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KaMiKaZi_t0M
28-10-08, 03:50 PM
Title says it all. My parts car had cream leather seats in it. There are no rips, however there are some cracks on the driver side seat. I'm going to dye them black for two reasons:
A: Black leather seats are sexy =]
B: My car had all black interior with the blue cloth seats, so it'll go so well!

So, I read a tutorial and I think I know what I need. Link (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/331485/leather_dye_a_rewarding_doityourself.html?page=3&cat=27)

I am going to use a dyeing company called "Zelikovitz" and plan to order the dye online and it's not too expensive either! Link (http://www.zelikovitz.com/product_info.php?products_id=14213)

There's a product I saw on there called "Acrylic Leather Sheen top coat Satin 32oz" and I'm wondering what that is/would it be a good idea. Link (http://www.zelikovitz.com/product_info.php?products_id=14213)
Again the seats are out of my car, so if they take a week to cure, that's ok, not a problem. What do you guys think?

Tom =]

Saabohème
28-10-08, 07:57 PM
Definitely top coat with the clear. These dyes will wear off and anything you can do to extend their useful durations is worth it. Mine lasted about 3 years before they got shopworn and now at year five they look as bad as they did when I restored them. I cannot wait to get the interior back into shape this coming spring.

GreatWhite00
28-10-08, 08:36 PM
If you can post some before and after images that would be swell. My seats are cracked more than worn and I think dying them wouldn't be enough to make my seats nice again. I've read much on the sandable/dyeable putty available, but I'm skeptical that this stuff will come off on our garments.I have the cream leather and I'd like to go to a tan or light brown.

KaMiKaZi_t0M
28-10-08, 08:45 PM
Thanks Oheme, did you use the top coat?
And I will take some before and afters =]

Saabohème
28-10-08, 09:04 PM
The company I sourced from did not have it when I did the classic 900 but they did when I did the NG. So yes, I used it on that.

All pics were taken at varying times of day in different light so it is pretty difficult to really discern the true colors involved.
Driver's seat before:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/Saaboheme/Saab009small.jpg
Diver's seat after (at night, under flash):
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/Saaboheme/DriStHi.jpg
The cracks were sealed with cream leather filler and dyed over, which held up perfectly for two years before beginning the open back up.
Evening shot, right dyed, left (driver's) undyed:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/Saaboheme/Saab010small.jpg
This pic has the best light to show what the color change is really like. I went from the taupe color of 1995 to essentially the 9-3 tan (custom mixed by me):
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/Saaboheme/Saab002.jpg

KaMiKaZi_t0M
28-10-08, 09:12 PM
So since I'm switching to black, do you think I will need more coats? Will I have to use black filler on the cracks? I hope the dye stays for a while =\
Yours looks great by the way!

Saabohème
28-10-08, 09:21 PM
You can mix dye into the filler to make it easier to cover or you can just dye over it and it will cover. More coats does not hurt - the job will hold up longer over time that way.

Mr. Underhill
13-01-11, 02:55 PM
The company I sourced from did not have it when I did the classic 900 but they did when I did the NG. So yes, I used it on that.

All pics were taken at varying times of day in different light so it is pretty difficult to really discern the true colors involved.
Driver's seat before:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/Saaboheme/Saab009small.jpg
Diver's seat after (at night, under flash):
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/Saaboheme/DriStHi.jpg
The cracks were sealed with cream leather filler and dyed over, which held up perfectly for two years before beginning the open back up.
Evening shot, right dyed, left (driver's) undyed:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/Saaboheme/Saab010small.jpg
This pic has the best light to show what the color change is really like. I went from the taupe color of 1995 to essentially the 9-3 tan (custom mixed by me):
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/Saaboheme/Saab002.jpg


HOLY CRAP! That's amazing. THat is what I want to do.... Did you post somewhere thorough instructions on how to do this, what you bought etc... if i only lived in OH i'd be at your door step. purely amzing!

mr rx-7 tt
14-01-11, 01:37 AM
Your links don't work...

Saabohème
14-01-11, 06:44 AM
. . . Did you post somewhere thorough instructions on how to do this, what you bought etc...Here is one quickie tutorial (http://www.customsaab.com/Custom_Saab_NG900_OG9-3_Performance_Articles/p2_articleid/12) I did with mostly the same pictures.

. . . if i only lived in OH . . . I am sure that is exactly how everyone in California feels.

SkiBum1229
14-01-11, 12:38 PM
My car had its front seats dyed about 5 years ago before the PO purchased it. She said it looked good then, but now the front seats are very dry and the drivers seat has some cracks and the leather is discolored. The rears were never touched and they look and feel much better. I know that having a convertible the seats take more of a beating with the sun, but the fronts look pretty bad. I am looking to replace them now.

andy315
14-01-11, 12:54 PM
tip for you about leather seats .. wash with soap then rub in some saddle wax to stop them cracking ..
you can get it from any equestrian centre and i also use it on my leather sofa n chairs

bobdotorg
14-01-11, 10:58 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Underhill
. . . if i only lived in OH . . .


I am sure that is exactly how everyone in California feels.

I've had about 20 years of each. Both my SAAB and I prefer 80s and sunny in January. Which happens to be the SoCal forecast for the next few days.

I do not look back with joy when I think of the -10F morning when I replaced the starter motor in my P.O.S. Grand Am.

Saabohème
18-01-11, 07:21 AM
I do not look back with joy when I think of the -10F morning when I replaced the starter motor in my P.O.S. Grand Am.Well of course not kind sir. Weather aside and anyway you look at it, you were stuck with a P.O.S. Grand Am.

Now come on, admit it, you miss constant winter temps in the teens, the slush, the road salt, the people who have lived in the midwest above the Mason-Dixon Line for their entire lives and who STILL cannot drive in the rain or the snow. Go ahead . . . say it. We know.

Mr. Underhill
02-02-11, 08:31 PM
Getting ready to dye my seats. I purchased dye from this place called leather magic dot com. Got the color "taupe". My question to you is...

after you dyed them, did it leave the texture of the seats in tact or is it nice and smooth now? and one other question, did you just do the leather parts of the seat and leave the leatherette/vinyl parts alone? if so, is the contrast that discernible?

Saabohème
03-02-11, 06:45 AM
Most of the leather texture came through, except where I had to fill cracks and sand a little. It was not very noticeable. I dyed everything, fronts, backs, door panels and dash. Opaque, or non-aniline dyes are really more leather paints than dyes. They are flexible and pretty tough. The dye I used adhered to plastic and vinyl as well as, if not better than, the leather itself. If you dye, use a clear coat to protect. The dye will last longer and can be cleaned more often. In any event, it will not last more than 5 years before you will really need to do it over or perform major touch up.

Mr. Underhill
03-02-11, 01:05 PM
Sorry for another question, but given that I am horrible with colors -- color-blind exactly -- can I get your opinion on something. I ordered this taupe color (http://leathermagic.com/Pages/volvocolrchart.htm)
but I am concerned that it is way off. The reason I say this is b/c in your pictures I really do not notice any difference at all. Which concerns me. B/c if you see that link I posted my hunch is that my interior is more of a light taupe than taupe. It appears you and I have the same seats except mine is 2002. I am also in awe that you mixes your color potion yourself. All I can think of is the stress in matching my pants, shoes and socks...but that's another story.

Just hoping that you could give me your two cents. My goal is to just dye the leather parts b/c the other parts are pretty good shape. If its a shade or two off (not way off) and the average person can't notice, I'm good. Otherwise, I'll do the rest on another day. But I do not want to touch the back seat b/c it's in perfect condition.

Grrrr. I get so stressed doing this kind of stuff. NOTE TO EVERYONE OUT THERE -- if you ever put in a a new stereo system in your car take the f'ing seats out and/or take your screwdriver and other tools out of your pocket before you slide in and out of your car. :)

Saabohème
07-02-11, 09:38 AM
Sorry for another question, but given that I am horrible with colors -- color-blind exactly -- can I get your opinion on something. I ordered this taupe color (http://leathermagic.com/Pages/volvocolrchart.htm)
but I am concerned that it is way off. The reason I say this is b/c in your pictures I really do not notice any difference at all. Which concerns me. B/c if you see that link I posted my hunch is that my interior is more of a light taupe than taupe. It appears you and I have the same seats except mine is 2002. I am also in awe that you mixes your color potion yourself. All I can think of is the stress in matching my pants, shoes and socks...but that's another story.

Just hoping that you could give me your two cents. My goal is to just dye the leather parts b/c the other parts are pretty good shape. If its a shade or two off (not way off) and the average person can't notice, I'm good. Otherwise, I'll do the rest on another day. But I do not want to touch the back seat b/c it's in perfect condition.

Grrrr. I get so stressed doing this kind of stuff. NOTE TO EVERYONE OUT THERE -- if you ever put in a a new stereo system in your car take the f'ing seats out and/or take your screwdriver and other tools out of your pocket before you slide in and out of your car. :)I wish I could be more help, but the cold fact is that trying to match colors based upon what shows on a computer screen is simply unrealistic. You cannot see the true color except on the surface you have sprayed and in actual sunlight. I gave up the notion of matching the existing (the original taupe was a color I did not like at all anyway) and decided almost right away that I was going to do the entire interior using a color that I liked. I was shooting for as close a match to the NG9-3 (1999-2002) tan that I could find. This color also happens to be very close, if not identical, to the tan in classic 900 vehicles. This of course necessitated dyeing everything, but it really takes little time to remove everything to be dyed and to spray it all. The dye dries very fast on a sunny spring day, so I was able to spray multiple coats on all surfaces, including clear coats and have everything back in the car in a single day.