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So i was cleaning the ride, and i realized.. my back seats leather is all loose. The arm rest doesnt have that tight look anymore, looks really cheap. Is there something i can use to tighten this up? There are other parts of the back seat like this also. :( :(
 

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So i was cleaning the ride, and i realized.. my back seats leather is all loose. The arm rest doesnt have that tight look anymore, looks really cheap. Is there something i can use to tighten this up? There are other parts of the back seat like this also. :( :(
weird.... do a lot of people sit in your car usually? how about your front? anything happens to the driver seat? my rear is just fine. do you use lexol to clean your leather? from what i see using lexol regularly (not too much though) will keep the elastisity of the leather and mine is so far so good. every friday i got people sitting in my back and it's still ok
 

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but wouldnt conditioning the leather just prevent from cracking? So can i be over conditioning??

I only have people in the back maybe one a week, not even that.
My front seats are fine. A little loose in the driver seat, but not too bad. :)
 

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but wouldnt conditioning the leather just prevent from cracking? So can i be over conditioning??

I only have people in the back maybe one a week, not even that.
My front seats are fine. A little loose in the driver seat, but not too bad. :)
well one way to prevent cracking is to make sure the leather are like the skin, able to expand and contract. in your case the leather has probably expanded a bit and not able to contract. but i don't know for sure what happens if you over-conditioning it though
 

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Crazy_AcurA said:
So i was cleaning the ride, and i realized.. my back seats leather is all loose. The arm rest doesnt have that tight look anymore, looks really cheap. Is there something i can use to tighten this up? There are other parts of the back seat like this also. :( :(
This is a little off topic, but what the hell were you doing cleaning your ride at 3am (Chicago time)??? :dunno:
 

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I would take it to the dealer dude...this shouldn't be the case. Also, leather repair shops can take care of it for you. I want to say I heard of some product that would tighten up leather...used on old couches...but I don't remember the name...

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Heh 3 am? He and I talk online at 5 am...hell I installed my sways at 4 am and my swaybar at 3 am...you pansy :D

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I've got the same prob with my driver's seat, the leather on the perforated as section seems loose and stretched. I'm not a fatass either, only about 190lbs.
Also there's a lot of creases in the two front seats where people sit the most. It kinda sux.:bash:
 

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ok weirdest thing... today was the first warm day.. 70s.. and i left my car out with the windows up. My leather is fine now, i think the heat tighten it up. really weird. :dunno: :dunno: Still not perfect though, but better.
 

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don't they have 2 kind of leather protection ...so my question is which one do you guy use or which one do you guy recomemd??
 

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ok weirdest thing... today was the first warm day.. 70s.. and i left my car out with the windows up. My leather is fine now, i think the heat tighten it up. really weird. :dunno: :dunno: Still not perfect though, but better.
weird, i thought heat would make the leather expand
 

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don't they have 2 kind of leather protection ...so my question is which one do you guy use or which one do you guy recomemd??
you talking about leather cleaning and protection or what? i use lexol all the time
 

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Just a word of caution: you CAN overcondition your leather and shorten its lifespan in the process so go easy on the leather conditioners and cleaners.

A coworker of mine was telling me how he has used saddle soap for the leather and plastic surfaces of his various cars for like the past 30 years and has never seen any cracking, UV damage, or other problems. I think I'll pick up a bar of the stuff and give it a try myself. Saddle soap is often sold along with other shoe cleaning products and like the name suggests, was first used to clean and protect horse saddles. Apparently this stuff works well, while still being gentle.
 

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I can vouch for the dangers of over-conditioning your leather 1st hand. I did this (unintentionally) using Lexol on my 2001 Ford Sport Trac. I believe the leather on that vehicle is pretty cheap to start with. I believe the conditioner removed the protective sealant layer on the leather and allowed it to become severely worn in some places under normal use at only 38,000 miles. I wound up having to replace the leather seat cover bottom on both front seats (to match). I did the work myself but it was at a cost of 320.00 for the covers. At this time I am only using a slightly moist micro-fibre cloth until I decide on what I should be using for cleaning and protecting. I am looking very closely at that 303 stuff.
 

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I have been using it for the past year but only clean the leather like once ever two months and haven't seen anything bad happen yet. But thanks for the warning..I will keep that in mind..

Thanx !
 

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yes over conditioning can definitely do more harm to your car than anything else. couple of things i keep in mind when cleaning the leather

1) make sure you wipe out all the extra with a slightly wet cloth after you put on the cleaner and conditioner. it's just like after you put on conditioner on your hair you have to wash them off. otherwise it will just make your leather crack easily

2) don't clean your leather too often. once a month sounds right to me. just like yourself, would you take 4 showers a day??

remember leather are just skin, like those on us. take them easy and don't overdone :)
 
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