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cdodkin
 


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Leather Care with Connolly Hide Food

Looking after the leather in the LR3/D3 is obviously key, as it's expensive, effects the interior look and feel, and the ultimate resale value of the vehicle.

The #1 traditional UK products for your leather care are made by Connolly - these guys have been doing hide care for over 100 years, so probably know a thing or two. Bow down

Easy to find at LR dealers, or often more cheaply at horse saddle/tac stores like this:

http://www.saddler.co.uk/shop.html?cr=1487...or_leather

Eight quid gets you a jar of cream (not unlike a fancy face cream for SWMBO) Rolling with laughter

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You might also want to consider the Connolly leather cleaner if your seats are well used, this cleans out all of the crud from the grain, before you move-on to the mositurising effects of the hide cream. Critical for long leather life.

http://www.saddler.co.uk/shop.html?cr=1487...er_cleaner

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The first problem you'll face, is that the cream tends to separate in the jar, leaving you something that looks like clotted cream that's gone off! Big Cry

No problem - loosen the lid a little, and pop in the microwave for 30 secs on high - re-tighten the lid, and shake well.

You'll end up with a warm liquid that looks like a nice alfredo sauce or brandy sauce - creamy and smooth, and ready to apply.

Next - put your Land Rover in full sun - and close all the doors and windows - we want the seats to get warm/hot as this aids the absorption of the cream.

Take a soft cloth, and apply the warm hide cream evenly all over the leather parts of the seats - it'll look like cr@p as it goes on, but don't worry! Thumbs Up

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If you get any on the plastic, or seat belts, or carpet, just wipe off with a soft cloth, no problems.

DON'T APPLY TO THE SUEDE-LIKE LEATHER - IT WILL PROBABLY STAIN! Big Cry

When you have a good even coat over the seats - close the door and walk away for an hour - letting the sun do it's thing.

Have a beer, relax

Go back to the LR after an hour in the sun, and you'll see the cream had really soaked in like this:

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Take a new clean soft cloth, and buff the remaining cream until you have a nice, even, natural leather finish on the seats. Keep turning over the cloth so you get a new fresh side to buff with.

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Re-seal the car, then go back with the cloth after another hour, just in case any more 'melted' cream is sitting on the leather surface. Don't worry about the cream in the seat perforations - it will vanish by itself overnight.

If you find the temperature drops on you, and you have hide cream going cold on the seats - get SWMBO's hair drier - set to medium, and gently warm the leather/cream before buffing - works the same as natural sunlight - just don't over-heat your leather by leaving it on one spot!

End result - your leather has been fed with lots of lanolin, and is now more supple, better protected, and likely to last a lot longer without splitting or cracking.

Repeat every 6 months or so to keep everything in great shape. Thumbs Up
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Re: Leather Care with Connolly Hide Food

All very useful but this bit
cdodkin wrote:
.....put your Land Rover in full sun....
means you only get on day a year to do it in the UK and using a hair dryer will really get the neighbours talking Rolling Eyes The End  
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Was thinking that

If its a heat thing leave it on tick over on full heat Whistle
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Hmm, thats just how my seats looked after the swmbo and kids were sat on them after a day on the beach, plastered in sun cream and sand. Took a while to clean off. I might give this treatment a go when the sun comes out again........

That'll be about 21st June next year then Confused
  
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That's my thoughts too Gareth, sun cream is a real pain to get out!

Will do the heaters on full blast method though, can't wait that long for the sun to shine!
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Nice write-up, thanks Thumbs Up
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Just ordered the bits.. Hope your on commision! Thanks for the prompt to get on and do this Smile
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Smile We had a sunny day today so this afternoon I followed the instructions and cleaned and polished the seats. They look good. Thanks for the advice, But how much of the seats are real Leather? I polished the fronts but are the headrests leather or plastic?
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xtc wrote:
Just ordered the bits.. Hope your on commision! Thanks for the prompt to get on and do this Smile


Huge cheque on the way from Connolly as I type Whistle

I wish Big Cry

Best of luck when they arrive - I think you'll be happy with the results. Thumbs Up
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Oldbean wrote:
Smile We had a sunny day today so this afternoon I followed the instructions and cleaned and polished the seats. They look good. Thanks for the advice, But how much of the seats are real Leather? I polished the fronts but are the headrests leather or plastic?


I did the headrests on mine - seemed like leather to me Thumbs Up
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Can I also recommend Auto Glym Leather Care Cream and products. The car polish is simply wipe on and wipe off. The cream is the only other leather care product recommended by RR in addition to the Connoly's.
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I've been using a product from "Solutions" a leather care company based in Kirkcaldy. I used it on the bike leathers and on my 300TDI with good results.



Larger range of Connolly products here,

http://www.leathercaredirect.com/shop.php?category_id=24#top
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I used the Poorboys leathercare/clean stuff from JKP Thumbs Up

Worked a treat getting the Snowdonia Mud & last summers suncream off of the seats Thumbs Up
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just ordered from amazon, cant wait to try it out.
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