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So I went to youtube and now my head hurts. Some guys are saying the leather has a plastic coat and needs nothing and others say use brand xyz conditioner or your seats will fall apart. I use armor all on plastic so I can envision the seats needing something.

The Pro 4X is the first leather interior vehicle I have owned and and I would like to keep it looking nice. I mountain bike and ride motocross and have been known to get into the vehicle in a wet an filthy state. I previously had neoprene seat covers on my SV but that might be a fashion faux pas with leather. What do you leather seat owners do, and has anyone had issues with cracking/durability? Anyone use seat covers? I haven't quite wrapped my head around leather in an off road vehicle.
 

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if you have leather do not use seat covers, you already have what most people want.

That said, use hot water and a microfiber and once a month or so use a conditioner like lexor. Its the oils that helps.

If it was in need of serious help you could use a product called Leatherique, its amazing, but not for anything thats a new.

so hot damp microfiber cloth and conditioner once in a while.

stop using armor all on your plastics, its an oil and only attracts dirt and the sunlight. I use only a damp microfiber and if its dirty ill add in some sort of cleaner
 

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First off, +1 on armor all. Use something that isn’t greasy and has UV protection. I use a turtle wax but there are many.

Next, the leather.

First just clean it with water and a good clean rag. White works best. Or a well worn used one that the dye won’t bleed out of.

Most leathers are dry as heck once the process is done. In order to prevent cracking over time, you need to replenish the natural oils that keep leather supple. For this, the hands down best product on the market is called Kali Leather life. It is designed originally for saddles and the like but works exceptionally well on car seats also. Put it on and you’ll actually watch it soak in. So it every day for a week and you’ll see it soak in slower and slower. The leather will look shinier and more supple. After that, do it once a week for a month. After that, just when you clean the inside.

I’ve been using it since 2003 (my first leather) and started at the advice of the ford dealership. I have never had so much as a crease get worse in a car seat. Stuff is amazing at its long term protection. I’ve tried other stuff a couple times (including the luxol) and came right back to leather life.

https://www.ranchoutlet.com/product/kali-leather-life-leather-protein-lotion/
 

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So I went to youtube and now my head hurts. Some guys are saying the leather has a plastic coat and needs nothing and others say use brand xyz conditioner or your seats will fall apart. I use armor all on plastic so I can envision the seats needing something.

The Pro 4X is the first leather interior vehicle I have owned and and I would like to keep it looking nice. I mountain bike and ride motocross and have been known to get into the vehicle in a wet an filthy state. I previously had neoprene seat covers on my SV but that might be a fashion faux pas with leather. What do you leather seat owners do, and has anyone had issues with cracking/durability? Anyone use seat covers? I haven't quite wrapped my head around leather in an off road vehicle.
For leather, I've been using(all on Amazon):

Leather Rescue Leather Conditioner and Restorer (you can clean the leather with diluted Meguiar's All Purpose Cleaner)

Seat covers - works well especially after going to the gym, mountain biking, and kayaking/fishing and are washable:

1) Infina Waterproof Car Seat Cover - Durable Neoprene Protector, Pet Protection - CrossFit, Yoga, Running, Beach, Gym, Fitness, Athletes - 100%

2) Car Seat Cover for Athletes Athletic Yoga Spin Beach Running Extreme Workout Machine Washable

Please don't use Armor All.......ever. It will attract dust - I'd recommend using 303 Aerospace Protectant for plastic or rubber trim.
 

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I’ve had two Nissans with their version of “leather”. Never again, it’s very low grade leather and only the top seating surfaces are that, the bolsters and backs are vinyl. Go read the description on some brochures, I was just looking at a 2018 Titan “FRONT LEATHER SEATING SURFACES”, not seating surfaces, so want to bet the back seats are all vinyl. They very carefully select the description so they are stating exactly what it is but not pointing out what you fail to realize, then they covered themselves.
I’d buy an SV and add Katzkin leather which is more supple and softer too.
As I said I was very disappointed in the leather, never treated it and after owning each one still looked ok as it was never near the grade of leather I’m accustomed to. Get in a higher priced car and you can smell the leather which I enjoy, never smelled like that in a nissan.
Just my $.02, some of you are just coating good old vinyl and doing nothing. I have leather in my Challenger and you sweat your butt off so how great is that, no it’s not. Driving with a cloth seat cover looks rediculous but more comfortable.
I wipe those seats but don’t slather them in anything either, they are like a nice baseball glove, if they were these cars would cost $$$ more just in materials. Same with our trucks.
Leather in my Jeep JK, my son put covers over them, said too cold in winter, hot in summer so why did I buy the better model, not a clue now.
You may all do as you wish.

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well i was going to say use the Armor All leather wipes.... i like them.... guess no one else does lol
 
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