11-24-2012, 03:48 AM
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: London, England/Florida US
Join Date: May 2004
Mein Auto: Jaguar XKE
Correct information regarding the care of leather is scarce, often contradictory, misleading, or simply wrong. Misinformation can lead to inadvertent damage to your vehicles leather upholstery; my goal is to present clear, concise, accurate information.
There is a great deal of conflicting information on leather care being put out by leather experts themselves who recommend the same products and techniques be used regardless of the grade or the finish applied or use baffling pseudo scientific techno speak as another marketing ploy.
Furniture, Motorcycle, Equestrian and Automobile leather, all of which are have different type of leather finishes and require different care. You do need to understand some of the basic chemistry behind the tanning and be able to differentiate between the various finishes applied to automotive leather in able to understand how to renovate, clean or care for them, one size fits all is a vendor myth
All of which makes it difficult to find a definitive, unbiased answer. Using the correct product is important in order to protect your car's interior. If you keep your cars' interior clean, you can easily save your car for a good couple of years and it can stay in a 'like-new' condition, and maintain a better re-sale value. Cleanliness is one of the major things buyers look for when purchasing a vehicle.
There are a few different types of leather and several types of finishes applied to the leather used for vehicles upholstery. There are also a myriad of leather care products available, which need to be used in accordance to the type of and finish used in for your vehicles upholstery.
That is why it is imperative, that if you are concerned about the results you wish to achieve, you must perform a bit of research into finding the products suitable for your requirements.
After various meetings and discussions with leather tanners, their research and development teams, chemists and fat liquoring formulators and many leather care product manufacturers I've gained an understanding of this versatile material on both a practical and scientific level.
It had always confounded me that such a simple subject has been made into something so complicated. I have always thought that the more facts and information you have at hand the easier it is to judge what information you are being given. After all, how can you fully understand and properly use any product unless you have all the facts? In the final analysis; it's your vehicle, your hard earned money and your choice
Always keep in mind that you're dealing with the finished coating on the leather not with the leather hide itself
Everything you'll ever want to know about automotive leather upholstery – but were too afraid to ask: "Leather Articles Hyperlinks" http://www.autopia.org/forum/autopia...yperlinks.html
The information in these articles will enable you to restore your leather back to an original finish. Whether it's faded, has surface damage, stains, scratches or rips or you simply need it cleaned or rejuvenated, the methodologies and product recommendations will help to solve any leather problem you may have
Last edited by TOGWT; 11-24-2012 at 05:36 AM.