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Old 10-14-2013, 07:56 PM
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Leather care

Anyone have any good products for their Bimmer leather? I've seen horror stories, but not sure if there's something that works well. I've used URAD leather care in the past, and been relatively happy, but its a one step process. I've gotta think leather care is just like your hair--clean it, then condition it. Two steps, right?

My rig looks good now, and I want to keep it that way. Let me know if you have any good suggestions/recmmendations.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:18 PM
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Since I am Lazy about rubbing stuff in

Since I am Lazy about rubbing stuff in I just use Lexol or macquiers spray.
The best thing you can do for leather is keep it out of the sun like in a garage.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=16

There is a detailing subforum in the above link.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:05 PM
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Just got done using Zaino cleaner and conditioner. Very nice stuff. Does not leave the seats looking oily or greasy. It makes the interior smell like leather.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:09 PM
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+1 for Lexol leather conditioner every month including the steering wheel which is a really high wear and tear item. Still looks great after 6 years.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:02 AM
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Lexol. Safe, proven and easy.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:10 AM
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I really think any high end product will suffice, but I am bias toward Zymol. I believe if you actually cleaned/condtion the leather a couple times a year AND continue to do that the leather will look good. I think a lof of people, (any car owner) just neglect the cleaning/conditioning the leather process and it begins to show after a few years.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:07 PM
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Very nappy MF towel (nappy so as to catch the smallest particles of dust), misted with distilled water, simply wipe. On occasion, vacuum out the crevices and such. (Vacuuming is often stated as a key component of leather care, because any dirt becomes can become an abrasive against the coating.) I will use something like Leatherique only on occasion, maybe once every other year, if that often, if the leather looks "a little hungry". Taking care of Dakota is very easy IMO. No need to be using chemicals often at all, the way I see it.

If you want to keep the steering wheel clean for longer, try carrying around disposable gloves for when you fill the tank. It's kind of scary how noticeable the difference is.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:00 PM
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Another vote for Zymöl. About 3 or 4 times per year, I vacuum the seats and then apply Zymöl Treat conditioner - have been doing this on 5 different Bimmers and the leather has always looked and felt great.

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Old 10-15-2013, 02:03 PM
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Just got done using Zaino cleaner and conditioner. Very nice stuff. Does not leave the seats looking oily or greasy. It makes the interior smell like leather.
+1 I love this stuff, and it makes your car smell like real leather long after it is used. I used it on my '08 and it still smelled like a new car when I sold it last year.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:01 PM
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Another thumbs up for Zaino. I recently re-treated my interior and it is looking very nice. A neighbor in my condo complex who owns a 335 recently used something that discolored his seat and he hired a guy to come do some re-coloring. I'm vacuuming my car and the guy comes over with his business card and takes a peak at my driver's seat. "Wow, this interior is mint. I can't make any money off of you! What do you use?"
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