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Seat leather softening

Post by EvilDylan » Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:05 pm

Picked up a CR-v this weekend and the leather seats have either water damage or sun damage cause they are hard like wood almost. I used some obenauf's leather oil today while it's warm to see if that helps any. Does anyone have any tricks they have used to soften rock hard leather?
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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by Misled » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:22 pm

I tried this on my Poopra. Seemed to make a little difference but wasn't really the results I was hoping for.
I took my seats out of the car. Smeared a thick layer of coconut oil all over them. Wrapped them in Saran Wrap and set them in the sun for a few hours. It was in the Winter while it wasn't 100* but the sun was out.
Maybe I should have tried it a few times and given it a chance but I just ran out of patience.
Good luck and let us know what you end up doing.

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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by BLWright » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:43 pm

I use Mink Oil paste on all my leather. Never tried it on seats, just boots, ball gloves, etc. We rub our horse saddles down with olive oil.
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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by EvilDylan » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:07 pm

Misled wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:22 pm
I tried this on my Poopra. Seemed to make a little difference but wasn't really the results I was hoping for.
I took my seats out of the car. Smeared a thick layer of coconut oil all over them. Wrapped them in Saran Wrap and set them in the sun for a few hours. It was in the Winter while it wasn't 100* but the sun was out.
Maybe I should have tried it a few times and given it a chance but I just ran out of patience.
Good luck and let us know what you end up doing.
I'm basically trying the same thing with the seats on the car still to trap some of the heat. I put the leather oil on and covered the oil with Saran wrap. I think it'll need a few treatments. Hopefully it works cause these seats hurt my ass.
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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by Misled » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:57 pm

EvilDylan wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:07 pm
Misled wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:22 pm
I tried this on my Poopra. Seemed to make a little difference but wasn't really the results I was hoping for.
I took my seats out of the car. Smeared a thick layer of coconut oil all over them. Wrapped them in Saran Wrap and set them in the sun for a few hours. It was in the Winter while it wasn't 100* but the sun was out.
Maybe I should have tried it a few times and given it a chance but I just ran out of patience.
Good luck and let us know what you end up doing.
I'm basically trying the same thing with the seats on the car still to trap some of the heat. I put the leather oil on and covered the oil with Saran wrap. I think it'll need a few treatments. Hopefully it works cause these seats hurt my ass.
I should try to do my seats again for shits and giggles.
Maybe do it when I get home tonight.
Have you priced replacement seat covers?
I was pretty surprised how inexpensive they are for my car.
I haven't changed them out yet but I do plan on it.
I have talked with some people about it and watched videos and it looks fairly easy and straight forward as long as you have a heat gun and get the hog ring pliers.

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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by EvilDylan » Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:21 pm

I haven't priced any. I am trying not to spend much on the car since it was pretty cheap to begin with. Hoping this oil will help out.
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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by vehicular » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:36 pm

Prin uses Lexol Conditioner.

One of my other detailer homies swears by Leatherique Rejuvenator followed by Pristine Clean. I saw a set of E36 Sport seats that he did, and it made a huge difference.

I'll probably try one of them in my new E39. Leather in it is very nice looking, but hard as woodpecker lips.

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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by OMGWTFBODY » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:23 pm

E39..?

Do tell.
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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by Pr4mnceMan » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:39 pm

OMGWTFBODY wrote:
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E39..?

Do tell.
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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by vehicular » Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:12 pm

I bought Rob Latham's 540i Touring 6 Speed swap. It's real fine.
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Post by OMGWTFBODY » Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:57 pm

That's delicious.
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Re: Seat leather softening

Post by EvilDylan » Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:44 pm

vehicular wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:12 pm
I bought Rob Latham's 540i Touring 6 Speed swap. It's real fine.
Beautiful car. Let me know if you have success with a method.
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