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    UV protection for leather?

    I just swapped some nice 435i seats into my ZHP along with a brand new leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. I've read all about leather rejuvenation/restore (such as Leatherique), but is there any product that might protect against UV rays? My last seats got a little baked, as did the top of the old wheel. I have 35% tint up front, but I'm not sure it's complete protection from the Texas sun in a black car. I could use a sunshade, but I'm too lazy :P

    If anyone has used something that worked for them it'd be awesome to check it out. Cheers.

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    There are many leather products that include UV protection, from 303, Chemical Guys, Meguiar's, Leather Magic, etc.
    Autogeek is one source: https://www.autogeek.net/leathercare.html
    Detailed Image is another: https://www.detailedimage.com/Leather-C27/

    CarPro makes a Cquartz leather coating that I'm happy with over the past 6 months: https://www.detailedimage.com/CarPro...1322/50-ml-S2/
    I used it on the driver's seat bolsters, steering wheel & shift knob of my wife's F22. I haven't been able to train her to do it, but I turn my steering wheel upside down or throw a microfiber over it when parked.

    I haven't found Leatherique to work well on BMW leather from E36s on - the color dye/finish is essentially sprayed on & doesn't "take" the conditioners like E23/28/30 seats do.
    2006 330ci ZHP - Silbergrau Metallic / Stoff Laser/Anthrazit / Alu Black Cube trim / Adaptive Xenon headlights / HK hi-fi system / heated front seats

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    Quote Originally Posted by John in VA View Post
    There are many leather products that include UV protection, from 303, Chemical Guys, Meguiar's, Leather Magic, etc.
    Autogeek is one source: https://www.autogeek.net/leathercare.html
    Detailed Image is another: https://www.detailedimage.com/Leather-C27/

    CarPro makes a Cquartz leather coating that I'm happy with over the past 6 months: https://www.detailedimage.com/CarPro...1322/50-ml-S2/
    I used it on the driver's seat bolsters, steering wheel & shift knob of my wife's F22. I haven't been able to train her to do it, but I turn my steering wheel upside down or throw a microfiber over it when parked.

    I haven't found Leatherique to work well on BMW leather from E36s on - the color dye/finish is essentially sprayed on & doesn't "take" the conditioners like E23/28/30 seats do.
    Much appreciate the info. I was interested in trying the Leatherique but have heard similar things. Also I heard that the UV protection is very minimal so that it doesn't affect the PH. I might give the CarPro product a shot.
    2005 Jet Black ZHP "Adriana" || ORION V4 || Eagle Eyes || 435i Coupe Sport Seats || Custom-Wrapped X5 M-Sport Wheel

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    Is the leather finished (i.e., BMW put a coat of structural bumps on top of leather), or is it just straight leather?

    If its the former, I like Aeorospace 303 formula. That stuff is awesome for the inside of the car. Not oily, not streaky, no finger marks,etc...

    If its the later, I am not sure that aerospace 303 should be used.
    325i, 2005, 5MT, Silvergrey, leatherette, Sport package; CDV delete, KONI STR-T & KYB Excel-G, Weisslichts, Stewart H2O pump

    328i, 2010, 6MT, Spacegrey, dakota leather, M-sport packages; all stock
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oli77 View Post
    Is the leather finished (i.e., BMW put a coat of structural bumps on top of leather), or is it just straight leather?

    If its the former, I like Aeorospace 303 formula. That stuff is awesome for the inside of the car. Not oily, not streaky, no finger marks,etc...

    If its the later, I am not sure that aerospace 303 should be used.
    F32 sport seats, so I believe they are coated yes. I'll have to give that a shot!
    2005 Jet Black ZHP "Adriana" || ORION V4 || Eagle Eyes || 435i Coupe Sport Seats || Custom-Wrapped X5 M-Sport Wheel

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