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Hi All, I have some slight wear on the drivers seat bolster..a few lines appearing and some lighter colouration. Was considering taking it to a leather expert but I'd be interested to know if anyone has successfully done a DIY job to remove these wear blemishes and bring the leather up to a respectable finish? If so what is the kit you would recommend? I have the black nappa leather in my car. Cheers, Mark.
 

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Have the same problem on 2011 V10.

Sanded the leather with a mild flexible abrasive and then covered the entire area using the colourlock black leather repair gel off Amazon using a glove (they suggest a small spatula but it's very tricky on an uneven surface)

I tried the colour restore initially but it didn't fill the cracks.

Im going to put a couple more coats on then sand with 1500 grit to get rid of the glossy shine. Not sure how durable it will be but looks ok so far.


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the colourlock stuff is the thing to go.

Important is to clean it with the cleaner properly and let it dry afterwards. Sanding is not needed unless your surface is uneven.
You need to apply couple of layers of the gel, better one more then a too thick layer. Dry in between with a hair dryer to support drying.
Do NOT sand it to get rid of the shine, you will destroy the seal. use the clourlock product "leather protector" in these area to seal the paint additionally and re aply it all 3 month.
The shine will go away in arround 2 weeks.
 

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So I watch the Ammo guy on youtube for detailing tips and such. He said keep the leather well conditioned from new to prevent cracking in the first place. If you keep it fresh and pliable the cracks won't come. But I've also heard that 'modern' leathers are sealed and the only maintenance really needed is a wipe with a damp cloth every now and then as any protectants and such wouldn't really penetrate the 'seal'. Darn internet!

Any experts out there?
 

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So I watch the Ammo guy on youtube for detailing tips and such. He said keep the leather well conditioned from new to prevent cracking in the first place. If you keep it fresh and pliable the cracks won't come. But I've also heard that 'modern' leathers are sealed and the only maintenance really needed is a wipe with a damp cloth every now and then as any protectants and such wouldn't really penetrate the 'seal'. Darn internet!

Any experts out there?
your video shoes the theory, the more artifical leather it is the stronger the seal is but the more plastic and artifical it feels. The BMW standard leather below 5 series (think its called boston) is the best example for it, more plastic then leather and you sweat like a pig in them.
Audi R8 nappa leather is top notch real leather and needs more maintenance but they can easy recovered if mismaintenance is not too bad and heavly damaged, which you cannot do with the dead artifical plastic leather.

the original seal wore out over time (eg due to UV plus usage), on the Nappa leather quite fast actually and the colour also fades or darkens, depending on colour.
You can protect the leather or stop the wear (when its not to late and leather has no permanent damages) by using the colourlook products right. from time to time a clean with the soft cleaner (cleaner has also maintaining substances in it) and then all leather protector on it (all 2-3month depending on use). If colour disappered you need to recolor after cleaning and then after it dried properly leather protector over.

if your leather is really worn visit a youngtimer or oldtimer specialist, they can do wonders on high quality leathers and it doesn't cost a fortune. Don't try to restore yourself, you need loads of experience (leather wisperer :)) and the right technics to get a perfect result. They will also tell you if reupholstering is cheaper. Done lots of oldtimers but still a beginner in that respect, saw a lot miracles ...Then keep up the status yourself by regularly maintain it.

Leather is a natural product and it will always have some little cracks over time, thats calles Patina. the same is a not 100% even colour but thats actually the quality sign of a top notch leather...most people just don't know.
 

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I've picked up my 2018 about a week ago and I can already tell the drivers seat bolster won't wear well since the car is so low and you really have to scoosh on it to even get out.

Should I treat it with leather protectant so it stays fresh or do those not work? My XPEL guy said he could do it but not sure that will protect it from getting worn or wrinkled. Or is it a fact of life that nappa is high maintanence and you got to treat it every so often to protect it?
 

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I hope over the bolster getting in and out. My seats still look very good after 10 years and 52k miles.
 

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Hop was what I typed. Autocorrect.
 
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