Get the leather CLEAN

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by MartyFukstein, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. MartyFukstein

    MartyFukstein OT Supporter

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    I was having trouble using microfiber towels and leather cleaner (I use CarBrite's "Extra Special" All Purpose Cleaner, but McGuiar's should work great as well). It was smearing the dirt around, and not geting into the low spots and textured areas of the seats. I tested a small area with #000 Very Fine steel wool and the leather cleaner, and got GREAT results with no peeling or scraping of the leather dye and thus continued to complete the entire seats with great results. The steel wool will leave some steel fibers on the seat, so you'll have to clean them with an extra pass of the cleaning towel. Follow up with some conditioner, and an old leather seat is well restored.

    This is a '99 Accord with 90,000 miles. Seats look very lived in and "date" the car. Very common for a light-colored leather around this mileage. Be sure to test your cleaning methods in an inconspicuous area, as some leathers may scrape away with this method; I've had problems with Nissan/Infiniti leather in the past.

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  2. seismic

    seismic New Member

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    Wow. I really want to try that, but the black parts of my leather seats seem to be fading on their own, I'd be scared to use steel wool to clean them. :)
     
  3. hondapower

    hondapower New Member

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    omg that exactly what my seats and armrest look like in your before pics, maybe a little worse. I have a 2000 accord with 160k. When i saw the first pic i seriously thought it was my car haha. :bowdown: for the tip will be tryin this weekend.
     
  4. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    Are you fucking serious?? :ugh2:

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    PLEASE get it right!! I mean, you're a detailer for chrissakes; there's no excuse NOT to know this name and how to spell it!!

     
  5. MartyFukstein

    MartyFukstein OT Supporter

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    :rofl:

    I look at that logo all day long, and always forget the spelling.
     
  6. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Have you tried using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? Ive got incredible results on soiled leather using it.
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  7. MartyFukstein

    MartyFukstein OT Supporter

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    I'll have to try it. This ink remover pen has worked very well for me:
    http://dyepro.com/pen.php

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  8. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I'll stick with Woolite/water and a nylon bristle brush. Been working perfectly for me for more than 12 years now. Not sure I could ever recommend using steel wool on leather. :noes:
     
  9. picus

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    The Mr. Clean Magic eraser, believe it or not, is even more abrasive than #000 steel wool. I copied Scott and do 5:1 woolite/water and a nylon bristle brush.
     
  10. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    :werd: I wouldn't have the balls to take steel wool to leather :noes:
     
  11. RenaultFreak

    RenaultFreak OMG

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    I used the 1/6th Woolite/Water mixture and it was better than some cleaners but not perfect...:hs:
     

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