Anyone recommend and leather cleaner/protector?
A lot of other companies today offering leather cleaning solutions typically offer two products that work in synergy, being (i) a leather cleaner and (ii) a leather conditioner. The hassle of applying the cleaner, with a special cloth, allowing time for the cleaner to work, before it can be cleaned off which is then rewarded by the rather odd fact that you have to recondition the leather in a secondary stage is really rather old school. In truth this situation is completely unnecessary in this day and age, particularly with modern day leathers. It really would appear to be a ploy by certain companies to sell twice as much product!!!! For this reason the wipes are clearly a winner.
But don't just take our word for it. Many detailing companies are now realising this and have began to move across to our product. They have fully understood and appreciated that the Dr Leather Leather Wipes product actually gives the following benefits: A far simpler, more time effective solution to the usual two-stage products, allowing the detailer to save money in a faster cleaning procedure and only having to control the need for a single all-in-one product. A genuine polymer formulation specific to the modern day leather coatings, and which specifically avoids the use of any silicone based materials. Easy to dispose of wipes, avoiding the need for multiple cleaning cloths, which require regular washing. The incorporation of the industry standard leather aroma as part of the polymer formulation for rejuvenating the leather to that brand new leather smell.
Those wipes maybe ok for a quick wipe over but are not as affective as a liquid or foam cleaner and will add no protection to the leathers finish whatsoever.Dr. Leather wipes....
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Want to use it just to experience the smell people keep raving about, lol
For an invisible and long lasting repair for scuffs/cracks ect, the leather would need too be slightly sanded, filled,recoloured and finished and I some cases depending on the area of the repair the grain pattern would be replocated ontop of the repair, so you would never know it was there. You wouldn't get anywhere near the same quality or finish of a repair using scuffmaster, for bust results it's always better getting a properly qualified leather technician to do the job.
I totally agree that for some people it may not be practical, but for example If people are able to go out a buy and maintain an Audi especially a new expensive one, then the cost of a professional repair on something like the seat or bolster is not much to pay too keep your pride and joy looking like new.I bow to your knowledge and expertise, but it's not always practical or viable to get a professional repair. The scuffmaster is good and making small discreet repairs.
Keep your leather clean by protecting it with a leather protector and then regular cleaning.The smell is great, but best of all is when you next get in the car (leave it overnight ideally for the conditioner to really soak in) there's no slipperiness or shinyiness when you sit in the seat. It feels so much more like new leather.
I've got the gliptone stuff sitting at home and not too sure what the best way is to use it. Any suggestions?
There will be a specialist leather technician in your area, try searching google for someone local, I'm a leather technician but based in the northwest area.If one WAS to go for a full-on professional repair, would anyone have a company recommendation? I don't even know where to start. Is it something a general auto shop (Halfords etc) would do, and would they employ decent technicians, or is there a well-known professional alternative company in the UK?
I'm in Glasgow, FYI.
I've read somewhere that Micro-fiber's can pull the Dye out of the leather?
The way i apply Gliptone is to make sure the car is nice and warm on the inside, Clean the seats with a damp cloth to make sure no dirt is in the stitching or creases then make sure the seats are dry.
I then apply the cleaner in small quantities making sure you get into all the creases/cracks & stitching, I then leave for 10 minutes and wipe off any residue.
Then for the conditioner apply liberally all over the seat again in the stitching, creases ect making sure it is all rubbed in. Leave the conditioner on for as-long as you can roughly overnight then wipe off any remaining conditioner.
Remember less is more.
The type of leather used in cars it a pigment leather (coated) essentially a painted leather with a clear coat finish on top,the leather may or may not have been dyed throughout with aniline dyes prior to the finish coating. As the leather has a painted finish and clear coat finish there is no dye present to come into contact with so using a clean micro-fiber cloth will not remove any finish or colour. Always remember to wipe leather not scrub.
As the leather has a clear coat finish on top there is no point whatsoever applying conditioner as I've already said," conditioners" will not penetrate the leathers clear coat finish so are not "conditioning" anything, now using a
protector will work with the leathers finish and act as a barrier therefore preventing soiling, dye transfer ect, from attacking the leathers finish making cleaning much easier while also protecting and prolonging the life of your leather.