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Leather reconditioning and refinishing

General wear on Leather Bolster.

Just £124.08 to repair

Wear on a seat bolster -- Without a doubt the most common problem but easy to repair if caught early enough.

A Modern Approach

Named after the famous connolly leather company who for many years supplied full leather interiors for Aston-Martin and Rolls-Royce. "Connollising" has become the name given to methods of reconditioning and refinishing leather upholstery.

We now use modern products that are soft, flexible and hardwearing, with great coverage and guaranteed not to peel or fade.

This is the ideal solution for worn, cracked and faded leather, as well as for scuffs and cigarette burns.T "Work was carried out to the highest standard" we use tried and tested colours and coatings. We don't repair systems that little more that temporary cover-ups which can be wiped of in the process of normal valeting.

Seat Bolsters

Wear to the driver's side seat bolsters (pictured above right) is the most common form of damage we see. Because leather is a natural breathable material, it does soak up dirt and can become discoloured, therefore in order to get a good match in colour and finish we recolour a larger area than just the bolster. Usually this will be either the whole face of the upright, or whole face of the seat base. Please note that while the face of seats is leather, in the vast majority of cases, the sides and back are usually plastic or vinyl.

Example Prices

These prices are examples based on typical car sizes and typical levels of trim with typical wear. We will quote each job on an individual basis. Cars with bi-coloured seats or exceptional wear may cost more and take longer.

Part Interior - Medium Executive Cars
e.g. 3,5,7 series BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Lexus 200, Alfa-Romeo, Fiat Barchetta, Lotus
1 front seat - Base & upright faces + door-side edges £180.84
2 front seats - Base & upright faces + door-side edges £360.36
Popular Service! 1 front seat - Face of upright + door-side edges £124.08
Popular Service! 1 front seat - Face of seat base + door-side edges £124.08
Whole interior leather - excluding steering wheel £844.80
Whole interior leather - excluding steering wheel
Removed from car (rarely needed)
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Different Coloured Piping per seat* Single - £56.76
Double - £101.64
Paint Removal of DIY colouring kits and/or incompatible products***
(One seat typically takes one hour)
£46.20 per hour
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Whole Interior - Large Executive Cars
e.g. Jaguar, Lexus 400, BMW 7, Mercedes S class
Example Prices
Whole interior - excluding steering wheel   £673.20
Porsche 911 Video -
Two Front Seats with single piping   £472.56
Aston-Martin Vantage - DB7 - DB9 Video -
whole interior with double piping - excluding steering wheel   £1,124.64
whole interior with single piping - excluding steering wheel   £1,011.12
Ferrari 355   -
Interior - excluding steering wheel & dash   £627.00
Range Rover   -
Whole interior with single piping - excluding steering wheel   £785.40
Rolls Royce - Bentley Video -
Whole Interior - excluding steering wheel   £1,124.64
Whole Interior with single coloured piping
- excluding steering wheel, headlining or dashboard.
Steering Wheels   -
Brand new hard-wearing technique
(badly worn wheels will need recovering)
Article £112.20
Different Coloured Piping per seat* Article Single - £49.01
Double - £39.60
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Extras Example Prices
Large surface scratches Video £56.76
Cigarette burns on leather, vinyl, plastic Video £79.20
Door panel, single without repair   £79.20
Door panel, single with small repair   £101.64
Four door cards without repairs   £191.40
Gear stick/handbrake gaiter   £44.88
Leather gear knob   £44.88
Centre arm-rest   £79.20
Dashboard holes 1-8 (up to 20mm)
Not all dashboards can be done!
Dashboard scratches
Not all dashboards can be done!
Article £89.76-£168.96
Cracks in dashboard (sun damage)   P.O.A.
Small repair to trim Article £56.76-£101.64
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* Cars with coloured piping or bi-coloured seats take far longer to do, and we will usually need the car for two days.

** Please note, it is not possible to change the colour of leather using connollising, i.e. Blue seats to cream seats.

*** DIY Leather Colouring Kits - We are seeing a significant number of cars which have been previously recoloured with DIY kits, incompatible products, or poor preparation/application. The result is that these products often crack or peel, or otherwise make an unsuitable base for our own products. These products need to be completely removed before we can apply our own products.

Put an odour in your car

Special Offer

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Service Price Offer Price
Smell of Leather (Odour Blocks)
Guaranteed to last a minimum of 1 year
Leather odour blocks are attached under seats - Leather fragrance is introduced into air vents - Aromatek Leather

£108.90 £54.45
There's no VAT to be added to our prices

Leather Repairs

We are able to carry out minor repairs to scuffs and cigarette burns as part of both of the above methods. For rips, holes and loose stitching you may need the services of a Coach Trimmer. You can send us a photo and we will advise.

Leather Repairs
Restored seats on a Rolls Royce. There are more links to examples of our work at the bottom of the page. [more]

Household Furniture - Please note, that we only do work on cars and planes and cannot carry out repairs of re-colouring of household furniture.

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Related Videos

Porsche Project - Connollising
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Leather Recolouring: Connollising a Bentley Turbo
Leather Recolouring: Buttonizing an Aston-Martin DB7
This page was last updated on Wed, 18 September, 2013
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