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{ Interior } Leather and dash looking tired

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by A3_Rider, Jan 30, 2013.

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    [Jan 30, 2013]
    So I sat in the car and paused to look at the interior, I notice a few rips on the floor, marks on the dash that countless cleans just don't seem to remove, very shiney leather, a shiny steering wheel...and some other things.

    I want to make everything look nice and new, but can't do everything at once, partly because I get bored and partly because I just don't invest time in blinging anymore as its no fun!

    That's not a fair excuse to see your car slowly deteriorate though! This got me thinking, bit by bit I can make it look new again.

    I am going to start with the steering wheel, based on this thread I am going to see if this secret eraser really works! Just look at them before and after pictures!

    Next I will focus on the leather, based on this thread I have ordered the wipes and just have to see if its really that good.


    Has anyone any tips or suggestions?

    TL;DR; Non-specialist person trying to make interior look new, seeking suggestions, experimenting on his research.

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    Hi there auto finesse hide or swissvax leather cleaner or w2 gtechniq diluted to clean the leather,buff this dry and use L1 leather guard gtechniq or wolfs nano leather sealant ..Shiny dash is no good ,your better with a matt finish ,so get a cleaner and seal...as for the dash use c6 gtechniq matt dash...
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    Check out gliptone as well. Think I paid £12 for cleaner and conditioner with nail brush and applicator from ebay
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    There are lots of products out there, but I've used this stuff on two different sets of leather seats and was very happy with the results. Took the shiny edge off the leather and the amount of dirt that came off was surprising. It leaves a nice leather smell in the car too. If you like that sort of thing. It goes a long way too.

    I've also heard very good things about the Dr leather wipes. Let us know how you get on.
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    Do you use the nail brush mate? I have only used a bit of this stuff on a cream leather Lexus interior and it worked very well. Smell is amazing as well, like honey!
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    I did use the brush but very gently, although the bristles aren't that stiff. I have the dimpled leather, so the brush was ideal for getting some of the grime out from in the dimples. I was just careful not to concentrate on one area too much as the leather is quite soft on the dimpled seats.

    I rubbed the leather cleaner into the seats with the provided pad and used the brush for the stubborn bits and the dimples, then wiped everything clean with a damp microfibre cloth. Once it had all dried off, I then used a second pad to apply a little bit of the conditioner and left it to soak in. Job done.
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    I had to make a choice between Dr Leather and Liquidleather, looking at the results of Liquidleather I wanted to get it, but then it took nearly a full day of work to reach that and I don't think my leather is in a condition that needs Liquidleathers attention.

    The end picture here shows you how well Liquidleather works.

    So I'm waiting for delivery of my sample size wipes, got a couple of other things:

    - Dr. Leather wipes (as mentioned) £13.35
    - Microfibre cloths £7 (got 3 and a big one)
    - Poorboys Natural Look Interior Dressing £10.95

    I absolutely do not want the shiny or gloss look, I want a nice matt finish! The dressing apparently does this for the dash.

    Let's just see what results they get, based on what I have seen online it should be quite easy to do and good to see, but you never know.
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