Just had my leather re-connolised - pics!

Just had my leather re-connolised - pics!

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hughjayteens

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1,932 posts

237 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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Had my seats redone by the guys at www.leathercaredirect.com as they were looking a bit tired, and there was a couple of scratches on the rears.

Took about 4 hours all in, and I think the results are superb!

Some before and after pics here

Before:
www.uknumberone.com/photos/IMGP0518.JPG

After
www.uknumberone.com/photos/IMGP0522.JPG

Before
www.uknumberone.com/photos/IMGP0519.JPG

After
www.uknumberone.com/photos/IMGP0523.JPG

And another after!
www.uknumberone.com/photos/IMGP0521.JPG

unlicensed

7,585 posts

219 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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looks they they did a fantastic job

wrinkly

755 posts

215 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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That looks EXCELLENT! Will add that to my list of "must do's"

MilnerR

8,273 posts

227 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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Looks fantastic! Probably make a difference to resale potential as well.

JamieBeeston

9,257 posts

234 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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Tops..

My old TVR could have done with that

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unlicensed

7,585 posts

219 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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they redo the seats in the m3?

the preacher

257 posts

228 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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How much

hughjayteens

Original Poster:

1,932 posts

237 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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He is a client of mine so mine was FOC, but I *think* they usually charge about 60 per front seat, and about 100 for a rear bench (will ask tomorrow but it is deffo something like that).

wrinkly

755 posts

215 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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He could be getting a PH influx of work - get commission!

hughjayteens

Original Poster:

1,932 posts

237 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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I have suggested he puts a banner ad on here before - perhaps if he gets some work from this he might reconsider!!

>> Edited by hughjayteens on Thursday 22 January 22:34

TUS 373

3,834 posts

250 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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I can vouch for them too. They redid my leather sofas and two years on, the finish on the leather is better than when I bought the sofa 8 years ago! What they can do with car seats is nothing short of miraculous. They do Ferraris, including one owned by a certain Man Utd player with a misbehaving brother, who does a good job of messing interiors up. That Ferrari had empty beer cans in the boot when it arrived with them IIRC.

Splendid job - I'm sure you are over the moon hughjayteens!

moleamol

15,887 posts

232 months

Thursday 22nd January 2004
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That is excellent!!! The MR2 has a full leather interior and the seats don't have much wear, but looking at them, and seeing as it's for sale soon, I will defo be talking to these chaps. Cheers matey

john_p

7,073 posts

219 months

Friday 23rd January 2004
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I've had my car about 9 months now, and the soft Nappa leather seats are starting to get small cracks and creases, and the rear corners of the seat base (where it meets the thigh supports) are starting to get a little stretched. I tried using leather cleaner and conditioner but it did very little.

Can these creases be removed? I want it to look like new! Will re-connolising do it?

Also, these guys are in Warrington which is a little far - is there anywhere in the SE who will do it?


>> Edited by john_p on Friday 23 January 00:28

agent006

11,769 posts

233 months

Friday 23rd January 2004
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Re whatted? How do they do what they do? Is it some kind of polishing routine?

Would it work on my velour seats ?

Marshy

2,727 posts

253 months

Friday 23rd January 2004
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Does this process help stop the leather creaking too? My leather's pretty tired (10 year old car) so I'd be tres tempted to talk to these people when it's time to spruce up the interior. Looks like a top job.

TUS 373

3,834 posts

250 months

Friday 23rd January 2004
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No time for a long post - but they clean the leather surface, and then respray with leather paint carefully matched to the original. It will take alot of cracking out of leather, but it can return again with wear and tear. It does make leather look like new - but of course, time will take its toll again.

JMGS4

8,564 posts

239 months

Friday 23rd January 2004
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On the recommendation of PHers I bought some leather cleaner/refurbisher from the UK. As leather must REGULARLY be "fed" this system works very well, the seats show absolutely no cracking etc and they stay clean! pale sand leather... can only recommend this.
Not sitting at home at the moment so I can't give you the exact trade name but it was for Connoly leather and works excellently. It's better to miss off once with a carwash and do the inside instead, you'll be rewarded by leather seats which look and wear well...

Mad Dave

7,104 posts

232 months

Friday 23rd January 2004
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Lookin' good Chris - you blagger

jigs

1,840 posts

219 months

Friday 23rd January 2004
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TUS373 - your pad must be immaculate - what with sparkling, shiny bath and revamped leather sofas, etc.

hughjayteens

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1,932 posts

237 months

Friday 23rd January 2004
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Basically, they take the seats out, and either clean with boiling water and pure soap, or as mine is half leather, half alcantara (which take ages to dry), some form of solvent cleaner.

They then mix up a pigment to match the colour exactly, rub down and fill any deep scratches (like the one on my rear seat) and spary the leather.

Once that is done they lacquer it with a matt laquer, and once that is dried, they 'feed' the leather with hide food.

They gave me a tub of hide food and a large bottle of the pigment in case I ever need to get it done again, and advised to 'feed' the leather every 3 months or so.

I am pretty sure they have an associate in the SE who does similar (essex maybe).