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Old 10-06-2018, 07:00 PM   #1
JPMo
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My Ride: 2004 330i ZHP
Sonax Leather Foam review

Today I attempted a quick leather clean/ condition project using Sonax foam, which is supposed to be an all-in-one cleaner with a beeswax based conditioner. Now I know that my ZHP does indeed have leather based on the window sticker that I found in the trunk, but my leather is very vinyl-like and stiff. When I first received the car about a year ago, I attempted to use the Leather Masters kit from detailer's domain, but it didn't give me the change I was looking for. I was hoping since this was a foam, maybe I'd get better cleaning ability.

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Here are the tools I used. The yellow thing is a brush I saw featured on the Rag Company's website which had almost velvet like bristles. Downside was price. $11.99 + shipping. No thanks, so I went to Amazon and found what looks like an identical product for $7.99 (which has since increased to $10.99) so I figured why not.


So here on the initial spray, things look promising. Good foaming action

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After some agitation and a wipe down, my horrible attempt at a 50:50 since I didn't have any tape. You can see the right side of the chair is a little less shiny than the left.
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Didn't really pick up on camera too well, but it definitely knocked some of the shine down. The end product:

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Overall: Seems like a decent maintenance product but not the greatest thing to tackle 14 year old leather that probably has never been cosmetically maintained before my ownership. Interestingly, I noticed that as I was doing the passenger seat, the driver seat was becoming more supple. Decided to get another microfiber, spray some on product on the towel and put another thin layer over the seats and leave it for awhile. I'll report back with an update. Lastly, I wish I would have thought about having a damp towel to wipe the dirt away after my initial agitation, before putting the thin layer down but hindsight is always 20:20

I think I just really need to give leatherique a try, I've just been stalling as its a little work intensive and I don't have the time currently.

Update: If you have ever handled a pair of leather shoes that have been conditioned with beeswax, then you'll know what my seats feel like after a few hours. They just have this matte slightly grabby, almost waxy feel. You can definitely tell theres something on them. Not sure if I'm a fan.
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