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Old 04-07-2018, 10:32 PM   #1
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Help with a Citroen DS23 Leather

HI all,
New home to a 1973 Citroen DS23 EFi Pallas with Brown (Tabac?) Leather interior.

One of the things that made me make the purchase was the condition of the interior leather (OK, the suspension worked too) in that you dont see many that are in good nick.

However, on closer inspection, the 'patina' is a little too knackered for my liking. In so much as that there are lots of cracks at the edges of the front seats and the leather is looking tired.I know, not bad for a 45 yr old but even I would like to look a few years younger!

I have cleaned the seats with some cleaner I got from Andrew Muirhead a couple of years ago (for the Esprit as it happens) and got some muck off but the leather just looks tireder.

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2 questions.

1. Crack repair??

2. Conditioner to make the leather feel supple and lustrous again (Meguiars did nothing BTW)

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Sorry I don't know, but I'm sure one of the leather experts here can offer advice.

I'd love to see a picture of your car though.
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Here is the DS. Mechanically sound with usual rot areas dealt with. Now just the visible stuff to do like bodywork and interior.

Passenger seat is worst. You might just be ale to make out the washed out appearance of the drivers seat that has just been cleaned.

And the worst area of passenger seat

Back seats much better!

Obviously I dont want a new car but I do need to stop the deterioration and reverse a little of it!
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OK, so after reading around, I have got some Dodo juice stuff and will give it a go.
I'll post the results and you can judge/chip in etc.
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Contact Colour Lock or Leather repair for leather dyes & tips & tricks on how to colour repair leather. Both are on this forum at the manufacturer section.

Beautifull car you got there btw. I remember seeing them about 25-30 years ago when I was still a kid. Didnt apreciate them at the time but I sure as hell do now
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You are welcome to send me some photos of the problem areas, I will advise you accordingly on which of our products to use and what procedures to follow to restore your interior.
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Have sent some files over.
So far, I have cleaned with The supernatural cleaner stuff. Think I was mainly getting old leather dye off!
Now feeding with Meguiars Balm and it seems to be drinking it up.
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Having been a coach trimmer for 20+ years i see this predicament all the time! trimmed a few of them and a drop top in the past.

what you have looks like a nice original straight interior considering its age which is nice to see, obviously the piping has warn through and so has the bolster?

How you move forward will depend on your expectations really and how far your willing or would like to go?

None of the leather restoration people i know (ex connolly) would "fill" the cracks or damage and neither would i but there are people that will but again it boils down to what you expect out of it.

keep putting the hide food on it and you should get some more life out of it and should feel better to

drop me a pm with your email if you wish and ill show you some "filled" leather of cars around this era
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Some excellent advice here - a couple of options at least and I appreciate your detailed responses.
So, first thing I will do is continue to feed the leather as per juddzey455 advice.
If that fails to work satisfactorily, I will explore the furniture clinic options.

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