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Old 11-09-2019, 10:45 PM   #1
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Question Seat Base Bolster Wrinkles

Hi Guys,

Attached is a picture of a seat base bolster, car is relatively new, these wrinkles, how do you get them out and keep them out?

Is the seat being relatively new supposed to be like this, or is this the initial signs of bolster wear (again car is a few months old)?

Any hints or tips welcome.

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Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-09-2019, 02:47 AM   #2
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Lose weight or donít sit on them
I think when you come out you use that bit to lift yourself??
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Leather or Vinyl,

A little steam may help
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As said above you need to lift yourself over the bolster when entering/leaving the car and not put any weight on it.

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Lose weight or donít sit on them
I think when you come out you use that bit to lift yourself??
Its an SUV so its difficult to manoever like that - I don't weigh that much like 12 stone ? :-)

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Leather or Vinyl,

A little steam may help
Will look into the steam option, I know dealerships do that to get the wrinkles out.

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As said above you need to lift yourself over the bolster when entering/leaving the car and not put any weight on it.

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As per above its an SUV so its really tricky to do that effectively, will get some side steps fitted which would make it a fair bit easier.

So beyond steam is there anything else to be done?

Dr Leather Wipes make it look better for some reason not sure why!


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Have to keep weight off the bolster. It's there to support you in corners and is not designed to have the weight of a person sat on it or dragged across it.

To get in, try putting one foot in and then using the grab handle to lift yourself up and clear of the bolster. I've never had an issue getting into cars, and I've also never owned an SUV so this might not work! It's not just an SUV thing though, most people seem blissfully unaware of how to get into a car without mullering the bolsters.

Steam is the only real solution, but that in itself isn't a fix, it will just mask the appearance and improve the appearance temporarily. The more you get in and out (incorrectly) the more damage you'll do to the bolster foam/material and when that's collapsed and lost its shape nothing will stop the fabric from creasing.
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Seat Base Bolster Wrinkles

Never realised there was a right and wrong way to get in and out the car, must check the handbook

Must tell my wife this need.


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Hi there,

Even on a practically new car?

Can the bolster crease like that so quickly?

I knew about not putting weight on the bolster just didn’t think it would mark so quickly !!

So steam won’t re-tighten the leather that’s creased for good?

Will have to get some side steps as it’s impossible not to put some weight on the bolster due to the height of the seat off the ground!

I thought what I'd shown in the image was reversible - when it started to actually wear the topcoat I thought that would be when it was actual repair time, I thought something in the heat area would just fix that permanently.


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Even on a practically new car?

Can the bolster crease like that so quickly?

I knew about not putting weight on the bolster just didnít think it would mark so quickly !!

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The method I use is to put my left foot in the car and then put my right hand on the body shut/cill and support some body weight as I swing my torso into the car and plant my bum on the seat. It works in reverse when leaving the car also. However, as I have a TT it is closer to the ground than an SUV and Iím not sure if you could do something similar.

Audi bolsters are well known for this creasing and I have seen delivery mileage cars and new showroom cars that show creasing. I have been told by Audi ďOh, they all do thatĒ.

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I've found this product to be effective at restoring the "tautness" of leather on a particular chair.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Genuine-VW-...06B/1436886056
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