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Offline Fred Fox 1960

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Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:42:18 am »
Never been a fan of leather upholstery.  Being an awkward combination of perfectionist and high-mileage user, I've found I can keep quality cloth seats looking new with 100,000 miles on the clock, but regardless of treatments, hide-foods and careful usage, leather shows its age sooner.  Also dislike the way tasty looking, silky-finish black leather ends up looking like some over-polished tart's PVC handbag.  It's not a blind bias though, for sheer beauty I admire the look of ivory leather in something exotic, particularly when the exterior colour works well with it, but for practical reasons, owning a car with leather upholstery is less attractive to me personally.

"How about this?" Asked my wife of the half-leather seating in the Accord we were test-driving, "The leather looks nice but the cloth is on the part which takes the wear."  She's a helpful, thoughtful person.  I'm a twisted old meany however, "Hate it!" I said, "Can't think of anything worse.  Think of the ugliest patterend cloth imaginable then make it worse with pointless leather side bits."

Couple of days later I've bought a Mazda 6 Sport with the prettiest half-leather, half cloth I've ever seen.  I'm not saying I wouldn't prefer the outer edges to also be cloth, but the cloth part is spectacular and the leather bits work well.  That'll teach me to rant.

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 10:22:34 am »
Until you're trying to clean the bits of fluff/crumbs/etc from between the little ridges on the cloth...

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012, 02:43:46 am »
Ha ha, thanks for the warning.

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2012, 10:16:18 am »
I have the same seats and after less than 12 months the drivers seat looked like it had seen better days. I am not particularly heavy so I took the car to the dealer and they re-covered the seat under warranty

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2012, 12:54:15 pm »
The other advantage of half leather is it's easier to clean little muddy footprints off the back of the front seats...

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2012, 09:27:02 pm »
what does everyone use on their leather to keep it in tip top condition, I am currently using leather care from mer, seems ok but just wondered if there is something really good out there?

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2012, 10:47:30 am »
I've been using the carplan leather treatment - seemed good but have run out now so might try something different

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2012, 06:25:36 pm »
Hi .
I have had  leather interiors' in the past and currently have a light coloured leather suite at home. Over the years at home I have simply used Saddle Soap from a local equestrian shop. The suite is still clean and supple, the leather has not dried out and isn't showing any undue signs of wear. The saddle soap costs around £7 for a spray dispenser which when used with a damp cloth rinsed in warm water lasts about 3-4 complete cleans of the suite (cushions off etc) this was what I used on 2 previous cars over about 4 years with no adverse affects.

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2012, 02:31:13 pm »
I use Simoniz - the impregnated leather-protection wipes - and it's still in very good condition at 73k miles.

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2012, 08:10:13 pm »
hi,
re - leather seat cleaning on my previous 4x4 (which had full leather )i always meguairs leather ,wiv aloe.The seats were  light grey  in colour and wiv my job used to get grubby ,a quick wipe over and they looked as good as new .I had the 4x4  for 6 years and used it all the time wiv no probs.Hope this is some help
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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2012, 03:30:44 pm »
I find Gliptone leather treatment hard to beat. I use a lot on one treatment - bottle alsts me about two months at best but it makes a noticable difference to the seats.

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2012, 04:26:44 pm »
I've heard good things about the Gliptone, but never used it myself.

I'm looking for something that will "plump" the leather a bit to reduce the creasing on the right-hand driver's seat bolster, if anyone has any suggestions

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Re: Half-Leather/Half-Cloth
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2012, 02:22:52 pm »
Gliptone is great - smells fab too !!