[s-cars] black seat dye

Jerry Scott jerryscott at wispertel.net
Sat Aug 4 11:19:11 EDT 2007

I recently dyed my driver's seat bolsters where the black color wears 
down to the bare leather.  I used liquid Kiwi "Leather Dye" in a sponge 
bottle applicator that worked very well.  I cleaned the area first with 
a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and water and allowed several hours 
for this to dry.  I also did the steering wheel and the shifter boot.  
The color match results are amazing.  I did the steering wheel about 2 
years ago and it has never crocked onto my hands or clothing.  It did 
feel a little tacky for a while, but this soon went away after usage.  
The seats look and feel quite normal.  I have tested both with a wet 
sponge and the dye does not crock onto the sponge.  Kiwi also makes a 
product called "Scuff Cover," but I have not tried this one.  I can only 
vouch for the "Leather Dye."  Be sure to rinse out the sponge applicator 
with warm water after each use to keep it from drying out and clogging.

I allowed the dye to dry for 2 days before use, but one day is probably 
enough.  Locations more humid than Denver might require more drying 
time.  I have no suggestions for seats that are other than black.

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