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Shiny Leather - how to get it ????

Hi,

Red leather that's looking really dull. Would look great with a bit of a shine on it but products I've tried don't do the trick.
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Autoglym
Liquid Leather
Kiwi Red leather polish.

Any advise, gratefully recieved.

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Nanotech bumper care
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Yeah, I had to get WKD spills off the back seat (don't ask ) and wouldn't be arsed to drive to halfords, I was impressed with it so the whole interior got a touch
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Autoglym will not make it shiny, but it will keep the leather in good condition

shiny leather means slippey leather remember
 
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Sorry, I should have mentioned mine was recently fed with stuff I use for my bike leathers so it's nice and smooth, mega shiney too, I'll get pics tomorrow
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Autoglym will not make it shiny, but it will keep the leather in good condition

shiny leather means slippey leather remember
Not really bothered about slippery, just want to get rid of the DULL DULL look
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Just thinking about it. Isn't that just a silicone based product?
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Re: Shiny Leather - how to get it ????

IMO if you make the leather look too shiny it looks cheap and nasty especially the red leather, and very slippery so you slide about all over the place when going around corners.

If you have already used a lot of products on the leather then it could be you are trapping dirt etc under each layer and not really achieving anything.

If you use a leather cleaner first before using a final leather care product this might help. Autoglym products are normally OK and care for the leather really well, the leather care cream can normally be buffed up to a more shiny finish

From memory ArmorAll leather care gel gives pretty shiny results

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You have to really clean your leather thoroughly sounds like its still dirty. I use Wollen fabric detergent its very light on fabrics and leather. Also use a soft to medium hard brush to scrub the leather and get all the grime out which is the only way to get it out.

You can rub and rub with expensive cleaners and a cloth it will do nothing. You have to almost bathe the leather in alot of detergent and scrub till all the grime comes off.

Have a look at my thread :

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...her-seats.html

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Re: Shiny Leather - how to get it ????

Had to laugh at this thread.

Usually when the subject of leather comes up most people are asking how to clean, get a mat effect, they don't want a shiny look, etc.

Here you have a bloke who is actually asking how to MAKE his leather shiny and everybody is advising him not to.

Go to the cheapest, grottiest, car wash/valet place you can find and ask them what they use to dress the leather and that will do the trick.

Seriously, jokes asside, any product with silicone in it will do the trick.
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Yeah I think what he means is how to make leather look "New" again like Shiny new without the Shininess.
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well i use cliptone cleaner and conditioner : )
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Yeah I think what he means is how to make leather look "New" again like Shiny new without the Shininess.
Exactly Fred. The seats are probably 9 years old and surfaces are really dull now, especially the back ones. They are not really dirty, after spending around 4 hours with the Gliptone clearner and conditioner packs. This has left them looking a little better, but still dull.

It's also left a sharp leathery smell in the cockpit which is a bit too harsh for my liking. More akin to living next door to the local tannery.

I don't really want to put a silicone product on them as yes your backside will slide around when going round corners. Just something to remove the dullness.

Thanks all for the replies so far.

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Re: Shiny Leather - how to get it ????

Yeah, well I use Meguiars Gold Class Leather Foam Cleaner and a weekly wipe down with Meguiars Quick Interior Detailer and Aerospace 303. It most definitely does NOT come up shiny.

But thats not what he asked.
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Exactly Fred. The seats are probably 9 years old and surfaces are really dull now, especially the back ones. They are not really dirty, after spending around 4 hours with the Gliptone clearner and conditioner packs. This has left them looking a little better, but still dull.

It's also left a sharp leathery smell in the cockpit which is a bit too harsh for my liking. More akin to living next door to the local tannery.

I don't really want to put a silicone product on them as yes your backside will slide around when going round corners. Just something to remove the dullness.

Thanks all for the replies so far.
Do you mean the colour has faded and is dull ?

Living in Australia the sun is very strong and has faded my leather seats (from the previous owner) and it needs to be redyed a darker shade. You could do that with yours re dye it a shade of red. Best to go and see a leather expert for that its not that expensive at all.
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Re: Shiny Leather - how to get it ????

truely bizarre reading somebody wants to get their leather SHINY ! unsafe and looking like it's done a million miles. Best to keep it clean and use Zymol cleaner rather than like it's been valeted by dealer using silicon based cockpit ****e !
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Do you mean the colour has faded and is dull ?

Living in Australia the sun is very strong and has faded my leather seats (from the previous owner) and it needs to be redyed a darker shade. You could do that with yours re dye it a shade of red. Best to go and see a leather expert for that its not that expensive at all.
Dull Dull Dull.
Matt red is not what they're supposed to be. Just need something to give them a bit of sparkle.

I'll go and talk to furniture restorer.
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I forgot my car is away getting a timing belt done, the wonders of beer

Anywho, here are a few pre-swissvax leather cleaner pics





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I forgot my car is away getting a timing belt done, the wonders of beer

Anywho, here are a few pre-swissvax leather cleaner pics





Thanks for the pics. They don't look that bad as they do have a bit of a sheen on them. Mine are matter than a very matt thing!!!

BTW how can you forget a thing like "my car is away getting a timing belt done" LOL
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well i use cliptone cleaner and conditioner : )
Same here, I swear by it.

BTW - Gliptone not Cliptone
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Leather is not supposed to be shiny!.
When was the last new showroom fresh car you saw that had shiny leather?.
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I managed to make my old 147's drivers sport seat shiny by treating with megs gold stuff and then 1000 miles of 'spirited' driving using my bum and back to buff the seats.
Stayed shiny for ages!!!

I didn't want shiny seats though
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