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Old 10-31-2003, 07:38 AM
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Question Leather care?

This is my first car with a leather interior. I just picked up some Lexol leahter cleaner, conditioner and vinyl cleaner. And I'm using some MF towels to help trap all the dirt and keep my leather from tearing up. But my question is what parts are leather and vinyl?

These parts are obviously leather:
Front and rear seats
Shift boot and e-brake boot
Top of the armrest
Outter part of the steering wheel
and the Doors. What part of the door is and isn't leather?

What is vinyl in the car? Is the dash vinyl? To the touch it feels like leather but you can tell it's something different. Do you wipe down the leather with a damp cloth first or just go straight to the leather cleaner?

I've read through here and found some good tips on how to keep the car clean. Most of it is exterior stuff though.
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Old 10-31-2003, 01:23 PM
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What part of the door is and isn't leather? (The the inner panel surrounding the door handle is leather, but not the door handle.)

What is vinyl in the car? Is the dash vinyl? (The dash is vinyl and almost everything else is vinyl or plastic.)

Leather? (Front and rear seats, shift boot, and e-brake boot and handle (I think), the middle armrest, part of the steering wheel, and inner part of the door panels.)

Do you wipe down the leather with a damp cloth first or just go straight to the leather cleaner? ( I don't, the cleaner first then go to the conditioner.)

I do wipe the vinyl down before I use the cleaner/UV protective. I clean and condition the leather first and don't worry about over laping onto the vinyl a little. The I use the vinyl product, and I try and keep it off the leather.

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Old 11-01-2003, 08:34 AM
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Thanks. I've got my Sunday morning planned out now.
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Old 11-01-2003, 08:58 AM
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On my 3er, I assume everything with a sewn seam is leather.

Also, I've read that you don't want to be crazy with the leather cleaner and conditioner. I wipe down with a wet washrag and dry with a towel once a week. About once a month or so, I will mix a little leather cleaner with water in a bucket and wash with that. Twice a year or so I use conditioner.
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Old 11-01-2003, 09:01 AM
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I think, just for good measure, I'm gonna wipe the seats down with a damp cloth, dry it and then use the cleaner and conditioner.
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