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Cleaning-and changing the seat color

I never had the nerve to do this with my slk seats. But now that I have the z4, im pretty fearless. I have cream colored sport seats and I wanted a cinnamon brown. Today the hubby helped me with the heavy lifting [getting them out of a convertible sucks fyi, make sure you have enough room on both sides of the vehicle to manuver them out. You may have to go up and out [yes over your head]. Anyway-up and out they went. While they're out im going to address some issues with the disgusting grimy seatbelts, and the light spots on the leather trim. A clean cotton cloth [not microfiber] and alcohol cleaned the seat belts great. I used another clean cloth and more alc. on the plastic trim all around the cab and the back walls, it worked like a charm. It got all the grime off the woodgrain trim kit as well. When I was done I noticed drops of liquid on my leather trimmed parking break. I broke out the olive oil and another clean towel. Worked like a charm, couldn't believe it. I did the center of my steering wheel, and the dash. Everything will be photographed tomorrow, im leaving the seats over night to dry because I did an entire color change instead of a patch job.

And did I mention I found the original buyers guide, spare plastic key and original vehicle sticker under the passengers seat? it would have been nice to know that after I had it shipped up here from floriduh.
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The color looks nice but can not see clearly because of low res.
What are you going to do with the rest of the interior?
Dismantle or paint as is?



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What are you going to do with the rest of the interior?
Dismantle or paint as is?



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I really wanted to change the color-however that project is no longer on the table. I was going to change the interior to black-but now no way I have 2 jobs and no time. Some people are skilled at the car diy stuff. If I can leave it on and mask off the parts it would be fine but even that takes time. I just finished reconditioning the leather etc after they spent the night drying. They don't look new by any means but they look "good" for using nothing but a can of colorbond paint and leather cleaner [to make sure my clothing doesn't get any surprise streaks in the crevices of the leather etc. So I wiped it down one more time to make sure everything was dry, then finished it. I'll take more photos when I put them back in. Hindsight is always 20/20. I suggest when changing a color in the future, to properly strip them, then use regular seat paint, not an aerosol can, it just takes much more time. but I was comfortable with it, because I'd used the application before. It looks "so easy" in the videos. It takes time, but it can be done
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I feel very insecure with youtube videos as it seems that most uploaders are after "views" and not good and solid advice.
Many times I consider doing a color correction to our A class that has problems from day one (bad material right from the factory / black seats that have now faded to soft grey) but always read a horror story from people who tried that and just live with it.
Please report back after some time so I build the courage to do this.
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