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      12-06-2010, 01:32 AM   #1
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What do you use to clean/condition your leather?

As the title says, what do you use? And where do you get it? (oil/water based?)

It's about time I give my leather a condition to keep it looking & feeling good for years to come
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      12-06-2010, 01:44 AM   #2
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Armoural Leather Protector

i've been using it for years on my previous car, and the leather has outlasted the car!!!

It was the first thing I bought for the car
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Used Leather Master leather cleaner/polish, also ordered BMW leather cleaner/polish which haven't used yet.
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Zaino

I looked into all this a while back and the concensus was that as BMW Dakota leather is coated, no protectant was necessary. I was therefore only using Softly (wool wash) diluted in water and that was keeping it new.

After a while though the driver's seat and front passenger seat facings did begin to look a little duller so I tried the Zaino. The cleaner is excellent, leaving it matt and looking near-showroom fresh. The protectant I'm less sure about. It makes the car smell like a bootmaker's, makes the leather feel slippery for a couple of weeks, but after a month has worn off. Zaino is, I think, water based and said to be appropriate on coated leathers so I suppose I'm doing no harm.

Happy to be pointed elsewhere but I do NOT want shiny, slippery leather.

Anyone tried the BMW one?
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I've been using this for a couple of years with great results. I get it from Super Cheap Auto.
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meguiars, armour all etc leave a shiny coating on the leather.

best stuff ive used is the autoglym leather cleaner and conditioner
ive also heard that the bmw leather cleaner is excellent stuff but you do pay the price for it
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Zaino

I looked into all this a while back and the concensus was that as BMW Dakota leather is coated, no protectant was necessary. I was therefore only using Softly (wool wash) diluted in water and that was keeping it new.

After a while though the driver's seat and front passenger seat facings did begin to look a little duller so I tried the Zaino. The cleaner is excellent, leaving it matt and looking near-showroom fresh. The protectant I'm less sure about. It makes the car smell like a bootmaker's, makes the leather feel slippery for a couple of weeks, but after a month has worn off. Zaino is, I think, water based and said to be appropriate on coated leathers so I suppose I'm doing no harm.

Happy to be pointed elsewhere but I do NOT want shiny, slippery leather.

Anyone tried the BMW one?
Is there a place where you can buy Zaino products other than their website?
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I use Oakwood leather cleaner and their conditioner. I buy it from a horse supplies shop.
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BMW leather conditioner/cleaner is great!! it comes with sponge and cleaning kit, it makes the leather feels softer and great leather smell too

i occasionally use my Kings Furniture Leather care kit as well. lol
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I used Autoglym on my beige Subaru - nice matt sheen, never slippery, but very slightly darkened the leather over time.

Likewise not impressed with the shininess of Meguiars.

Zaino you have to buy online - Final Inspection or Waxit (www.waxit.com.au) provide excellent service
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OK sounds like:

Cleaner: Zaino

Conditioner: BMW Conditioner OR Autoglym?

I'll probs go down that route.
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Zaino you have to buy online - Final Inspection or Waxit (www.waxit.com.au) provide excellent service
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I've been using Zaino products for 5-6 years now since my last 3 cars all had leather seats.

Works wonderfully and leaves it looking and smelling brand new. Ive occasionally used my leather sofa care kit too when I've run out of zaino.

I've used the meguirs and i feel the zaino is a superior product in terms of leather maintenance.
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i wouldn't clean unless you absolutely have to.

the cleaners strip all the natural and not-so-natural oils off the leather... and can leave them looking quite dry.
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This is what I use and I love it: http://www.detailedimage.com/Poorboy...P126/16-oz-S1/

Smells just like new leather.
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i wouldn't clean unless you absolutely have to.

the cleaners strip all the natural and not-so-natural oils off the leather... and can leave them looking quite dry.
Coated leather shouldn't have oils to consider though. And apparently grit, grim salts and skin oils can harm the coating which is why some recommend regular vaccuming periodic gentle cleaning.
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i wouldn't clean unless you absolutely have to.

the cleaners strip all the natural and not-so-natural oils off the leather... and can leave them looking quite dry.
That's why you must use a conditioner after the cleaner.
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Zaino leather cleaner and conditioner bought on the internet.

Water from my spigot and Zaino conditioner if it's not dirty enough to need a cleaner.
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Autoglym conditioner not oily and has a nice smell.
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Leatherique 2 stage system for me with great results
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Something that has been out for over 20yrs and still selling and thats MR SHEEN.My mate does his VW GOLF ive used it once as long as it does its job.
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I use this stuff from http://www.autopia-carcare.com/son-600-610.html

SONUS..

I've used it on my Golf R32 .. it's great.. Restores/Cleans the leather to factory... matt, not wet nor shiney.. I love it.

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