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Old 08-03-2018, 09:52 AM
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I have an M3 with some bolster wear, so when I got the Z06 I figured I'd treat the leather really well so I didn't get bolster wear, which is just an acclerated version of the same pants-wear you get everywhere else.

I called around to all the big "Leather Conditioner" companies asking specifically which of their products would help it LAST LONGER. To their credit, they all told me: none of them. They can "condition" old leather and keep leather from drying out, but that's it.

And yet I'm reasonably certain cowboys had to do a certain amount of leather care on their saddles, didn't they? Maybe out in the sun?

So there's $20 I don't spend. I let the detail guy put something non-glossy on once a year, I suppose, but I still don't believe in them... unless there's some other goal beyond preservation. Is there? I don't need "restoration" or "correction" in a 2-year old car.

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You dont need any conditioner or protectant. They seats aren't "real" leather. To clean them just use a damp rag. If you want to give them a sheen you could use 303 protectant for its uv blockers.
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I think its more about how you get in and out of the seat than it is about what product is put on it. The sliding across the outside part if the seat is the killer.

For me... I sit down with legs out and then sort of lift and turn myself into position without draggin my tail across the outside edge of the seat.
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I am curious if anyone has considered using Ceramic Pro on the seats for this issue?
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I think its more about how you get in and out of the seat than it is about what product is put on it. The sliding across the outside part if the seat is the killer.

For me... I sit down with legs out and then sort of lift and turn myself into position without draggin my tail across the outside edge of the seat.
Yes, best way to reduce seat wear. Putting the legs in first accelerates seat back bolster wear by putting a lot of weight against the bolster and then sliding down it. On C5s and C6s that action alone could destroy a seat bolster in one sit down.

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Originally Posted by DAVE396LT1 View Post
I have an M3 with some bolster wear, so when I got the Z06 I figured I'd treat the leather really well so I didn't get bolster wear, which is just an acclerated version of the same pants-wear you get everywhere else.

I called around to all the big "Leather Conditioner" companies asking specifically which of their products would help it LAST LONGER. To their credit, they all told me: none of them. They can "condition" old leather and keep leather from drying out, but that's it.

And yet I'm reasonably certain cowboys had to do a certain amount of leather care on their saddles, didn't they? Maybe out in the sun?

So there's $20 I don't spend. I let the detail guy put something non-glossy on once a year, I suppose, but I still don't believe in them... unless there's some other goal beyond preservation. Is there? I don't need "restoration" or "correction" in a 2-year old car.
On cars I have always just used just a damp microfiber rag. It cleans much better than you think it will. Get a microfiber rag that's "grippy" it will trap all of the dust as you wipe. It even makes my white stitching look new again.

Cowboys usually just hose off their saddles and then use saddle soap to seal and protect.
If you put this on your car it would be real shiny and slick. Saddles are way thicker than car seats and leather bits.

I quit using "leather products" on my cars a long time ago. They just made everything look slick and glossy as soon as you use it once.... and it will never go back to that "new leather look".
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Yes, best way to reduce seat wear. Putting the legs in first accelerates seat back bolster wear by putting a lot of weight against the bolster and then sliding down it. On C5s and C6s that action alone could destroy a seat bolster in one sit down.

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Its more of what your wearing than anything else. Thick denim jeans are like sandpaper to these seats. Shiny polyester pants will just glide onto the surface.
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OP, I'm guessing the quality "cowboy" saddle you envision is made of significantly better leather, and a lot more expensive than the seats in the C7...
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OP, I'm guessing the quality "cowboy" saddle you envision is made of significantly better leather, and a lot more expensive than the seats in the C7...
I doubt the leather quality is better. It is a different leather that is suited to the rough environment a saddle is subjected to. They more than likely are not sealed like automotive leather is. Work Boot leather is tougher than automotive seat leather but I doubt you would want to sit on it.

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Saw something on a friends C6 but they don't appear to make them for the C7...Auto Chaps. Not a forum vendor so just do google search.
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