Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Truth About Car Leather

I have shared many Instagram stories about car leather care. It is a very frustrating subject for customers and detailers alike. When you research car leather on the internet the amount of bad information is astonishing and it is easy to understand why so many customers are confused.

Where To Start?

The truth about car manufacturers is, most of them are trying to move away from full leather interiors. Manufacturers will use terms like "Leather apportioned seating" or "leather seating surfaces" in the fine print. These terms mean that you will have vinyl/synthetic leather surfaces mixed in with the actual leather. Let me show you an example of vinyl mixed in with leather:

This is a common sight for many customers and they don't understand how the wrinkling is taking place. First of all, you see no wrinkling in the actual seating surface only the side bolster so what is causing this issue? The seating surface is leather and the side bolster is vinyl. Most people have been tricked into thinking that they purchased real leather seats and it just isn't true. As an example, customers of Tesla are paying huge amounts of money for cars but the manufacturer has shifted their leather surfaces to a synthetic product which is not leather at all. Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and many others are moving away from leather surfaces as well. The old adage of you get what you pay for isn't exactly true when it comes to the interior of your car any longer. 

What should I do? READ THE FINE PRINT! 

In the next article, we will discuss how to care for the leather of your car to get the most out of your experience.


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