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So when I got in my car this morning, I noticed a series of darkened indentations on the back support of my atacama passenger seat. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> This came as a shock as I rarely drive people in my car and take good care of it. I believe it was from my girlfriends wet bathing suit straps (we went to a water park Friday afternoon. It must have been from her top due to the location on the seat). So now I can't wait to get off work and try Lexol Cleaner and Conditioner on it. If this doesn't work, do you have any other ideas? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Help! Water Damaged Atacama Leather (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">If this doesn't work, do you have any other ideas? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Perhaps a new girlfriend? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Help! Water Damaged Atacama Leather (MagoonR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Perhaps a new girlfriend? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>i second that notion. you better remind her what she is riding in <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Help! Water Damaged Atacama Leather (phuz)

very funny guys. She actually already offered to pay for the damage, but I don't think she has any idea how expensive that could be. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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i hope the lexol works out for you. if not, can you claim insurance?
 

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Re: Help! Water Damaged Atacama Leather (jdog)

Well here is a disclaimer about Lexol, it darkens the leather. So it may mask some of the blotchy spots, but that may only be because it is turning your seat darker. Either way, with the regular use of Lexol this would happen any way. And yes, to fix it, it would cost you lots of $$$.
 

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try leatherique. i too have atacama, and i don't know if lexol will do much good. i don't even know if leatherique will do anything if it is a water stain. how does the leather feel in that area?
 

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The leather is actually indented in many spots where it stained. I guess this is since she was leaning back against the seat for about the 10 minutes we were in the car (pushing the wet straps into the leather). The Lexol helped blend it a little better, but it's still visible, and there are still some indentations. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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You could try moistening the area with clean water and gently blow drying to see if this will help tighten that area up. Make sure it is well cleaned. You could also trying putting a heavy dose of Lexol cleaner on the spots to "soak" and then cleaning again.<p>Remember Water Park "water" is not water, it's liquified industrial-strength antisceptic. Borine, chlorine and all sorts of oxidation products. The damage could be permanent.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I cleaned and conditioned the seats with Lexol last night which seemed to help, but not eliminate. I may try again tonight. And you're right, it's definitely not "water." If it was, it probably wouldn't have affected the leather the way it did. Does anyone know how the leather on the seat is divided? Is it seperated into two pieces or more? I don't want to replace it, as it's not that obtrusive, but if it was only a couple hundred bucks I might go for it - I'm a perfectionist <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I'm pretty sure it's basically the lower cushion, backrest and headrest. If you could un-stitch it then you would have many more pieces but I don't think Volvo sells them in anything small than an entirely new seat (both the lower seat and the backrest). Given that you have atacama I am not sure that you would even want to go the route of replacing everything, unless its that bad, because the atacama is supposed to change colors as it wears, especially wear from sun-fade, and now you may have 1 oddball seat. <p>I would keep up with the lexol over the entire interior of the car for the next few weeks and see if it doesn't lighten the stain. JRL knows some people who do interior repair work, but that usually consists of re-dying worn leather, so I don't know how they would/could tackle a natural leather like this.
 

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Thanks. I have given up the idea of actually replacing the leather, as this would be pricey. If I ever have too much money and get bored, maybe I'll replace it. After going at it with a toothbrush and lexol cleaner, followed by a generous application of lexol conditioner for the 2nd time, it's not as noticeable as it was. In fact, you have to be in the car and inspecting the upper seat cushion to notice it. The conditioner has removed most of the indentations that were initially there, which helped alot. The stains from the chemical loaded water are still a slightly darker color, but with time and more conditioner I'm hoping it will get better.
 
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