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2009-2015 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Interior leather maint question in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2015; Morning folks. Just picked up a '12 Blk Dia Cpe w Blk/saffron Recaros. I am concerned long term with maintaining ...
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    DrMongo is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Interior leather maint question

    Morning folks. Just picked up a '12 Blk Dia Cpe w Blk/saffron Recaros. I am concerned long term with maintaining the pristine color of the saffron panels. I have in the past had issues with color/dye transfer from clothes to lighter interior leathers, really a problem w my CLS550, never really solved it.
    WHAT, would my esteemed peers suggest for treatment and follow-up maintenance of the leather? I would really appreciate some input. I have asked detail guys and never really got any good advise. HELP PLEASE!

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    M5eater is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Interior leather maint question

    the leather in our cars is coated, I would assume the CLS550 was natural hide, you won't have any of the problems of the CLS550 in the V.

    There are several different brands of treatment products for coated leather, most are designed to be vinyl/rubber protectants, adams leather conditioner, 303, and lexol Vinyl conditioner are all designed for coated leather surfaces. All of which also have fairly high SPF rattings to prevent fading and drying. The important part isn't so much that you pick which product as it is that you pick the right product. Lanolin and heavy oil based products will not work as well, and may even damage the surface of the coating.

    Personally, I'm using Adams conditioner, the shine is low, and it actually has a leather scent.

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    Razorecko is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Interior leather maint question

    i use this. works great 0 shine

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    Rock1 is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: Interior leather maint question

    How do you care for the alacantra panels? I have them on the steering wheel as well as the shifter and the suede inserts that are in Recaros?

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    Re: Interior leather maint question

    For the fake suede or the Saffron inserts and the steering wheel/shifter, I use a suede brush (got from shoe repair store). It's made from soft rubber that when you brush the material it will bring back the Knapp/fuzziness of the fake or real suede if you have that.

    To clean both I use FOAM/SUDS ONLY! not soapy water. To make the foam suds, I use a small kitchen whisk warm water and Johnson's Baby Shampoo.
    Just keep whisking the sh!t out of it for more foam. This may sound like a lot of work but I've used it on my last 2 cars that had real suede seat inserts and door panels and now my V coupe with the saffron seat inserts/door panels and steering wheel.

    Other people have suggested wearing driving gloves (I know,I know) if you sweat a lot or have oily hands.

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