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    DIY: INT: Leather Seat Restoration

    I haven't seen a DIY on restoring leather seats yet Since our cars are so old...the members with leather seats might have problems with wear, tear and cracking. I think this information can be applied in a universal form.

    **This information is taken from NSXPrime (NSXROC)**

    I know there are some members that really love their leather interior. It might cost too much to replace or even re-wrap the stock seats. If you do what I have done, it'll save you lots of $$$$$.

    I have a 92 NSX red with ivory interior. The seats have ivory color leather. It's been 13 years, therefore, you would expect some wear and fading of the color of the leather.

    My car has only 50k miles on it and the previous owners really took care of the car. My seats are in excellent condition, but it's just looked a bit old due to the color fading.

    I was browsing the forums one day on Prime, and came across this company called Color-Plus ( I read the product information on their site and sent Joanne an email requesting broucher and additional information. She was very helpful with getting me the information that I had requested.

    After review, I decided to buy their package deal, kit #3B, $112, and the Flex-fill crack eliminator, $14.95. I cut and small piece of leather from the back of my passenger seat and sent it to Color-Plus for color-match. When I received my items from Color-Plus(BTW, the color was right on! They are really the color experts) I went to Home Depot to purchase a lacquer thinner $4.95 and sand paper (320) and started my restoration process. And let me tell you gentlemen, I was so amazed with the result.

    I removed both seats and carried them into my living room(it's cold in Seattle now). I took the following steps to complete my restoration:

    1. Wiped the seats down with the lacqure thinner with a terry cloth. You can see that a lot of dirt comes off. I didnt see any paint dissolve or been "thinned". I was not going to take out the old color, I was only re-coloring my seats.

    2. After about 20 minutes, I went ahead and applied the Colorplus leather conditioner on the seats and waited 24 hours to make sure the seats are dried.

    3. Then, I wiped down the seats with warm water in attempt to remove all the oil residuals. I waited another 12 hours (since I was in-door) so the seats are dried.

    4. I started to apply the Fill-in Crack Eliminator on some of the cracks on the seats. This is an excellent product where I was able to cover up all the small cracks on the bolsters. I then waited another 12 hours(since I was in-door) for the fill-in crack eliminator to dried out.

    5. Then, I used the lacquer thinner again to remove some of the crack eliminator that got on the seats and whatever the oil residuals might still be on the seats. (make sure the Crack Eliminator are in the cracks and not on the seats) I waited another 20 minutes before the last step

    6. Applied the Colorplus Surflex on the seats. I used both the terry cloth and a very good brush. Make sure you ork on a small area one at the time and applied 2-3 coats. If you see brush marks on your first coat, dont' worry, by the time you are finished with your 3rd coat, the brush marks will be gone.

    And that's all. The seats looked like new. I am very very happy with the results. My friend recently changed the leather in his NSX and paid $1200 at a local shop. It cost me total of about $125 and a few days, but it's all good.



    Last edited by coletrain; 03-06-2009, 05:56 PM.

    Please add any information to this.!!

    I have never done this myself so who knows how this DIY would work haha. But from reading the original thread, there seems to be good responses


      that is crazy retarted! seems like it would work well for the infamous driver seat scaving.

      he did a really really good job too. good to know that there are products out there for stuff like this.
      Last edited by xkjnboix; 04-11-2010, 07:42 PM. =VENMO



        I've seen it done before....the place that I bought my leatehr dye from sold the same type of restoration products.
        1993 Accord LX - Sold
        93 BMW 525it - SOLD
        92 Accord EX Sedan - SOLD
        2000 Accord Coupe - Traded-In
        2003 Accord V6 6spd Coupe - Sold
        2001 Honda Civic Ex - SOLD
        2013 Chevy Traverse LTZ - Kid hauler
        2003 Acura Tl 3.2 - Daily Commuter


          it works great but what about us guys who have the probelm that looks like some fat guy got hungry and ate our seats up lol?!
          "you can catch me swoopin 4G coupin switchin lanes" haha haha.

          1993 SE coupe drag car ahoy!

          1992 EX coupe 5 spd **sold **

          1991 LX sedan 5 spd **tore the tranny apart**
          sold to: jakfrostwhite,F22Cb7Rid3r, and many others
          Did work for: jhoff_cb7
          Traded with: 1990AccordEX,pr3pg4lyfe


            Originally posted by JDMCB3Si View Post
            it works great but what about us guys who have the probelm that looks like some fat guy got hungry and ate our seats up lol?!
            If there is chunks of leather missing, then you need to have it recovered.
            1992 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

            1986 Chevrolet C10|5.3L|SM465|Shortbed|Custom Deluxe

            1983 Malibu Wagon|TPI 305|T5 5 speed|3.73 non-posi

            1992 Accord Wagon (RETIRED)


              wow thats amazing... thanks for posting that up!


                That's actually pretty hard to believe, but looks amazing.


                  most people prob forgot about this. if you have leather seats then you know how bad your driver seat is esp the outside arm, im so gonna do then when the time is right.




                    This would be a good DIY for me but my seats are too faded and cracked but thanks for sharing

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                      Dang. I want to do this with my black SE seats! This is awesome! Nice writeup.
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                        I should do this. My black seats are pretty cracked on the bottom cushions and would benefit well from the crack filler.

                        However, on my outside bolster, a chunk has already been cut out and replaced before.


                          Great work bud...i have been debating to repair it myself or just get another set and dye it..
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                            finally i can repair my rare oem colored seats, the backs had cracked when had my elbow on it while i was takin out my rear speakers.

                            good find.
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                              wow that turned out amazing dude, props to you