Hey alfa crew.
I received a lot of positive feed back from the leather restoration I did on my project gtv but I also had a lot of questions, so I decided to put a ‘how to’ guide of what I did.
I didn’t take enough pictures to create a guide for the red leather I did but a couple of weeks ago I redid the drivers seat on my tan momo leather every day gtv.
Firstly here are a couple before shots:
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My seat had a reopened tear from an old repair done from someone else, a heap of cracking, staining from black jeans , also the decorative stitching had worn completely away in the obvious spot that a drivers seat wears the most.
After much googerlizing and youtubing I decided that the company that seemed to really know what they were doing were furniture clinic uk.
Furniture Clinic - Leather Care Cleaner, Furniture Repair & Restoration
You will need a sample of your leather to send to them to match if you want to keep the same colour. I got a piece of excess from mine from behind the rear seats.
What I bought:
1. Leather Repair Kit
2. Leather Colourant Kit
1. Disconnect battery. This is important if you want to remove your seats from the car to do a more pro job. The dash will be left with an airbag warning light if you don’t.
2. Undo 4 hex bolts with allen key. If you have a socket with a clutch its much easier as they won’t turn a full 360 and given that they are high tensile bolts this means a lot of turns.
3. Disconnect electrics under seat.
4. Remove plastic covers and levers.20130629_132759_zps3047e892.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
5. 20130629_132805_zpsd40c2159.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
6. Now in terms of the full prep and painting process It is probably best to add the links for the videos I watched rather that try to explain it. I made sure the prep was thorough as the last thing I wanted was the colourant to come away from the leather or crack.
7. Leather Colour Change: AM DB2/4 Part 1 - YouTube
8. Leather Colour Change: AM DB2/4 Part 2 - YouTube
9. Like I said my seat had stitching damage. I also used this video to assist with this. Hand Sewing leather - YouTube
10. Some helpful pics:20130629_133731_zps50bba65a.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
11. I started stitching low so the glued beginning was hidden and also when I got to the top of the damaged stitching I crossed over and went back down rather than have another join. 20130629_135830_zpsbcb7c94c.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
12. I didn’t worry too much matching the colour of the stitching as it will all be painted. Stitching finished. 20130629_142020_zps7404df9e.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
13. Leather prep and leather clean all the leather and sand with 600 grit wet and dry. 20130629_145131_zps54f56139.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
14. The kit supplied by furnitureclinic comes with an aerosol can for air but due to cabin pressure can’t send it overseas. I bought compressed air from my local hardware but it was useless. I used my own compressor that I use for auto painting but a small hobby one would do the job.
15. After sponge painting in all the grooves and crevasses. 20130629_151421_zpsed4ece9e.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
16. Mask off seat belt clasp and any other important stuff. After first coat.20130629_154227_zps2b2e111c.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
17. After clear coats. 20130629_163129_zps656a3fea.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
18. 20130629_165339_zps1230c188.jpg Photo by runtrecords | Photobucket
19. Reinstall in reverse and enjoy!