All about Lexus leather - Page 24 - Club Lexus Forums


Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Special Interest Forums > Automotive Care & Detailing
Log In 

All about Lexus leather

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-30-14, 05:06 AM   #346
jfelbab
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
jfelbab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: FL
Posts: 3,035
facebook.com/jfelbab
Default

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.
__________________
Jim

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter Drucker

Last edited by jfelbab; 06-30-14 at 05:17 AM.
jfelbab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-14, 08:01 AM   #347
2thDr4Kids
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: CA
Posts: 5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jfelbab View Post
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!
2thDr4Kids is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-14, 03:58 PM   #348
pqn628
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: GA
Posts: 77
Default

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.
Attached Thumbnails
All about Lexus leather-20141009_165612.jpg   All about Lexus leather-20141009_180049.jpg  

Last edited by pqn628; 10-09-14 at 04:03 PM.
pqn628 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-14, 04:37 PM   #349
5nX37
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: California
Posts: 78
Default

^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?
5nX37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-14, 07:17 AM   #350
jfelbab
Moderator
Trader Score: (0)
 
jfelbab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: FL
Posts: 3,035
facebook.com/jfelbab
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 5nX37 View Post
^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.
__________________
Jim

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter Drucker
jfelbab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-14, 01:18 PM   #351
Max707
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,357
Default

Does 303 aero work well on the top end semi Aline leather? Just bought a LX570 with the top Ed leather.
__________________
LX470 - OME suspension, Slee diff drop with 2 inch lift, Slee step rock sliders, 33" BFG AT/KO's - LX570 stock
Max707 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-14, 01:18 PM   #352
krismorr8
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Washington
Posts: 30
Default

I personally love ICE Premium Care spray for interiors - so easy to use and has a great scent
krismorr8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-14, 01:43 PM   #353
Max707
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,357
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by krismorr8 View Post
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?
__________________
LX470 - OME suspension, Slee diff drop with 2 inch lift, Slee step rock sliders, 33" BFG AT/KO's - LX570 stock
Max707 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-14, 09:19 PM   #354
lynnmass01
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
lynnmass01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Ma
Posts: 8
Default Worst leather

Sorry to say. No matter what I tried or used to keep my leather soft and looking good in my 92 sc400 it didn't work. They still got hard, cracked , and ripped. But my mothers 97 es300 leather is still very soft no cracks .
lynnmass01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-15, 12:59 PM   #355
MarioVela
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
MarioVela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Washington
Posts: 33
Default

Just picked up the leather master kit. Will post pics once I use it!! ����
MarioVela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-15, 01:14 PM   #356
NateJG
Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
NateJG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: SW MI
Posts: 167
Default It's not an "official Lexus" reply, but...

...it IS on an official Lexus web:

http://secure.drivers.lexus.com/lexu...Lexus-Interior
NateJG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-15, 09:28 PM   #357
AeroZ
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (1)
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: CA
Posts: 34
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by pqn628 View Post
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.
great results, im gonna have to do this to my cars as well.
AeroZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-15, 04:21 PM   #358
BCrews
Rookie
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: CA
Posts: 86
Default

I've a 2004 LS430 Ultra Luxury Saddle interior. There's a lot of different surfaces, the gray roof (alcantra?) the Black leather on the doors, center console and glovebox, and the saddle color door inserts and seats.

What cleaners/conditioners should I use? Also how do you keep these from plugging up the perforated seats?
Also someone previously armoralled the dash- the reflection on the front windshield is rather bad- any way to safely tone down this without resulting in ruining the finish- or has the glossy armorall already removed any chance of this dash being returned to normal?

Can I use the same cleaners for the leather in a 2006 GX470? (Gray leather)

This car is "new to me" since October- bought it looking great and want to keep it that way.
Thanks for your help.
BCrews is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-15, 02:00 AM   #359
MarioVela
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
MarioVela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Washington
Posts: 33
Talking

So, I tested the leather master kit on my wife's 08 MDX taupe driver seat. I was not disappointed.

Before
Click the image to open in full size.

After
Click the image to open in full size.

Also tried it on my 2009 is250 ebony seat


Click the image to open in full size.



Click the image to open in full size.

Great product!
MarioVela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-15, 02:09 AM   #360
MarioVela
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
MarioVela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Washington
Posts: 33
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BCrews View Post
I've a 2004 LS430 Ultra Luxury Saddle interior. There's a lot of different surfaces, the gray roof (alcantra?) the Black leather on the doors, center console and glovebox, and the saddle color door inserts and seats.

What cleaners/conditioners should I use? Also how do you keep these from plugging up the perforated seats?
Also someone previously armoralled the dash- the reflection on the front windshield is rather bad- any way to safely tone down this without resulting in ruining the finish- or has the glossy armorall already removed any chance of this dash being returned to normal?

Can I use the same cleaners for the leather in a 2006 GX470? (Gray leather)

This car is "new to me" since October- bought it looking great and want to keep it that way.
Thanks for your help.
I just tried the leather master kit on my seats (perforated) and since the cleaner and conditioner are water based you don't have to worry to much about clogging the holes. Just use as directed by applying it first to a sponge. Then to the seat.
As for the dash I use meguiars quick interior detailer cleaner. It is not oily and leaves the dash clean and looking like new.
MarioVela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-15, 02:09 AM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Definitive Guide for LEATHER CARE - Including Dye Transfer Removal Bryan@Autogeek Club Lexus Vendor Marketplace 1 02-09-15 02:04 AM
Proper Auto Care tells how... to rejuvinate your leather using Leatherique products Todd@ProperAutoCare Automotive Care & Detailing 1 03-03-11 04:31 AM
Is the Leather Coated or Uncoated rgress GS - 3rd Gen (2006-2011) 9 01-05-11 08:54 AM
Cleaning & Conditioning Leather Seats Daddy-O Automotive Care & Detailing 180 01-07-08 01:15 AM
Which leather cleaner and conditioner is best for IS 300 joshua d Automotive Care & Detailing 4 01-04-03 05:09 PM


Tags
aniline, care, cleaner, cleaners, cleaning, ink, kind, leather, lexus, ls430, make, natuzzi, seats, semi, sofa, uv

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:53 AM.

Copyright © 2000-2015 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info