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Date registered: Jul 2019
Vehicle: W220 S320 CDI, 2000
Location: Skopje, Northern Macedonia
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Treating dry leather seats & headrests
Thanks so much for this great forum!
I would like to share a great tip for treating dry leather seats (particularly headrests) that suffer from dry leather and even cracking and stretching sometime splitting the leather and causing stretch creases. I have used this method with great success on many car seats and headrests over the years.
Here we get temperatures of 40 decrees plus in summer and it can do a great deal of harm to our lovely leather seats and interior.
I prefer to use a product called Auto Glym leather Care Balm (see picture) I bought this when I was back in Blighty, but if it is not available in your country you can use other high Quality leather balms.
It is advisable to clean the leather first but this is not always beneficial if the leather is very dry and cracked as cleaners could dry it out even more. You make that call…
Do not apply this treatment in direct sunlight, do it in the shade.
I personally prefer to clean the leather unless it is really in a bad state. I apply the leather by hand and rub it in feeling the hardness of the leather seat and headrest and apply more as appropriate. You can do this by rag or sponge/applicator as you prefer. The leather will absorb this product quite quickly if it is dry, keep applying as necessary be generous in your application.
Once the seat headrest is saturated in the leather balm wrap it in cling film and leave in the shade for at least 24 hours, also cover the seat in cling film as appropriate, especially top corners below the headrests or any other areas they are particularly dry.
Repeat as many times as necessary, until the leather is soft and supple.
Sorry about the dark pictures, I did this in our underground apartment car-park.