Connollising Leather Recolouring

Connollising Leather Recolouring

Leather car seat restoration, upholstery repair, reconditioning, refinishing. Re-colouring of leather seats and door panels.

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.

Leather Car Seat Restoration

We now use modern products that are soft, flexible and hard-wearing, 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. We use tried and tested colours and coatings. We don't repair systems that little more than temporary cover-ups which can be wiped off in the process of normal valeting.

Seat Bolsters

Wear to the driver's side seat bolsters 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 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 the whole face of the seat base. Please note that while the face of seat is leather, in the vast majority of cases, the sides and back are usually plastic or vinyl.

Unless you have an old vintage car, it's unlikely you will need the whole interior re-coloured. We will just repair the localized areas of wear, and the rest can be cleaned and conditioned. You would be amazed at how new your leather will look after a good clean. 

Not sure what Leather Repairs you need? 

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. If you are unsure, you could always take some pictures on your phone and send them to us, we'll get you pointed in the right direction.

We are always happy to give advice, so why not send us a video?

Go Direct!

New Again brings a wide range of services together under one roof, offering an easy one-stop-shop to make your car like new again. However, you only have one or two small repairs, you could go direct to our trusted contractors... just don't forget to tell them we sent you!

Allan ~ Hide Works
0786 3716 244


Matt ~ Trimline
London & South East
07956 349 066


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 bolster or front edge only (black leather only) £120.00
1 front seat - Base & upright faces + door-side edges £198.00
2 front seat - Base & upright faces + door-side edges £396.00
Popular Service! 1 front seat - Face of upright + door-side edges £136.00
Popular Service! 1 front seat - Face of seat base + door-side edges £136.00
Whole interior leather - excluding steering wheel £929.50
Whole interior leather - excluding steering wheel. Removed from car (Rarely needed) £774.40
Different Coloured Piping per seat* Single  £68.68
Different Coloured Piping per seat* Double £111.80
Paint Removal of DIY colouring kits and/or incompatible products***
(One seat typically takes one hour)
 £49.00 per half hour

* 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.

Whole Interior - Large Executive Cars
e.g. Jaguar, Lexus 400, BMW 7, Mercedes S class
Porsche 911  
Whole interior - excluding steering wheel £740.52
Two Front Seats with single piping £519.20
Aston-Martin Vantage  - DB9  
Whole interior - with double piping. Excluding steering wheel £1,236.40
Whole interior - with single piping. Excluding steering wheel £1,112.10
Ferrari 355  
Whole interior - Excluding steering wheel and dash. £689.70
Range Rover  
Whole interior - with single piping. Excluding steering wheel. £863.50
Rolls-Royce - Bentley  
Whole interior - Excluding steering wheel. £1,236.40
Whole interior - with single colour piping. Excluding steering wheel, dashboard, headlining. £1,485.00
Steering Wheels  
Brand New Hard-wearing Technique (Badly worn steering wheels will need recovering) £123.20
Extras Prices
Large surface scratches £84.44
Cigarette burns on leather, vinyl, plastic £86.90
Door panel, single without repair £86.90
Door panel, single with small repair £111.00
Four door cards without repairs £210.10
Gear stick/handbrake gaiter £49.37
Leather gear knob £49.37
Centre arm-rest £86.90
Dashboard holes 1-8 (up to 20mm) Not all dashboards can be done! £185.90
Dashboard scratches Not all dashboards can be done! £98.74-£185.86
Cracks in dashboard (sun damage) P.O.A.
Small repair to trim £62.44-£111.10

Special Offer, Put the Smell of Leather in your Car!

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
£121.00 £60.50
logoTim Allcorn 
Contacted the team due to an incident with some paint stains on our leather seats. The advice over the phone was really helpful and when I arrived with the car they sorted the problem on the spot. Would definitely recommend.


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Can you change the colour of my leather interior?

With modern techniques, yes you can! There are some colours we would not recommend. Going from black to light, or light to black is not recommended, but otherwise it is possible. It works best on vintage cars, but modern cars can be done two. So if you bought a convertible with black leather, and want that 1950s look red leather interior, it can be done. Formerly, we would recommend purchasing a new leather set and getting a trimmer to replace it for you, but recolouring can be done at roughly a quarter of the price.

How much does it cost to have my car retrimmed?

You probably don't need your car re-trimmed. At most, we usually send a car to the trimmer to replace a few panels in the driver's seat. You can buy entire pattern sets for many cars and replace the entire interior, but the work involved makes this expensive. The whole point of our service is that we can make old leather look like new by refinishing and recolouring it. It's far more cost-effective.

I marked my dashboard, can you repair that too?

We can recolour anything that looks like leather. Truth is, not everything in a car that looks like leather, actually is leather. Door cards, dashboards and backs of seats are often PVC, but recolouring them is the same process. The only issue we are weary of is cracked dashboards in older cars. If they have cracked in the sunlight, it's because the foam underneath has dried out and become brittle. The best solution for this is a replacement. ...but send us a video, and we'll take a look.

The leather is okay, but my seat seems to have sunk, do I need a new seat?

This happens on quite a few sports cars, the seat can be re-padded by a car trimmer.

Will re-proofing stop the leaks?

Unless you have something like an old Triumph where the hood is just a sheet of canvas, then the fabric hood is just a decorative coating -- the waterproofing is a rubber membrane underneath. So reproofing does nothing to fix a leaking roof. However, it's highly likely that your leak is due either to the drainage channels blocked or the rubbers being dirty or deformed and not making a waterproof seal. This is a service we can provide.

What Our Customers Say

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"We can offer specialist advice on the best Connollising Leather Recolouring service to suit your requirements"

When bringing your car to New Again, we often ask you to explain exactly the reason for having your car Protected, Detailed or Repaired. Once we understand exactly what it is you are trying to achieve, we will appraise your vehicle using our detailed appraisal check-sheet allowing us to identify areas of concern and tailor specific services that match your requirements and budget.

If you are not sure what service you need and would like to speak to one of our technicians, simply request a callback by filling in the form on our contact page.