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Caring for Volvo Leather seats


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kenari1

Posted 29 August 2003 - 01:09 AM

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I have taken my 850T5 and I must say that it is a wonderful car. Makes
driving my kenari a chore. very difficult to get back in the seat of the
kenari after driving the 850T5.

I have gotten around to trying the baby lotion thing and have no idea if
it works or not but it may too soon to tell. I have only applied it on for
2 days only. I must say that it does 2 things. 1st it will moisturise. 2nd
it also takes off the dirt and grime that has been on the leather for
ages. I will post updates if anything comes up while using the baby lotion
for the leather.

Has anyone tried steam cleaning? I heard that it supposedly opens up the
pores of the leather, and softens it(?) by introducing moisture back in
via steam. Hopefully it does only that.




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SA6

Posted 02 September 2003 - 09:02 AM

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Good choice, now you know how comfortable a Volvo is he he he Big Smile

Looking at our car standard leather seat, actually I think the normal
leather polish is very good enough becuase our car seat leather is not
made of pure leather. Steaming work for a fabric seat is more worth the
money.

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kenari1

Posted 02 September 2003 - 09:43 AM

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thanks. did not know that.



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ziemann

Posted 21 December 2004 - 11:12 AM

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kenari1,

Are you still around? It had been more than a year since you started using
baby lotion to maintain your leather seats. Mind to share the outcome?

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kenari1

Posted 22 December 2004 - 12:08 PM

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ziemann,

the leather seats still in good condition and one of the seats is now softer.

As an additional test, i went out and go myself a bottle of leather
restorer as well.

For comparison, this is what i find-

---- BABY Lotion -----

If you use baby lotion (J&J or some other brand), the car smells pleasant.
Seats maintain the softness and suppleness. One thing you have to becareful
of, is when applying the lotion, make sure it is evenly spread, otherwise,
there will be a wet spot on the leather. It goes away after drying though.

The leather tends to make a lot more noise where leather meets leather as
the lotion tends clean the leather as rather too well.

Other than that, applying the baby lotion is easy, I use a brush to apply
lotion where there is sewing joint and for the most of leather, I use my
bare hands to rub it all over the leather and a brush to level out the
uneven spots.

---- Leather restorer -----

When I used the leather restorer, you get a chemical smell, which is not
very nice and you can`t continually apply the restorer without suffocating
in the car.(may get high on this stuff) I tested on the rear seats (which
the baby lotion had cause leather on leather sounds) and only difference is
that the leather restorer will leave behind a slightly gummy feel on the
leather. As for getting the leather soft, i did not notice it but what I
felt, is that the leather tends to firm up after the application of the
leather restorer. After the restorer is nice and dry, you get the leather
smell again. the leather on leather rubbing will not make the rubbing sound
because of the gummy texture that is left behind.
The leather restorer cannot be applied using you hands like baby lotion
can. You have to use a brush to apply it on like paint.


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Well, which of the two to get? I will still go back to the baby lotion as
it gives better conditioning to the leather on an economical scale. BTW the
leather restorer goes for about 30++bucks for a small 100ml bottle. for
RM30, you can get quite a sizeable amount of baby lotion that will last you
for 3 years even if you apply lotion every month on the leather.

It is already 1 year already, and I have used up about 400ml of baby lotion
on the leather from the 750ml bottle.



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ziemann

Posted 22 December 2004 - 01:34 PM

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kenari1,

Thanks a lot. Is there any difference between leather restorer and leather
conditioner?

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cap48

Posted 22 December 2004 - 07:29 PM

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If I'm not mistaken, they are both the same. You can get a leather
cleaner/ cream ( the brand is Absorb) pack from IKEA for RM39-00. I've not
used it on my car's leather seats as yet but I'm inclined to try the J&J
stuff first. I've read about people using the J&J stuff for their car's
leathers & praising the results.Approve

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glock19

Posted 23 December 2004 - 07:27 AM

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Our T5s are not really full leather, most PVC. Any reason to clean or
moist the PVC with lotion/conditioner ? Oh BTW, still cannot remove the
rear bar lah ? Do yours have some screws at the side ? Maybe my previous
owner mount it permanently ?

Kenari1,
Your email sudah penuh.....

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Posted 23 December 2004 - 10:09 AM

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Yes, min also has two small tiny torx screws on each side. Normally I
remove the two on the driver side, to take it out.

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Posted 23 December 2004 - 12:33 PM

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glock, tks for the heads up on the email box. someone sent me a massively
large attachement.