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Leather Seats

Post by reliant-reviver » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:20 am

Any advice welcome!

The winter / damp and daily usage has seriously started to take it's toll on my drivers seat over the past couple of months. I gave them a quick clean and a liberal application of gliptone leather feed a couple of weeks back, but alas the drivers seat is still hard / shrunk. Is there a method for bringing the leather back to life or is this too little too late?

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Re: Leather Seats

Post by PoshTwit » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:28 am

TBH a "quick" clean will probably not be sufficient to allow the feed to penetrate. A good scrub with a specific (automotive) leather cleaner and a nail brush is best to remove ingrained dirt, but be sure to use a brush that does not hurt your skin - that's what leather is afterall...
Another thing to bear in mind is the type of leather that has been used to make the seats. IE - is it dyed, or has it been sprayed/coated with colour and sealant...? The latter is more difficult to deal with.

It could be that they are too far gone, but without seeing them it's impossible to judge.


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Re: Leather Seats

Post by windy » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:36 am

If all else fails I've found pure neatsfoot oil (not blended) is good at making leather supple again. Its commonly used for horse saddles & the like. The downsides are it will likely darken the leather & its best if everything is warm so it penetrates the leather better.



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Re: Leather Seats

Post by AJL Electronics » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:36 am

My limited experience of Reliant dead animal remains is that they are dyed rather than painted.


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Re: Leather Seats

Post by Scimher » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:28 pm

AJL Electronics wrote:My limited experience of Reliant dead animal remains is that they are dyed rather than painted.
...Like vinyl, some previous owner could have coloured replacements in that way to match an interior......



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Re: Leather Seats

Post by philhoward » Tue May 27, 2014 9:04 am

On a related (although not Scimitar) note, is there a good product to keep the leather in the "satin" type finish they generally come with? I'm talking a new car here so likely not to be good quality leather but the leather steering wheel on the (soon to be outgoing) car has gone shiny though 60k of usage and want to stop the new one (and it's seats) going the same way - if possible.


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Re: Leather Seats

Post by badger » Tue May 27, 2014 9:52 am

Many manufacturers are using bonded leather in their cars today which is so full of resins that it doesn't develop a patina but it can melt and leave a wrinkled finish - most commonly on steering wheels!


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Re: Leather Seats

Post by philhoward » Tue May 27, 2014 9:53 am

Mine hasn't wrinkled, but isn't as nice as when I got it..


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Re: Leather Seats

Post by badger » Tue May 27, 2014 10:17 am

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This is the worst case of heat damage to bonded leather I've seen in a while.


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Re: Leather Seats

Post by philhoward » Tue May 27, 2014 10:18 am

Sheesh!


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Re: Leather Seats

Post by nickkeyser » Tue May 27, 2014 10:24 am

Is that on a Renault? The one on my mates Clio trophy was disgusting, like it was covered in bogies.


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Re: Leather Seats

Post by badger » Tue May 27, 2014 3:25 pm

This particular case is a Citroen C5. I like the bogey analogy, I must remember to use it next time we have to make a warranty claim for a customer!


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