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Old 09-02-2006, 07:15 PM
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Need advice on leather conditioners

I've been researching information on leather cleaners and conditioners and I've narrowed my choice down to either Leatherique or Connolly's Hide Care.

Does anyone have any experience with either or both of these?

The leather I want to treat is cosmetically quite clean, but it's getting dried out and is showing the beginnings of some small cracks in the surface.

Leatherique appears to do great at eliminating cracks and making the hide soft and supple again, but I'm concerened about some of the reports I've read about it being too aggressive and causing the dye to come off.

Connolly's seems to have a long history of being used on many of the most expensive leather interiors, but I don't know how good it is at repairing early signs of aging.

Any advice or opinions would be appreciated.
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Old 09-02-2006, 07:24 PM
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i think leatherique is over priced....

it does an adequate job at best..
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Old 09-02-2006, 07:26 PM
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:05 PM
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I don't think leatherique cleaner or conditioner is too harsh but my car is only eight years old and the steering wheel hasn't been redyed. I've used Lexol cleaner and conditioner on a 911 and it was good but as I recall it made a very slight difference in the color of the new upholstery.

Mercedes says this about leather cracking; "In fact upholstery is subject to extreme wear... jeans in particular...fats and oils that are left on the surface by people and enviromental influences. Dirt and dust particles accumlate in this greasy layer, penetrate into the pores and lead to a misty gray tarnish. These aggressive substances damage the leather, making it more prone to cracking and tearing...If a classic car is in regular use, its leather upholstery should therefore be cleaned several times each year. This is best done with a not too strong solution of lukewarm water and detergent, gently rubbing the surface with a soft cloth. A damp microfiber cloth is then used to remove the moistened residue, followed by a polish with a dry woolen cloth.
If more intensive cleaning is required, specialist suppliers stock a number of suitable products...without drying it out..."

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Old 09-03-2006, 02:48 PM
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Cool leather cleaning & conditioning

I would like to add somethink left out of the conversation . that is that to clean any leather a neutral PH cleaner with a PH factor of 6.8 to 7 is referred to. What kind of leather is being cleaned ? coated leather or none coated leather. Early Merced-Benz leather were none coated so even connally will pull color in its application. Coated leather is when there is a thin coat over the leather that will not obsorve water or spills and it runns of the leather instad of impregnating it.
There are lots of products out there and I would rather you message me privately to discuss your needs . Micro fiber and warm wather do a good job of removing light dirt and sweet from leather but can sometimes be pushed too hard to also removing dyi lots form the leather it self.
It iis important to know the kind of leather one is trying to clean and to test small areas that will not be see should the cleaner & conditioner not work.
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Old 09-03-2006, 07:59 PM
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I use leatherique and like it. I particularly like the fact that it leaves no perfume or other smell. It also seems to leave no residue.
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:25 PM
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Some where i read on these Mercedes forums that the leather conditioner from Harley Davidson was real good so i decided to give it a go. If you get some it comes in a shallow round container and looks like vasoline if you want to try it. I asked the owner of the dealer and he says it is real good and does all his leather couches and what ever else with it.Any way i use it on my 'Shania'-86 sl and am totally happy with this stuff. I'm not home right now so can't tell you the proper name. He said to never use liquids on leather.Louis
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Old 09-27-2006, 12:31 AM
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Another product...

Zaino Leather cleaner!! Good product! As good as any I have used and I have used most all of them.
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Old 09-27-2006, 12:37 PM
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I really like the Griot's Gargage Leather Rejuvenator at:
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Old 09-27-2006, 03:49 PM
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Leatherique works very well when the correct procedure is followed. You need the oil and the Prestine Clean. Look at Emmons Coachworks for great pricing
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:57 AM
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Leatherique is very good IMO....but for best results on a dirty site, you HAVE TO do it several times. Best to do it over several hot days too. Just my 2 cents.

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