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Old 08-07-2020, 07:44 PM   #1
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My passenger Recaro seat picked up several small scratches in the leather on the side of the seat (not the suede). Is there a way to get the scratches out? They are about the size of a dime.
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Old 09-06-2020, 07:56 PM   #2
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If they don't look terribly deep, the first course of action should be applying a light spot coat of lightweight leather conditioner to the scratches. Bickmore Bick 4 & Lexol are good here. Put a pea-sized amount on a fingertip and massage it into the scratched areas. Let it soak in for about a half hour (or overnight) and then buff it out with a clean dry rag, or ideally, a horsehair leather brush. You can opt for an auto-specific leather conditioner if you'd prefer, but will likely be more expensive. Bick 4 is wonderful for auto leathers in my experience -- doesn't darken or discolor at all, and buffs to a matte glow. It won't, however, give that "showroom shine." If you would prefer that, probably best to go with an auto-specific conditioner.

Continue to brush/buff the area on a daily basis for a week or so, and see if it's making any improvement (healthy, conditioned leather has self-healing properties.) The idea is to apply heat and friction to "wake up" the conditioner and any oils in the leather, and get it moving around within the material. The horsehair brush is preferred, here, since it can get into the pores of the leather, and gently pass over the scratches without possibly making them any worse.

No need to apply the conditioner more than once or twice for this purpose. A little goes a long way, and too much can saturate and clog pores. It's also great to have around for when the leather dries out or starts to crack, especially if parked outside of a garage/cover.

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Old 09-07-2020, 05:54 PM   #3
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Isn't the leather Subaru uses synthetic?
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Old 09-11-2020, 01:05 AM   #4
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Isn't the leather Subaru uses synthetic?
You would treat it like normal leather. Clean with independent cleaner then conditioner after.

Or a quick wipe down spray with UV protection.
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Old 09-18-2020, 09:05 AM   #5
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Found this useful article about car cleaning supplies https://pagegarage.com/best-car-interior-cleaners/
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