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Old 08-11-2007, 05:14 AM   #1
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How do I restore the leather seats?

My seats have NOT cracked, but they feel stiff and hard in some places. Is there a product that can restore the softness in the leather and help clean them as well? I remember reading somewhere of a product that you put on and close up in the car to soak in. I heard it was messy but worked well. Of course I can not find the link now.
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:52 AM   #2
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John Paterek has recommended Surflex Leather conditioner.

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http://www.carcareonline.com/viewarticle.aspx?art=7


If your leather has hardened or needs some intensive softening, there is a really nifty product called "Surflex Leather Soffener". This product is made from natural and synthetic oils that restore the natural softness to neglected leather. Clean the leather and then apply a liberal coat of Soffener and cover with plastic. Allow to penetrate the leather for at least 72 hours. Wipe off the excess. If it needs an additional application, repeat the above. For really bad areas, cover with plastic and allow to sit for a few days. Once the leather is sufficiently softened, allow to "cure" for another 24 hours and buff off any excess. You are done. I jokingly say this product will turn a dog's rawhide chew into a kid glove. I have had some luck with leather dashes with this method. Once the leather has softened, I have been able to gently tuck it back under the edges of the trim and windshield clips. This is a lot cheaper than a new dash and may be worth a try before spending a ton of money.
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Old 08-11-2007, 06:03 AM   #3
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One source:

http://www.carcareonline.com/detail.asp?product_id=11951

http://www.carcareonline.com/detail.asp?product_id=11952
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BTW I'd take the seats out....
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:59 AM   #5
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Thanks for the information. Can this be bought at a store or do i have to order it online? I am a sucker for instant gratification.
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Old 08-11-2007, 02:57 PM   #6
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To get the best leather care products, go to:


www.colorplus.com


The Soffener Leather Conditioner is the best I have used. And I have tried them all. This company also makes & sells the Surflex.
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