I am deciding between Black and Ecru leather interior for a new GX. The blue transfer from jeans on light leather has haunted me in the past on a cadillac. The Lexus salesmen mentioned that they offer a protective coating as an add on to prevent this transfer.
Has anyone had this protective coating put onto their ecru seats? Have you had problems with dirty seats?
We enjoy cleaning our vehicles but not every couple days to keep the blue off! Thanks in advance for your help! Hopefully I will be a new Lexus owner soon.
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I don't know much about the leather protection that Lexus provides. I'm not sure I would spend the money on this from the dealer. There are plenty of really good leather cleaners/conditioners out there that do a fine job. I personally use Meguiars leather wipes on my vehicles. I would say once a month or every other month would be sufficient to keep the leather clean and well conditioned. I have only had my GX (with Ecru) for a month so I haven't yet had any issues with color transfer. My previous vehicle was a LR4 with Almond leather which is basically the same light color as Ecru. I noticed that there was some of the bluish color on the side of the driver's seat and I used the wipes and it came right off. I'm sure others may have had good experience with other brands as well. One other brand that I know people claim is fantastic is Lexol.
I don't think I would use glass cleaner on my leather, use a leather cleaner followed by a leather conditioner.
I've been doing it for years on a bunch of cars and its the best way to get the stains out, and it doesn't hurt it at all. I condition it after so it doesn't dry out, but honestly its awesome. If you spray the glass cleaner on and let it settle for a bit, you can see the blue bleed out of the leather into the fluid.
My 13 gx had the ecru interior and we bit the bullet for the $800 interior/exterior protection package. We definitely had to regularly clean the ecru seats with Meguires due to the jean coloring. It cleaned up easily, but just a pain. We never took advantage of needing to use the warranty, but glad we had it as we thought it could be an issue after years of cleaning
On our 14 gx we went with the sepia interior and skipped the protection package/warranty. Far less jean coloration is visible on the Sephia, do we had no concers for skipping on the protection/package warranty.
Leather protection is a huge waste of money and it does nothing. Do not ever buy these type of extra services/add-ons from your dealer. Very rarely do they provide any benefit and they are always too expensive.
Use the Lexus Brand Leather Cleaning and Conditioner. It is available on SewellParts for less than $20 for both bottles last I checked. It removes blue jean stains effortlessly. If there is a problem with your leather at any point in time you can tell Lexus the only thing you used were their products.
As a side benefit the Lexus conditioner/cleaner smells wonderful