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    Leather conditioning

    I recently bought an 05 and the previous owner had a child safety seat strapped in the back. Because they left the seat strapped in all the time, it has left a depression in the leather where it was mounted. it doesn't look deep enough to have deformed the seat foam so hopefully I can get it to lay back out.

    Anybody have any experience with anything like this? What kind of leather cleaners/conditioners are you using and how well do they work?

    While I'm at it, how do you clean the suede inserts?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    As far as the suede I have used a product called Tuff Stuff. spray on and use a damp towel to slightly scrub them clean. I would try steam to bring the indents up in the leather then use a good conditioner. The leather is thick and firm so its going to take some work to get those impressions out.

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    Thanks for the reply!

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    Another option for the inserts is to pick up a suede shoe cleaning kit. It's basically a big gum eraser and a brush - you use the eraser to buff any dirt or stains out of the suede, and then the brush to clean up the eraser shavings. Honestly, I have no idea how well it works, since I have the black interior. On a grey or tan interior it would probably be easier to see if I was actually accomplishing anything with it.
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    That sounds promising. I'm not excited about putting chemicals on the suede so i'll give that a shot although mine still looks good. just a maintenance thing.....

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    Remember, it's not suede, it's a synthetic material. If it's real Alcantara, there are cleaning instructions in their site.

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    I use Blue Coral on the fake suede in my 300ZX, works awesome. I haven't used it on the seats in the V yet, but I have cleaned up a few fingerprints from the headliner and A pillar trim. Similar to what V for Victory was describing.

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    Thanks for the tips!

    Do you guys have a leather cleaner/conditioner you can recommend?

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    Quote Originally Posted by ctsv247 View Post
    Thanks for the tips!

    Do you guys have a leather cleaner/conditioner you can recommend?
    I have been a fan of Lexol products for clearning and conditioning leather.

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    Excellent reviews, thanks for the tip!

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    After shopping around locally for a brush that was actually big enough to hold and get any work done, i went to ebay and purchased the following suede brush marketed by Timberland....in short, it works very well and, I could be wrong here, i feel better about dragging this across my fake suede than i do an aggressive looking brass bristle brush. Using this raised the suede a good bit and it seemed to remove all the dead material that was there. Like it, recommend it.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Timberland-U...-/171177178137

    I also used the Lexol products and while them seem to work ok for the money, i expected a little more dirt to come off of the seats in my 170k mile car....maybe the previous owner took better care of the car than expected....

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    Quote Originally Posted by ctsv247 View Post
    After shopping around locally for a brush that was actually big enough to hold and get any work done, i went to ebay and purchased the following suede brush marketed by Timberland....in short, it works very well and, I could be wrong here, i feel better about dragging this across my fake suede than i do an aggressive looking brass bristle brush. Using this raised the suede a good bit and it seemed to remove all the dead material that was there. Like it, recommend it.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Timberland-U...-/171177178137
    Interesting. I've never seen a brush like that, but it does seem like it would be useful without beating up the material. Good size, too, so you don't feel like you're trying to clean the whole seat insert with a toothbrush. I'll have to pick one of those up.

    The dry cleaning kit they also have advertised is what I bought a while back. Mine is Kiwi brand, and you should be able to find it in the shoe laces / shoe polish section at a department store or whatever.

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    Interesting. I've never seen a brush like that, but it does seem like it would be useful without beating up the material. Good size, too, so you don't feel like you're trying to clean the whole seat insert with a toothbrush. I'll have to pick one of those up.

    The dry cleaning kit they also have advertised is what I bought a while back. Mine is Kiwi brand, and you should be able to find it in the shoe laces / shoe polish section at a department store or whatever.
    What kind of leather conditioner/cleaner do you use?

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    Errrr... Uhhhh... nothing. This thread has been a reminder that I need to go buy something, because it's been a while since I gave the seats a cleaning.

    In the past I've just used the basic Armor-All leather wipes, but they're nothing special.

    Edit: I swear there was a good thread about leather care on one of another forums I frequent, but I can't find it now. I did find a short thread with a couple folks recommending this line of stuff - http://www.leatherique.com/. Another guy suggested Connolly Hide Food, which you can find from various vendors online.

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    Re: Leather conditioning

    Thanks for the info. The lexol is ok i guess and you can buy it at walmart but in the future, i may try something else....

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