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Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leather?

Hi gang. This car seems to have the same saddle leather as the F150 King Ranch, which requires a different kind of leather conditioner than the one most other cars need, since this leather doesn't seem to be coated.

Putting the wrong conditioner can ruin the leather, so I'm asking fellow forum members for advice on what to use. I was planning to use the Leatherique treatment (oil then cleaner), or even my regular Griot's Garage conditioner, but I could potentially ruin the leather if not coated. Rather hear from somebody who has done it successfully already . Thanks.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

You don't need to condition these seats, they do not require leather conditioner. Just keep clean with a vacuum and occasional wipe with highly diluted pinesol. You don't want to clog the pores.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

I really like that Saddle interior and protect mine with Ultima Interior Guard Plus. Others won't be anywhere near as careful about it as I am so I will protect it the best I can regardless of what it was coated with by the manufacturer.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

use the spray on leather conditioners on your microfiber and wipe to the seats. i'm not a fan of the lotions, it's too thick and build up on the pores for the vented seats.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

I agree w/ Angler. Used a little lexol and a microfiber towel to protect my saddle leather seats. It gets extremely hot in the summer where I am and would rather be safe by applying a great conditioner than trusting the manufacturer.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

Lexol leather conditioner works good. doesn't leave a greasy residue and doesn't build up. I use it on the leather dash too.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

Thank you for the feedback folks. Did a bit of research, and these seats can't really be cleaned, but they can certainly be conditioned. I was advised by Leatherique not to attempt to clean them with their awesome 'Prestine Cleaner', since it'd only stain the leather. However, they recommended their 'Leather Rejuvenator', which is the best leather conditioner/rejuvenator in the market IMO. And I still have some, so will have my detailer use it over the weekend, and report the results.

And those living in hot climates (like me), you'd be crazy not to condition your leather, especially this one, since it's not coated, meaning it dries out much quicker. And dry leather means cracking folks. It's a good idea to condition it twice a year. And same with the dash, which is black, and gets a direct hit from the sun. You don't want it to shrink, and separate at the stitching. A good fitting windshield sunshield is essential too. I need to look for one; in fact, will do it right now. I don't like the ill-fitting POS you find at PepBoys and such. Thanks again gang.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

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Lexol leather conditioner works good. doesn't leave a greasy residue and doesn't build up. I use it on the leather dash too.
Interesting. So it worked on the saddle leather seats too? On the dash, a leather cleaner and any conditioner should work fine. I was worried what to use on the seats. I know Leatherique's Rejuvenator Oil will work, but it's not cheap. Glad to hear something more readily available works too . Typically, non-coated leather needs a different kind of conditioner. I honestly don't know if our leather readily absorbs liquids or not. I guess will find out when applying the rejuvenator oil. Take care gang.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

My Jeans.
Seriously it isn't a high maintainence leather like the King Ranch Ford stuff. Clean it with a damp cloth, no cleaner. Cracking is under warranty but it seems like new after 8 mohths of nothing in the Florida sun.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

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Interesting. So it worked on the saddle leather seats too? On the dash, a leather cleaner and any conditioner should work fine. I was worried what to use on the seats. I know Leatherique's Rejuvenator Oil will work, but it's not cheap. Glad to hear something more readily available works too . Typically, non-coated leather needs a different kind of conditioner. I honestly don't know if our leather readily absorbs liquids or not. I guess will find out when applying the rejuvenator oil. Take care gang.
I have the saddle dash as well and figured leather is leather. Although the seats feel softer.
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Re: Those with Overlands with saddle leather: What do you use to condition the leathe

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Lexol leather conditioner works good. doesn't leave a greasy residue and doesn't build up. I use it on the leather dash too.
Since I plan on keeping my Overland for a while, I'd like to ensure the seats and dash get the proper maintenance. Did you find the Lexol altered the saddle "matte" finish? Did you try to avoid the stitching (e.g. dash area)?
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