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Lexol or Meguiar's for leather?

I don't have much choice in my town; mainly Lexol Conditioner or Meguiar's Gold Class Leather Cleaner & Conditioner for my seats. I used Lexol for years on my Acura RSX but the side bolsters mainly cracked to hell and I very generously applied the Lexol to it religiously and it still cracked to hell. I think the Canadian tire here may sell the Mothers products as well.

Was that just because the Acura RSX had cheap thin leather seats or are there better products than the much vaunted Lexol? In my 2008 Accorde Coupe should I keep using the Lexol or mayhaps switch to the Meguiars product?

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Lexol. I use both the cleaner and the conditioner on all of my cars. Great stuff. Try Vinlex on your dashboard, it's made by the same company. It is much better than other products out there because it doesn't leave a greasy or super shiny finish.

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Lexol. I use both the cleaner and the conditioner on all of my cars. Great stuff. Try Vinlex on your dashboard, it's made by the same company. It is much better than other products out there because it doesn't leave a greasy or super shiny finish.

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I've never actually cleaned the leather, I've always just used Lexol Conditioner before. Is cleaning really necessary? I never eat in my car so no food stains, I guess just the odd tiny bit of perspiration from my lower back until the AC kicks in and cools it down is the only ... "contaminant" I guess. Is cleaning then necessary do you think?

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Is cleaning then necessary do you think?
Think of it this way...

Would you apply lotion/moisturizer on your skin before you washed/cleansed it?

A leather-cleaner is pH-balanced to be mild, yet still effective in removing dust, dirt, microbes, lint, and other contaminants that would otherwise clog up the pores in the leather - thus preventing proper absorbance of the conditioner.

If you don't want to use a pricey over-the-counter leather-cleaner, you can simply use a mild detergent that is very diluted in water and a damp towel. Then follow-up w/ another damp towel to remove the excess moisture; finish-off w/ a dry towel to dry/cleanup.

Another tip... use the conditioner in a warm, humid environment; it helps the leather absorb as much of the product as possible!

The key to keeping leather looking supple over the long-term is to keep it healthy, meaning keeping it 'breathable'.
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Think of it this way...

Would you apply lotion/moisturizer on your skin before you washed/cleansed it?

The key to keeping leather looking supple over the long-term is to keep it healthy, meaning keeping it 'breathable'.
Hmmm good analogy, thanks, I never thought about it that way. I think I'd lean towards the Meguiar's Gold Class Leather Cleaner & Conditioner then as it will accomplish both things...



Would that be good?

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Meguiar's Gold Class Leather Cleaner & Conditioner then as it will accomplish both things...

Would that be good?
I've used that over the years w/ great success!

But, to be entirely honest... the best leather-care product(s) I've ever used on my car leather-interiors has been the leather-care kit I got w/ my home leather sofas, no lie!

Here's how I would rate various car-oriented products...

1-step cleaner/conditioner

O.k.:
Good:
Better:
Best:


2-step cleaner/conditioner

O.k.:
Good:
Better:
Best:
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It is expensive but worth it and lasts a few years. I used it in 2 Saab convertibles I owned--a 1997 and 2003. Saab leather is very firm and cracks easily, especially in convertibles. They sell a kit with a cleaner and conditioner. I use wax applicator pads to apply it. You would be shocked at how dirty the cleaning applicator would be--lifted out all kinds of grime that was not apparant by looking at the seats. It has an SPF in it too. If it kept the convertible leather in good shape I assume it would work even better for a sedan.



If you want to go real hard core get Connelly's Hide Food. It is used by Concourse car collectors on antique leather.
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I've used that over the years w/ great success!

But, to be entirely honest... the best leather-care product(s) I've ever used on my car leather-interiors has been the leather-care kit I got w/ my home leather sofas, no lie!

Here's how I would rate various car-oriented products...

1-step cleaner/conditioner

O.k.:
Good:
Better:
Best:


2-step cleaner/conditioner

O.k.:
Good:
Better:
Best:
I picked up more Lexol AND the Meguiar's Gold Class Conditioner/Cleaner yesterday, I did a bunch more Googling and lots of love for Lexol seems to be the standard, but I've never cleaned the leather and am a bit lazy so would prob use the cleaner/conditioner and alternate every couple of months with the Lexol.

The reason why Lexol semed to let me down before was that the side bolsters in my former Acura RSX really cracked/creased to hell, even though I practically bathed them in the Lexol damn near to the point of over-conditioning. I hope that it was jut a result of them being a cheap leather seat, and my new Accord having higher quality/better leather (hopefully?)

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