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    What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Havenít had a car with leather in forever. Whatís a good leather treatment for brand new cars or is it just a matter of keeping them clean so the clear coat on them doesnít disintegrate.


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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    https://www.autopia-carcare.com/blac...-complete.html

    I use BLACKFIRE LEATHER COMPLETE. 1-step and done. Been using it since the truck was new. No complaints. Great product.
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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    To a certain extent it depends on whether it`s coated or non-coated leather. Products with Mink Oil soften leather. Mothers makes good OTC leather products that work well for coated leather. Zaino makes a nice cleaner that isn`t greasy.

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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Most if not all auto leathers are coated. I was told just to keep them clean and thatís it. I have the sonax leather cleaner. Seems to work good.


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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Connolly leather cleaner. Most good quality leather cleaners for Autopia will be fine. Iím going to apply Gyeon leather shield. Iíve used Pinnacle Black Label Leather & Vinyl coating on rest of interior and itís an amazing product. Apply once every 3 months.


    Maintain with an Interior quick detailer. Meguiarís is an excellent OTC product. Iíve recently switch to Adams and P&S interior cleaners.

    Adams is a kinda all in one and like that it has Microban in it. For the price tho the P&S is probable best overall value


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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Been using Griots Garage Leather 3-in-1 Spray for years. Simple enough to use and the leather always looks great.

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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post
    Most if not all auto leathers are coated. I was told just to keep them clean and that’s it. I have the sonax leather cleaner. Seems to work good.


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    Some of the high end cars use real non-coated leather. Ford King Ranch is real non-coated leather as well. That being said, coated leathers tend to hold up better long term for most users. Non-coated leathers are a bit more work to keep looking good.

    I have 20 year old coated leather(maybe I should call it cardboard) in my car and most of it looks pretty good. Just one spot where the leather dried and cracked.

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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    I used Gyeon Leather Shield on a new car in June 2017 and it did very well considering the abuse that car got. Started using Sonax Leather Foam on seats last year, more frequent applications than the Leather Shield and it did very well, easy to use.

    Recently picked up the Polish Angel duo; spray for occasional cleaning, lotion for a "mini-Leatherique" treatment yearly or so. It`s nice:

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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    I`d love to know just how chemical resistant LeatherShield really is. In my experience there wasn`t a trace of it left after cleaning with a different brand leather cleaner. (Gyeon`s are meh).

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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Quote Originally Posted by atbalfour View Post
    I`d love to know just how chemical resistant LeatherShield really is. In my experience there wasn`t a trace of it left after cleaning with a different brand leather cleaner. (Gyeon`s are meh).
    I`d guess at least somewhat resistant. I had it on my daily driver, about 58k miles before I used the PA stuff last month. I work at a pool service company and on frequent occasion i have fresh liquid chlorine (12.5% Bleach, essentially) stains on my clothes, residual granular chlorine, BiCarb, dry acid...you name it and I`ve probably carried into my car at some point and exposed the leather seats to it. Nothing scientific but it`s held up to my grimy self for quite a while now. Testament to Gyeon Leather Shield or the innate ruggedness oh Honda Leather interiors, I dunno.
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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Most of my vehicles over the last few decades have had leather interiors, including most dailies and dog-haulers. 99.99999% of the time I just use an Interior QD.

    On the *very* rare occasions that I actually use a Protectant I usually go with either LeatherMasters Protection Cream or stuff from The Leather Doctor.

    Yeah..many would say that I neglect..or even abuse..my leather, but I`ve had leather interiors for a good 40 years and in that time only *ONE* sport seat bolster, on my wife`s high-mile daily, ever needed redone. Even the "that`s trashed, you gotta have it replaced..." leather in my current beaters has held up perfectly fine since I cleaned it up, conditioned it (yeah...coated leather that I did condition. Although [individuals] say it doesn`t work...it sure did for me ), and then kept it clean with the IQD.

    IME auto leather is tough stuff and doesn`t need much attention as long as you don`t do something truly damaging (which would include leaving it dirty for long).
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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Most of my vehicles over the last few decades have had leather interiors, including most dailies and dog-haulers. 99.99999% of the time I just use an Interior QD.

    On the *very* rare occasions that I actually use a Protectant I usually go with either LeatherMasters Protection Cream or stuff from The Leather Doctor.

    Yeah..many would say that I neglect..or even abuse..my leather, but I`ve had leather interiors for a good 40 years and in that time only *ONE* sport seat bolster, on my wife`s high-mile daily, ever needed redone. Even the "that`s trashed, you gotta have it replaced..." leather in my current beaters has held up perfectly fine since I cleaned it up, conditioned it (yeah...coated leather that I did condition. Although [individuals] say it doesn`t work...it sure did for me ), and then kept it clean with the IQD.

    IME auto leather is tough stuff and doesn`t need much attention as long as you don`t do something truly damaging (which would include leaving it dirty for long).

    as always, great insight and most importantly, experience. I’ve shifted to keeping it clean. Some of the products like ultima sealant are nice, but it is some work. One of my favorite ‘detainees’ is garry deans forever rinseless at qd strength. Cleans and lays down some polymer protection.
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    What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post

    Yeah..many would say that I neglect..or even abuse..my leather, but I`ve had leather interiors for a good 40 years and in that time only *ONE* sport seat bolster, on my wife`s high-mile daily, ever needed redone. Even the "that`s trashed, you gotta have it replaced..." leather in my current beaters has held up perfectly fine since I cleaned it up, conditioned it (yeah...coated leather that I did condition. Although [individuals] say it doesn`t work...it sure did for me ), and then kept it clean with the IQD.
    I hear the consensus that conditioners are pointless on vehicle coated leather as well. But, particularly on the Q5 leather which is on the softer side, it certainly makes the leather feel nicer and look more supple for weeks at least. Not to mention most conditioners smell very nice. So I continue to apply it. I donít know what it does for protecting or whether it is necessary, but I swear the seats look and feel great after use.

    And with the leather coatings (Mckees, PBL) they leave a nice slick surface (not greasy slick) and a little shine. Things such as four year old childrenís snacks wipe off a lot easier with the coating, which is very easy to notice.

    So even though I understand the science of why conditioning (and coating?) coated leather doesnít make much sense, I see pretty obvious, different benefits from each.

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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    IME auto leather is tough stuff and doesn`t need much attention as long as you don`t do something truly damaging (which would include leaving it dirty for long).
    Guilty

    Perhaps worth noting that when we picked up wife`s car after having PPF and coatings done I mentioned grabbing some Leather Shield for interior/seats. They said not to bother but rather to just give it an occasional hit with Sonax Leather Foam.

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    Re: What does everyone use to protect leather ?

    I will "steal" (more correctly hi-jack. What else is new, Captain Obvious!...) this thread and ask if anyone has used any of the leather-care products form Colourlock recently offered by Detailed Image? Just curious... seems like English-made products that mirror Leather Masters.

    More forum thread info on leather care, please see:
    https://www.autopia.org/forums/car-d...hlight=leather
    See post #54 from Stokdgs about Spinnybeck Leather Care products!!!!
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