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My Atacama is looking pretty tired, and I've been using the diluted Woolite to clean, Lexol conditioner method. However, everywhere there is a crack in the leather, dark spots appear. I get that this is due to the oils from the conditioner getting into the leather through the cracks, but how can I avoid making more or fix the ones that are already there? They don't seem to ever go away.



What am I doing wrong?
 

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Woolite on leather, really?


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Yes, it works. Look at urinalcake's Leatherique guide.

http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?159114

I think Urinalcakes results speak for themselves, but it's not miracle work and if your seats are worn there's only a certain degree of recovery. If you want brand new seats you may need to look for professional,services that refinish or replace the leather.
 

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Google "Atacama dye", there is some sort of leater paint type material that has been posted for atacama that seemed to provide really good results
 

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i dunno where urinalcake mentions woolite in hs post but i did leatherique about 2 weeks ago and that sh!t is amazing. as mentioned above the leather is damaged, there is no going abck to perfect but i think leatherique is the closest anyone could ever get. seriously dump the rejuvinating oil on and let it bake all day long and your leather will come out softer than you thought possible. i will post my pics up soon but urinalcake's pics are going to be the same as mine. my seats werent nearly as dirty as his but the results speak for themselves. i also talked to the guy at leatherique on the phone for a bit and I cant remember his name unfortunately but he knew my leather by name (without me telling his first). he told me he has done dye for atacama before with good results. i dont think my seats are far enough gone for something like this. I defnintely recommend the 32oz set of pristine clean and rejuvinating oil. i am not a sponsor of leatherique in any way shape or form. just a guy that was really happy with his results.
 

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I have also had wonderful results with Leatherique on my NordKap interior. I live in Phoenix and the dry heat is hell on a good interior. The Leatherique stuff may be a bit pricey, but it works. I am hoping they can color match dye at some point. The drivers seat lower bolster is starting to show her age. Although with almost 100,000 miles, I guess that is expected.
 

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I know urinalcake's thread and the experience of others speaks to the contrary but I would avoid Leatherique. I found it removed the dye on my Gobi seats. I've also read elsewhere that Leatherique isn't recommended for painted leather.
 

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Not quite addressing your problem and definitely avoiding the whole "how do you clean you seats" debate but there are some Atacama interiors floating on Ebay and Erie. It might be worthwhile to buy a spare seat and swap it over. I grabbed a spare seat for the R on Ebay last week, it was cheaper to do that than repair a tear in the bolster with a local upholstery shop.
 

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The leather cracks are accumulating body oils which attract dirt. Both over time will compromise the coating on the leather. When you clean the oil and dirt out of the crack what you are seeing is the damage it did to your leather.

Only way to avoid is good preventative maintenance (eg regular cleaning)
 

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Not quite addressing your problem and definitely avoiding the whole "how do you clean you seats" debate but there are some Atacama interiors floating on Ebay and Erie. It might be worthwhile to buy a spare seat and swap it over. I grabbed a spare seat for the R on Ebay last week, it was cheaper to do that than repair a tear in the bolster with a local upholstery shop.
I looked around and could only find a few door panels. I did find a seat on Strandberg Volvo, but it was $1200.

I also looked for the dye and could only find an old post from JRL about some extra dye he had that he was selling.

My question isn't how to clean/condition the leather (that's like what oil/tires are best). I clean it regularly. My question is if there's anything I can do to get the leather back to not being so discolored from treatments. These cracks appear where the leather flexes/creases when I sit in it and then appear discolored after the next Lexol treatment.

Would redyeing/reconditioning the seats work? Has anyone chime in who has gone that route with Atacama or other R leather?
 

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So I went ahead and applied lexol conditioner to my driver seat. There were some rough areas and unfortunately I did not take any before pictures but this is the result after a single application:

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There was no black before (those two lines were scratches that were there when I bought the car) but there were some worn areas.

I guess my seats were quite dirty but is there a way to improve this? Would a professional be able to work wonders here or am I in trouble for the long haul?

Thanks,

Josh
 

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So I went ahead and applied lexol conditioner to my driver seat. There were some rough areas and unfortunately I did not take any before pictures but this is the result after a single application:


I guess my seats were quite dirty but is there a way to improve this? Would a professional be able to work wonders here or am I in trouble for the long haul?

Thanks,

Josh
Be very careful having the seats redone. Most refinishers do not have experience with the unique R leather soft finish and their treatment results in a change in texture of the leather. Despite being called a dye it creates a stiff painted feel on the surface more suited for a dealers quick flip than truly respecting your car.

Lexol has been my only leather care products. View the creases as age appropriate patina.
 

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I should have been more clear: I am not interested in a redye, just a rejuvenation/deep clean. Perhaps a professional could do a better job than me. And as a follow up, the darkness is already fading a bit in the hour since application.
 

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I should have been more clear: I am not interested in a redye, just a rejuvenation/deep clean. Perhaps a professional could do a better job than me. And as a follow up, the darkness is already fading a bit in the hour since application.
Do you know anyone with a steam cleaner? If so try using that on your seats. I did that to a friend's Atacama, it definitely helped clean the dirt and such out of the leather.
 

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It's not unique, what it is, is unfinished real, natural leather without any sealers, not the processed "pleather" on most automobile seats
First, Atacama is supposed to discolor over time, read the original brochures
That's why it's called a "baseball glove" leather
Look at an older baseball glove
 

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I have only used Leatherique over the last 9+years and am content with the results of the "natural or inherent" characteristics that come with the age of the Natural Atacama Leather. And was surprised at the dark spots and lines at first and wished it could be resorted to original look.
Leatherique rejuvenating oil and prestine clean will clean, rejuvenate, and strengthen the leather for long run. Re-dyeing has the possibility of further complicating the look you may be trying to achieve. Look at it from a different point of view and perhaps just accept the results as "natural aging" of the Atacama. I still love the look with all the "natural imperfections".
 

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Do you know anyone with a steam cleaner? If so try using that on your seats. I did that to a friend's Atacama, it definitely helped clean the dirt and such out of the leather.
This is an interesting idea. Any further tips?

I am also thinking about trying the leatherique pristine clean and rejuvenator kit. I have been reading up on results here and will continue to do so before committing. The dark spots have lightened a bit since and I think I will continue to apply ample conditioner in the future to avoid future cracking.
 
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