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Re: Any concerns about leather dash in Overland?

I would just keep an eye on it...leather can pretty much take care of itself and in many ways looks better with a little wear and tear. I wouldn't do anything unless it felt like it was getting obviously dried up.
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Re: Any concerns about leather dash in Overland?

I have an early build WK2 Overland with black interior (about a year old now). Within a couple months I had a problem with the leather becoming unglued and bubbling. In addition, I noticed that in the forward center of the dash, right behind the center speaker, the leather started looking "burnt". The texture became rough and noticeably different. Jeep replaced the dashboard and the one they replaced it with was defective as well. Have been away for a few months and got home to find that the burnt effect was back on the new dash, no bubbling however. Will have to call Jeep today. Love my car, but this has been a real nuisance.

I'm concerned that I will be on my 4th dash in a year - seems like a pattern. Anyone else experience similar issues?

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Re: Any concerns about leather dash in Overland?

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You seem to be right on. The owners manual says no treatment needed. Many of these people don't bother reading the owner's manual. This forum is not a shortcut. If you have a question, it may pay to try to do your homework first and then ask the question if you don't understand what you found. Sorry for the lecture everyone but, the manufacturer should know the most about a new car.
Jeep is not in the business of manufacturing and supplying the leather products. They are in the business of manufacturing cars. The suggestion of "no treatment" is merely an advice given to the general population so that they don't cause irreparable damage. For example, it may be OK and possibly spectacular to put on the right leather products. What they are avoiding by excluding all treatments to the leather is people putting on products that are inferior and untested that may really cause damage. Leather is leather is leather, lexol in my opinion will enhance it and have put on at least 2 coats on my saddle and have no problems to report, other than my lateral driver hip bolster slightly wearing.
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Re: Any concerns about leather dash in Overland?

I have been putting a windshield sun shade on when I park. I am afraid the dash will not hold up over time in strong direct sunlight, because it's real leather. Time will tell.
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Re: Any concerns about leather dash in Overland?

I wouldn't put a leather conditioner on the dash. The leather is likely highly coated with UV protectants and my guess is any conditioner would not soak into the leather anyways. What it will do is soak into the stitching and degrade it over time, which obviously you don't want.

You can test to see if its coated by putting a drop of water on it, if it beads up and rolls off, its coated. If it soaks in, its not. I have never seen a car with a leather dash that wasn't coated, even if the seats were uncoated (Jaguars, etc).

What I would use is a solution of 6 parts water to 1 part woolite (many owners manuals refer to a "solution of natural detergent for wool" which is Woolite) in a spray bottle. Use that to gently clean the leather and then dry with a microfiber or terry towel.

If you absolutely must use something to protect it, I reccomend this:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultima-Interio...5836539&sr=1-3

Its expensive but the bottle will last you forever. This is a great "interior sealant" that leaves a very fine coating on all the interior surfaces after cleaning without introducing any unnatural gloss to the leather or dash materials. GREAT product, better than 303 IMHO.
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Re: Any concerns about leather dash in Overland?

Do not worry so much about the leather holding up in direct sunlight. It will be fine and can last as long as a regular plastic dash. My last RR had a leather dash black at that and after 6 years of being parked at work in the sun it never changed isn't appearance at all. I rarely used any products on the leather, but the deal always recommended Hide Food which is what Bently uses on all of their cars.

http://www.autogeek.net/cohica1.html...hannelid=FROOG
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Re: Any concerns about leather dash in Overland?

Trust me, all 2 applications of lexol were absorbed and softened the leather tremendously.
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Re: Any concerns about leather dash in Overland?

Problem with Hide Food is it serves no purpose if its coated leather. Your Range Rover may have had uncoated leather, Bentleys do, but the Jeep doesn't I'm almost positive.

The problem with Lexol is that it can gum up the coating, which is really a sprayed on plastic clearcoat. It may seem to help, but continued use over time may break down the coating and degrade the thread in the seams. You can use it if you want, but I would never use Lexol conditioner (the cleaner is excellent) on any vehicle I owned, or any customer's vehicle I detailed.
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