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Old 08-04-2004, 10:50 AM   #1
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Protecting leather on seat bolster against wear ?

Any suggestion on protecting leather on seat bolsters from wear when getting in & out of the car? I dont want to get seat covers. Has anyone made something to cover just that side? Thanx for any suggestion. JMJ
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Old 08-04-2004, 10:45 PM   #2
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I would just keep the leather clean and well conditioned. BMW uses german leather--so it's very tough. MB uses NAPA which is, well, junk.
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Old 08-06-2004, 08:12 AM   #3
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I would just keep the leather clean and well conditioned. BMW uses german leather--so it's very tough. MB uses NAPA which is, well, junk.

Well you obviously know absolutely nothing about leathers, way to lead people in the wrong direction . Nappa leather is one of the finest leathers available, the BMW M3 has nappa leather, not just MB. MB has some of the most durable leathers on the market, more so than any BMW I have seen. To protect leather from wear use Leatherique Rejuvenator oil and follow up with Pristine clean. Then after finishing that use Leatherique Original Leather "klear kote". This REALLY protects the finish and look of the leather; however, it does give the leather a little glossier appearance which you may or may not like.
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Old 08-07-2004, 07:22 PM   #4
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Well you obviously know absolutely nothing about leathers, way to lead people in the wrong direction . Nappa leather is one of the finest leathers available, the BMW M3 has nappa leather, not just MB. MB has some of the most durable leathers on the market, more so than any BMW I have seen. To protect leather from wear use Leatherique Rejuvenator oil and follow up with Pristine clean. Then after finishing that use Leatherique Original Leather "klear kote". This REALLY protects the finish and look of the leather; however, it does give the leather a little glossier appearance which you may or may not like.
Whoa, bud, get off your high horse. I've done nothing here to lead people in the wrong direction. Infact, I've given a lot of good information to this board. Please have a little respect--I'm not your mother and I won't deal with it.

I've detailed Mercedes with NAPA leather and it was horrible. It was very thin. Very...synthetic feeling.

Maybe I was a bit swayed since I also did an LS430 with Connolly leather the same day.
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Old 08-15-2004, 07:05 AM   #5
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The nappa leather in my e46 feels durable. Since i have the cinnamon color, it tends to darken in the areas with most use. regular cleaning and maintenance will keep it lasting longer and appealling in appearance
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Old 08-15-2004, 07:36 PM   #6
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I'm not a leather expert.

My Dad is an GM American car man. He always gets leather, and the leather always sucks. He has an escalade now. I thought the leather was very nice the first day, then it seemed to show wear very quickly. Same for his C5 vette. On the other hand the leather in my 4Runner seems indestrcutable, but has a very synthetic feel. I have leather in my 325i. It's seems pretty solid, but scuffs easily. I use lexol about once a month, it restores the leather pretty well.

I was once at a car show. They had an M5 with the glove soft, I assume nappa leather. It was destroyed from people getting in and out of it.

I guess it really depends on how much use it gets, and how it is used.


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The condition of the leather has everything to do with what abuse you give it and how well you take care of it. I have been trying something new that a Bentley guy recommended and this stuff is the sh*t! I have noticed a huge difference in the leather since using it.
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Old 08-20-2004, 01:56 AM   #8
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Any suggestion on protecting leather on seat bolsters from wear when getting in & out of the car? I dont want to get seat covers. Has anyone made something to cover just that side? Thanx for any suggestion. JMJ
get in and out of the car properly, without rubbing against the bolsters
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get in and out of the car properly, without rubbing against the bolsters
How's that? By climbing through the window?
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How's that? By climbing through the window?
just don't rub against the bolsters

most people just don't think about it. if you're mindful of it, it's no problem
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Old 08-22-2004, 12:37 PM   #11
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Simple solution

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Any suggestion on protecting leather on seat bolsters from wear when getting in & out of the car? I dont want to get seat covers. Has anyone made something to cover just that side? Thanx for any suggestion. JMJ
I went to an auction of used taxicabs and taxi equipment in the Bronx and bought one of those seat covers made out of woven Indian beads. I just drape that over the bolsters and it lets me essentially roll in and out of my car without wearing the leather. Works great. Surprised more people have not thought of it.
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Germany announced new line of tough leathers

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I would just keep the leather clean and well conditioned. BMW uses german leather--so it's very tough. MB uses NAPA which is, well, junk.
(AP) Munich -- German animal biologists announced today the successful breeding of a new species of cow with a tougher hide. The development is expected to have its first applicaitons in BMW seat leathers, notorious for wearing thin on seat bolsters.

Scientists called the new breed bovindura maximus and said they expected to attempt cloning the test herd to meet the expected demand of the new leathers.

"Germans have always been known to be thick-skinned," said Duncan Rhimschot, chief scientist of the project, "and now we have the cows to match." Rhimschot said the cows were developed by mating a cape buffalo with a goat from the chamois region near India. Scientists said the combinaton leads to a very supple leather but with impressive wear resistance. "It's just a little dangerous to capture a 1,200-pound mountan goat with 4-foot horns and a bad attitude," said Rhimschot.
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i didnt know so many people could be so passionate aboyt leather care... its heart warming
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