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Old 06-12-2010, 11:12 AM   #1
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Question For those with leather interior

Seat covers on your leather..what do you think? I told my husband we should cover them to protect, he says no way, what's the point of having leather if you're gonna cover it up, just keep it clean and use liquid leather protector.

Just curious what anyone here thinks, or has done.... thanks!
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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No thanks, I am with your husband, kind of defeats the purpose of having leather seats.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:15 AM   #3
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I agree with your husband. I paid the money for the leather, why would I cover it up? I'm willing to put in that extra effort to keep the nice and clean.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:23 AM   #4
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Keep it clean and use it.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:25 AM   #5
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If your leather gets old and starts to wear, THEN cover it up.

Why not just cut holes in the front of a car cover and drive it like that so you don't get the paint messed up?

I agree with him, enjoy the leather.

Take care of it and it will last.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:52 AM   #6
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So funny, because my husband generally takes care of my car (he never really drives it, and though he really likes the Camaro, he prefers the Ricers and hopes to get an Evo someday..but I still love him anyway LOL!)
when we were having the discussion about the seat covers, he said to me "I bet if you ask your friends over at the Camaro forum you're always on, most of them will agree with me..no covers on leather!" Well, he was right!
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:57 AM   #7
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Clean and condition properly and often. No need to cover it up. Grab a sunshade for the windshield and it will be fine for years to come.

If it looks bad years later, then cover it up.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:59 AM   #8
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You really should start listening to your husband more... But you need to steer him away from the evo!

I have 12000 miles and my leather shows zero signs of wear. I clean it frequently and condition it every 3 or 4 months.
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:11 PM   #9
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Keep it clean and use it.
there ar e a lot of leather care products to keep the leather looking great. Enjoy that leather interior.
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:12 PM   #10
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Leather seats. I think seat covers are only necessary for older cars with ripped cloth seats.=D
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:20 PM   #11
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You bought it to drive it, not cover it up. No covers.
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:24 PM   #12
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Seat covers on your leather..what do you think? I told my husband we should cover them to protect, he says no way, what's the point of having leather if you're gonna cover it up, just keep it clean and use liquid leather protector.

Just curious what anyone here thinks, or has done.... thanks!

I have leather interior and my driver's left "hugger" is already cracking from wear and I've only got 5500 miles on it. Definitely need some leather conditioner and possibly getting seat covers. I'm not totally against the idea of covers. Rather have covers than a seat that constantly is getting worn in and begins to look like 10 year old leather. (No I do not wear belts or anything on that side so it is only from getting in and out, and I don't rub it getting out much since I'm 6'2" and my seat is pretty far back)

However since I'm sure this is not a really HIGH quality leather within 5-8 years I think I'll reupholster the seats, possibly modding the stitching...
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:47 PM   #13
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Eactly as your husband says

If you plan to keep the car for shows etc and want it to be pristine - then I guess covers could be an idea - but why buy a car with really nice upholstery and then sit on covers....

Regular treatment with decent leather cleaner / conditioner is a good plan

It will wear over time and you may get scratches etc as part of normal wear and tear - but we were just looking at the IOM interior today and my wife was commenting how it really pulls the car together. If there were covers on it - it would just not be the same
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:53 AM   #14
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I agree with your husband 100% on the leather. I've never seen the point of people covering up their seats (leather or otherwise) with ill fitting, crappy looking (in my opinion at least) covers just so they can look brand new when they go to sell or trade it in later.

Keep it clean, conditioned and enjoy the stock look.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:12 AM   #15
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the leather seats are so easy to remove, more than likely when they start to get bad i will just replace the leather. and i see alot of people are taking off their leather seat so it shouldnt be that much.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:14 AM   #16
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Seat covers on your leather..what do you think? I told my husband we should cover them to protect, he says no way, what's the point of having leather if you're gonna cover it up, just keep it clean and use liquid leather protector.

Just curious what anyone here thinks, or has done.... thanks!
I agree with your husband. You got leather to FEEL the leather. When they get worn down, just buy another set! It really is as simple as that.
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:56 AM   #17
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No covers here.

Why protect it for the next owner.

You can buy new covers if your get worn-out.

Just My 2 cents.
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:16 PM   #18
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Keep them clean - -use a leather conditioner with regularity -



(caution: Demin Jeans are a leather seat's enemy - very abrasive....)
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:50 PM   #19
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Why not just cut holes in the front of a car cover and drive it like that so you don't get the paint messed up?
Awesome frickin idea...I think I'll try it!!
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:30 PM   #20
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Awesome frickin idea...I think I'll try it!!
I put wheels on my garage and windows on all 4 sides and I do a sort of "fred flintstone" inside!
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:44 AM   #21
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I had a sporting motorcycle and I put a bra on the fairing. A friend asked me what was wrong with my fairing and I told him that I wanted to protect the paint. He said this to me, "Why don't you enjoy the nice new paint because you paid for this brand new motorcycle. When you are done with it and ready to trade it in, then put a bra on it. Why should the second owner enjoy the new paint and not you?" This made perfect sense to me. Seat covers are good to cover damaged upholstery. Besides, all of the chafing of the covers against your seats will wear out the upholstery anyways.

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Old 06-15-2010, 06:03 PM   #22
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I had a sporting motorcycle and I put a bra on the fairing. A friend asked me what was wrong with my fairing and I told him that I wanted to protect the paint. He said this to me, "Why don't you enjoy the nice new paint because you paid for this brand new motorcycle. When you are done with it and ready to trade it in, then put a bra on it. Why should the second owner enjoy the new paint and not you?" This made perfect sense to me. Seat covers are good to cover damaged upholstery. Besides, all of the chafing of the covers against your seats will wear out the upholstery anyways.
What a wise thing to say...I bet most of us never thought of it that way....same thing should apply to most things we own...what are we 'saving it for', anyway?!...WE should be the ones getting the maximum enjoyment of our 'stuff'...
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:06 PM   #23
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I love my leather. No way am I covering them up. Just keep them clean and enjoy them.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:58 PM   #24
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Seat covers are not recommended on cars with the new airbags. There are pads in the seats that sense the weight of the occupant so as to adjust the inflation of the bags. Also many seats have the airbags in the side bolsters of the seat so you can not cover them.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:07 PM   #25
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I just got my new 2SS/RS, and passed my '99 Z28 with 14000 miles on to my brother. The "leather areas" of the seats were just fine! I do cover the car while at work in the summer (Central Coast, CA).

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