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      05-13-2014, 07:02 PM   #1
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leather Seat Treatment

This is probably a dumb thing to ask but what do you use for your seats? i bought this armor all from auto zone but it doesn't work to well. is there anything you would recommend that would keep the seats looking shiny and if possible from heating up so much in the sun?
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This is probably a dumb thing to ask but what do you use for your seats? i bought this armor all from auto zone but it doesn't work to well. is there anything you would recommend that would keep the seats looking shiny and if possible from heating up so much in the sun?
Woah woah get some warm water and wash that armor all off now!!!

For leatherette (which I assume you have) use Lexol Vinyl Cleaner or Aerospace 303.

Leather use Lexol Leather cleaner and then conditioner. SmartCare Leather is also good
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There is an entire section of this forum devoted to detailing. It is the place where you will find the answer to your question, but also the proper place to post questions like this. Also, there is a "Search" function that you need to use before posting. It is much faster than posting and waiting on responses.

Search is your friend.
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      05-13-2014, 08:34 PM   #4
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Whatever I'm still gonna answer you post, but yeah use leather conditioning wipes find a good brand. I've never used armor all, maybe when I owned a Nissan lol.
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lexol clesner and conditioner. no oily residue and works fantastic
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Whatever I'm still gonna answer you post, but yeah use leather conditioning wipes find a good brand. I've never used armor all, maybe when I owned a Nissan lol.
I'll have to look around. Thanks and come on give me credit. I'm only 19 and this is my 2nd car lol forst was a Honda with cloth seats so I'm new to leather
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I just ordered chemical guys leather cleaner and leather serum. I get it Monday. Ill report back if interested.
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I just ordered chemical guys leather cleaner and leather serum. I get it Monday. Ill report back if interested.
I use the CG stuff and like it a lot. As far as preventing the seats getting too hot: keep the car in the shade
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      05-14-2014, 12:11 AM   #9
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Zaino, gives it that new car smell again.
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Armour all never ever.

Armour all never ever.

There is a detailing sub forum here

http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=16

http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13

lexol or macquiers for leather macquiers for all other Interior
Plastics. You don't want a hard shiny coat you want it
look natural and soft.
For the exterior
Klasse after cleaning and clay barring.

Dr Colorchip for minor paint chips and scratches.

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I have heard great things about leatherique ( http://www.leatherique.com/ ) - I ordered it and am waiting for the nice weather to redo the interior of my vehs...
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I use Lexol leather cleaner and follow up with the conditioner.
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I have heard great things about leatherique ( http://www.leatherique.com/ ) - I ordered it and am waiting for the nice weather to redo the interior of my vehs...
Several things about Leatherique:

1 - Their website is for shit. Confusing as hell.
2 - Their products are not cheap.
3 - Their products are counter-intuitive. I want to *clean* first and *treat* second. Not so! You apply their Rejuvenator product first to restore the suppleness of the leather. This product contains proteins and collagens that penetrate and restore the leather (no petroleums/silicones). You work that in and then let it "bake" in a closed car in the sun. Then you use their Pristine Clean product to clean and buff out the leather.

We shall see. I also bought the kit and will be applying soon to see how well it works.
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Hopefully you will have a product you like by now. I suggest that you apply the conditioner using your hands no rag. Rub it into the leather and don't be surprised if it gets dirty looking meaning you are lifting the dirt out of the leather. You need to apply it generously to do this. Once in that state wipe off the excess after a short period which should remove a lot of the dirt and other stuff. Then reapply again and let it soak in the sun then once absorbed wipe any excess off and buff lightly with a soft cloth.
As long as the product is a quality product it really doesn't matter which one, I have used them all on my Porsche 911 to SO's Ford Five Hundred. They all work...
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Woah woah get some warm water and wash that armor all off now!!!

For leatherette (which I assume you have) use Lexol Vinyl Cleaner or Aerospace 303.

Leather use Lexol Leather cleaner and then conditioner. SmartCare Leather is also good
LOL exactly what i would have said!!!!
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Zaino, gives it that new car smell again.
agreed, Zaino gives it a nice new car smell
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I've used many different leather cleaners and conditioners (everything from Meguairs, Zaino, Leatherique, Lexol, Griot's, and BMW's stuff (most likely private labeled)). As someone said here, as long as it is a quality product, you'll be fine.

Key thing is maintaining it. The Leatherique is great, but it's pretty intensive and time consuming to do it properly. I'd use that for neglected leather that needs a good cleaning and conditioning. I've used it on my E36 and E92 with very good results.

But I've been keeping up with the maintenance and so now I just use Lexol cleaner to shampoo it every 6 months (if needed) and follow up with a good conditioner like the stuff from BMW. Not a fan of the Lexol conditioner-leaves the leather sticky and a little shiny.

The BMW stuff is good and leaves a nice a nice matte OEM finish.

In between the six months, I use Griot's leather cleaner and conditioner. For those that love Zaino, you'll love this too. Same smell but is stronger and lasts longer. Also one great thing about the Griot's is that on my driver's seat, I had that shiny worn finish from years of use and this stuff got rid of it and made it nice and matte again!
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I have used leather masters strong cleaner before and i am using pristine clean from Leatherique.. i have not tried there other product, but pristine works awesome! Easy to use, and cleans very well, leaves no smell, no grease, great matte finish.. Also leaves behind a lil UV protection! I really like it..
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Leather master. Buy the full kit and follow all instructions. It's the best stuff IMO for the money.
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Works great, and as some others have mentioned it provides that new leather smell.
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