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Old 07-29-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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I just purchased my 2010 Mustang and the car seats throughout the car are leather, specifically a light tan leather. I live in Arizona where it can get pretty hot. My concern is keeping the leather in the best possible shape. I believe, and I could be wrong, that I have two options, one is maintain the leather as best as possible with cleaning and conditioning, and the second is seat covers.

Is it better to go with routine cleaning or seat covers? I am not sure if the seat covers will bleed on the current leather seats and create other problems, does anyone know? Also are Synthetic leather seat covers a viable option? Thanks.
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First and foremost welcome,,,, with leather have fun, I have leather in mine and it's wonderful in the heat; cough cough. Me personally id clean and condition but I have black leather so less easy to see dirty and easier to keep clean, than tan that is. I've never liked seat covers so yeah this would be my opinion. What part of AZ you from?
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First and foremost welcome,,,, with leather have fun, I have leather in mine and it's wonderful in the heat; cough cough. Me personally id clean and condition but I have black leather so less easy to see dirty and easier to keep clean, than tan that is. I've never liked seat covers so yeah this would be my opinion. What part of AZ you from?
Thanks for the response. I am in Hell, I mean Phoenix, you know the place where the sun goes down and thermometer still reads 100+, the place where it rains and can still be 100+.
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Sooo...
I have black car, black leather.... In Houston's 100+ weather (steamy).

I just make sure to condition the leather 1 time a month. Never had an issue.

As far as comfort... Not as bad as vinyl in the heat!

I have an auto start to turn the AC on about 5 min before I get into the car... Never is an issue!
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Thanks for the response. I am in Hell, I mean Phoenix, you know the place where the sun goes down and thermometer still reads 100+, the place where it rains and can still be 100+.
Jajaja oh yeah jaja, im here right now visiting the grand parents. We got another friend on here from here, so far that I know of; let's see if she makes an appearance.
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Re: Light Leather Car Seat Protection

Pictures forthcoming, although I do have a few of them taken by the dealer for the ad. It sounds like I should condition and clean the leather as opposed to getting seat covers to protect them thus far.
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Pictures forthcoming, although I do have a few of them taken by the dealer for the ad. It sounds like I should condition and clean the leather as opposed to getting seat covers to protect them thus far.
Any pics are good pics,,, yep it sure does
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I hate leather. Im so much happier with my cloth seats =]
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Sooo...
I have black car, black leather.... In Houston's 100+ weather (steamy).

I just make sure to condition the leather 1 time a month. Never had an issue.

As far as comfort... Not as bad as vinyl in the heat!

I have an auto start to turn the AC on about 5 min before I get into the car... Never is an issue!
Auto start? Like you can use your key to turn on the engine without going in?
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Is is a separate remote... Has about 50 yard range. I hold it down for 5 seconds, the car auto starts. But if the key isn't in the ignition when hitting the brake, the car will shutoff (preventing theft).

So I just have the AC / HEAT (summer/ winter respectively) running full blast before I leave the car.
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I clean and condition mine every two washes. My driver seat is slightly more worn than my others obviously and the coloring is semi fading already. Oh and pencils will mess up the mesh part :/
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Re: Light Leather Car Seat Protection

I have black leather as well and let me tell you, it gets hot. Very hot. The A/C trick works, but I'm sure it's nicer if you have remote start. I'm kind of upset air cooled seats was not a option for the Mustang...

As far as conditioning and such, I have yet to do anything to my seats due to lack of knowledge in the best products. If I were to start doing that, I don't think I would do it often.

Stick with the leather seats, covers are annoying in my opinion.
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Re: Light Leather Car Seat Protection

I changed my cloth covers to leather (take-offs) about 5 months ago, bought them off of EBay for $300 shipped.
They look so much better than the cloth covers, I use Lexol cleaner and conditioner to maintain them but I also bought an extra set of take-offs from the same eBay seller (lcfordparts) just in case they rip or start to look crappy since I intend to keep this Pony for a few years.
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Re: Light Leather Car Seat Protection

tinted windows and something to cover up from the front while parked can do a good bit. Other than that keep the seats coated and leather cleaned with a good cleaner/protector. Dont let the seats get dry.
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Re: Light Leather Car Seat Protection

These are all awesome suggestions! Thanks so much for the responses!
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tinted windows and something to cover up from the front while parked can do a good bit. Other than that keep the seats coated and leather cleaned with a good cleaner/protector. Dont let the seats get dry.
35% tint and those chrome shield things for the front is what I use to mainly protect the dash in the hot Alabama parking lots. It works as long as you can get it to stay up which is a challenge.
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Re: Light Leather Car Seat Protection

sounds personal lightning...LOL...JK

Got seat covers on mine until we get below the 80s by november....then they are coming off. Saving to add matching green vinyl in main seating portion of vinyl but leave the black edges.

---------- Post added at 02:11 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:10 PM ----------

whoops...meant seating portion of leather.
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tinted windows and something to cover up from the front while parked can do a good bit. Other than that keep the seats coated and leather cleaned with a good cleaner/protector. Dont let the seats get dry.
I agree with Spector. Tinted Windows help a whole lot, and i have a black on black car. I haven't conditioned them because everything is still good, but i bought some Meguiars conditioning wipes to try as they were on sale, but in my experience with leather you can just get a cloth and dip it in some warm/hot water and go over your seats ever couple of months and maybe condition the leather 1-2 times a year. That's what i've done in the past.
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