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Perforated seats, what to use...

Hi all, I'm new to the forum but not to the jeep world. My old jeep was a 2007 Limited JGC 4x4 with the Hemi. I just got a new 2012 overland 4x4 with the Hemi engine and I absolutly love it!!! I have a question that maybe you guys can help me with. I live in Puerto Rico and as you can imagine it really gets hot down here. The problem is that I've never had perforated seats in a car and i dont know which product to get to help protect them from denim stains and uv light. I've been searching in autopia.com, but does guys are like jedi masters at their stuff and it can get a little confusing. I've tinted the side windows to match the factory setting 20% and the front window I applied a 35% tint on it, but the dash really gets hot.
From what I understand theres a conditioner for diff kinds of leather, if I'm not mistaken our JGC come with Nappa leather which require a certain kind of conditioner, but the dash seems to be another kind of leather. What do you guys recommend? Thank you

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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

I have a 2012 overland, purchased in july. And i used lexol cleaner and conditioner. Apply on a rag, not to much and it worked great on the perforated leather. Buy at any major auto parts store,,,walmart,,,etc
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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

Thanks for the advise, do you use it on the dash too?
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:53 PM
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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

Lexol is great stuff, I use it on all the leather (dash, doortops, etc.) in my Overland.
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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

I don't like the smell of Lexol. And I don't like how creamy white it is either. Around the threads it builds up to easily, and if you get it in the perforation holes forget it. I've been using Griot's. They have two different kinds. One is a much easier to use spray version that more concentrates on cleaning the leather, which is what you really want to do most of the time, and less conditioner. It leaves a nice supple, natural finish. Then when I have a good hot day, twice a year, I apply the thicker leather conditioner gel version and let the sun open the leather pours up and soak that up for a couple hours. The leather is like butter for months, and you just use the spray cleaner along the way again and my seats look great!
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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

The leather is already protected from the factory. Use a damp microfiber cloth to gently wipe the leather surfaces. You could mix a small amount of 1 part Woolite to 5 parts water (tip from someone on this forum). Nothing else is necessary. My last Grand Cherokee (a 2005 Limited) I had for 6.5 years and I did not touch the leather and it looked brand new the day I traded it in. Some of those leather cleaners can degrade the factory protectant. Also, some leather cleaners produce a shiny look which I don't like the looks of. Even worse, they can make the seats slick where you can slide forward or around in the seats when driving or when getting in or out.
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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

While they do have the clear protectant that don't have UV protectant That is why I use Chemical Guys on the dash. Looks good and smells good too.
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Yes the dash too, and doors, all the leather.
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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

Im going to go with the Leather Master Foam Cleaner and the Leather Master Soft Touch, I think that for Nappa leather this combo is the best. Thanks for all you guys recommendation...
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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

Ultima interior protectant on leather, dash, doors etc and Ultima Paint Guard Plus on the outside.
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Re: Perforated seats, what to use...

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Ultima interior protectant on leather, dash, doors etc and Ultima Paint Guard Plus on the outside.
For the outside im using Meguire's Ultimate Wax toped with Meguires Gold Class Carnauba for added protection + warmth.
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I don't like the smell of Lexol. And I don't like how creamy white it is either. Around the threads it builds up to easily, and if you get it in the perforation holes forget it. I've been using Griot's. They have two different kinds. One is a much easier to use spray version that more concentrates on cleaning the leather, which is what you really want to do most of the time, and less conditioner. It leaves a nice supple, natural finish. Then when I have a good hot day, twice a year, I apply the thicker leather conditioner gel version and let the sun open the leather pours up and soak that up for a couple hours. The leather is like butter for months, and you just use the spray cleaner along the way again and my seats look great!
Here's a tip for cleaning the perforation holes.

Take an old, worn out, soft toothbrush and use that to lightly scrub or push in at them. It will typically knock whatever is caught in the hole out safely and not hurt the leather at all.
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