1 year ago I got a rare Vanden Plas seat group for my XJ, but the color was brown and the condition was "down".Searching the web I found the internet presence of Furniture Clinic and decided to restore and change the color to Jaguar dark blue. Works were done in my workshop. The result is impressive, unbelivable ! Skills are not a requirement, learn it by doing ! Christian
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Take - if possible - a small nozzle and higher air pressure = better atomization for the Finishing coats
Pre-dye piping and stiching with a sponge for better reaching the low-lying areas
Fill up all scratches, cracks or irregular areas with Flexi-Fill, sand down the filled areas carefully to a smooth surface
Wipe down as much as possible of the old color by using the green 3M Scotch-Brite Abrasive Hand Pads
Have Fun by doing :-)
The color of the leather surfaces was wiped down with Leather Prep. Impressive product !!!
All the cracks were filled up with Flexi Fill and sanded after drying.
After cleaning with Alcohol Cleaner, all low-lying areas (piping, stiching etc.) were pre-dyed by hand with a sponge and dryed with the hot air gun.
All surfaces, also vinyl parts were dyed with Leather Colourant and dryed with the hot air gun.
Colored areas were spray with Leather Finish "matt". At lleast I repaeted the finishing and changed it to "satin" because satin was mor authentic to the original style of the Conolly Leather. The Finishing liquid is very thinn, like water. Take a small nozzle in your spray gun (0.5 mm) and more air pressure (2,5 bar) to have a max. atomization. I worked the spray gun in one hand , the hot air gun in my other hand - this worked fine.
The result of my first leather restoration was so impressive for me and I was more than happy to have now the luxury Vanden Plas seats fitting to the dark blue interior. Finally, the leather got a layer of Leather Protection Cream, polished out with a Microfiber cloth, which gives a decent shine.
The leather looks not re-colored or unnatural! It is like having a 40 years old seat but in Top condition. My personal resume - a perfect product line ! - easy to use - no skills required - superb result - highly recommended
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Peter Hilgenstock (4 years ago)
perfect work !