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Posted by George Mann on September 26, 2001 at 11:02:05:

In Reply to: Never heard of using sandpaper on leather... posted by Bill B. on September 26, 2001 at 10:22:35:

articles I have read..have it someplace... pertains to the cracks that are prevalent on
BMW seats..particularly on the bolster area(s).
The cracks that you see are actually cracking to
the thick dye "coating" that BMW uses to protect the leather...not the leather that is cracked... think of it like a paint coating that has cracked. The coating basically loses its elast-
icity due to UV exposure, becomes embrittled and
cracks due to loading...better the coating than the leather itself. The procedure involved to refurbish the seats involves removing the finish, repeated conditioning of leather to restore suppleness and sanding basically down to the virgin leather then re-dye-ing the leather to original condition.
Have heard that the results are stunning.
Will do this someday to the seats on my car.
Best Regards,
90 735il/145K

What is the best way to clean the leather in my 525I. I have the white leather and was wondering if using a fine grit sandpaper is the way to go...


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