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The backrest bolster on my driver’s seat is wearing. Yes, I should be more careful getting in and out of the car, but it’s a daily driver with almost 26,000 miles. I looked for some kind of cover, but didn’t find anything. There’s a LWB bolster cover, but that’s for the seat and not the back. Any cover would have to allow the side airbag to deploy.

Anyone have any suggestions. Other than being more careful. :)
 

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There's nothing you can really do about it man. Even if you change the cover, it'd never fit the same as factory. Or match the other side, even if you put a new seat. I've had to do that several times on past cars when stupid passenger airbag sensors failed (seat otherwise perfect), and it was really frustrating. That's why I'm always careful when I climb in and out of any car, levering myself without touching the bolsters. It's a good exercise too, so on your next car, be more careful;). The only thing you could do is get it touched-up so it looks less awful. Good luck.
 

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I've seen some good leather repair jobs out there by professionals. I don't know anyone near you but sure a search will find someone. They will get it back to nearly new, of course further wear will be an issue but perhaps using regular leather cream etc will help it last.
 

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Fear not - this is a super-easy fix, and I'm sure you can find someone - search for leather repair, or car interior rejuvenation and you'll find someone. These people usually have dozens of different color interior "spray paints", these are permanent colors, take only a few minutes, and can match the color nearly perfectly (regardless of fading and wear). It really is amazing. On my older Cayman, I had a black airbag sprayed grey when I changed my steering wheel and you couldn't tell - it matched that well.
 

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As an FYI, that area is VINYL (as it is in most cars). Only on sport+ and adaptive seats everything is leather (due to the hard plastic sides). And no way if you're even a little bit anal you wouldn't notice a leather/vinyl repair job... but it's probably safe to assume the OP is not anal. Ha ha. So he'll probably be very happy with it. It'll definitely look better than now. Besides, it's the best and only option, since replacement never matches.
 

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Looks like wear accelerated from a dry vinyl/leather and will remind me now to apply conditioner/protectant more often than my 4x a year.
Let's hope OP can still repair it.
 

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The backrest bolster on my driver’s seat is wearing. Yes, I should be more careful getting in and out of the car, but it’s a daily driver with almost 26,000 miles. I looked for some kind of cover, but didn’t find anything. There’s a LWB bolster cover, but that’s for the seat and not the back. Any cover would have to allow the side airbag to deploy.

Anyone have any suggestions. Other than being more careful. :)
I daily drive mine from new to 26 k miles and my bolsters are nowhere near this trashed. I did get the natural leather interior but I doubt it is actually more durable than the vinyl that someone suggested yours is. It looks to me like it has been abused pretty roughly.
 

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I?ve been told by two different dealers that the tops of the bolsters are leather. True or not, I can?t say, but I specifically asked and they said the entire seating surface is leather and I clarified that it included the bolsters. I?m sure I could have it dyed and repaired, but I suspect it will do it again. I was looking for a leather cover like the LWB protector, not replacing the entire seat cover. I agree that removing the seat cover and replacing it will never look the same. Maybe I?ll stop by the auto upholstery and convertible shop near me. They?ve done excellent work for me before.

And I can?t understand why apostrophes (?) are converted the question marks (?). I bet the ? gets turned into a ? on this second edit. :)
 

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On the OP's car, the inside and outside of the bolsters are vinyl; only the 'seating surfaces', meaning the area in the middle (the perforated one) is leather. It's pretty obvious from the wear the material is vinyl. In fact, only when the material is worn that bad you can tell with 100% accuracy if it's leather or vinyl. The material outside of the bolster is always going to be vinyl, regardless if full leather or not. On full leather vehicles with the regular seats or 14 ways, the inside of the bolsters should be leather, but I'm not sure it is. It'd be obvious the inside and outside materials (with seam in the middle) are different. If they look the same, like on the OP's car, then they're not. Somebody with full leather and 14 ways could tell. Both kinds of sport+ seats are full leather, regardless if interior is full leather or not... and you pay for that with the seat option. Finally, vinyl is supposed to be more durable than leather, but it hasn't been proven. At least on Corvettes, which changed from leather to vinyl on outside bolsters for durability issues since the C5, it's questionable. And seats look like crap IMO. The entire front of the seat (at least) should be leather, but that's the case only with upgraded leather, and not always. The entire seat of leather is very rare, and that's why I really liked the adaptives on 981s, since there's nothing vinyl on them (but you get hard plastic, although looks way better than vinyl sides).
 

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Trust me when I say I’ll anal. I once had a seat repair done by a dealer before I agreed to purchase a 911, and let me tell you that I knew exactly where to stare, and it was 110% perfectly blended. I was amazed. And it never deteriorated over time, either.
 

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The bolsters on my 2013 base with standard interior are vinyl on the outside of the bolster, leather on the inside of the bolster, in addition to the leather on the center seating area.
 

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The bolsters on my 2013 base with standard interior are vinyl on the outside of the bolster, leather on the inside of the bolster, in addition to the leather on the center seating area.
I think this is correct. The scratches look different on both sides of the seam. When you pinch the top of the bolster versus the side of the bolster, they are a different thickness.
 

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I think this is correct. The scratches look different on both sides of the seam. When you pinch the top of the bolster versus the side of the bolster, they are a different thickness.
Yes I can tell from your photo that the inner part of the bolster is leather. It has several "creases" (like the lines on the palm of your hand). Leather will do that over time, whereas vinyl does not. The abrasions have scrubbed the surface of the leather, and on the adjacent vinyl portion, the abrasions have removed the outer layer so the white cloth layer below shows. Both can be fixed by a good auto upholstery place without replacing the pieces.
 
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