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Seat repairs

After 110000 miles, the driver's seat on my beloved GTV is looking a bit past its best. A common problem I know but does anyone know a good (and easy/cheap way to repair them)? I have seen leather repair kits on eBay for around 20 which if you believe the description and the before and after photos work miracles. Has anyone tried one? Any good? Thanks
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I had a local upholsterer/car trimmer repair the seat bolster on mine. He removed the seat, stripped it down, turned it inside out and machine stitched it back together before re-assembling and replacing. Cost 50 and took half a day. Leather nor recoloured but stitching good as new and ready for the next 100,000 miles.

Recolouring the leather can be done as a separate exercise but, to my mind, it is the patina of wear and so long as the seat is structurally sound, which it now is, I'm not bothered.
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My red Momo passenger seat is unworn and doesn't look, feel or smell like leather. The drivers one however after 180k miles has got a bit of character now.
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50 and half a day....sounds really cheap to me. Suprised he is still in business
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This is very similar damage I repaired successfully just using Gliptone Scuffmaster Dye, first cleaned with Gliptone Cleaner & Conditioner.

Gliptone would need to have the relevant colour code (see here: Interior Codes Yaroslav Bozhdynsky's Personal Website) or a leather sample. I applied the dye using a cotton bud.
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I've found some old Pictures of my old 147 JTd.
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This is very similar damage I repaired successfully just using Gliptone Scuffmaster Dye, first cleaned with Gliptone Cleaner & Conditioner.

Gliptone would need to have the relevant colour code (see here: Interior Codes Yaroslav Bozhdynsky's Personal Website) or a leather sample. I applied the dye using a cotton bud.
Thanks for posting this link to the colour codes, very useful.
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The alternative is to source a good used seat off eBay and swap over. Only takes 15mins apparently and whilst the seat is out you can fix the inevitable airbag light pretensioner fault that all GTVs have.
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Thanks for all the help and advice. I'll get some leather restorer/dye and give that a go. The seat is sound apart from the wear and probably doesn't need any kind of repair. I've had no issues with the pretensioner so quite happy not to remove the seat if I can help it. Last resort will be a replacement seat but decent ones are getting rarer and this is reflected in the price. Last good set of seats I saw was 400!
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