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Old 05-31-2013, 01:35 PM   #21
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I was recommended leatherique, can anyone confirm that it works good in our cars?
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:09 PM   #22
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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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Don't ever use a magic eraser on leather...or really any surface on your car. It's very abrasive and will ruin the surface.

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I was recommended leatherique, can anyone confirm that it works good in our cars?
Depends on the BMW leather, If it's top coat, then no. Vat dyed yes.

Gliptone is the best choice IMO.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:37 AM   #23
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I've used Leatherique on my M3 seats and they look like they came off the factory floor when they were done. No kidding. What Leatherique did to a used worn out steering wheel was honestly astonishing. The seats are nearly new anyway but they did look and feel factory fresh when I conditioned them with Leatherique. I can't speak to the Montana hide though.

Like I said I've used a couple other products and for some time I'd used Mequiar's but never felt that it worked well, although better than Armor All. At least the leather wouldn't crack but the Leatherique makes it feel softer and more supple. I've used it on my truck seats also, which saw Meguiar's previously and there was a night and day difference between the two products.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:43 AM   #24
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Thanks for that review I was a bit skeptical after hearing some stuff on here, but after your review ill stick to getting leatherique like I was going to.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:20 PM   #25
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Thanks all for the detail info. I have also done some further research on different forums, and it looks like Leatherique is the top ranked product.

Now my seats actually are in very good condition, definitely no crack and barely see an wrinkles after 11 years. With that said, is the Pristine Clean the only product I need as I believe Rejuvinator is more for restoring worn out leather?
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The two products work together. Oddly you put the Rejuvenator Oil down first and then use the Pristine Clean afterward. That seems logically backward to me but it works.

The Rejuvenator Oil is actually the conditioner and the Pristine Clean pull stains and dirt floated by the conditioner off the leather, while further driving the conditioner in. I read that somewhere, on their site or from a pro detailer page I came across somewhere.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:09 AM   #27
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Any recommendations for cleaning/maintaining boston leather seats in a 135i? I was thinking about Chemical Guys or Wolfgangs.....
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Any recommendations for cleaning/maintaining boston leather seats in a 135i? I was thinking about Chemical Guys or Wolfgangs.....
Leather Masters cleaner, vital and protection cream, or Zaino cleaner and conditioner.

Chemical Guys conditioner isn't really great for our coated leather, which can't absorb traditional conditioners anyway. I used it and was disappointed. The vast majority of leather products are disappointing and inadequate for our modern leather.

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Sonax for a one step if you're lazy. Still works quite well.

Use a leather brush like this one really improves cleaning power.

Disclaimer: I have used Sonax, Leatherique, Leather Masters, Zaino, Chemical Guys, Lexol, Blue Magic, Mothers and Meguiars leather products.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:20 AM   #29
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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.
You sure about that? I loved the way it worked. Not too shiny, not super slick either, just clean.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:13 AM   #30
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Most leather cleaners will remove dirt / soiling from urethane finished leather, it's the conditioner that does nothing to the leather hide, although it will make the urethane feel 'softer'. IMO it's a lot of money / effort to clean what is for all intents and purposes 'plastic'.

But its your money and your time, what you use on your own vehicle is ultimatly your choice
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Leather cleaner and conditioner

Zymol makes a pretty good cleaner.. I need to get some more.


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You sure about that? I loved the way it worked. Not too shiny, not super slick either, just clean.
Yes you could achieve the same results for much less with bmw nappa leather.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=399837
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:10 PM   #33
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Yes you could achieve the same results for much less with bmw nappa leather.

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Yes you could achieve the same results for much less with bmw nappa leather.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=399837
Not 100% true that none of the conditioners penetrate. I was told by someone in the industry that things like the oil and Leather Masters Vital have solvents (or things that work like them) that can actually penetrate through the leather coating. The reason you need to wait an hour or so before using leather after applying a product like Leather Masters Vital (or others) is that the top coat needs to "flash" or cure again.

The steering wheel has clear coat on it. A reason why Rejuvenating Oil might work better on it is that the clearcoat fails more quickly on a high use item like a shift knob or steering wheel.
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Leather Masters cleaner, vital and protection cream, or Zaino cleaner and conditioner.

Chemical Guys conditioner isn't really great for our coated leather, which can't absorb traditional conditioners anyway. I used it and was disappointed. The vast majority of leather products are disappointing and inadequate for our modern leather.

Zaino

Leather Masters

Sonax for a one step if you're lazy. Still works quite well.

Use a leather brush like this one really improves cleaning power.

Disclaimer: I have used Sonax, Leatherique, Leather Masters, Zaino, Chemical Guys, Lexol, Blue Magic, Mothers and Meguiars leather products.

Thanks for this post

I don't even think my seats are all that dirty.....they're black and the car has relatively low miles. There is a small part on the drivers side bolster that seems a bit worn/cracked (very minor) and I wanted to basically condition the seats to prevent this from progressing. I'll check out the items in your links.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:47 AM   #36
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I'm crazy happy with Gliptone. It blows away my old favorite, Lexol. The conditioner is what makes it so good. You sure can't beat the price: $14 for cleaner and conditioner.

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