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#1 (permalink) Old 05-26-2010, 12:54 PM
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Leather Seat Care

Anyone have any recomendations on cleaning and conditioning leather seats? I bought Maguires Gold which says it will not leave a "greasy" residue behind and they LIED! That stuff is horrible! Seats are disgustingly greasy! Tried wiping it off and it had little effect. Any ideas on how to safely get the "greasy" stuff off and any recommendations on what to use next time? Thanks!
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Re: Leather Seat Care

I have been using Lexor cleaner and conditioner. But, I put it on at night and in the morning before I leave for work, I use a clean rag and run a quick wipe to catch any left over conditioner. My seats seem to drink in most of the conditioner since I don't have a greasy stain on my dress pants or shirt.

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Re: Leather Seat Care

You want to be careful with conditioning leather. I should say you should not "over" condition it. Too many applications will give you negative results. The leather is dyed and too many applications will cause the dye to bleed out.

How can you tell if this is happening? Look at your application cloth as you are wiping the seats and see if there is any color on it. If so, you are in danger of rubbing off the color dye and being left with a permanent wear spot.

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Re: Leather Seat Care

I thought the leather seats in the Titan weren't real? Could that be why the Meg product is acting strange? Are you just putting on too much?

I have used Meg Gold on my leather jacket, no residue, no weirdness, works great. But it only seems to keep it looking fresh for a couple months. As Skyboi said, you don't want to over apply.

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I've tried probably 6 different leather cleaners, conditioners and for the past couple of years I've stuck with Lexol. Work good, not great, I don't think there is a great cleaner conditioner on the market that will keep your leather looking like new 2-3 years down the road. Leather breaks down over time, I've looked at cheap leather like in the Titan, I had my drivers seat replaced because after 2 years of getting in and out of the truck with jeans I pretty much destroyed the seat. My wife's car (G35) her leather is holding up much better, but still shows sign's of wear (little surface lines, not cracks are on the edge of the seat after 3 years). Oh BTW the Titan is real leather in the middle and fake on the edges and corners. Only reason I'm certain is because when my seat came apart the center was in great condition, and my seat was cracked and torn. So when the dealership, Nissan and I inspected this only the center was leather on my 05 LE. I think they call it leather surface seating area...... Marketing gotta love it. Basicly means were you sit your patooty is leather and everything else is not. Come on spend and extra $100.00 Nissan and get everything leather...... Again just my .02...
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Adams has a good leather cleaner. Contact: Nissan Titan Forum - View Profile: P's Titan
It what I use and it works great ...

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Re: Leather Seat Care

I have used the Griot's Garage leather cleaner and the leather conditioner. Works pretty good. No nasty residue. I just bought the leather cleaner and conditioner from Zaino Brothers (I was already ordering wax stuff) but haven't had a chance to try it.

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I use Leather Master products.
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http://www.topoftheline.com/lestcl.html
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I use only Duragloss brand care products. They have a great leather cleaner and conditioner and it dries up really fast. If you are in the southeast you can find it only at NAPA or Carquest independently owed stores. I heard Duragloss does not market to the big chain stores such as Advance.
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I have used the Griot's Garage leather cleaner and the leather conditioner. Works pretty good. No nasty residue. I just bought the leather cleaner and conditioner from Zaino Brothers (I was already ordering wax stuff) but haven't had a chance to try it.
You will love the Zaino conditioner! I've used it for years... works great on leather that's coated/finished like the Titan's.

FireTitan1262- you can use a Woolite and water mixture to clean the seats and remove the Meguiar's residue. Use a 6 to 1 ratio. Water to Woolite.

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I use only Duragloss brand care products. They have a great leather cleaner and conditioner and it dries up really fast. If you are in the southeast you can find it only at NAPA or Carquest independently owed stores. I heard Duragloss does not market to the big chain stores such as Advance.
Yeah, Duragloss is Zaino, but costs less. Kinda irritates the Zaino fanboys when you tell them that though.

To the OP: Like mentioned, woolite is great to clean leather. I mix it 8:1 water to woolite, but as you can see from the post above me, different strokes for different folks. I also use Lexol Leather Conditioner. I try to condition the leather no more than 3x a year. Haven't had a problem yet.



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Re: Leather Seat Care

Whether or not top-coated leather (vast majority of vehicles today) need conditioner, or leather specific products, is a pretty big point of debate on the detailing forums these days.

Some say you need specific cleaners and conditioners, some say the primary way to keep such leather in new condition is simply to keep it very clean and free of dirt and grime (that you mostly can't see). I'd say most experienced posters fall on the latter side of this argument, including myself. Top-coated leather is essentially sealed, so a conditioner is simply going to sit on top of the coating.

I use 10:1 Meguiar's APC+, other guys like the Woolite solution (as has been mentioned in this thread), and even some simply say a damp microfiber wipe down once a week will keep you in good shape.

There's certainly use for the leather specific cleaners, if you're not big on using APC/Woolite/water, but at least in my opinion I don't see the point of conditioners.

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I've tried using Zymol leather cleaner & conditioner, and it works really great.
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Zaino.com has the best leather care and wax for any vehicle...
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