What is the best way to soften and condition leather seat


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What is the best way to soften and condition leather seat

Postby halcombrick » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:42 pm



I just found a mint seat for my 82 wing as stated in the topic below. My question is what is the best way to soften and condition this seat so it don't break and rip when I start using it?, the seat has been setting out in the weather thanks guys.Rick


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Re: What is the best way to soften and condition leather sea

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:20 am

Are you sure its leather? The stock seats are vinyl ......... 8-)
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Re: What is the best way to soften and condition leather sea

Postby halcombrick » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:25 am

now that you mention it i'm not sure. It does seem to be an aftermarket seat and looks like leather but im not sure if it is vinyl whats the best way to soften it?
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Re: What is the best way to soften and condition leather sea

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:46 am

halcombrick wrote:now that you mention it i'm not sure. It does seem to be an aftermarket seat and looks like leather but im not sure if it is vinyl whats the best way to soften it?


Vinyl (PVC) is a rigid plastic made flexible by the addition of plasticizers during processing under heat and pressure. With age the plasticizers migrate out and the vinyl becomes hard and brittle. Not much dissolves PVC so it is difficult to put an additive in a jar that would re-dissolve in the matrix and remain to increase flexibility without requiring conditions close to the original processing conditions.

That said, there are a few of products that I know of that claim to do just this. I haven't tried any of them, so your mileage may vary:

http://www.leathermagic.com/Pages/vinylsoftener.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-M5716-Ma ... ingdocs-20

http://www.amazon.com/Zymol-Vinyl-Condi ... ingdocs-20

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Re: What is the best way to soften and condition leather sea

Postby Bigbiker0 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:20 pm

Dont spend any money trying to save that seat. After 30 years in upholstery business I know there is any way to restore vinyl or leather when it's dry out.


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