How to Dye Mercedes Leather Seats

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How to Dye Mercedes Leather Seats
Leather seats are standard on many luxury Mercedes models. (Front-light of black mercedes image by Mladenov from Fotolia.com)

Whether you have a coupe, sedan or roadster, the icing on the cake of Mercedes-brand luxury is having leather seats. Unfortunately, the leather seats can become faded. Renew the colour of the leather seats in your car with leather dye.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Mild soap
  • Sponge
  • Towels
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Steel wool
  • Protective gloves
  • Leather prepping agent
  • 400- to 600-grit sandpaper
  • Leather rejuvenating oil
  • Cloth
  • Leather dye
  • Paintbrushes

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Vacuum the car seats to remove any loose debris. Clean the seats with a solution of warm water and mild soap, using a sponge. Wipe down the seats thoroughly with a towel moistened with warm water. Allow the seats to dry.

  2. 2

    Scrub the seats with lacquer thinner, using steel wool. This will extract much of the original colour. Wear protective gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when working with lacquer thinner. Once finished, wipe down the seats thoroughly with a warm towel.

  3. 3

    Create a solution of 1 gallon of water and 88.7ml. of leather prepping agent. Use the solution to wet-sand the seats lightly, using 400- to 600-grit sandpaper. Allow the seats to dry.

  4. 4

    Massage the seats with leather rejuvenating oil, using a soft cloth. Leave the seats to dry overnight.

  5. 5

    Apply thin layers of leather dye to the seats, using a wide paintbrush for broad areas and a narrow paintbrush for harder-to-reach areas. Apply a second coat, if needed, to even out or darken the colour. If you have leather seats with a coarser grain, dye can be applied by blotting rather than brushing. Allow the seats to dry for 48 hours.

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