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There's something very special about leather car seats. They have always been a sign of luxury, usually reserved these days for luxury brands like Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Porsche, Aston Martin, and others that are more accessible, such as Ford, BMW and Audi. Many car makers offer the option of leather seats or trims, including the steering wheels, although most car interiors are synthetic these days.
However, general wear and tear can make it look old and faded.
While worn leather might add to the appeal of vintage cars, it doesn't look great in modern vehicles. So, what can you do about it?
The Leather Colour Doctor has just the answer you're looking for, with a range of dyes specially designed for leather car seats.
Leather is a brilliant natural material, but it it is vulnerable to fading through use. Scratches, cracks and scuffs are common, and they all take their toll.
The main enemy of any leather product, however, is the sun. UV rays bleach out the colour over time. And when you combine this with repeated use of the same area (namely, the parts where your body makes contact with the seats), this is a recipe for dull and faded colour.
Fortunately, our auto leather dye range will enhance your leather seats and restore them to showroom condition.
There are different types of leather, depending on how it was cured and prepared. Some types are more hard wearing than others, and some stain more easily.
However, all leather is prone to staining to some extent, because it is organic and has fibres that absorb anything fluid or liquid.
The fact that leather stains relatively easily is good news, otherwise we would be limited to the colour of the animal it came from. The bad news is that when it comes into contact with certain substances it can be spoiled.
Natural oils in our skin and on our hair, as well as all the chemicals in skin and haircare products we use are transferred onto the leather (especially on head and armrests) where they soak into the fibres, causing stains and discolouration.
You can remove these unsightly stains using Leather Colour Doctor's excellent automotive leather dye range.
Our car leather dye selection can be easily applied by spray or with a sponge and each bottle or full leather interior dye kit comes with clear instructions.
The five-step process is very straightforward, each one using one of the five bottles included in the kit that are clearly labelled from 1 to 5:
If you follow these instructions using Leather Colour Doctor dyes, your car interior will be restored to its former glory.
All our high-quality leather dyes are water-based polyurethane, meaning they are non-toxic and safe to handle. They are an all-in-one solution leather colourant and sealant, so they not only restore the colour but they also protect the leather from staining.
The high pigment content means you only need to apply one or two coats to get a pleasing finish.
Our automotive leather dye range is available in matt, satin or gloss finish, so please ensure you select the correct one at time of purchase.
The Leather Colour Doctor stocks a wide variety of official colours for many different car brands, so there is sure to be one for your vehicle. We check and verify each batch before it is dispatched to the customer.
However, finding the exact shade can sometimes be a challenge, especially when worn leather has been bleached by sunlight over time. To overcome this, send us a sample (if possible) and we'll use a technique called LAB colour space to find a match.
We are confident that we can find the right colour, whatever brand your vehicle is. And if you want a custom colour, feel free to use the contact us box on our website.
Yes! Our full leather interior dye kits make this possible for anyone to achieve easily.
Follow the steps given in the section called how do you dye leather seats? and simply choose a different colour.
On the whole, it's easier to change the appearance of a lighter car seat to make it darker, but it is possible to apply a light colour to a very dark one. If you need expert advice, we are here to help via our blog and contact facility on the Leather Colour Doctor website.
Not really, as it won't give the best results.
As it is a type of plastic, there's a good chance that the dye will stay on the surface where it will be too easily wiped off. Leather car seats absorb the dye into their fibres, giving an even distribution of the colours.
The good news is that the Leather Colour Doctor also produces high-quality vinyl paint for your car interior. These are designed specifically for vinyl surfaces and will perform just as well as our auto leather dye range.
If you bought the car from new and this was specifically stated, then yes, they probably are.
But even so, many car manufacturers are deliberately ambiguous and not very forthcoming about the actual materials used. Some brands have been caught out, advertising lower-end cars as having leather interiors when only part of the trim was real leather while the rest was synthetic materials.
They get around this by stating that they use leather accents or elements of genuine leather.
Basically, if you have the original handbook, read the fine print! Of course, if you have a premium brand, it's highly unlikely that they would use anything but the finest leather.
However, if you have a normal car and you're not sure about them, there are a few ways to tell if they are real leather or a plastic alternative:
These should tell you if it is genuine or 'fake'.
Feel the seat to see if it is warm or cool to the touch. Leather is generally warmer and softer, with a natural feel. Faux leather feels cool and much stiffer.
Essentially, this is skin. If you press it on a padded area, it should wrinkle. Leather alternatives don't.
Leather care is our speciality, and we pride ourselves on our amazing leather dye selection.
Our superior leather car seat dyes will cover minor scuffs, cracks and scratches, making your car interior look new and guard it from future wear and tear.
Feel free to contact us today via the Leather Colour Doctor website.