some Pics of the final product. I still have to do the drivers seat and rear seat uprights.

Passenger seat completed.





Driver seat bolster cleaned, but not yet dyed



Passenger seat bolster



Passenger seat back.



after about a month i'll buff the seat with some 1500 or 2000 paper lubricated a bit with the cleaner. Now onto the drivers seat the rear seat back...
 

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That looks great.

I am looking at doing a similar thing, but for the front sides (front seats) only, not the whole seats.
The only thing that would bother me a little is the stiching. It's obvious the seat has been re-done.
 

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That looks great.

I am looking at doing a similar thing, but for the front sides (front seats) only, not the whole seats.
The only thing that would bother me a little is the stiching. It's obvious the seat has been re-done.
My seats are not too bad, but have enough wear on the front seats and driver's armrest (the guy who originally leased it was in sales, put in a lot of kms and, I assume, wore his suit jacket while driving.)

I've ordered a coloured leather dressing from Leather Magic and will post pictures.
 

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You did a very nice job. You've got to be pretty happy with the results.

looks like Leatherique is still best of class. We used it back in the 70's restoring old Porsche Tubs. And a lot of the top leather reconditioners use it - even the Smithsonian.
 

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You fellows know that Atacama is not dyed?
It's the leathers natural color. it will wear and age in beauty (getting gray). Now you folks are painting it? WTF?
 

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Christ
Of course it's dyed, just a "natural" process
 

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A while back, JRL had mention a company that did a good/great job on refinishing leather seats. At that time I looked them up and they were no where close to me, but it is time for me to make a journey to them, as my front seats are not real pretty anymore:(
these guys JRL recommends live 2 miles from my house. Even though JRL recommends them, they fubar my seats and i will never ever recommend them, even to my worst enemy. Fabrion sucks @ss.
 

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You fellows know that Atacama is not dyed?
It's the leathers natural color. it will wear and age in beauty (getting gray). Now you folks are painting it? WTF?
I'm guessing you've never seen natural leather. It's sort of a dirty light brown/tan color and it's fairly irregular in color. Stop by a saddle and tackle shop and look around. You'll get the idea pretty quick.
 

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Looks good, but it's missing a bit of the depth that the original color had (see the door inserts or armrest cover in your pics). There's no way they can match the color a little better?
 

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Please send the link to get this product or name or product code of it I need to do this really bad on driver seat.

I am only shooting a protector but its kind of only pushing back the problem, maybe a real facelift would help.
Thanks
 

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Looks good, but it's missing a bit of the depth that the original color had (see the door inserts or armrest cover in your pics). There's no way they can match the color a little better?
Agreed, the doors and center console piece look so much deeper and almost more orange. Can anyone get closer to the color than this? Also, is it just a forgone conclusion that you will lose the light colored stitching if you choose to redye? Is there some way to remove the dye/clean the stitching after?
 

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Leather Magic 'mango'
coloured dressing - darkens a bit but a good match otherwise. Before and after:
 

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Looks good, but it's missing a bit of the depth that the original color had (see the door inserts or armrest cover in your pics). There's no way they can match the color a little better?
The match is quite close and came from the back of a door panel and was custom made by leatherique. The panels are darker as the cleaning agent makes the darker.

Atacama is dyed. All leather is. It just lacks the protective coating that other leathers have.

The product is quite good. And it's important to remember that it's a dye NOT a paint
 
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