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I purchased the following dark charcoal leather dye for the seats in my 1992 164-S. I could add a photo but just use your imagination; they look like new again!


The dye was super easy to apply and easily covered scratches and 28 years worth of wear and tear. The color matched perfectly. Initially the areas where dye had been applied seemed a bit duller than other areas but after sitting on the seats a time or two the dyed areas polished up to match perfectly. I have no commercial interest in making this post; just want to help others. You can buy dye through eBay as I did or contact Stephen Lewis in the UK at www.carleatherdye.com
Shipping took 2 or 3 weeks so you have to be a little patient. And by all means, wear good protective gloves when applying the dye. One of my gloves ripped during the application, that dye is very tenacious!

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Good to know. I used black shoe polish with great success on the cracked areas; it does rub off the high spots though.
 

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Will the shoe polish leave a dark smear on a tshirt or pants?
Not in my case. Once it's well rubbed in and dry it doesn't stain. I applied it as a fill to hide the cracks and immediately buffed it, then followed with conditioner once dry. Worked great on the cracks, but doesn't last on the high spots.
 

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Same here. Black Kiwi shoe polish, and then conditioner such as Amor All Leather Care. The seats in the 91S are still pretty nice. No problem with stains, etc, on clothing.
 

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Yea I bought some stuff from Leatherworks. When it comes to black how can you go wrong? As noted by many even shoe polish will do the job. The tan seats I think would be a bit more of a challenge to match.
 

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Good to know. I used black shoe polish with great success on the cracked areas; it does rub off the high spots though.
Opposite results with black shoe polish. It's likely that the solvent in the polish (Kiwi paste) turned the supple yet worn seats in my old '91 L into hard, shiny dominoes. Nothing I could do brought them back, and I was reminded of that fact by the stains on my clothes after every long drive.
 

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I use the Kiwi Liquid Scuff remover, with the sponge on the end of the bottle. I had always assumed that it was known to use that stuff. Apologies if that info was never conveyed. Has worked very well for years. The black leather in my 91S replacement seats was hard and shiny because of whatever someone used on them before I bought those seats used (put the good black OEM S seats into the LS cuz I like them better than the stock LS seats). The better condition S seats in the LS are kept in nice shape with the use of the Kiwi and conditioner. The Kiwi scuff remover also seems to soften the hard shiny leather of the used S seats in the S a little, but then again I use leather conditioner on them as well.

And, no stains on pants, ever.
 

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I was asking a car leather specialist for some leather restorer cream and they asked me for a sample of leather, cut from a spare bit under the seat, to colour match. This seemed a little excessive as they claimed to specialise in Alfas and offering them the official Alfa colour name didn't help. Instead bought dark grey (almost black) restorer cream from another seller, for half the price and... haven't tried it yet but looks good in the tin and should avoid any of the hardening risks of shoe polish, without conditioner. It cost me £6 for a 50ml tin. Will post results when brave (not lazy) enough to try it.
 
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