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Old 09-09-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy Fading orange leather

Is there a tsb about this? My front seats are fading but not the headrests. It is about 75 percent garaged plus tinted side windows with Uv block. So what the heck with only 7,000 miles. I wana see what the dealer can do if anything . New seat wraps I was told were 1200 dollars
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:32 PM   #2
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Are you sure it's not from your blue jeans. A lot of light interiors get the dye from blue jeans to rub off on them.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:39 PM   #3
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This sounds strange. It may be the dye rubbing off. Have you conditioned the leather?
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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Pics...probably your jeans. Happened to our Enclave with the grey seats.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
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That too but no its fading for sure. Even the leather shop said they were in great condition except the fading
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:54 PM   #6
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Mine has 17k miles+ on the IOM seats and isn't fading, they do get dirty very easy, not only that I sat on them soaked once and turned my clothes orange. Still, they look the same orange as when they were new. Very strange
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:10 AM   #7
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I've got 13K miles on my orange leather seats and no signs of fading.
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:19 AM   #8
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i got 13k too, they do look dirty but not too much fading. i wear jeans everyday too, and its tinted and garage 75% also. the bottom half do look little faded now that i look at it
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:40 AM   #9
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I'd take it to the dealer. It has a bumper to bumper warranty, and the seats are between the bumpers.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:37 AM   #10
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Yeah i always prepare for the worst so at least I would have some back up if it happened to someone else for some reason the headrest is great but anything below that u can clearly see the color diff
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:39 PM   #11
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I'm having the exact same issue.

Both the passenger and drivers side seats are fading except for the headrest and the area that the headrest covers.

It's tinted, garage kept most of the time, and when out and about I have a sunshade for the windshield.
And no denim is allowed in my Camaro.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:06 PM   #12
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And no denim is allowed in my Camaro.
I was about to say that it's sad that you have to go to such extreme measures to protect your seats. But then I realized that even that didn't prevent the problem. Way to go, GM.

For what it's worth, my Camaro's seats were beige so they were two-tone with beige on the inside of them and dark gray on the outer edges. Over time I noticed that the dark gray dye seemed to be rubbing over onto the beige! Apparently from getting in and out of the car. It came off with leather cleaner, but it was surprising to me because it was quite noticeable at 5,000 miles. Can't imagine what those seats will look like at 100,000 miles.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:02 PM   #13
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No denim allowed? Jeeze, that's extreme.
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:12 PM   #14
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The headrests are vinyl, which is why they fade at a different rate.

If was going to order a convertible with leather, it would not be the orange interior. It would look like crap in a few years.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:28 AM   #15
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It's not an issue of fading at different rates, but more of an issue of WHY are the seats of a garage kept car with tinted windows fading at all this soon.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:41 PM   #16
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Ok sorry to jack this thread, but my orange leather seats are cracking and the finish or color is coming off is this covered under warranty ? I bought the car used, and the radio won't keep the date right
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i can just see what the dealer is going to say,famous last words,"THAT IS NORMAL".
let us know the outcome.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:32 PM   #18
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Ok sorry to jack this thread, but my orange leather seats are cracking and the finish or color is coming off is this covered under warranty ? I bought the car used, and the radio won't keep the date right
That is a warrantable item as long as it is still under warranty. I've noticed the date keeps changing on mine as well. I thought it was me, but I guess it really is a problem!
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Has anyone tried this product yet? http://www.leathernu.com/?rahm_id=364214
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:52 AM   #20
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Is there a tsb about this? My front seats are fading but not the headrests. It is about 75 percent garaged plus tinted side windows with Uv block. So what the heck with only 7,000 miles. I wana see what the dealer can do if anything . New seat wraps I was told were 1200 dollars
Pictures would be an asset to see. How is the passenger and rear seats in comparison?

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No denim allowed? Jeeze, that's extreme.
Unfortunately this is the case with today's materials. My father and I use to do warranty work for a Canadian furniture chain and it's common. Sad thing is most people wear jeans and would expect to be able to do so on their furniture. Jeans easily cause abrasions due to the texture being rough and the leather being soft. Any light color leather shows dirt very easily. Darker colors tend to fade faster with use of jeans. Dirt example below (Sorry for resolution as it was taken by my fathers cell phone)



We cleaned the Left Hand Facing (Right side of photo)
The pain is trying to get the dirt out of the stitching around the seams as those are dirt traps.

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Has anyone tried this product yet? http://www.leathernu.com/?rahm_id=364214
Well again since I use to be in the business I have used such a product and it does the job but remember it's a patch so not very effective in common use areas such as the seat as it will wear again. It's great for lesser used areas that happened to wear. Also it takes extreme patience to color match with the colors they supply to you.

To fixed common traffic area's would create spray dye mixes and used a special sealer cure time would be 24 hours.

I didn't do much of the leather aside from cleaning because I didn't have the patience but I did watch my father and his friend who works privately in leather repair. (She's the expert who made the spray's and sealer)

Most of the times to the customers they were pleased with our work but to me I guess because conscientiously I knew it was a repair job that I'd notice slight differences in color.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #21
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40K and 33 months, no fading here. Have the dealer check it out. Is it both front seats?
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:17 PM   #22
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Ok sorry to jack this thread, but my orange leather seats are cracking and the finish or color is coming off is this covered under warranty ? I bought the car used, and the radio won't keep the date right
My '10 SS orange seats look fine after 3 years and 24,000 miles
possably because I've never cleaned them with anything.
As far as the radio goes, that's normal if it's parked for several days.
It keeps the correct time but not the date.
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