wear on driver's seat

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patagoniang
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Hello, my driver's seat is worn out due to friction caused by getting in and out of the car. the problem is just on the left edge. is it possible to change that leather fraction of the seat with good (non noticeable) results? anyone have done this? too painful?
also, is there any texture difference between black designo leather and regular black?

thanks.

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Re: wear on driver's seat

there are many companies that do good jobs on repairing leather even by replacing whole patches. have a look in your local area.

tom

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Re: wear on driver's seat

There are many options on how to repair leather. Is there a tear?
Can you give me a better idea of the severity of wear (perhaps a picture)?

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Re: wear on driver's seat

is right above the seat seam, and there is a little tear actually, wear is about 1 cm. width and 5 or 6 cms. long. Is the typical wear caused by friction that makes leather thinner until it tears. unfortunately i cant give you a pic right now .

Tomas.

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Re: wear on driver's seat

I am sorry to read there is a tear. This limits options. Nevertheless try to avoid changing the piece of leather. Such a job is indeed specialized: rarely have I seen it executed well enough.
One way of dealing with such matters is to remove the leather from the seat and then attach (glue with a special elastic agent) on the inside a purpose made thin fabric. The size of the fabric follows the size of the piece of leather up to the nearest stitching and not just locally around the tear (during curing, the leather should be under a weight and very mildly stretched). Now, the finished product should be stronger around the tear than when the leather was new.
Then you have to deal with the surface finishing of the worn area. First you feed SLIGHTLY AND LIGHTLY the leather with colour mixed in and leave it to dry. Use only a touch of diluted feeding agent. You go on until you reach a good colour match. You should aim at a colour a bit darker than it is now because in a few months it lightens up. Then you have to "correct" the surface texture with heat (if you cannot do it, skip this step) and polish the leather similarly to the surrounding areas.
I hope this makes sense to you. Easier done than said.
Good luck.

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Re: wear on driver's seat

thanks a lot for your help.!

now, what would be that 'colour mixed'??

Tomas.

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Re: wear on driver's seat

I forgot to mention that before starting, you need to clean the leather well on both sides and then allow it to dry thorougly.

Regarding your question, you dilute powder pigment in some form of neutral agent like anhydrous lanolin.
A lot depends on the colour of your leather: the lighter the colour, the more difficult it the match. The easiest is if your seats are black.

Google the subject and you will find many places who offer the right kind of materials for your case.