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Caring for W108/109 Cognac Leather

I was very pleased with Leatherique products on my late 1990 300CE but I am wondering if there should be concern with using them on a 1972 280SEL 4.5 with cognac leather as it may remove the "spots".

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I think it is perfectly okay to use. However, just contact George at Leatherique and ask him.

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The Leatherique cleaner absolutely removes the cognac "spots"!!!!

Leatherique also reacted VERY badly with the admittedly very very dry and neglected leather and destroyed a decent looking interior. It's possible that the leather was simply too far gone and anything would have caused issues, but I would not recommend using Leatherique on Mercedes leather of this era (though I have successfully used it on a large number of other vintage leather without issue)

And the worst part is that George absolutely lied to me when I reported this to him... telling me no other customer had ever reported an issue like this. Then I find out that another Mercedes owner (same era) even had a website set up to display how Leatherique ruined his leather (a story just like mine) with plenty of correspondence from George.

Now it's altogether possible (and even likely) that the product was not to blame in either case... that the leather was simply too far gone. But for George to knowingly lie to me about it (no doubt trying to limit any potential liability) was unforgivable... so even though I've been a long time Leatherique user, I've bought my last products from him.

(The fact the cleaner removes the spots from the cognac leather is completely beside the fact... it has nothing to do with the condition of the leather. However, as easily as the spots came off, I think any aggressive cleaner would do the same. Absolutley ruins the "look" of the leather.)


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Be very careful. I have cognac on my 600. I have tried Leatherique rejuvenator and cleaner as well as Connelly hide food. Both brands strip off the pebbled pigment. I have also used Swissol lotion with vitamin e. Much better results, however, do not scrub hard when buffing off.

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