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I noticed a few “finger prints” in the backrest portion of my passenger and driver seats yesterday.

 

when I ran my hand/fingers over them I realised how hard the leather felt.

 

i hadn’t noticed this before, nor did I on my previous e39… although that had grey leather and a comfort/climate windscreen.

 

my new car has black leather and an unfiltered windscreen - a lot more susceptible to the effects of the sun.

 

I think I urgently need to get some life/moisture back into the leather.

 

I might as well take the chance to properly clean and condition them, as the colour is still decent in my opinion and there’s not any splits/cracks yet.

 

The seat bases are much more supple than the backs which is why I think it’s the sun/uv which has cooked the upper sections.

 

im still going to pursue a proper climate windscreen when I finally do my respray.

 

ive been told they were never fitted to tourings due to location of the gps antenna, but to be honest if I end up going aftermarket audio at some point this won’t be as much of an issue anyway. (Or I can re-locate the antenna if I stay oem) - plus I never use the factory nav anyway.

 

So, back on topic, what brands/kits do people recommmend for a clean and re-condition? (Not looking to re-colour yet).

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Fortunately for you, most serious and good leather conditioning suppliers are from the UK. colourlock comes to mind, but I had another from there and it all were marvelous regarding products, instructions and all.

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5 hours ago, AdamB said:

I noticed a few “finger prints” in the backrest portion of my passenger and driver seats yesterday.

 

when I ran my hand/fingers over them I realised how hard the leather felt.

 

i hadn’t noticed this before, nor did I on my previous e39… although that had grey leather and a comfort/climate windscreen.

 

my new car has black leather and an unfiltered windscreen - a lot more susceptible to the effects of the sun.

 

I think I urgently need to get some life/moisture back into the leather.

 

I might as well take the chance to properly clean and condition them, as the colour is still decent in my opinion and there’s not any splits/cracks yet.

 

The seat bases are much more supple than the backs which is why I think it’s the sun/uv which has cooked the upper sections.

 

im still going to pursue a proper climate windscreen when I finally do my respray.

 

ive been told they were never fitted to tourings due to location of the gps antenna, but to be honest if I end up going aftermarket audio at some point this won’t be as much of an issue anyway. (Or I can re-locate the antenna if I stay oem) - plus I never use the factory nav anyway.

 

So, back on topic, what brands/kits do people recommmend for a clean and re-condition? (Not looking to re-colour yet).

 

I found a gentle scrubbing with warm water and a gentle soap (Pears etc) got a lot of grime out of previous leather interiors; followed by a dedicated leather cleaner & then leather conditioner (Meguiars, Autoglym etc)

 

It's a case of once you start it; keep on top ideally and it should get some life back into it...

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On 27/08/2021 at 21:10, jicaino said:

Fortunately for you, most serious and good leather conditioning suppliers are from the UK. colourlock comes to mind, but I had another from there and it all were marvelous regarding products, instructions and all.

Colourlock is a German company with local presence in UK and many other EU countries. Their stuff is indeed excellent. 

https://www.colourlock.com/about-us

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1 hour ago, dmarkovina1 said:

Colourlock is a German company with local presence in UK and many other EU countries. Their stuff is indeed excellent. 

https://www.colourlock.com/about-us

 

Yes, poor phrasing on my end. Colourlock is lederzentrum. What I meant is that I had them at my fingertips, but there's other UK companies (and as you state, lederzentrum has UK and US presence)

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We have coated leather and PU in out cars. E34s had mainline leather

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