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Old 06-23-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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Just used leatherique on my seats / steering wheel

I caught a sale and got a Leatherique Rejuvenator and Prestine Clean package and used it on my seats and steering wheel this weekend. Thought I'd share my experiences with the community

My car is 8 years old and I've never tried cleaning the seats other than just wiping down with a rag. It goes from garage to garage so not much exposure to direct sun, although in Texas it does get brutally hot, even in garages. I have beige leather sport seats, and my steering wheel is the M steering wheel (ZHP package).

I followed all the instructions for applying, applied liberally with a foam brush, second application with bare hands (with latex gloves), let sit for 36 hours (85-90 deg F, fairly humid, in shade), sprayed with Pristine clean, scrubbed with leather brush a bit, let sit, wiped down with wet rag, repeated a couple of times (it was really dirty), then wiped down with dry rag.

All in all I'm satisfied with the product. My drivers seat especially had this grungy film removed that I seem to have got used to over the years. All surfaces lost that shiny-ness and got more matt and grainy looking, which is pleasing.

It's not a miracle worker though. There's still small amounts of dirt remaining so I'll probably do another pass in a month or two. I did start noticing the actual damage in my seats more, i.e. cracks, tiny holes, etc. The driver's seat bottom and bolster sides especially. I can tell the only thing to do would be to replace the covers or do more complex restoration. I'm not even sure if regular application of leatherique would have prevented this or not.

Anyway, hope you guys enjoy! I've lurked on this forum for long enough without contributing












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Old 06-24-2014, 05:26 AM   #2
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Looks great OP! I just used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on my steering wheel and it looks like a brand new M sport wheel now. Going to see if I can find Leatherique around here since I see it does work well. Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:47 AM   #3
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Looks great OP! I just used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on my steering wheel and it looks like a brand new M sport wheel now. Going to see if I can find Leatherique around here since I see it does work well. Thanks!
Thanks! I have seen good things about the Magic Eraser. For anyone who finds themselves doing the leatherique treatment on the seats though, might as well do the steering wheel too. It only added ~5 mins to the whole process, it's really simple compared to the seats.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:59 AM   #4
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One stupid question?

I'm going to do the leatherique this weekend, nice hot day for it. And I am going nuts searching the forums about which parts of the seat are leather and which are not. Is it safe or maybe even beneficial to use that stuff on some parts if they are vinyl?

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Old 06-26-2014, 01:22 PM   #5
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I'm going to do the leatherique this weekend, nice hot day for it. And I am going nuts searching the forums about which parts of the seat are leather and which are not. Is it safe or maybe even beneficial to use that stuff on some parts if they are vinyl?

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I had the same confusion too. Parts of the seat are hard / slick plastic obviously, that's easy. Other parts, like the back of the seat are a kind of soft touch material, with a leather like grain, that's similar to the dash. Then there are the seat covers, which are cushioned and have stitching. I pretty much made a rule, anything that is stitched is definitely leather, so I'll rejuvenate it.

When I used the rejuvenator oil, it drips and flows like oil, so it naturally touched other non-intended areas. I just wiped all non-intended areas off with a rag after I was done applying. Everything seemed fine after. Pristine Clean is listed as working with leather, vinyl, rubber, so probably won't hurt those questionably leather areas, but never hurts to identify first anyway. Btw, leatherique.com is a really badly designed website. I found more succinct info on their vendor's websites.

Still not sure what the dash or back of the seat is made of. Anyone know?
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:20 PM   #6
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Thanks, unless anyone else chimes in I think that is exactly what I am going to do. The side bolsters seem to be the same material whether its where the body touches or the outside of it, so I will just do all the stitched portions of the seats.
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