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    hey all in my 96 3.5 it has the grey leather seats and they are pretty badly cracked. I want to have a crack at repairing them and seen you can rub them down and apply a dye. Does anyone know of any good retailers or advice?

    thanks in advance

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    If you do it yourself, it isn't easy to finish up with a good durable repair, especially after seeing an upholstery-repairer work his magic on a ripped leather-recliner. Two tricky things are matching & blending-in of the colour & texture.

    Steve
    Steve

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    • #3
      Depending on where on the seat they are cracked, you may be better off finding a close match in material color and replacing that section, or sewing in over the top (this is a cheap way to fix the seating on the bum area which can also be hand stitched and still look good without pulling the whole thing apart).
      Having been raised around my mother who was a competent industrial machinist with furniture and her boyfriend for a while who used to do upholstery repairs for prestige and sports cars (before going on to start Australian Car Bra Manufacturers in our garage), I know it can be a fiddly job to do it properly and achieve the right looking result and feel.
      There are ways of making it 'look the part' without going too much into it, like what I have mentioned, but either way is too dificult to try and describe in detail online, particularly as every vehicle seat design is diferent.
      If it is just a small slice in the leather, these can be 'patched', and color matching would be critical, but if they are cracking due to age, use, and exposure in high 'traffic' areas, then I dont think you will get the result and durability you are probably looking to achieve without relacing or recovering that section.

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