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

Hi there,

What do you recommend to clean and condition your leather seats and steering wheels?

I hope to find some high quality stuff.

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:36 PM   #3
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Leather cleaner and conditioner

I use Lexol and it works great for me. The nice thing is its readily available at walmart and parts stores so no ordering and waiting.


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Old 05-27-2013, 05:39 PM   #4
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Lexol... Armorall is for saps...
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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I use Lexol Cleaner and BMW Conditioner, This is how my car looks after 7 years and, at the time this pic was taken, 65000 miles
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:49 PM   #6
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i use armorall

after using leather conditioner

which is supposedly a bad strategy so dont listen to me
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:16 PM   #7
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Never use armor-all. Lexol cleaner is good, conditioner is worthless on our leather.

Best (all out- not value wise) is between Leather Masters, Leatherique and Gliptone.

Best value (simpler) probably Sonax Leather Foam or Zaino leather cleaner and conditioner.

Most OTC leather stuff sucks.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:47 PM   #8
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Armorall has the tendency to dry out and in some cases cause dry rot in leather interiors and contains absolutely nothing in the way of conditioner to keep the leather supple. I have seen cars where armorall has caused the vinyl interiors to develop cracks, dry out, ect. BUT hey they looked really slick until the cracks started happening.

I personally use warm soapy water to clean, dry it with a clean rag, and then apply mothers leather conditioner. Worked great in my corvette and the seats still looked brand new when I sold it.

just my .02 cents.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:15 PM   #9
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For a one time cleaning of really dirty leather matherial, believe it or not Scrubbing Bubble Bathroom Cleaner and a soft bristle brush then wipe down with a lot of damp paper towels once you finished with the cleaning.

Then use some form of leather conditioner and if you use Lexol leather conditioner, likely you will need to use it at least once a month or every other month for a while until you think your leather has absorbed the conditioner enough.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:12 PM   #10
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I like 3M Leather and Vinyl restorer . Smell nice and not greasy. Nice clean and clear results.
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Leather cleaner and conditioner

Bmw conditioner seems to work great for me, I tried lexol but the bmw one is definitely better. May be bmw sells it since it works best with our leather. Just my 2 cent


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Old 05-30-2013, 09:09 PM   #12
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Lexol, Meguires, Chemical Brothers cleaner and conditioner. The latter felt the best, but my seats held up pretty well over 8 years and 75K with minimal bolster wear.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:03 PM   #13
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Lexol is my go to and what all the detailers around here use.
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I've not used Lexol before but I have used Mequiar's and Armor All. Can't recommend either of those.

I have used and ecstatically recommend Leatherique, which BMW uses on the Rolls line. http://www.leatherique.com/

Made my soon to be replaced M3 steering wheel look nearly new, and not to be replaced soon.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:25 PM   #15
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Re: Leather cleaner and conditioner

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I've not used Lexol before but I have used Mequiar's and Armor All. Can't recommend either of those.

I have used and ecstatically recommend Leatherique, which BMW uses on the Rolls line. http://www.leatherique.com/

Made my soon to be replaced M3 steering wheel look nearly new, and not to be replaced soon.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:38 PM   #16
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:46 PM   #17
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I've not used Lexol before but I have used Mequiar's and Armor All. Can't recommend either of those.

I have used and ecstatically recommend Leatherique, which BMW uses on the Rolls line. http://www.leatherique.com/

Made my soon to be replaced M3 steering wheel look nearly new, and not to be replaced soon.
Leatherique needs a better site.....................
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I have used and ecstatically recommend Leatherique, which BMW uses on the Rolls line. http://www.leatherique.com/
As we all know both Rolls Royce and BMW share the same grade leather and finish as BMW
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:37 AM   #19
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I've not used Lexol before but I have used Mequiar's and Armor All. Can't recommend either of those.

I have used and ecstatically recommend Leatherique, which BMW uses on the Rolls line. http://www.leatherique.com/

Made my soon to be replaced M3 steering wheel look nearly new, and not to be replaced soon.
Leatherique is a waste on top coated leather like bmw nappa. It will work on the the steering wheel tho. The product can't penetrate through the clear coat to get to the leather.
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Never use armorall.
A magic eraser goes a long way. And a nice leather conditioner for leather or vinyl substitute if you have vinyl.
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