Notices
RX - 4th Gen (2016-present) Discussion topics related to the 2016 and up RX350 and RX450h models
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Parchment leather ?

 
Old 03-06-17, 05:58 PM
  #1  
chicchick
Driver School Candidate
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: MA
Posts: 4
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Parchment leather ?

Im looking to trade in my current 2015 Fsport Nebula/Saddle leather.Going into the dealer I said I wanted dark leather because I was always worried about wear and tear and dirt.Than I see the parchement leather with the bamboo trim and light brown ( thats how I refer to it as ) and I love the contrast.It makes the whole interior pop in my opinion.My worry is that the light leather will show the dirt or transfer pants dye and such.Do you find this to be an issue? Ive always gotten the paint and leather protection and the salesman insured me that it would cover any issues with the leather getting dirty, is this factual?

I appreciate your help, I do love it, but that is only hesitation on color.I did look at all black interior and it just seems so dark.

Thank you
chicchick is offline  
Old 03-06-17, 06:12 PM
  #2  
kalcris
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: MA
Posts: 70
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default

I had the same thoughts. Went to look at Lcert 2016 white/black, ended up with a white parchment/bamboo. Just liked it better I wouldn't bother with interior protection, and for the price the dealer will charge, paint protection - shop around.
kalcris is offline  
The following users liked this post:
aznkorboi (03-07-17)
Old 03-07-17, 01:57 AM
  #3  
ggebhardt
Lexus Champion
 
ggebhardt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,576
Received 110 Likes on 100 Posts
Default

These protection services are a money maker for the dealer and way overpriced.
ggebhardt is offline  
The following users liked this post:
aznkorboi (03-07-17)
Old 03-07-17, 03:21 AM
  #4  
Freds430
Lexus Test Driver
 
Freds430's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NC
Posts: 947
Received 171 Likes on 133 Posts
Default

Have parchment in both our cars. We both wear jeans all winter and never had a dye problem. We would never have anything but a light interior. IMO looks better, cooler and makes the interior look larger. Once every six weeks clean the leather with Zaino leather cleaner and a soft shoe polish brush to agitate the cleaner. Wipe off and done in five minutes. Leather smells like new again.
Freds430 is offline  
The following users liked this post:
aznkorboi (03-07-17)
Old 03-07-17, 04:09 AM
  #5  
aznkorboi
Lexus Test Driver
 
aznkorboi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: ca
Posts: 1,146
Received 89 Likes on 71 Posts
Default

My wife has black leather in her car. I really don't like it too much. It's just way too dark.

I opted for strattus grey in my car. It's not as delicate as parchment I don't think but it stains just as easy.

I had a waterproof seat cover on my car and left a homer's orange bucket on top for a week. A week later it left an indent as well as orange stains on the seat.

Here are a few things I purchased:

Amazon Amazon

- good for gently brushing the leather and cleaning it every month

Just use some woolite and warm water to clean the seats

Amazon Amazon

- nice strong cleaner if you have any stains like coffee or pen that is more difficult to remove

Amazon Amazon

- A MUST for light leather. Strong cleaner alone did not work on the dye transfer stain. THIS did. THe key is to gently blot and create foam. THere are videos on how to do this

Amazon Amazon

- a good barrier I found for all leather parts, steering wheel, middle area, doors, etc. I also do a few layers on the seats but found out that it is not enough for dye transfer.

Amazon Amazon
- A MUST for dye transfer on seats. I did about 4 layers on each seat and so far no issues.

Keep maintaining and you'll be fine. ALso, vacuum weekly. Tiny little abrasive particles rubbing against your leg and the leather is what causes it to crack!
aznkorboi is offline  
The following users liked this post:
chicchick (03-07-17)
Old 03-07-17, 04:34 AM
  #6  
chicchick
Driver School Candidate
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: MA
Posts: 4
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Freds430 View Post
Have parchment in both our cars. We both wear jeans all winter and never had a dye problem. We would never have anything but a light interior. IMO looks better, cooler and makes the interior look larger. Once every six weeks clean the leather with Zaino leather cleaner and a soft shoe polish brush to agitate the cleaner. Wipe off and done in five minutes. Leather smells like new again.

Thank you for sharing, I agree that light interior looks better but after having colored leathers before I wasn't sure if I would regret it.
chicchick is offline  
Old 03-07-17, 04:36 AM
  #7  
chicchick
Driver School Candidate
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: MA
Posts: 4
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by kalcris View Post
I had the same thoughts. Went to look at Lcert 2016 white/black, ended up with a white parchment/bamboo. Just liked it better I wouldn't bother with interior protection, and for the price the dealer will charge, paint protection - shop around.
How long have you had your Rex with the parchment/bamboo? No dye transfers or such on the seats?
thank you
chicchick is offline  
Old 03-07-17, 05:38 AM
  #8  
JT4
Lexus Test Driver
 
JT4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: NY / LI
Posts: 1,266
Received 31 Likes on 30 Posts
Default

IME every vehicle that I have owned over the years (from various brands) that had the light leather interior showed the dye transfer at one time no matter how well the interior was cared for. Our current RX has the cabernet interior and you can see some dye transfer from time to time.

Even on my previous black interiors you may not see the dye transfer on the seats but it's there. Once you clean and condition the seats you will see the blue dye transfer to your cleaning pad.

Since I am very OCD with my vehicles, as soon as I take delivery one of the first things I do is clean & condition the seats. This way if we get any dye transfer it usually comes off without too much effort.

With that being said, if me or my wife are wearing very dark jeans we will usually sit on an old pillow case. I know it sounds crazy but after a bad dye transfer experience back in 2004 with a new MDX I would prefer not to take any chances.
JT4 is offline  
The following users liked this post:
chicchick (03-07-17)
Old 03-07-17, 09:05 AM
  #9  
ggebhardt
Lexus Champion
 
ggebhardt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,576
Received 110 Likes on 100 Posts
Default

Only time I have seen my jean's dye transfer to my seat was in my LS460. I had used the stuff that Lexus sells for the seats and may not have wiped it all off. Have used to Maguire's Natural Shine ever since and had zero problems.
ggebhardt is offline  
Old 03-07-17, 04:06 PM
  #10  
donmatt
Driver
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: GA
Posts: 171
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Default

Have owned 4 Lexus (1ES + 3 RX) and all had the semi analine leather interior. After 8 years had to replace a panel in drivers seat on ES. Never a problem with dye transfer.from jeans. I use Lexol leather conditioner every two months. Leather always
looks new. IMO a great and comfortable product. BTW all have been parchment. My latest 2016 RX has parchment semi analine with the brown dash, etc. Eminent White Pearl exterior.
donmatt is offline  
Old 03-07-17, 04:13 PM
  #11  
chicchick
Driver School Candidate
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: MA
Posts: 4
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by donmatt View Post
Have owned 4 Lexus (1ES + 3 RX) and all had the semi analine leather interior. After 8 years had to replace a panel in drivers seat on ES. Never a problem with dye transfer.from jeans. I use Lexol leather conditioner every two months. Leather always
looks new. IMO a great and comfortable product. BTW all have been parchment. My latest 2016 RX has parchment semi analine with the brown dash, etc. Eminent White Pearl exterior.
That is the combo I am looking at and test drove, I really liked it.Thank you for your experiences, makes me feel better about light leather.
chicchick is offline  
Old 03-07-17, 05:20 PM
  #12  
kalcris
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: MA
Posts: 70
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default

I've only had the rx for a month. no dye transfer yet. I traded a GX that had a saddle interior. That was a constant chase against blue discoloration, especially on the outside edge. These rx seats have the brown trim that should mitigate most of the rubbing that transferred to the light color seat.
kalcris is offline  
Old 09-13-17, 07:57 PM
  #13  
khenders
Driver School Candidate
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Ms
Posts: 12
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Is the Parchment Leather Interior Difficult to Keep Clean with Kids?

I really love the parchment leather with bamboo wood trim. I am looking into the noble brown as an alternate. I currently have a 2007 GX 470 that has a light brown interior. The wear and tear shows for a 10 year old vehicle from the headliner (light color) to floormats. However, I have not done very well on cleaning and maintaining the leather with kids.

1. What color is the headliner with this package?
2. What do most DIYers do to clean lighter colored seats?
3. Have you found that the darker is just better with kids?

Last edited by khenders; 09-13-17 at 08:48 PM.
khenders is offline  
Old 09-13-17, 08:44 PM
  #14  
Oldfart
Pole Position
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Ca
Posts: 310
Received 43 Likes on 34 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by khenders View Post
I really love the parchment leather with bamboo wood trim. I am looking into the noble brown as an alternate. I currently have a 2007 GX 470 that has a light brown interior and the wear and tear shows for a 10 year old vehicle. However, I have not done very well on cleaning and maintaining with kids.

1. What color is the headliner with this package?
2. What do most DIYers do to clean lighter colored seats?
3. Have you found that the darker is just better with kids?
Here in SoCal we use a lot of sunscreen and black doors always look awful. You can see sunscreen all over on black. Never had this issue when I had parchment interior. My next one will definitely be parchment.
One of my friends told me that he exclusively uses Costco brand baby wipes to clean leather. I am using just any brand of baby wipes and I am very happy with results. I owed my previous RX for a little over than 10 years with parchment interior and it still looked great when it was sold it.
Oldfart is offline  
The following users liked this post:
FastFord (09-14-17)
Old 09-14-17, 10:19 AM
  #15  
mspearl95
Lead Lap
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: or
Posts: 737
Received 30 Likes on 26 Posts
Default

my 2013 ES had semi- aniline parchment leather, and dye from blue jeans would regularly transfer to the driver's seat, tho it would wash off. Overall easier to keep clean- looking than the black leather i think.
mspearl95 is offline  
The following 2 users liked this post by mspearl95:
ggebhardt (09-14-17), khenders (09-14-17)

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Parchment leather ?


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: