I'm researching leather cleaner and conditioner and was wondering what any of you may have experienced good luck with.
Some seem to have petroleum, some have a kerosene odor, it's hard to choose which will be the best.
Thanks for your help!
The two products I constantly hear people swearing by are Connolly Hide Care and Leatherique. In both instances it's important to choose a sunny day where you can park the car outdoors and let the treatment "bake" its way into the hides.
For those who use CHC, they say that heating it up before applying it helps quite a bit.
As always, you're the man for the correct answer! Thank you very much Brian, I'll contact them today and order the cleaner. I used a Lexus leather product but it really dulled the leather and I was a bit depressed with outcome. I think these will do a much better job, thanks!
Thank you for writing, it's nice to hear from you
Well, to be honest, I actually wasn't pleased with the leatherique as I had hoped. I found that the cleaner actually started to remove some of the original dye and after I cleaned the leather and re-dyed it using the leatherique dye, the dye was not strong and could be easily removed by simply cleaning the leather or just wiping it down.
It the leatherique cleaner actually ended up causing me a great deal more work than I had ever imagined.
Next time I do any dye work, I'll probably stick to the actual Connelly leather products.
I'm sure leatherique has it's place and is probably a decent product, but it didn't work too well for this application.
Thank you so much, I'll have to try that.
Who know, it was probably my fault that the leatherique cleaner removed the dye from some of our leather, perhaps I scrubbed too hard or left it on too long. Anyways, I did use their brown dye to clean everything up and it looks original, however, I'm very gentle when cleaning it.
Thanks again for your help!
For cleaning and conditioning, not a fan of leatherique products. For dye jobs they work well, its prep surface needs to be keyed (sanding) or paint will not adhere. Re-color you also should remove the leather seats and trim bits for the job.
Cleaning and conditioning, will use multiple products and mixtures. Cleaner and conditioning mostly Auto Glym's line. Used Lexol Ph cleaner, but switch to Zymol leather treat conditioner. You can warm the leather with a hair dryer and also prewarm the conditioner slightly in micro wave. I'll usely move the product into a container safe for those ovens! Wish my newer current house had a sauna like my old one. You can remove seats, trim bits, in sauna and treat them while enjoying the sauna.