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Leather seat treatment

Post by Astron Boy » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 11:48 am

So my seats could do with a bit of cleaning.
They are clean, but the leather needs a spruce up.

Can anyone recommend a decent product to use on the leather? A little apprehensive of buying a random products.
Meguiars products which I've used on my previous cars have been fine, but never dealt with leather before.

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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by ANF » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 12:28 pm

I use Meguiars leather cleaner/ conditioner on my seats and seems to work fine (for the last 3 years)
http://www.meguiars.com.au/products/car ... nditioner/
Reminds me that they need a clean too :smile:

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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by Astron Boy » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 12:41 pm

Cheers for that.
Will give it a whirl.
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Post by 420 SE » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 1:57 pm

Leatherique products are exceptional.
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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by Astron Boy » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 3:48 pm

Ultimately I'd prefer a detailer to go right over my interior and have it be immaculate.

Having said that, as the old statement goes.

Good people are hard to find.

The big advertisers employ people who don't give a damn.
The small timers arent experienced enough, and cock up.

Rather not risk, but then there's the issue of me. :laughing6:
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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by AMG » Tue 30 Oct, 2012 3:52 pm

Leatherique / auto glym / Effax / Gee-Why.

non-silicone is important.
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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by MR300TD » Thu 30 May, 2013 1:38 am

I would only recommend Leatherique, it is a 2 step process (Rejuvinator oil & Prestine Clean.

You need to vacuum the seats, then liberally apply the rejuvinator oil, by hand or foam brush working the oil into all seems etc
Then let the car sit doors/windows closed preferably on a warm day, this opens the leather and lets the products work in. The rejuvinator oil needs to be left on for at least 24 hours, though you can get away with 8 if the leather is not that old/dirty, or if you have a really warm environment.

Once you have let the Rejuvinator Oil sit for the desired time, you would then apply prestine clean spraying it on and then working it in with a leather brush, making sure to get all seems etc. You should see the dirt clearly. You will need a bucket of warm water, get one microfiber towel dip it in the bucket and wring it out, use that towel to wipe off the product, then use a second dry microfiber towel to lightly buff dry.

Prestine clean also will add uv protection, and is great for conditioning door/sunroof rubbers.\

If the leather is really bad just repeat the process.

Once you have done the 2 stage process, you can do a monthly prestine clean. Then redo the 2 stage process at least every six months.

If you have MB Tex, just use the prestine clean. For this, spray it on liberally, work it in with hands or leather brush,being sure to get in all seems etc Let sit for 15-30 minutes, then come back with bucket of warm water, get one microfiber towel dip it in the bucket and wring it out, use that towel to wipe off the product, then use a second dry microfiber towel to lightly buff dry. If the MB Tex is really bad, repeat the process.

Leatherique is pretty much the best there is for leather, really amazing product :occasion5:

Below are pictures of a VW i used leatherique on, the seats came up like new. The owner was amazed at the difference.
Also a few pictures of the engine i detailed.

http://ppcco.com.au/leathers.htm
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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by pastelgrey300D » Thu 30 May, 2013 10:46 am

Have a read of this thread for some more info - the second post is a good one:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=16651&p=115076
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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by MR300TD » Fri 31 May, 2013 11:40 pm

Thanks for the link, yes some useful info. The mothers conditioner is interesting though works in opposite order to leatherique, which is step 1 rejuviantor oil then step 2 prestine clean. The idea being that the rejuvinator oil works it way in conditions and pushed all the dirt etc to the suface, then the prestine clean is used to clean away the gunk, very effective and leaves the leather matte not shiny :occasion5:

I have done the leatherique treatment on a commodore, go back tomorrow to finish up, the leather was pretty dirty and had never been conditioned so will be interesting to see the results, will be letting it dwell for 48 hours, tomorrow is prestine clean time. Will post photos.
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Post by MR300TD » Sat 01 Jun, 2013 9:45 pm

Ok, today I went back to the car i was detailing to finish off the leatherique process, took a few snaps during the process to give an idea of the process and the results.

Firstly the car had 65,000ks on the clock and i believe this was the first time the leather had been PROPERLY condition & cleaned.

Some pictures of the leather before
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Post by MR300TD » Sat 01 Jun, 2013 9:50 pm

To apply the leatherique, use a dish/bowel and a foam brush (i could not fing mine so used a paint brush) either way paint the Rejuvinator Oil (RO) on and then work it in with your hands, getting in all seams etc... be generous with the RO

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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by MR300TD » Sat 01 Jun, 2013 9:57 pm

48 hours later, i returned to do the second stage of the Leatherique process, Prestine Clean (PC).
Using a spray bottle, i sprayed the PC onto the leather then worked it in using a leather brush, in the pcitures you can see the dirt coming off.
The rejuvinator oil actually works it's way deep into the leather and pushes all the inground dirt etc to the surface, PC then cleans it away.

After you have worked in the PC, get your bucket of warm water, and soak then wring out your microfiber towel, use this to wipe off all the products, be very thorough, then grab another dry microfiber towel and lightly buff dry.

You will then be left with some very happy, clean condition leather.

Prestine clean also provides uv protection.
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Post by MR300TD » Sat 01 Jun, 2013 10:03 pm

Here is a couple of pictures of how dirty the water got after doing just the drivers seat & Door panel.
I change the water after every section, 4 buckets altogether. Changing the water often is necessary to avoid rubbing dirt back into your freshly cleaned leather.
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Some before shots, some after shots..
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Post by MR300TD » Sat 01 Jun, 2013 10:13 pm

Some more after shots
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Post by MR300TD » Sat 01 Jun, 2013 10:18 pm

The end result. Not bad for a Holden Calais

Leatherique is a lenghty process but really worth it, the best things come to those that wait. :occasion5:

In a couple of weeks i will be doing the leatherique treatment on a Mercedes, Can't wait :occasion5:
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Post by pastelgrey300D » Mon 03 Jun, 2013 11:06 am

Nice one! Thanks for posting!

I think I read on the leatherique website that prestine clean is also recommended for cleaning and preserving MB tex, so that would be relevant to a lot of us too.
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Post by MR300TD » Mon 03 Jun, 2013 5:58 pm

pastelgrey300D wrote:Nice one! Thanks for posting!

I think I read on the leatherique website that prestine clean is also recommended for cleaning and preserving MB tex, so that would be relevant to a lot of us too.

Your welcome.

That is right. For MB Tex just use the Presitine clean.

Spray on prestine clean,
work it in with hands or leather brush,
let sit 15-30 minutes,
the clean off with damp microfiber (as above with bucket warm water)
then lightly buff dry.

Works wonders :occasion5:
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Post by vivant511 » Fri 30 May, 2014 1:46 pm

I'm another huge fan of Leatherique. Does exactly what what captured above.

There is another similar system like this made by Polishangel. Priced around the same and smells absolutely remarkable.

For a simpler and more traditional way of cleaning, i.e. shampoo then condition, Lexol has always been a favourite of mine
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Post by MR300TD » Mon 09 Jun, 2014 10:22 pm

vivant511 wrote:I'm another huge fan of Leatherique. Does exactly what what captured above.

There is another similar system like this made by Polishangel. Priced around the same and smells absolutely remarkable.

For a simpler and more traditional way of cleaning, i.e. shampoo then condition, Lexol has always been a favourite of mine
I have never tried lexol, though have read some good reviews. Am in the process of working out another leather process as not all my clients can wait the 24+ hours for Leatherique. And using prestine clean as a stand alone is not cheap, though it works great.

Will look into lexol, thanks. :occasion5:
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Re: Leather seat treatment

Post by konrad » Wed 11 Jun, 2014 11:18 pm

I'm about to remove the leather seats from my W112 300SE and store them for (maybe) 12 months.
They are in good condition despite being 50 years old and having been in storage for the past 20 years.
Q? Should I treat before putting them into cotton bags (made by my darling) or leave them until time for re-installing comes.
Plan to use Leatherique.

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Post by vivant511 » Thu 12 Jun, 2014 5:19 pm

cotton bags are a fabulous idea as it lets the leather breathe. The big mistake would be to use plastic bags or anything polyester.

I would give it a final clean and conditioner before bagging to retain the oils in the hide. Periodic checking every few months for mould and you're good to go :)
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