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    So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    I`ve been searching, but answers are all over the place lol from what I can tell, if you need to restore leather, leatherique is the product you need. How about cleaning? On ls1tech I saw someone use Adams polish product and it gave a nice matte, supple look. I just haven`t seen a ton of comparisons regarding it on here to this point. Once it is clean I always thought to use a conditioner, but from what I see a lot of ppl seem to be against it as it only protects the very top layer of the leather and isn`t absorbed into the leather. Am I understanding this correctly? If so, after using a leather cleaner, what products do you guys use for upkeep?

    leather is probably where I lack knowledge the most, as I`ve only had one car with it, however it needs some love and it`s time to address it correctly

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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    a coating protects the top layer of the clear...what`s wrong with protecting the top layer of the leather with a conditioner?

    if you`re not using a leather "conditioner" what are your other options?

    I like Poorboys Leather Stuff, Natural Look
    Megs Mirror Bright leather
    PBL leather coating

    I hear PA makes a great conditioner


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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Leather Stuff for me

    and if this helps...
    http://www.autopia.org/forums/interi...her-stuff.html
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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Quote Originally Posted by 512detail View Post
    a coating protects the top layer of the clear...what`s wrong with protecting the top layer of the leather with a conditioner?

    if you`re not using a leather "conditioner" what are your other options?

    I like Poorboys Leather Stuff, Natural Look
    Megs Mirror Bright leather
    PBL leather coating

    I hear PA makes a great conditioner
    i kinda thought it would leave you just about out of options too, probably confused myself on that one by reading one too many posts
    i read a review about poor boys saying it has a pretty strong leather scent, your thoughts on this?

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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Griots 3-1 works great for me if not coating.
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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mezzoni View Post
    i kinda thought it would leave you just about out of options too, probably confused myself on that one by reading one too many posts
    i read a review about poor boys saying it has a pretty strong leather scent, your thoughts on this?
    smells better than the nasty vehicle I used it on to clean!

    I have no issues with the scent, overall I like natural look better but leather stuff works great too


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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    I would recommend McKee`s 37 All In One Leather Lotion after deep cleaning or in between those deep cleanings.
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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    99.999% of the time I just wipe it off with an Interior Quick Detailer. I don`t think I`ve done more than that on any of our leather interiors (daily drivers and dog-hauler included) for over a year, much longer in some cases.

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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    What about a leather coating like Cquartz Leather, Gyeon LeatherCoat or PBL leather coating?

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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Quote Originally Posted by RaydiantDetail View Post
    What about a leather coating like Cquartz Leather
    Good stuff for someone looking for very little maintenance. Have a review on it

    http://www.autopia.org/forums/detail...r-coating.html

    Gyeon Leather Coat is ok.
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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Any lotion type of product should be avoided on coated leather. Just clean it.

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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Even if the leather is coated I still like to have some protection on it - sure it may not reach all the way through the leather but protecting that coating is like protecting the Clear Coat on your car - once it starts to fail it`ll be noticeable and very hard to return to how it initially looked. I`m partial to the Pinnacle Black Label Leather Coating - super easy to use and protects the coating on top of the leather. I`ve been using the Griot`s 3-1 Spray a lot weekly for light cleaning and it works great, and Poorboys Leather Stuff is great as well. My favorite Cleaner/Conditioner combo is Polish Angel - although the cleaner is expensive I love working with it and it smells amazing, the conditioner doesn`t have much smell but a little goes a long way and it works great for uncoated leather (or leather where the coating has failed).
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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Agree with Paul. I coated my car and the wife`s new car with Pinnacle Leather coating. To keep things clean and smelling like leather, Griots 3-1 is great. I think it is the best smelling leather product out there.

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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    I use leather masters strong cleaner at full strength or diluted 3:1 depending on condition, then follow with their protection cream.

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    Re: So what`s everyone like for leather care?

    Every time I buy a used car that had very nice leather to begin with, it is totally dried out because the previous owner did nothing for it. In the past, I have always used Apple Leather Care, applied either in the hot sun or with the heater running full blast to keep the cabin hot. It takes many applications for the leather to finally return to being supple. I recently tried the Leather Doctor system, hoping it would work more quickly. I have to say, while I liked the cleaner, the hydrator and fatliquor just seemed like a lot of trouble for nothing, and the protector B+ didn`t seem to do anything Apple Leather Care`s conditioner didn`t do, just cost more.

    I know the coating according to everyone means it can`t do anything for the seat, but I can point to a 1999 BMW that I thought had some very poor vinyl when I bought it, until I ran the vin decoder and found it had nappa leather. Over the course of a week I managed to bring it back to soft suppleness. I still wish I could find something that worked faster though.

 

 
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