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#5 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [elroy5]
Aug 27, 2007 (2:48 pm)
Yes, saddle soap is great for cleaning. Everyone gets to decide if they want to put some sort of protectant on.
#6 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [cb2k]
Aug 27, 2007 (3:40 pm)
Tallman1, Elroy5 --
Thank you both. I guess I might be hunting for some saddle soap this coming weekend.
Now, does anyone know a good way to take the gloss off or how long it would take to come off on its own (clean with saddle soap?)?
I need to figure out which of the following actions to take next:
- apply the Meguiar's conditioner to the front seats as well to get them to match the looks of the rear seats, even though I do not want a glossy look. Then, use a different conditioner on both seats the next time once the gloss is off.
- wait for the gloss from the rear seats to come off (how long would this take?) or try to take off myself, and then apply a non-glossy conditioner to both seats to make the looks match.
(Right now the rear seats have a glossy deep black look they got after the conditioner treatment, and the front seats have a matte dark gray look as they came from the factory)
Also, what is the best way to apply saddle soap to leather - is this in the owner's manual or the instructions that come with the product?
Thanks a bunch - you guys are great.
#7 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [cb2k]
Aug 27, 2007 (4:43 pm)
The directions are on the saddle soap can. I basically apply it like you would apply a paste wax (a damp micro fibre towel, and rub it in). It will probably take the shine off. It leaves the leather soft (not shiny) to prevent drying and cracking. There is no need for a conditioner. Easy, and effective, the best of both worlds. I guess that's why Honda recommends it.
#9 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [mrbill1957]
Aug 27, 2007 (6:04 pm)
What is Lexol, and what is it designed for? Since Saddle Soap works great, and Honda recommends it, I need some good reasons to try Lexol. My seats were very dirty when I finally found the Saddle Soap, and none of the so called conditioners. did much to remove the dirt (and I tried a bunch of them). The few things that would have taken the dirt out would also take the color off (remove the dye). Saddle soap does not remove the dye, and just leaves the leather soft and clean (no shine).
#10 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [mrbill1957]
Aug 27, 2007 (6:45 pm)
Mrbill, I came across a couple of other recommendations for Lexol while searching the web but I am not sure if it is specifically meant for leather (it was not described in those postings) - since you are using it, can you tell me if it is designed to clean or condition leather and if it leaves the seats with a glossy finish or not? Also, what color are your seats?
In the meantime, I will be looking at my owners manual to see what honda has to say about saddle soap.
#11 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [mrbill1957]
Aug 27, 2007 (7:21 pm)
Thanks for the saddle soap links. I've never used the stuff on my car seats but I have used it on other things.
I did a fair amount of research on the cleaning leather thread after I bought my car in March of 06. Lexol and Leather Master were the two that were mentioned most. I discovered Griot's Garage shortly afterwards and love their products. I had a secretary who told me about the place and her leather seats in her old Acura were in amazing shape.
I don't think you can go wrong with any of these choices.
As for the glossy finish, I'd use one of these leather cleaners and see if the gloss is removed. I'd bet anything it will come off. It may also come off if you try buffing it with a microfiber cloth.
#12 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [tallman1]
Aug 27, 2007 (9:13 pm)
I feel pretty confident that between everything that is mentioned, I have some good choices for the solution to this problem. I will try to get to it this weekend, and we'll see how it goes.
Once I have an update, I plan to post it here.
Thanks again for all the suggestions.
#13 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [cb2k]
Aug 28, 2007 (8:19 am)
I have been using the Lexol on my 04 EXL since new. So far, the seats look as good as new. The Lexol doesn't leave a shine, but it does leave the surface slightly sticky. It's not bad, and it goes away in a week or so, it just seems like you can't slide into the seat as easy when you first apply it. My seats are the light tan color, and the Lexol has been able to keep them clean. When I first got the car, (nothing applied to the seats yet) a leather belt I was wearing left a black horizontal line in the driver's seat. I applied the Lexol, and it removed some but not all of the line. Now a few years later, I don't see the line anymore, so I'm assuming more applications finally removed the mark.
The Lexol was recommended to me by a vintage Porsche fanatic. He doesn't use anything but the Lexol.
#14 of 34 Re: EX-L leather conditioner and wet looking seats [mrbill1957]
Aug 28, 2007 (8:37 am)
Lexol is a great product to use on leather. The differnece in leather often times is that most car's have a "painted leather" instead of "dyed leather". Some of the old BMW's have tan leather that if you used Lexol on them you'd notice that it seeped into the leather and absorbed pretty much all of the product.
Honda seats almost repel Lexol. I am pretty certain that is becuase they are painted leather.
I use a variety of products on my own seats. Lexol, armor all for leather, Meguiar's for leather and even lemon pledge. The natural look as opposed to the wet look that a regular Armor All application would levae is best. If I was to point to one product, I'd say Lemon Pledge followed by a damp (slightly damp) towel.