[200q20v] leather care

nhv at citylinq.com nhv at citylinq.com
Thu Apr 19 15:35:39 EDT 2001

Hi Brett, quick question:
Is Lexol easy to find. Where would you suggest getting it?

>Lexol.  I've been complemented many times on the condition and feel of the

>seats, though it helps that the previous owner did a great job of keeping
>the interior in good shape(I have no idea what he used, I suspect Hide
>Food from the buildup on the seams.)
>Do it while the car is warm.  I just discovered that using a soft brush
>results in even more spectacular results(unless your leather is flaking or

>damaged, in which case, the brush will just rip everything.)
>With the lexol cleaner, don't be afraid to use some water to
>work up a good lather.  Vacuum the seats -completely- to get any
>dirt/pebbles/what have you out of the seams; then go over the seat gently
>with a soft brush, and get a lather going.  Wipe it all down with a damp
>Don't forget some of the most critical areas are the tops of the seats;
>front passenger seat tops closest to the window, and a good portion of the

>back seats(headrests, top leather surface of the back) get VERY dried out
>from the sun.
>After everything dries off, and preferably when the car is somewhat warm
>from being in the sun, go over all the leather with the conditioner.
>Slather it on, especially on the areas where it's really dried out.  Let
>it sit, then come back later and buff the seats with a good dry towel.
>This works for me; experiment on your own and see what works for your
>leather, your climate, etc.  Typically my seats are very grabby for a day
>or two after this, but quickly turn back to normal-feeling.
>Do the steering wheel with the cleaner, and really rub the stuff around,
>use a toothbrust to get the grime out of the stitches, etc.
>If you use a white cloth, you'll be amazed at home much grime comes off
>even with periodic cleanings.  Use some conditioner, but wipe it
>off soon after, or you'll have an icky-sticky wheel for a day or two :-)
>Also, pay attention to the shift boot...it's possibly the most abused
>leather item in the car aside from the outside driver's seat bolster(pay
>extra attention to that guy too, especially if you have sport seats.)
>On Thu, 19 Apr 2001, Sean Upchurch wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I bought a gray 91 200q20v about a month ago and have been lurking on the

>> list since then.  Similar to Tom's bouncing speedo and stalling, my car had

>> the same problems.  Thanks to some friends (Pete Kunzler and Orin Eman),
>> replaced the BPV (and the connecting vacuum line) and soldered the circuit

>> board for about 4 hours time.  Anyway...
>> My drivers seat has some surface cracking in it and I would like to use some

>> leather treatment to extend the life of them.  Anybody have any BTDT and

>> suggestions of what to use.
>> Thanks,
>> Sean Upchurch
>> 91 200q20v
>> 87 4ktq (currently dead and waiting for replacement block to be bored)
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