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Re: Seats

Originally Posted by funkoval View Post
Still believe it's temperature, not moisture, that softens the leather. Steam is better, because it slightly penetrates as opposed to hot air, which touches just the surface. If it was moisture that did the trick, it'd be enough just to spray the leather (steam iron jets really small amount) & wait.

As to dried & cracked leather - agreed.

I'm searching 'colourlock' manufacturer's page for some help on that case.

Steam is good because it rapidly moisturises the leather then evaporates quickly as the leather goes back to its normal shape, hence why it's used by custom seat manufacturers. Moisture is essential for any leather products, hence why we polish our shoes with products that feed the leather moisture. Heat can aid with softening of leather, but without moisture or conditioner the leather will dry out and crack in time.
I've spent many an happy hour (not) cleaning and conditioning bike leathers and they've rewarded me with long life and good service. Had I not bothered they would've been hard as nails and uncompliant and uncomfortable to wear.
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Re: Seats

Let's agree to disagree then
Haven't seen any custom seat manufacturer using cold water nor mist to return the leather to its original shape. I know they use water spray, mist or steam to shape the leather. Therefore I suppose they use steam as a medium of transferring heat into deeper layers of leather.
Iknow that nourishing leather requires moisture, but IMO not by water, rather by oils and waxes.
Still, I don't want to be regarded as another mickey, and certainly not questioning your experience, will be happy to be corrected.
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Re: Seats

Best thing for nourishing leather upholstery ....Elephant wax

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Re: Seats

Nothing changed, but only tried the leather conditioner.
Left them both out of the car.
If I have too, will strip the covers off, but with no weight on, one can only hope.
Though the indentations are in the leather, think the foam has suffered also.

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Re: Seats

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Best thing for nourishing leather upholstery ....Elephant wax
In that case why are elephants so wrinkly?
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