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Old 05-16-2013, 11:06 PM
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We bought the Xzylon treatment for our black Acura and it was pretty amazing how easily dirt washed off. However, leaves etched the finish after a rainy day and the Acura dealer had to have them reapply it. I had to fight a bit for it though. I wouldn't do it again. It only really lasts a year. If reapplication every year was part of the contract, I would do it, but not otherwise. Don't know about other products.
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Re: Is dealer paint/interior protection worth it?

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I like Meguiar's products. I use a slightly damp microfiber cloth on leather. Like I said, TST 5000 on the paint. Never tried Zymol, so I can't give you an objective opinion. I believe anything with aromatic hydrocarbons will dry out and degrade almost any material over time. I find that products using polymer formulas are pretty friendly. I believe in the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm".
I also use Maguires Gold Class leather treatment as well. Thanks.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:38 PM
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Re: Is dealer paint/interior protection worth it?

You're best off using a water based leather cleaner and conditioner with no oils or waxes.

Essentially the only one sold in the US is by Leather Masters.

Do some searching on detailing forums and you'll learn a LOT about modern leather and how nearly every leather product out there is not only marketing hype, but bad for your leather.
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You're best off using a water based leather cleaner and conditioner with no oils or waxes.

Essentially the only one sold in the US is by Leather Masters.

Do some searching on detailing forums and you'll learn a LOT about modern leather and how nearly every leather product out there is not only marketing hype, but bad for your leather.
Aren't most modern leathers a "spray on" finish for final cover anyway? It's not like the leather we used to get that could soak up a quart of gliptone...
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Re: Is dealer paint/interior protection worth it?

Since we started lugging kids around in the back seat of our vehicles, I now regularly negotiate the protection package into purchase contracts. It's an easy item for the dealer to include at cost and it has some nice benefits. Without going over the whole package, paint sealant, fabric protection, leather conditioner ... the real reason why my wife and I opt for this package is the interior condition warranty. If you've tried to clean up spilt milk or yogurt from carpetting, it's not easy nor pleasant. The differences in cleaning up these spills with protect fabric is night and day, it literally just blots out. The one time we couldn't get the milk out we got a free professional detailing, under the warranty, which is included with these packages. I've usually been able to get 1 free detailing out of the warranty even without a major incident. The benefits of the exterior paint sealant are well documented. The way I look at this, when you include this w/ leased vehicles, it's almost like insurance against wear and tear charges.

My 2013 was treated just a week ago because it took my dealer over a month to get the Mopar approved protection kit in stock. We shall see how it holds up against the Xzilon treatment on my Ford Edge.
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Aren't most modern leathers a "spray on" finish for final cover anyway? It's not like the leather we used to get that could soak up a quart of gliptone...
Yep, that's why oils aren't necessary.
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