Color Restoration - Lexus ES350

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This simple repair was accomplished by  

  1. Cleaning the seat thoroughly with Simple Green cleaner. New dye will not adhere to contaminants in the seat.  
  2. Loading the leather dye onto a lint-free paper towel and rubbing into the cracks.   

That's honestly about it. Excess dye was buffed out after the final application using a damp paper towel. This took 3 applications, giving plenty of dry time between coats. 

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Steering Wheel Restoration - Toyota Avalon

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This steering wheel was worn and some of the plastic discolored from UV Damage. Here's the process to do this yourself:

  • Clean the area to be restored thoroughly. If you're planning on re-dyeing the entire steering wheel, just give the whole thing a very thorough scrub with a Scotch-Brite pad and some water-based cleaner. 
  • Prep the steering wheel leather with some denatured alcohol -- this will make the existing finish slightly tacky and ready to accept new leather. Make sure to mask off the surrounding area, as dripping alcohol can discolor plastic, vinyl, or leather that didn't need restoring.
  • The steering wheel may need some light sanding with 400 or even 600 grit sandpaper to smooth out any damaged or pitted areas.
  • Mask off very thoroughly the areas that won't be receiving new dye.
  • The best results will come from either airbrushing new dye or using a Preval sprayer. Some customers have had good success with a paint sponge, but it takes quite a bit more patience.

Please note that if you're wanting to pick up new dye for your steering wheel, it can be very difficult to match if the steering wheel is not the same color as the leather seats, as trim documentation is far less thorough than leather seat documentation. If you do have a matching steering wheel and want to touch it up yourself, navigate to our direct purchase page by Clicking Here, and make sure to note that this is a steering wheel application in the "additional comments" field.