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Old 05-30-2011, 03:44 PM   #1
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Shiny Leather Fix?

My drive side seat always seems to become shiny after a while.

whats a good leather care to help prevent this and bring back the matte black look?
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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It is because the constant friction. It would help if you can sit in the passenger seat while driving. Well, guess that's not easy to do.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:01 PM   #3
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I've had a great experience with Meguiars products. 3M is also a very popular choice for most everything around these forums, too. Snag some leather conditioner and do a good cleaning. Lots of leather nowadays has a vinyl coating, and sometimes cream conditioners do not penetrate it well and you just condition the vinyl. Liquid conditioner may be your ticket to solve this. I don't know if BMW has a vinyl coating on the leather, but liquid conditioner wouldn't hurt.

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Old 05-30-2011, 04:01 PM   #4
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It'll take some time, but find yourself a good leather degreaser - you will need to put several coats on, but it'll remove a lof of the grease thats embedded in your leather which is making it shine. Also find a PH neutral leather cleaner & conditioner.

I tried using Magic Eraser, as a lot of people may advise, its a temporary fix - it roughs up the surface without cleaning deep into the leather. I ended up using a Leather Degreaser and some serious muscle along with the cleaner and conditioner....
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:29 PM   #5
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It'll take some time, but find yourself a good leather degreaser - you will need to put several coats on, but it'll remove a lof of the grease thats embedded in your leather which is making it shine. Also find a PH neutral leather cleaner & conditioner.

I tried using Magic Eraser, as a lot of people may advise, its a temporary fix - it roughs up the surface without cleaning deep into the leather. I ended up using a Leather Degreaser and some serious muscle along with the cleaner and conditioner....
I read in the detailing forums that what you're doing is actually hurting the leather. Magic Eraser is made up of fine fiberglass and when using it you're removing the protective layer of the leather instead of 'rejuvenating' it.

OP, I suggest using something like Lexol cleaner & polish. Great stuff, won't harm your leather and it leaves a matted finish like leather should look (no all greasy/shiny)
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i read in the detailing forums that what you're doing is actually hurting the leather. Magic eraser is made up of fine fiberglass and when using it you're removing the protective layer of the leather instead of 'rejuvenating' it.
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