Ecru leather touch up - Page 12 - ClubLexus - Lexus Forum Discussion

Notices
SC430 - 2nd Gen (2001-2010)

Ecru leather touch up

Reply

 
 
 
Old 12-27-14, 08:18 AM
  #166  
DiggerJim
Pole Position
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: CT
Posts: 209
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Originally Posted by kjcole View Post
I'll report back but it sure looks well bonded to the substrate (which is how our leather is colored - it ain't dyed).
So who is right? 1Willy says it's dyed and others say it's painted. What's the real scoop? Or is this like "which is the best oil to use?" kind of question?
DiggerJim is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-14, 08:46 AM
  #167  
kjcole
Lead Lap
 
kjcole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 541
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

1) My seats and center console are holding up perfectly. Absolutely no flaking....none....and this is a daily driver. The color match is perfect

2) This indeed is painted leather (at least on my 2002 it is), not dyed, as I learned by looking at a cross-section of the leather when I restitched a seam. I'll note again that I prepped the seats meticulously using the SEM cleaner (smelled strongly of alcohol - and I used a brush to scrub, especially at the seams) and the prep (surface softener).

3) Then I just used good spray technique (a wet coat without overloading, long overlapping strokes). I painted the seams first, then filled in the panels. Take the seats out, or carefully, completely mask. Don't underestimate the overspray - those aerosol droplets travel! Also, have 1 more spray can than you think you'll need because as someone else mentioned the spray starts to drip when the can still has about 1/4 to 1/8 left in it.

4) Friends have noticed - can't believe when I tell them I painted the seats - looks OEM. I'm a perfectionist and would not recommend this for our Lexus' unless I was completely confident in the recommendation
kjcole is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-14, 05:17 PM
  #168  
DiggerJim
Pole Position
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: CT
Posts: 209
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Originally Posted by kjcole View Post
Also, have 1 more spray can than you think you'll need because as someone else mentioned the spray starts to drip when the can still has about 1/4 to 1/8 left in it.
'So how much can you cover with 1 can? 1 seat, 2 seats, seat & door panel? I'm going to re-do the interior of mine in the spring when the weather warms up again.
DiggerJim is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-14, 09:16 PM
  #169  
kuWuPt
Lead Lap
iTrader: (13)
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 550
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

So I did this today and well it turned out great. This is the process I used though:
1 - Clean seats with Lexol diluted in warm water with a grey scotch pad (just to see if cleaning can take anything off)
2 - I sanded the seats with 320 grit sand paper, this seemed to not just smooth the leather out but also take off a layer of 'paint'? I say paint because sanding dust was the color of the seats.
3 - vacuumed dust off
4 - wipe down with 90% alcohol and grey scotch pad. This really made me think it is paint because it had the same effect of paint, it started removing or thinning the paint and the grey pad was turning white.
5 - wipe down with clean cloth
6 - quick wipe down with a clean microfiber and alcohol.
7 - Mask
8 - Spray the SEM 15003

Before:



After:



I obviously can't make a statement on longevity of it but if anything happens I'll update.
kuWuPt is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-14, 09:39 AM
  #170  
kjcole
Lead Lap
 
kjcole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 541
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

From Leather World Technologies, website:

Nearly all auto leather is a pigmented/top coat dye (emphasis added). The products listed on this page make this assumption. If you believe you have a different situation, consult Identifying Leather in our leather manual and contact us.
kjcole is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-14, 02:14 PM
  #171  
Harold57
Lexus Champion
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,196
Thanked 65 Times in 60 Posts
Default

kuWuPt, nice job! An amazing transformation!
Harold57 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-17, 07:04 PM
  #172  
e60bmw
Lexus Test Driver
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: texas
Posts: 1,030
Thanked 92 Times in 82 Posts
Default

Thanks for this thread, I have a LS430 with some really faded armrests where the paint has lifted up. I've had the issue since I bought the car and never really knew how to address it. Just ordered a can of this off amazon for my ecru interior, can't wait to try it.
e60bmw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-17, 11:35 PM
  #173  
Wolfhouse
Driver School Candidate
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Texas
Posts: 21
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by kuWuPt View Post
So I did this today and well it turned out great. This is the process I used though:
1 - Clean seats with Lexol diluted in warm water with a grey scotch pad (just to see if cleaning can take anything off)
2 - I sanded the seats with 320 grit sand paper, this seemed to not just smooth the leather out but also take off a layer of 'paint'? I say paint because sanding dust was the color of the seats.
3 - vacuumed dust off
4 - wipe down with 90% alcohol and grey scotch pad. This really made me think it is paint because it had the same effect of paint, it started removing or thinning the paint and the grey pad was turning white.
5 - wipe down with clean cloth
6 - quick wipe down with a clean microfiber and alcohol.
7 - Mask
8 - Spray the SEM 15003

Before:



After:



I obviously can't make a statement on longevity of it but if anything happens I'll update.
Before I go spending the WHOPPING $15 on this, can anyone confirm the longevity of doing this? Does it wear/wipe away quickly or over time? Currently using leather touch-up, but it's not an exact match and this looks like it even fills in all the age cracks, which makes it look AMAZING.

Thank for any info on this!
Wolfhouse is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Ecru leather touch up


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: