E90Post
 


VIBE Motorsports
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > Wash, Wax, Detailing and Cosmetic protection/repairs > Best way to maintain & condition leather seat



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      06-30-2009, 01:18 PM   #1
Motorchoco
Private
 
Drives: 09 E90 335i M-Sport
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Canada

Posts: 78
iTrader: (0)

Best way to maintain & condition leather seat

(hm...i think I posted my first post on the wrong forum)

Just switched from a 06 330i to a 09 335i yesterday.
The 330i I had came with leatherette here, and the 335i comes with dakota leather.

The real leather definitely feels and smells much nicer. However, I already have the feeling that it won't be nearly as durable as the 330i leatherette seat. (The 330i leatherette seats show almost no sign of wear after 65000km with zero maintenance)

So I am wondering if there anything I can do or any product I can use to prolong the life of the leather and prevent cracking and wear.
(I used to own an RSX with leather seat, and they started developing small cracks and wrinkles after just 3 years. I would hate to see this happen to the 335i)
Motorchoco is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 01:22 PM   #2
ZJP
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Drives: F10 535xi / JK Wrangler
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: LI, NY

Posts: 1,758
iTrader: (7)

http://www.autogeek.net/le16ozkit.html
ZJP is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 01:43 PM   #3
Joeb427
BMW CCA Member #420698
 
Joeb427's Avatar
 
Drives: '09 335i
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NJ

Posts: 724
iTrader: (1)

I use Zaino leather conditioner but it's kind of a waste but I like the scent.UV protection is important even for today's leather.
Today's leather has a top coat of synthetic, transparent resin is applied as a protective coating in either a high gloss or matte finish.Conditioners don't absorb in like seat leather in the past.
Joeb427 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 01:51 PM   #4
bmw-hoya
Captain
 
bmw-hoya's Avatar
 
Drives: Montego Blue 335i
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Francisco

Posts: 634
iTrader: (0)

There's already about 50-million threads on this topic. Search.

Personally, I use Zaino Z-9 to clean and the Z-10 to condition every few months (every 4 to 6 months or so, depending on usage.)

But there are some terrific reviews and side-by-side comparisons out there if you search the forum.
__________________
"Of course I do. I'm Leonard Shelby. I'm from San Francisco." (Memento)

"Look, we are all reasonable men here. We don't have to give assurances as if we were lawyers." (Godfather: Part II)
bmw-hoya is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 01:57 PM   #5
jlstyle
Major
 
jlstyle's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 335i
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: nj

Posts: 1,321
iTrader: (0)

I just use maguire (?) leather conditional with damp cloth.
My leather still looks and feels better than the first day I picked up the car.
So shiny and sexy looking coral red.
__________________
09 E92 335i Coupe
Jet Black/Coral Red/Sports Pkg/Prem Pkg/Cold Weather/Navi/PDC/Ipod/6MT
jlstyle is online now  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 02:09 PM   #6
BK
Smiling politely
 
Drives: 330i
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington DC

Posts: 7,916
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2006 330i  [4.50]
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlstyle View Post
I just use maguire (?) leather conditional with damp cloth.
My leather still looks and feels better than the first day I picked up the car.
So shiny and sexy looking coral red.
You have an 09. I should hope the leather still looks as good as when you got it!

Motorchoco - if you (1) use leather cleaner and conditioner 2x or 3x per year and (2) be careful about rubbing against the side bolster when you enter/exit the car, then your leather will look as good in 50K miles as it does now.
__________________


330i | Black Sapphire | Beige + Burl | Sport | Premium | Cold | Nav | CA | Sat prep
BK is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 02:57 PM   #7
richtorr
328i/AW, Coral/prem., sport,
 
Drives: e93 m sport
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: brooklyn, ny

Posts: 219
iTrader: (0)

i use a leather conditioner every so often to clean, and follow with some armor all leather cleaner. looks nice and shiny and no greasy crappy feel. i've had my car two years and have no creases or cracks on my leather yet. (coral red is sexy) imho just dont pile up armor all on your seats or dash and make sure to clean with a good conditioner in between details. i see plenty of people with super shiny crappy looking seats, not cool
richtorr is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 03:42 PM   #8
Motorchoco
Private
 
Drives: 09 E90 335i M-Sport
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Canada

Posts: 78
iTrader: (0)

Definitely Do not want shinny finish on leather.

I looked up somewhere and some people claim the newer bmw leather's comes "coated", so leather conditioner is kinda useless on it since the leather cannot absorb the conditioner.
Is that true?

Also wanted to know which conditioner out there is odorless. I still have the nice leather smell in the car and I want to keep that as long as possible.

And how often should you use those the leather cleaner and conditioner?
Motorchoco is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 04:03 PM   #9
am_ver
Lieutenant
 
Drives: Audi A6
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: SF Bay Area (Woodside)

Posts: 586
iTrader: (2)

I like chemical guys conditioner:

http://www.chemicalguys.com/Leather_...spi_109_16.htm
__________________
2006 A6 3.2 Quattro

2008 e93 335i, 6sp MT, Montego Blue, Saddle, Burl, ZSP, Bluetooth, iDrive, PDC, V1+CD
2007 e92 335i coupe, 6sp MT, Montego, Beige, ZPP, iDrive, PDC
2006 e90 325i, ZPP, iDrive, Arctic, Xenon
am_ver is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 04:06 PM   #10
Pedal2Floor
First Lieutenant
 
Pedal2Floor's Avatar
 
Drives: 335i Euro Delivery Fall 2008
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Trumbull, CT

Posts: 307
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Motorchoco View Post
Definitely Do not want shinny finish on leather.

I looked up somewhere and some people claim the newer bmw leather's comes "coated", so leather conditioner is kinda useless on it since the leather cannot absorb the conditioner.
Is that true?
I know on the verts they have specificall gone out of the way to make very tough and I assume they use some coating for that. On the coupes and sedans I am not so sure.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Motorchoco View Post
Also wanted to know which conditioner out there is odorless. I still have the nice leather smell in the car and I want to keep that as long as possible.

And how often should you use those the leather cleaner and conditioner?
The Zaino is not orderless, but it does smell like new leather. I believe the recommendation is 2 to 4 times a year depending on how dirty your seats get.

I like to do it at the start if each new season. Easy to remember
Pedal2Floor is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 04:14 PM   #11
Joeb427
BMW CCA Member #420698
 
Joeb427's Avatar
 
Drives: '09 335i
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NJ

Posts: 724
iTrader: (1)

I'll tell you what guys.
Let a drop of water fall on your leather.
If it beads and doesn't soak in,it's coated.
Joeb427 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 04:21 PM   #12
lkw15
Major
 
lkw15's Avatar
 
Drives: 2015 M3
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Virginia

Posts: 1,067
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
1991 318is  [0.00]
2015 M3  [5.00]
1976 BMW 2002  [4.67]
2013 BMW X5 35i Pre ...  [5.00]
I use Poorboy's Leather Stuff. It works great, doesn't leave a shiny finish - and best of all it maintains and restores the leather smell. After I use it on the seats my girlfriend says it smells like a new handbag, which I guess is a good thing.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Poorboy...P126/16-oz-S1/
lkw15 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 04:23 PM   #13
DrGP
Lieutenant Colonel
 
DrGP's Avatar
 
Drives: Sapphire 335i coupe
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SE, PA

Posts: 1,916
iTrader: (0)

What I have found is that I tend to abrade and wear the side bolster when I get in and out. Actually abrasion from the wallet in my pocket. Make sure you are carefull getting in and out to minimize this. You did not say what color your interior is. If it is black it will be easier to maintain becuse you can use shoe polish to rejuvinate any scuffing and wear that occurs. You can do that with other colors as well. Tough part is finding shoe polish/creme to match the other BMW colors.
DrGP is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 04:37 PM   #14
ejazbmw
blahhh
 
ejazbmw's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 E92 335i
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: NJ/NY

Posts: 6,350
iTrader: (7)

screw zaino that stuff is so over hyped just because it smells good, I personally use the 303 line up from detailed image
ejazbmw is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 04:41 PM   #15
iheartsole
Brigadier General
 
iheartsole's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 335i coupe
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Diego

Posts: 4,929
iTrader: (2)

i use that leather cleaner the dealer gave me
iheartsole is offline   No_Country
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 05:33 PM   #16
twinturboa51
Captain
 
twinturboa51's Avatar
 
Drives: Montego Blue 335i Coupe
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bawston

Posts: 622
iTrader: (0)

Leather Stuff FTMFW it leaves the seats matte and it makes them smell like new leather
__________________
twinturboa51 is offline   Armenia
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 07:03 PM   #17
MrZ
Second Lieutenant
 
MrZ's Avatar
 
Drives: 330i
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Toronto

Posts: 267
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by DrGP View Post
What I have found is that I tend to abrade and wear the side bolster when I get in and out. Actually abrasion from the wallet in my pocket. Make sure you are carefull getting in and out to minimize this. You did not say what color your interior is. If it is black it will be easier to maintain becuse you can use shoe polish to rejuvinate any scuffing and wear that occurs. You can do that with other colors as well. Tough part is finding shoe polish/creme to match the other BMW colors.
Wouldn't it be on your clothes after? If not, that might be a good idea.

P.S. I use Zaino Z9, Z10. Leather looks and feels better than it was when I picked it up (car is CPO).
__________________
MrZ is offline   Belarus
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 07:07 PM   #18
halB
Colonel
 
halB's Avatar
 
Drives: W211 E350 4M MkV GTI 987.2 S
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Just north of Toronto

Posts: 2,384
iTrader: (0)

I use the BMW leather cleaner and conditioner too. They preserve the nice matt OEM finish.
__________________
07 E93 335i - Returned at lease end
09 W211 E350 4Matic Avant Garde - Blk/Blk, AMG pkg w/18". Sport Susp. F1 Asym. Debadged.
09 MkV GTI w/Leather & 18" Huffs. F1 Asym

10 987.2 S w/Leather sport seat, Sport Chrono, 19" Carrera S II wheels
halB is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      06-30-2009, 07:32 PM   #19
ede92
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2014 Porsche 911 Cab 7MT
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Boston Area

Posts: 513
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Motorchoco View Post
Definitely Do not want shinny finish on leather.

Also wanted to know which conditioner out there is odorless. I still have the nice leather smell in the car and I want to keep that as long as possible.

And how often should you use those the leather cleaner and conditioner?
I bought Zaino and Meguire to try them but I still prefer the Lexol since the smell is subtle but rocks, and leaves a dull satin finish - my preference also.
__________________
2014 911 C2 Cab, Considering adding 2er convertible
Past - 2011 328i Convertible 2008 BMW 335xi Coupe (ED), 2003 BMW 530i, 1999 BMW 528i
ede92 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      07-01-2009, 02:55 AM   #20
SteveC
Captain
 
Drives: M135i
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: North East

Posts: 866
iTrader: (1)

Slip slippin' away

Quote:
Originally Posted by DrGP View Post
What I have found is that I tend to abrade and wear the side bolster when I get in and out. Actually abrasion from the wallet in my pocket. Make sure you are carefull getting in and out to minimize this. You did not say what color your interior is. If it is black it will be easier to maintain becuse you can use shoe polish to rejuvinate any scuffing and wear that occurs. You can do that with other colors as well. Tough part is finding shoe polish/creme to match the other BMW colors.

One thing to remember here.

You know how you use 2 or even 3 cloths or brushes to polish your shoes; an 'on' cloth and one or two buffing cloths? In future, after you've done your car seats with shoe cream, do remember when getting dressed each morning that you're now wearing the buffing cloth. This has the obvious advantage that each time you drive your car, you're also giving your seat a nice shine.

Regarding that shine...do make sure that whenever you brake hard, you're well braced against the steering wheel and floor, otherwise you could end up in the footwell, which is obviously not the ideal driving position. And if you happen to use a silicon-based shoe polish, you may also find that fitting 4 point safety harnesses is advantagous to keep you on the driver's side of the car around bends.

Obviously all the above is tongue in cheek, but there's also an element of truth. There's nothing worse in a high performance car than a slippy seat so the #1 criteria I look for in any leather conditioner is that it does not make the seat slippery

Cheerio!

Steve
SteveC is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
      07-01-2009, 04:19 AM   #21
dtmbmw
First Lieutenant
 
dtmbmw's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 335i Coupe
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Irvine / Diamond Bar

Posts: 399
iTrader: (4)

Send a message via AIM to dtmbmw
Quote:
Originally Posted by Motorchoco View Post
(hm...i think I posted my first post on the wrong forum)

Just switched from a 06 330i to a 09 335i yesterday.
The 330i I had came with leatherette here, and the 335i comes with dakota leather.

The real leather definitely feels and smells much nicer. However, I already have the feeling that it won't be nearly as durable as the 330i leatherette seat. (The 330i leatherette seats show almost no sign of wear after 65000km with zero maintenance)

So I am wondering if there anything I can do or any product I can use to prolong the life of the leather and prevent cracking and wear.
(I used to own an RSX with leather seat, and they started developing small cracks and wrinkles after just 3 years. I would hate to see this happen to the 335i)
omg the dreaded rsx leather cracking lol. same with my old rsx lol
__________________

/ 2008 335i E92 / Jet Black / MT / Gp-T 7500K AE / E46 ZHP M3 shift knob / M3 Tri-stitched steering wheel / Vorsteiner CSL CF Bootlid / OEM Aero Lip / Matte blk Grills / IND Painted Reflectors / 35% tint / PIAA JDM Yellow Fogs / BMS DCI / CYBA scoops /
dtmbmw is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:01 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST