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I just picked up my R. Has the nordkap seats. When is the best time to clean/condition these seats for the fist time? And thereafter how often would you recommend? I assume everyone here likes the Lexol products...but specifically which one?
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (soledoc)

Now Chris,<br>I KNOW you've read this 100 times...LEXOL, LEXOL, LEXOL. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Until the seats get very dirty all you need is the conditioner in the redish bottle.<br>Apply liberally, (SOAK the seats) wipe evenly but gently and not too hard (let it stay on ).<br>It will absorb overnight. (or earlier). Actually when new (or dry) it will suck it up pretty quickly (no jokes here) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>When new, the seats may take a few applications but I wouldn't rush, enjoy the new car small.<br>If you do it once a week your seats will stay nice and soft, year 'round, all it takes is a few minutes, not a big deal. Don't forget the armrest pockets, they're also leather. Don't use the cleaner until you think they're really dirty and don't use the cleaner all the time, (maybe once every two months) but use the conditioner ALL the time, every week<br>Unlike your T5, everything Norkap is leather
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Now Chris,<br>I KNOW you've read this 100 times...LEXOL, LEXOL, LEXOL. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know I've read it too. I know Lexol, but I wondered WHICH lexol leather product since there are two. I wanted to know when to use the cleaner or conditioner. Now I know. Just start with the conditioner in a few months. That's all I needed. I've got the Lexol Vinylex for the plastic parts.<p>I didn't mean to ask a dumb question. I know you're looking at me like a hawk right now with my "newbie" R questions. I did do a search and didn't see the exact answer as to when you should clean/condition the R seats for the first time...hence my question....and excellent answer I might add!
 

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I'm at that stage too. I have about 11,500 miles on the car now and just got these leather cleaners/protectants from my gf. She works for a high end designer who uses expensive leather for furniture. She said her boss uses these on the leather pieces. <p>The leather cleaner/protectant is made by Elmo. Anyone familar with this? I went to their website <A HREF="http://www.elmoleather.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.elmoleather.com</A> but couldn't find anything about automotive leather. Would it be ok to use it on the R's seats? I have nordkap also.
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (soledoc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>soledoc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I didn't mean to ask a dumb question. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>The same rule still applies as when you were a kid......the only dumb question is the one not asked!
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (soledoc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>soledoc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I just picked up my R. Has the nordkap seats. When is the best time to clean/condition these seats for the fist time? And thereafter how often would you recommend? I assume everyone here likes the Lexol products...but specifically which one? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was a die-hard Lexol fan until I found Leatherique:<p><A HREF="http://www.leatherique.com/" TARGET="_blank">http://www.leatherique.com/</A><p>Now my Lexol bottles just sit there and collect dust <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Regards,<p>Derek<br>
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (bb vign)

Just be careful with some of these other products. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> They may be great, they may not, but we KNOW that Lexol works well on R leather
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (soledoc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>soledoc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br> I've got the Lexol Vinylex for the plastic parts.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Is the Lexol Vinylex the best thing to use on the rest of the car? I wouldn't consider the dash plastic. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (JRL)

All:<br>A good application of <B>Johnson's Baby Oil </B>works very well. Applied regularly the seats will be as soft as a "baby's behind". No kidding! I heard this from an upholsterer and have used it on all of my leather installed cars.<br>It will never crack or get that stiff feel. (The baby oil smell doesn't stay in the car). Keep in mind that you should still <B>clean </B>with something like Lexol. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Scott60
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (jdog)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jdog</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Is the Lexol Vinylex the best thing to use on the rest of the car? I wouldn't consider the dash plastic. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>If it's not leather, not metal, it's plastic. A nice touch plastic, but plastic nonetheless.<p>Vinylex is the BEST! My truck takes a beating at work and when I shine it up with Vinylex people think it's new! It lasts a couple of months and doesn't collect a lot of dust or dirt. It is a bit tacky, so you want to be careful where you spray it, and it can be shiny if you don't do a double wipe (unless you want shiny, I prefer a more matte finish) but it lasts forever and I highly recommend it.
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If it's not leather, not metal, it's plastic. A nice touch plastic, but plastic nonetheless.<p>Vinylex is the BEST! My truck takes a beating at work and when I shine it up with Vinylex people think it's new! It lasts a couple of months and doesn't collect a lot of dust or dirt. It is a bit tacky, so you want to be careful where you spray it, and it can be shiny if you don't do a double wipe (unless you want shiny, I prefer a more matte finish) but it lasts forever and I highly recommend it. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>you use it on your R's dash too?
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (jdog)

This may be obvious to many, however, I would think that the the portion of the dah directly over the instruments, which is leather, should be treated with the Lexol leather conditioner, and the rest with the vinyl conditioner. I also use the Lexol products - on my Boxster for five years and 31000 miles, and the leather seats look new. I will do the same for the R.<br>
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (ncearthquake)

I thought that part was leather too....but it seems not to be in mine <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>HJZ</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://www.elmoleather.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.elmoleather.com</A> but couldn't find anything about automotive leather. Would it be ok to use it on the R's seats? I have nordkap also. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know Elmo made the leather in Saabs a few years back, good stuff.
 

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Re: 1st time to clean leather on R seats (soledoc)

Mine is black leather with blue stitching - at least I assume it is black leather per the R brochure! I would assume they must all be the same - are you thinking it is vinyl rather than leather?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ncearthquake</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Mine is black leather with blue stitching - at least I assume it is black leather per the R brochure! I would assume they must all be the same - are you thinking it is vinyl rather than leather?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think he is referring specifically to the rest of the dash. Everything aside from the gauge cover on the dash should be treated with vinylex.<p>Also, if you are talking about the R leather and are referring to the nordkap, it is actually a dark blue. Once you have the lexol conditioner on there you will see.
 
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