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Old 12-30-2008, 03:38 PM
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DIY - Dyeing Leather Door Inserts for Two Tone Interior

Happy new year every one. I wish i had a dollar for every body but i dont
so i wanna share my idea to every members in this forum.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a website offering leather recoloring kits.

This DIY will show you how to dye your leather (or leatherette) door panel inserts to the color of your choice.

You need the following:
-Leather recoloring kit from leatherworldtech.com with dye color of your choice
I ordered this past noon one day and they had the cinnamon mixed and shipped out that afternoon...very satisfied with them
-Drill with sanding bit
-approximately 120 8x1/2 screws with washers (3/16 worked well)
-atleast 24 number 12 screws and washers
-aleast 8 number 10 screws and washers
-2inch poly brush sponge brushes ( I used a new one for each panel)

NOTE; to open the doors panels you need to use the info at the homepage of this x5 forum.

1, Once you have all the panels off you will want to get your drill with sanding bit. This is the hardest part of the project. Sand the plastic welds off so that they are flush with the door panel material. Then pull the insert off with your hands. This leaves a lot of the plastic rivet on the insert so you can drill into it later

2, Now that you have all of the door inserts separated from the door panels, it is time to apply the dye. The dye will work on leatherette too (I tested it on a spare leatherette panel I had lying around, (my interior is real leather)). The kit comes with a crown sprayer but I found it is very hard to work with and that a 2 inch poly brush sponge brush works really well. Clean the leather with the supplied cleaner and prepper and lightly scrub with provided scruff pad.

3,The key to getting the dye to look good is using as little as possible for each coat. DO NOT apply in thick layers as this will cause it to blob up and create little flakes when you try to fix it. Just apply small amounts with long strokes across as much of the panel as possible. This is what the panel looked like after one coat

4,Continue to apply coats until you are satisfied with the color allowing it to dry to the touch in between coats. It was 60 degrees in the house when I did this so i let it drying for about 30 min.

5, Once they dry for a few hours (the product says something like 18 hours before touching another surface, i.e. door panels) I attached the inserts on the door panels. Use the 8x1/2 screws for all of the small welds and the ones shown in the plastic below on the armrest welds. I built up some of the smaller pegs with epoxy prior to screwing to ensure the screws seated themselves okay

6,Reattach door panels to door, connecting speakers and switches, making sure to unplug battery when dealing with front airbag.
10) Smile at your new Lt Silver Gray (color code 0438) interior

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