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Old 06-30-14, 06:06 AM   #346
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That was a bad repair (cover-up?) job. Looks like someone attempted to fix a wear problem. Take it back to Lexus and ask if this is covered by your CPO warranty. If it is not, I'd look for a replacement skin for that seat at a salvage yard or see a leather restoration specialist in your area.
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Old 06-30-14, 09:01 AM   #347
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That was a bad repair (cover-up?) job. Looks like someone attempted to fix a wear problem. Take it back to Lexus and ask if this is covered by your CPO warranty. If it is not, I'd look for a replacement skin for that seat at a salvage yard or see a leather restoration specialist in your area.
Thanks for your advice!
I visited Lexus today and 2 of the 3 areas will be entirely replaced with new leather! They didn't think the 3rd area needed to be replaced, but they agreed to revisit my concern if the leather further changes in condition in reasonable time. This wasn't the greatest experience, but I'm thankful they are standing behind their CPO warranty!
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Old 10-09-14, 04:58 PM   #348
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After reading through the entire thread, I decided to go with Leather Master. I was using lexol and now I realized it better off spending a little more to get the desire results. I have never done a deep clean with my leather and I've had the car for 4 years. I got the following items below. I also applied the solutions in the order listed.

1 LM-23142 - 200 mL. Leather Master Car Interior Rapid Cleaner
1 LM-25598 - 250 mL. Leather Master Dye Transfer Cleaner
1 LM-23146 - 250 mL. Leather Master Car Interior Leather Vital 250 ml.
1 LM-23145 - 250 mL. Leather Master Car Interior Leather Protection Cream 250 ml.

My center console was probably the dirtiest spot in the car from years of sand volleyball. Here are before and after pictures. Hopefully you can tell which is the before and after and I hope this can help others decide on what to get.
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Old 10-29-14, 05:37 PM   #349
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^Gotta try Leather Masters when I clean my leather seats. Since I have black interior, it hasn't been neccessary. Does anyone know how well they protect from cracking?
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^Gotta try Leather Masters when I clean my leather seats. Since I have black interior, it hasn't been neccessary. Does anyone know how well they protect from cracking?
The LM Protector doesn't prevent cracking. Cracking is caused by improper hydration, temperature variability and stretching. Leather that is allowed to dry out, shrinks, turns hard and is then prone to cracking. Leather swells when hydrated and shrinks when it dries. When properly hydrated,the leather fibers plump up and the leather feels soft and supple. When dry, the fibers shrink and the leather is hard and unyielding.

Automotive leather is subject to extreme temperatures, easily reaching 160F on a hot summer day in the sun to as low as -20 or -30F in the coldest winter in some areas. Leather swells when it is heated and shrinks and hardens when it is cold, making it prone to cracking. The temperature also plays with the hydration levels of the leather.

Leather also undergoes stretching and creasing from body weight applied while sitting on it.

To minimize creasing and cracking, keep your leather properly hydrated. This will reduce the shrinking/swelling cycles. I'm often asked, "Since our leather is coated with a urethane paint to prevent it from absorbing stains and spills, how do I keep it properly hydrated?"

Coated leather absorbs moisture through a process of transpiration. When you wipe down the leather with a wrung out towel, the water film left on the leather surface raises the relative humidity around the leather and this is absorbed by the leather at a molecular level.

The best approach to take in keeping your leather looking good for as long as possible is to weekly vacuum and wipe it down with a wrung out towel. Every few months, do a careful deep cleaning with a leather detergent like LM Leather Cleaner or diluted Woolite (20 parts water to 1 part Woolite). Follow the cleaning with a wrung out towel wipedown to remove all traces of detergent and let dry. When dry, apply a water-based fluorocarbon protector to prevent dye transfer stains and to minimize wear of the topcoat. (I use LM Protection Cream)

Where possible minimize the leathers exposure to extreme temperature variations. Use a sunshade and/or park in a covered garage on the hottest summer days and keep your car in a garage at night during the coldest winter evenings.

Properly cared for, your leather should last 20-30 years, albeit, not without developing some character creases but no cracks should be evident.
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Does 303 aero work well on the top end semi Aline leather? Just bought a LX570 with the top Ed leather.
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I personally love ICE Premium Care spray for interiors - so easy to use and has a great scent
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I personally love ICE Premium Care spray for interiors - so easy to use and has a great scent
I use ICE wax spray a couple of times a week on the exterior love it. So the interior spray I good for the semi Aline leather?
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