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Old 03-17-2011, 07:19 PM
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

Owner's manual (pg. 520) says application of a leather conditioner is not required to maintain the original condition. Those are not scratches. The circled area is just the worst, but you can see where it is wearing on both sides of the area circled. Looks like a trip to the dealer.
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

In my 2005 Limited Leather seats I have never applied leather conditioner and they still look brand new, except had to have the side vinyl on the driver seat that tore replaced with leather at a local auto leather upholstery shop. Applying leather conditioner just makes you slide right out of the seat if you've ever sat in someone's car or Jeep that uses leather conditioner.
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

It gives it character.
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

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It gives it character.
True, that. I think I would rather live with it than chance the dealer screwing it up more. Overall, I love this vehicle and I was coming from an Infiniti G37S Coupe (which also had it's leather seat problems, which thankfully I never experienced)
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True, that. I think I would rather live with it than chance the dealer screwing it up more. Overall, I love this vehicle and I was coming from an Infiniti G37S Coupe (which also had it's leather seat problems, which thankfully I never experienced)
Joking aside - doesn't brown leather do this with any application?

OK, can I crack another joke now?

How about finding a matching shoe polish?
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

I am seeing something similar. Will try and post pictures tomorrow. Wonder if I should try and condition myself or not do anything and bring it into the dealer. Not a huge issue now but car has only 2000 miles on it and I am an average sized woman. Worried that the solution will be worse than the problem.

Bringing it in next week to repair my door - a different thread :-( and will ask what they think.
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

Anyone have any updates on this?
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

Actually was talking with my wife tonight about this. I have 12,000 miles now in 6 months and it is getting worse. I get in my car in the morning, drive a long way to work, and get back in the car at night and drive home. This shouldn't be happening. I am going to take it to the dealer next week and see what they propose to do.
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

I experienced this with my honda accord coupe that I bought new back in 2003. The leather is dyed very shallow, almost like a coat of paint. It will wear off and expose the uncolored leather underneath. I had similar wear after 10,000 miles on the outer edges of the seat bottom and side bolsters. I would be very surprised if the dealer replaced the seat because the finish will wear off of the new one just as quickly as the old one. Your first option is to try something like Zaino or Luxol conditioner. If the leather is just dry, that should fix it. If the dye is worn off it won't help because it would be like trying to paint your car with turtlewax. Maybe you could find some shoe polish that closely matches the color of the leather. Check out Johnston and Murphy online and look for a store near you. They sell high quality shoes and a wide variety of high quality polishes in many, many colors, not just the three colors of kiwi wax you get at the grocery store.
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

I have the same issue with my 2011 Overland Summit with the saddle brown interior.
I will post some pics.
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

Any ideas for a proven-effective protective finish that can be user-applied and doesn't make the seat slick like an ice rink?

There are lots of offerings out there, but it's hard to separate those that can from those that can merely claim.
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Re: HELP! Saddle finish wearing off.

I have the same interior, although I only have 2K miles on the vehicle. I was wondering if this was going to be an issue. The edge of the seat probably gets more wear than any other part of the interior due to the fact that you slide in and out of the vehicle. I think this is one of those things that's just going to happen. Some conditioner will probably help because it will put a protective film on the seat. I like Lexol the best. I would definitely check with the dealer, but I doubt this will get covered by warranty unless it becomes an obvious issue (i.e., much worse). Keep us posted.
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