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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Leather restoration product suggestions

Engine almost done, now it's time to tackle the interior.

I was going to use Leatherique products but it seems that they have dropped the Alfa Romeo tab from their website (A mighty strange website to be sure.....)

Any other suggestions for leather restoration products?

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I don't think that dropping the Alfa tab means that the product works any less than it does.

Leather is leather.

Its rated best and I use it on my Alfa seats.
I will probably order it again when my supply runs out.

I have a feeling that the brand name products sold in auto stores are just as good.
Regular household leather furniture products are also probably as good.

The secret is probably in the application of the leather conditioner.
Apparently its best to soak it in when the seats are hot and in direct sunlight.....

I am sure the BB will chip in....

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I was after the color dye as well as the other products.

How am I going to get a matching dye (Alfa 406, Anthracite) now that they seem to have dropped the Alfa line?

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Yup, I guess we could.

I agree that most products are pretty safe. I just use the ArmorAll leather care product and that stuff seems to be ok, as the black leather seats in the two 164s still look and feel good (after first using Kiwi "sponge on" black shoe polish), and then I slather on the ArmorAll stuff liberally, let it soak in some and then buff it just a little, trying not to remove most of what is left, and then let it dry for the rest of the day. The next day, I just run a clean rag over everything just to put a little shine on it.

As I said, I think most of these types of products are ok. I just happen to use the ArmorAll products on everything, seats, vinyl, plastic, in the cabin, in the engine bay, whatever. Doesn't seem to have hurt anything as far as I can tell, but who knows for sure.

The above works for black leather seats. If you have the tan leather, use one of the products which uses an appropriate dye to return the color.

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Why put so much stock in what they have on their website? Just call Leatherique and ask. I'm sure they still will want to sell you product and have not lost what color dye info they already have on Alfas. It amazes me these days how so many put so much value in the internet that if something is not on a website, it must surely not exist. Just isn't the case most of the time. Remember, we are a very small group of car owners compared to most other brands. They probably just decided to eliminate a little clutter on the website because they get so few calls for Alfa Romeo. I'm sure they have many many dye color formulas in their files they will not have listed on their website.
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I actually watched a Wheeler dealer episode and Mike used Olive oil and a plastic bag in the sun. I used the oil, no bag and let it sit overnight and it worked. Its softer and feels Great. I then used a cleaner and then the Leather foaming conditioner..

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Email sent to Leatherique. Will keep you posted.
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I use Gliptone Liquid Leather. Awesome products.

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I actually watched a Wheeler dealer episode and Mike used Olive oil and a plastic bag in the sun. I used the oil, no bag and let it sit overnight and it worked. Its softer and feels Great. I then used a cleaner and then the Leather foaming conditioner..

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I missed that episode. I hope the olive oil was not applied directly to the leather. It will go rancid and stink up the car.

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Leatherique came through

Leatherique could supply me with the correct Alfa dye.

Wonderful company.
Will post before and after pictures.
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Why put so much stock in what they have on their website?
I agree here with Chazzy....they probably removed Alfa due to lack of interest and business.
Just call and ask as I am sure their products work as well on Alfa as on any other car.

As mentioned earlier I use Leatherique and will probably continue to do so.

My seats are great....

Ta,

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There was no phone number so I just made the email inquiry.

Custom dye with Kit #3 (good for front and back seats) - $201.95 shipped
Standard dye with Kit #3 - $171.95

Price is high but the accolades speak volumes.
The website truly needs a face lift though.

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Letherique is the best out there. Order the oil and pristine clean too to keep the seats up.


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