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Leather Restoring

Attention leather freaks...... my enthusiastic son has dug the leather XK seats out of storage and is chomping at the bit to get them cleaned up and ready to seat someone. I would appreciate a little advice as per touch-in dyeing(?) of the worn areas ie: can we expect a reasonable result from the dyeing process if we have just recently applied mink oil or would it be better to apply the oil after dyeing? Should hide food be applied to the underside of the leather too or will it be sufficient to treat just the finished side of the leather? The leather is generally in good shape with just minor scuffs but stiff areas are becoming noticable as well some loss of colour in a small area of the driver's seat back that suffers heavier wear as the driver's clothing slides across when getting in or out of the car. The hide in this area shows surface cracks that allow the natural colour of the hide to show up against the original dyed surface. Any suggestions/ advice regarding practical experience in leather care and related products will be gratefully recieved. - Regards, John Morgan

John, There is a UK firm called Woolies that supply an excellent leather renovation kit. You send them a small sample of your leather and they colour match and send you a kit comprising; cleaner to get off old polish, grease etc, a special dye to recolour and some great finishing cream. I've used it on two cars and it works well. Their UK Tel no is 44 1778 347347 Fax 44 1778 341847. - Roger Learmonth

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