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Old 01-29-19, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by AnthonyMJ View Post
Sorry. I thought the 430 had an option for semi aniline leather.
As UDel said, the semi-aniline leather is still a coated leather.
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I had it in the 2001 GS. Did not hold up well on the drivers side. Of course, I kept it 18 years and put 195,000 miles on it. That might explain some of the wear and tear...
Semi aniline in a 2001 GS? I don't recall any 2nd Gen GS versions having semi aniline. The leather in my 2nd Gen GS430 was very disappointing, very hard and waxy up front, I tried numerous products and methods to soften it, nothing really worked, just a very small difference at most.
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No Lexus models prior to the 2001 LS had any options for leather grades. The 2001 GS had one leather grade, and it was not semi-aniline.
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Saving this for later, definitely some good info in here.
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Originally Posted by SW17LS View Post
No Lexus models prior to the 2001 LS had any options for leather grades. The 2001 GS had one leather grade, and it was not semi-aniline.
I would call the "COACH Edition Leather Trim Seats" of the 1997 Coach Series and the "Specially Textured Leather Trim" of the 2000 Platinum Series "options for leather grades". I sure thought that the "lizard grain" (my term) leather in the 2000 LS400 Platinum Series I drove for 11 years was a cut above the less expensive standard leather.

I certainly agree that it is folly to attempt to soften automotive leather. That causes the leather fibers to break down. Gently cleaning the leather surface is all it takes.
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Originally Posted by Kansas View Post
I would call the "COACH Edition Leather Trim Seats" of the 1997 Coach Series and the "Specially Textured Leather Trim" of the 2000 Platinum Series "options for leather grades". I sure thought that the "lizard grain" (my term) leather in the 2000 LS400 Platinum Series I drove for 11 years was a cut above the less expensive standard leather.

I certainly agree that it is folly to attempt to soften automotive leather. That causes the leather fibers to break down. Gently cleaning the leather surface is all it takes.
Those are special edition one year models though. My point was the typical car did not have options for different leather grades the way the LS430, LS460 and LS500 did/do. They had one leather and that was it.
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