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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.

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Good info. Do you have any before pics?
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Hi,

Nice write up and pix.

That is exactly the stuff I have been using for about 30 years now.

I first bought a bottle at Essex County Showground at a Hot Rod and Custom Car show, Autoglym was fairly new out at that time.

I used it on the Blue Leather in my Jaguar XJ V12, it was that good I've never used anything else since
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No sorry, I meant to but I got carried away...The rear headrests I will unwrap tomorrow as they were particularly dry, if they still are, I will take some more pictures before applying another application.

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Thanks Dave,

A detailer mate of mine put me onto the Auto Glym about 15 years ago, I tried many and this is the best I have used.
I also had some good success with ''after sun'' on a old Xj6, many years ago, but that was just the straight six 4L

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Hi,

Nice write up and pix.

That is exactly the stuff I have been using for about 30 years now.

I first bought a bottle at Essex County Showground at a Hot Rod and Custom Car show, Autoglym was fairly new out at that time.

I used it on the Blue Leather in my Jaguar XJ V12, it was that good I've never used anything else since
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Well my seats are not bad since I stay on top of it but I used Griotts Garage Leather Care last week and was impressed. It was my first time using it and I have been using Simonz products before on the seats but I think I will switch to the Griotts Garage from now on. I will put some pics up when I get a chance but was really pleased with the way this stuff works. No shine just a nice satin finish and soft.
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Auto glym and leaherique are top end leather restoration products not sold in local stores (but can be found online )

Griots meguiars Lexol and Mother’s can be Found in the USA in local stores and do a nice job of maintenance , but not necessarily rejuvenation.
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Griots meguiars Lexol and Mother’s can be Found in the USA in local stores and do a nice job of maintenance , but not necessarily rejuvenation.
Actually not true Have you used the product below?? Try it and then let me know what you think

https://www.griotsgarage.com/product...or+8+ounces.do
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Here is a pic of mine after two coats of Griots Leather Care!



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