Interior Leather Care
brett at cloud9.net
Fri Jan 30 22:48:10 EST 2004
> > This my first car with leather interior, so I could use some wisdom/input.
>> What are folks using to care for the leather interiors of their beasts?
>> Conditioners? Cleaners? Protection products?
>> Now that I have had the car for a while I need to start getting after
> > the interior.
>I've used Lexol on mine with good results.
Seconded. When I did my steering wheel after buying the car- the
amount of crap that came off was staggering.
For best results, the interior+leather should be warm as
possible(Lexol actually recommends doing cleaning+conditioning in the
sun). Use a damp cloth with the soap- you want lots of foamy stuff.
Then dry with another towel paying particular attention to seams and
When that's all done, spray the conditioner on the seats and use a
very small cloth to spread it around. Get the leather wet with
conditioner. Let it sit. If it soaks in immediately, go over that
area again; particular bad spots for drying out are the headrests and
tops of the seats since they get blasted with sun. Come back in
15-20 minutes and buff with a dry, clean towel. When you're done you
may find the leather very, very 'grippy' for a day or two. Normal,
and it will only be for a couple of days until the conditioner's
absorbed completely. Bonus- there'a great leathery smell when you're
Note- if you spray conditioner onto the seats, get a cloth slightly
damp and go over all the non-leather surfaces :-)
Oh, also- Lexol's vynlex does nicely on just about everything from
the pleather door panel material to the dashboard. With a chopped
paintbrush or toothbrush it'll clean up switch surfaces. Again- the
dashboard was FILTHY(you couldn't tell with the black interior, but
the cloth came up dark grey); I've noticed a lot of grey interior
200q20v's have this kind of dirt accumulation. The lexol stuff will
lift it nearly instantly. Another plus- Vynlex is water-based, so
you can buff it off after cleaning to get the desired sheen, and it's
easily removed with just a damp towel if you hate it.
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