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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-15-2007, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Leatherique: 1st impression

I had heard some mention of Leatherique on the boards, but never really looked in to it because I thought it was the same type of stuff as the Lexol I've been using. After seeing how anal Bobby is about car care and then hearing him praise Leatherique, I figured it was worth a try. My leather is in good shape, but quite hard. I thought that is just how our cars are until I compared with the other guys at Carlisle. I had faith in the stuff so I went with a few of the guys to the vendor and bought the 32oz bottles of both "rejuvenator oil" and "prestine clean" for a total of $55.

I finally could be without my car long enough to really let the seats "bake" in the sun today, so I figured I should give the stuff a try. I saw on their website that many people recommend using a foam brush. Knowing that I would use the whole bottle and have a mess if I used my hands, I picked up a brush to use. I generously coated all the leather portions of the seats with the "rejuvenator" (despite the fact that rubbing oil on something that I was going to sit on in the future didn't seem like a good idea) and left the car closed up in the sun for about 7 hours. There was a nasty white film on the seats and they were very greasy. Supposedly this is the body oils and environmental contaminants the seats have picked up in place of their natural oils. That's pretty gross, especially considering I'm not the original owner of the seats. Anyway, the next step was to use the "prestine clean". As the instructions said, I sprayed it on and wiped the seats with a soft towel. I was amazed at how there were NO oily streaks or smears on the seats. I had some streaks previously and I believe it was due to some parts being drier than others and possibly being "stained" with more body oils and such. I'll have to look in bright sunlight, but it appears the inconsistencies in color are gone. Also, the scratches that I have on my lower cushions are far less noticeable now that those spots are conditioned. The towel was disgustingly dirty after cleaning so there's no doubt my seats really needed this. The leather is still pretty hard, but I believe it is what they call "cardboard hard". They say it will take several applications to get the seats soft again when it is like this. I'll probably do it again in a few weeks and then go to the 2-4 times per year they suggest, with Lexol in between when I detail.

My final verdict - this stuff is an EXCELLENT product. No fancy packaging, no advertising hype, just a really great product that works. It is a little on the expensive side, but considering what the seats are worth I think it is a worthwile investment. If you have leather and don't use this stuff, you're really doing yourself and your car a disservice.
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Bingo! I have been looking for something like this! Where did you get it?
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Bingo! I have been looking for something like this! Where did you get it?
I bought it from a vendor at Carlisle. We went out looking for it there because it's not readily available at stores. One guy had it and we pretty much bought him out. He brought more the next day and some other di.net guys went and bought him out again! You can also buy it from their website(leatherique.com) and they have a sale on now so you can get the 32oz combo pack for the same thing I paid($55) plus shipping.
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$55? Damn, charged me $58 with 2 applicator pads. I bought him out of the 32 oz bottles.



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Man...time to buy more since I have 5 cars with leather seats!
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Well Steve, you know I dropped a good dime over at the Adamís tent, I bought their leather supplies along with almost everything else and I will be trying it out, donít know how different Adamís stuff is but anything is better then nothing.
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Well Steve, you know I dropped a good dime over at the Adamís tent, I bought their leather supplies along with almost everything else and I will be trying it out, donít know how different Adamís stuff is but anything is better then nothing.
I'm sure the Adams stuff is an excellent regular care product. I might give it a try when I run out of Lexol. The Leatherique is more of a "restoration" product.
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Always love it when a product works as advertized. So many
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I also did this to my Light Taupe Special seats at the Show Field, with similar results. I'll be doing another treatment soon as well. I bought one of the last sets of the big bottles at the show field, the guy was really cool.
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Leatherique is all that it claims, and more.
I will do another treatment in a couple of weeks...
Then I should be good to do until early next year.

It is rare a product is worth the money spent, but this is.



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how does it work on leather/vinyl mix seats? And will it protect brand new seats or just clean dirty ones?
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how does it work on leather/vinyl mix seats? And will it protect brand new seats or just clean dirty ones?
You probably wouldn't notice any benefit on the vinyl parts as vinyl doesn't have the natural oils to lose like leather. I avoid the vinyl when I use the leatherique because I don't want to waste it. I still go over the vinyl parts along with the leather with lexol when I detail.

I'm sure you wouldn't see the dramatic removal of grime that I saw being that your seats are new, but if you were to use it a couple times a year you should never have to worry about the seats ever getting to the point that they need to be restored. I would definitely start using it on the new seats. They'll probably look great for a very long time.
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Did my interior also at carlisle. Worked well but i need to undo well over 10 years of damage from the sun. I did two applications but it still isn't no where near to where it is supposed to be. I honestly don't think I will make it to where it should be but it will be a lot better than what it was.
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