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Old 05-27-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Leather cleaner and conditioner

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What do you consider the best leather cleaning and conditioning product?

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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Swissvax, Auto Finesse and leatherique without a doubt are the best IMO. I would never touch lexol as its way too greasy
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Diagnosis is the key, not guess work. Before deciding on what products to use, you need to ascertain the grade of leather and the type of leather finish applied

If it's good enough for Rolls Royce and Ferrari's it must be good enough for vehicles upholstery too - nothing could be further from the truth.

Automobile model ranges use different materials for their vehicles interiors; leather upholstery like Aniline Immersion Dyed, Aniline Micro Pigmented, (Urethane) Finished, Artificial leather such as MB-Tex and unfinished materials like Synthetics and Alcantara, and sometimes combinations of products (Alcantara seat inserts on leather seating) as well as various grades of leather hide, full-grain, top-grain and split -grain (which is protected with urethane) all of which require different products and applications methods


Be cognizant that the leather and finishes used for automotive upholstery varies from leather industry standard descriptions and although the names are similar the type of leather, pigmentation and finish are often very different.

So it is very important to be able to recognise the various finishes and materials used by OEM's as they all require different methodologies and products for proper care and maintenance.

Automobile model ranges use different materials for their vehicles interiors; leather upholstery like Aniline Immersion Dyed, Aniline Micro Pigmented, (Urethane) Finished, Artificial leather such as MB-Tex and unfinished materials like Synthetics and Alcantara, and sometimes combinations of products (Alcantara seat inserts on leather seating) as well as various grades of leather hide, full-grain, top-grain and split -grain (which is protected with urethane) all of which require different products and applications methods

Once you've correctly identified the leather and / or the applied finish applicable to your vehicle's upholstery, it's easier to select suitable products / methods (one size fits all is just a vendor's marketing myth) Different types of leather require specific cleaning and care and therefore require a slightly different process. Check your 'leather type' before attempting to clean or apply any products to its surface.

TOGWT Autopia Detailing Wiki - "Leather Upholstery Type Surface Identification" - http://www.autopia.org/forum/autopia...fication.html#

TOGWT Autopia Detailing Wiki - "Leather Articles Hyperlinks" -http://www.autopia.org/forum/autopia...yperlinks.html

If you have any questions about automotive leather, its care or renovation techniques, please let me know

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Gliptone ~$20 for both the cleaner and conditioner.
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I have read that Lexol is not formulated to work for the leather found in our BMWs. I used to use Meguiars and Leatherique before switching to LeatherMaster. Since finding Leather Master, I have no desire to try anything else.
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