I have an '04 SE AWD with tan leather. I was also given advice to stay away from Armor All. What was recommended to me was Meguiar's Gold Class Rich Leather Wipes. I bought some and they have been the only product I have used. They work great and I like the convenience of the disposable wipes.
Lexol is highly regarded as the "best" readily available leather cleaner / conditioner. Used by many equestrians for their horse saddles. (you can actually find this stuff cheaper at your local ag shop).
The Meguiars and Zymol leather conditioners barely do anything. They tend to evaporate quickly and don't penetrate the leather as well as Lexol does.
Leatherique is good stuff, heard many good things about it. Personally I use Einzett leather cleaner / conditioner right now (only because its part of a gift pack). Its pretty good and don't need to apply it as much as the Meguiars stuff I used to use.
www.autopia.org is probably the best forum for detailing questions. Practically every product made has been tested and reviewed there.
I need the MO Collectives help. I have an 03 MO with Latte Leather interior. It seems the black leather belts I wear to work (not the ones my wife uses on me) have discolored the seat back of the driver's seat. I have tried a few standard leather cleaners (lexol and few brands from the auto parts store) to no avail. Is there anything out there that can remove the color transfer or am I stuck with a grey black section?
Try Leatherique's PRISTENE CLEAN It is actually a cleaner. ALSO go to their web site. Get the 800 phone number and call them I did, tell them your problem and They will be a great source of information, really nice people.
I have a polished pewter MO with black (charcoal?) interrior. I was wondering if there is a leather treatment that does not make the leather shiny? I love the way the leather looks dull and soft just like it came from the factory. I've tried the McGuiers and I have to go back over it with a dry cloth to tame it. I also do the same with my dash using armorall. There is nothing more tacky looking in my opinion then sitting in a car with beatiful leather after some hippie has shined it all up and made it look all goddy.
I received my order of Leatherique's Rejuvenator and Prestine Clean this week. My first impression is they are a very good leather maintenace and cleaning combo. I followed the directions to clean the black stains off the driver's seat with no success. I think the Black dye has worn into the Leather and will have to be dyed or ignored. I do like the feel and texture of the leather after the complete treament. It definately softened it up and made the leather feel more glove like. I used the rejunenator and cleaner on my leather couches and it worked great. The couches look like they are brand new. I was suprised by the amount the instructions called for; 4oz per seat, seems like a lot, especially at $25 per 16oz bottle. Since it only needs to be done once or twice a year i guess it will be worth it. Time will tell.
As we all know the leather seats in our MO are not completely leather. The seating surfaces are but many of the side panels are not. I recently noticed that the vinyl side panel on my driver seat is starting to crack. Has anyone experienced this? I am going to call the dealer on Monday.
I purchased the Leatherique Cleaner and Rejuvenator as well to deal with a leather couch that is starting to crack etc... I have not used it yet but thought I remembered where they stated to cover the leather and place in a warm environment for hours. I may be mistaken- this could have been another product, but if it is the leatherique, how did you get past that issue on your couches??
to Gripper question. No I did not use armor all or any similar product because it is the side of the seat. This crack is on the lower side of the seat that faces the door. It is above the seat controls and about 2" to the rear. It follows a crease in the leather on the seating surface. I guess the vinyl is not a flexible as the leather.
I applied the rejunenator liberally (hey, it is CA a "blue state") and let is soak in for a few hours. The plastic cover way was for areas where the weather was colder. I figured inside the house was warm enough. I treated the couches after the kids went to bed. When it looked like it was all soaked in I gave it another coat. After 30 min I wiped off any excess and followed the cleaner instuctions.