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Old 06-17-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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WOW! Leatherique really works!

Alright guys, I have been reading a ton of threads on wash/wax section these last couple of months and have been extremely fortunate to gain so much knowledge from all the great members on AZ sharing their expertise and knowhow. In following the “golden rule” I wanted to pass along a GREAT product called Leatherique (Yeps, same product that Todd been using for a lot of his detail write-up, but shockingly it works for noobs too!) that worked marvelously on a 05 Acura RL (with parchment/tan interior) I just bought a couple months ago.

When I bought the RL, the leather had a lot of dirt/grime buildup around the sidewalls of the seats and the color of the seats themselves had turn to a dark shade of brown. I tried a lot of leather products (Lexol, Zymol leather, Meguair's Gold leather cleaner & conditioner) and nothing seem to penetrate the built up grime, and I was just about to give up until Todd’s Leatherique thread and Detailed Image big sale (All the stars just aligned).

I won’t say that Leatherique is magical (5+ hours of scrubbing the leather), but if you follow the direction (bake the car with the rejuvenator oil for 24hours) and follow that up with the pristine clean and a hot water bucket to wipe down the leather with many MF and a leather brush you will see a huge different (looks almost brand new now!).

I took a couple before & after picture, but it doesn’t do it justices unless you see it in person! Anyhow, I just wanted to pass long a great product that actually works, so if any of you are tried of your dirty leather and have some time (elbow grease too) check out Leatherique.


[IMG] http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/5531/acurarl.jpg [/IMG]


Before Picture
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After Picture

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The color has turned lighter after treatment.

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results look great!! I know I have seen Todd using it for a while, with amazing before and after pics, I will be getting this with my next order!
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How come my picture didn't post? Can someone help me post the picture please?
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Here you go Rhlieu...I just took out the "URL" part of your link and that did the trick.




I took a couple before & after picture, but it doesn’t do it justices unless you see it in person! Anyhow, I just wanted to pass long a great product that actually works, so if any of you are tried of your dirty leather and have some time (elbow grease too) check out Leatherique.




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The color has turned lighter after treatment.



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How come my picture didn't post? Can someone help me post the picture please?
When using Imageshack, cut and paste the link from the "Hotlink for forums" line, uncheck the "include details" box...then the pic will show. Also make sure to resize the pic for webpages & forums (640 X 480) so you don't post a huge pic.

***Edit - Steven beat me to it! lol
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for your help Steven! Another noob mistake
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no big deal with the pics Rhlieu, it was bound to happen sooner or later..I'm sure you learned from what others had suggested as what is the right method to post the pics..
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Thanks for your help Steven! Another noob mistake

You got it buddy...glad to help out. We were all there once before ourselves.
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Wow -- now, were those the color of them before? lol

Night and day difference.
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Looks much better! Don't take this the wrong way but it's one reason I could never own a car with a light-colored interior. I used to work for a Land Rover dealer and we delivered a Range Rover Sport with WHITE leather. It was impossible to keep clean long enough for the customer to see it. That was two years ago. I can't fathom what it might look like now.
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Wow -- now, were those the color of them before? lol

Night and day difference.

I think the last 2 pictures where taken inside the garage. That is why the color look almost like grey rather then tan.

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Very nice, and I'm glad that you like the product...it's very good stuff! Now for the occasional "quick" cleaning you can use just the Prestine Clean as a one-step.
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Will Leatherique bring back the factory matte finish on leather surfaces such as the steering wheel?
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Will Leatherique bring back the factory matte finish on leather surfaces such as the steering wheel?
As long as it's leather, then yes. When used properly, Leatherique does a tremendous job of restoring the natural matte finish of leather. Now if that leather is severely worn, it would require a re-dye.
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Very nice, and I'm glad that you like the product...it's very good stuff! Now for the occasional "quick" cleaning you can use just the Prestine Clean as a one-step.
Thanks for the advice Todd! I already took note of this from you’re other thread when you mention that the pristine clean would make an excellent leather quick detailer, hence the 32oz pristine clean upgrade.
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Ryan,

Your leather looks as good as new, thanks for sharing your Leatherique experience with us. It should be much easier to maintain from here on out especially if you do some maintenance work with just the Prestine Clean step. Smart move on upgrading the PC to a 32oz size, it certainly comes in handy.

Enjoy your new leather!

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Ryan,

that is some nice cleaning you did on the leather..... nice ride..... nice combo on black tint/white car..... i'm glad everything worked out for ya
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wow great job. i think i need to start taking care of my leather too :x
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Looks much better! Don't take this the wrong way but it's one reason I could never own a car with a light-colored interior. I used to work for a Land Rover dealer and we delivered a Range Rover Sport with WHITE leather. It was impossible to keep clean long enough for the customer to see it. That was two years ago. I can't fathom what it might look like now.
Agree with you 100%, however I really wanted a pearl white RL, but finding the color code of pearl white / black interior was like finding a needle in a haystack.
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Arggg that looks amazing! My Leatherique kit is sitting on my desk, waiting for a warm sunny day to use it. Raining so much here lately

Mind if I add my photos to your thread? No sense in having another Leatherique before and after thread....
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^^^

Please do (just make sure you link the picture correctly, or you will look like a noobie like myself)! I really hope other AZ memeber who try Leatherique will have the same results as i did.

If you have any questions on the process or problems, I can try to help. (But if you want experts advice ask George - Detailed Image or Todd, they are both very cool)
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Looks great! I wonder how well it'll do for black leather?
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Great job...!

I need to get me some now...!
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Arggg that looks amazing! My Leatherique kit is sitting on my desk, waiting for a warm sunny day to use it. Raining so much here lately

Mind if I add my photos to your thread? No sense in having another Leatherique before and after thread....
yeah, our weather sucks ass....every day is rain rain rain rain and....rain....
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Looks great! I wonder how well it'll do for black leather?
Obviously it will treat it just the same...clean, soften, supple, but it won't have the dramatic before/after look. I use it on my black leather interior.
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I'm a big fan of Leatherique too. Not cheap, but you have to pay for quality!
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I just saw this post and it has some great info and pics. Where can I buy this stuff? Is there a recommended seller? My wife's RL needs some work too.

Did you say we needed to "bake" the car in hot sun? That might be a problem for a while here in Boston
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Hi Bob! Didn't think you would cross the boundaries of the RL section so soon (so much to read & absorb)!

The Leatherique product will work wonders on our RL's 1gen/2gen pearchment tan leather! However 3 months after posting picture of the results on this thread, I have notice the dye from my pants (i nomrally wear jeans) is turning my leather back to the dirty murky colors as before. So if you wear jeans this might be a never ending battle!


There is a local vender on Acurazine called Detail Image aka. George. They have good pricing and you can always PM George for any questions or concerns on the products.

Make sure you buy both the oil/cleaner! You can also PM myself if you have any questions.
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Not sure if you saw this thread yet, but TSC17 (aka Todd) is one of the BEST detailer around and made a very nice writeup on the Leatherique usage. After seeing the results, this was the reason why i tried the product too.

https://acurazine.com/forums/wash-wax-23/leather-headlight-restoration-tsc17-724750/
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night and day difference! good job. i think i'll try leatherique when spring arrives unless there is a compelling reason i should do it before winter in the southeast.
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I'll be doing this on the RL and MDX this summer.

Thanks for the write-up!
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got to try this!!
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I'm thinking about picking up a Leatherique kit from DetailedImage today, but because I'm on a budget I was thinking about getting the 16oz kit. Will that be enough to do the front buckets and the rear bench seat, along with the door arm rests and a few other leather spots? I have a TSX the parchment interior btw.

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I'm thinking about picking up a Leatherique kit from DetailedImage today, but because I'm on a budget I was thinking about getting the 16oz kit. Will that be enough to do the front buckets and the rear bench seat, along with the door arm rests and a few other leather spots? I have a TSX btw.
Yes it will...
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Perfect, I'm going to order it right now. Hopefully by the time I get it the weather will be cleared up. My leather could use some lovin
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