Interior colouring

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Just a quick update on some of my comments above. Hopefully you can see attached a few images of my completed interior. Far from show standard, but the Furniture Clinic kit has rejuvenated a very dilapidated interior that in many areas was fit for the bin. The colouring material is easy to apply with sponge followed by airbrush/spray gun. The sealer coats are runnier and hence a bit trickier. I went for fully matt and it's really too flat - semi-matt or satin would probably have been better. However with the use of a bit of leather treatment stuff a bit of shine is restored and it looks OK to me. Very happy to recommend the Furniture Clinic repair and recolouring products.
Hi, you did a great job judging by the photos. I'm researching what products to use to restore the colour back to original on my sandalwood interior. The vinyl and leather have faded to different shades so I want to get them all to an even, consistent shade. I have a leather offcut from the rear seat which shows a darker, presumably original shade. I see some comments that different products should be used for vinyl and leather; did you use the Furniture Clinic products for both? I'm also concerned that the lovely leather smell my car has will be lost by the colouring process. Do the products leave a lasting smell?
Peter
 
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Hi, you did a great job judging by the photos. I'm researching what products to use to restore the colour back to original on my sandalwood interior. The vinyl and leather have faded to different shades so I want to get them all to an even, consistent shade. I have a leather offcut from the rear seat which shows a darker, presumably original shade. I see some comments that different products should be used for vinyl and leather; did you use the Furniture Clinic products for both? I'm also concerned that the lovely leather smell my car has will be lost by the colouring process. Do the products leave a lasting smell?
Peter
Hi Peter,
I used the same stuff for leather and vinyl. There is no lasting smell from the products (I don't think it was particularly smelly even when applying originally) but I couldn't guarantee that your nice leather smell will survive. My seats smelled of musty old car beforehand, and still do!

It's been hard wearing, and is easy to keep clean where the kids' feet leave marks on the back of the front seats, for example. It has worn off alongside the front seatbelt buckles, because my car has non-original inertia reel belts where the buckle sits transversely across the car rather than along the line of the transmission tunnel, so gets rubbed hard every time the seatbelt is used.

This thread alert has reminded me I still have to do the bits of trim on the B post - must get around to that, along with my nice new cream furflex.
 
#23
Hi Peter,
I used the same stuff for leather and vinyl. There is no lasting smell from the products (I don't think it was particularly smelly even when applying originally) but I couldn't guarantee that your nice leather smell will survive. My seats smelled of musty old car beforehand, and still do!

It's been hard wearing, and is easy to keep clean where the kids' feet leave marks on the back of the front seats, for example. It has worn off alongside the front seatbelt buckles, because my car has non-original inertia reel belts where the buckle sits transversely across the car rather than along the line of the transmission tunnel, so gets rubbed hard every time the seatbelt is used.

This thread alert has reminded me I still have to do the bits of trim on the B post - must get around to that, along with my nice new cream furflex.
Thanks. Looking at their website FAQs it does say the product can be used on vinyl but recommends using their adhesion promoter first - did you use this?.

Having taken the seat covers off both front seats to re-stich the pleats, I found the leather smelt really strong on the underside. Hopefully if the products are not too smelly then it won't overpower the leather smell as it's applied to the top surface.

Good to hear it wears well. And there's always another job to do, even if memory fails!
 
#24
older thread i know but I used Furniture Clinic products to recolour my interior made up from parts of a grey and red interior. I'm happy with the results. Hoping to finish the car this year!
 

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older thread i know but I used Furniture Clinic products to recolour my interior made up from parts of a grey and red interior. I'm happy with the results. Hoping to finish the car this year!
Great finish.
As I haven't got around to this job yet, have you any tips on preparation and application?
 

Tom W

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#27
Be sure to thoroughly dry each layer before applying the next. I made this mistake (don’t own a hairdryer), and although it appeared dry, it’s not quite right. The other mistake I might have made was applying the coats slightly too thick. The finish looks good, but on warm days, the finish gets sticky and the leather sticks to itself and picks up fluff of clothes. I’m sure this is a process problem as I’ve used Furniture Clinic kit for a repair on another car without issue.
 
#28
For ambla/vinyl I used some stuff from frosts. I don't know if they still do it, you sent off a sample which they colour matched. I sprayed the dye on using a normal paint spray gun. A touch up gun might have been less wasteful, but it did a great job, which proved very durable too.
 
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