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Old 17-09-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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Autoglym Leather Cleaner and Balm?

Is it any good? Or are there better products out there?

My cars only 2 months old and has done less than 2k, so it doesnt really need doing yet, but I just want to keep on top of it!

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Old 18-09-2012, 06:30 AM   #2
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I use the cleaner several times a week, the balm, probably once a week.

Works fine for me, and does the job.
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Old 18-09-2012, 06:39 AM   #3
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Keep your leather clean by protecting it with a leather protector and then regular cleaning.
Adding 'conditioners' which generally contain oils and waxes will change the appearance of your leather over time as dirt will build up on the surface and cause a sheen.

Using the correct care methods and products will not alter the factory finish.

The type of leather you have is 'coated' leather. This is essentially a 'painted' leather
with a clear coat finish over the top. The leather may or may not be dyed through with
aniline dyes prior to the finish coating.

Essentially it is this top coating that needs looking after.
Cleaning is vitally important as the top coat will wear away if allowed to become dirty.
Dirt on the surface will also become ground into the finish by constant abrassion.

'Conditioners', balms, feeds etc (traditionally oil and wax based) cannot penetrate this
finish so are not worth applying - they can also leave behind residues on the finish which will only attract more dirt if allowed to remain. 'Conditioners' will not do any
protecting on leather even if they say they do as there will not be enough active
ingredient in them to do anything.

A protector will make the finish easier to clean and also inhibit dye transfer etc
on pale coloured leathers.

Leather however finished has to remain breathable and it will allow the movement of
moisture back and forth (transpiration) so the use of water based cleaners and
protectors will keep the leather correctly hydrated which is essentail to keeping it in
good condition.

Leather needs a little regular care and attention and this can be done with a maintenance product rather than a deep clean which you would then only need to do once or twice a year depending on usage and colour.
You will find that detergent style cleaners will remove the protection applied so you would need to reprotect each time you clean. A maintenance product like Auto Ultra Maintain helps to retain the protection rather than remove it so a reapplication of protector is only required after a deep clean.
Whilst individual products may be effective if they have not been tested together you may find they are counter productive

The routine for correct care should be

Protect from new Auto Ultra Protect
Maintain with a regular clean or maintenance product Auto Ultra Maintain
Deep clean with a foam cleaner once or twice a year Auto Ultra Foam

Simple steps of cleaning & protecting will prolong the life of the finish on the leather

Hope this helps
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Old 18-09-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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Before leather was protected with a clear-coat/lacquer, you would have to apply conditioner/feed to prevent the leather cracking, especially around the stitching, with new cars which have sealed/coated leather how does this stop the leather cracking? i.e. Swissvax provide Leather milk to preserve leather, they must consider leather is not coated?

If it's a good idea to lacquer/coat, why is this not done to home sofa's?
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Old 20-09-2012, 04:19 PM   #5
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Old 20-09-2012, 06:46 PM   #6
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I am big fan of dr leather after being converted from the AG products, especially for leather in newer cars. It's available form a retailer on here in spray or wipes. It's not cheap but worth every penny in my opinion.
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Old 20-09-2012, 07:54 PM   #7
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You need some Dr Leather

Personally i clean my seats about twice a week and then use a protector about once a month. I get great results using the products below.

Linky to Dr Leather ( wipes are fantastic ) and L1 Leather Guard.
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i love it. takes good care of my leather steering wheel a treat.
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Old 23-09-2012, 09:05 PM   #9
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before leather was protected with a clear-coat/lacquer, you would have to apply conditioner/feed to prevent the leather cracking, especially around the stitching, with new cars which have sealed/coated leather how does this stop the leather cracking? I.e. Swissvax provide leather milk to preserve leather, they must consider leather is not coated?

If it's a good idea to lacquer/coat, why is this not done to home sofa's?
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Before leather was protected with a clear-coat/lacquer, you would have to apply conditioner/feed to prevent the leather cracking, especially around the stitching, with new cars which have sealed/coated leather how does this stop the leather cracking? i.e. Swissvax provide Leather milk to preserve leather, they must consider leather is not coated?

If it's a good idea to lacquer/coat, why is this not done to home sofa's?
I must presume none of the experts know the answer, or the clear coat does not actually exist. .
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