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Old 04-06-2017, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default Leather seat damaged while cleaning!

I was cleaning my 2013 Impreza leather seats the same way I've done in the past using a soft brush and diluted Meguiar's Super De-greaser. My seats are the light tan color. However, today the dye came off one of the seats leaving the brown raw leather. I immediately stopped cleaning and gently wiped off the excess liquid. The passenger seat now has a small discoloration in the center and on the side.

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Why did this happen?
How do I fix and blend the color?

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Old 04-08-2017, 10:33 PM   #2
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Why? Super degreaser isn't for leather.

How to fix it? Leatherique. http://leatherique.com/do_it_your_self_instruction/

Good luck
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Old 04-09-2017, 12:14 AM   #3
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@ceb, I looked it up because I was wondering why they'd use it too, but tons of morons are saying how great it worked on their skidmarks they left on their leather seats in the reviews, so I guess the stupidity is spreading. They make a leather cleaner, I certainly wouldn't be putting something called degreaser on my seats.
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:32 PM   #4
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Sure, and lots of people use Mr Clean eraser pads to remove scratches on paint or to clean their wheels - not realizing that the pads are just abrasive pieces of foam.

We now have proof here that super degreaser doesn't work on leather.
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:35 PM   #5
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It works, it just kills the dyes used in some leather apparently.
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:37 AM   #6
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Why is there discoloration when using a super degreaser and a brush on leather seats? I think the chemicals in it are doing what they're supposed to do. It's cleaning it.
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:42 AM   #7
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btw, ceb, I didn't mean to imply you were an idiot, I see how it could read that way. But once a bunch of people who do something stupid start spreading information that it's a good idea, the bad idea spreads to everyone.
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Old 04-10-2017, 03:43 PM   #8
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btw, ceb, I didn't mean to imply you were an idiot, I see how it could read that way. But once a bunch of people who do something stupid start spreading information that it's a good idea, the bad idea spreads to everyone.
No worries, I didn't read it that way.

That's the problem with forums often times. Somebody uses sulfuric acid to clean his dashboard, his car doesn't implode, so he recommends it for everything. Somebody else uses it to clean his wheels and his tires melt.

Manufacturers make a variety of products in varying strengths for different purposes. One should always try out a product on a hidden area AND only use the weakest product that will take care of the problem.

Only use products that are made for the surface you are cleaning.

Automotive leathers are coated and solvents such as super degreaser will damage the coating and ultimately will remove it, exposing the leather that will then be damaged by the chemicals. Using a brush just speeds up the damage.

There are leather cleaners that will do the job (Leatherique but it is a pain to use or LeatherMasters Strong Cleaner that works almost as well).

Here, what I would do is contact Leatherique and ask them how to fix the damage - and leave the super degreaser in the engine bay where it belongs.
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I meant to direct that at OP not you, oops. But you're not an idiot either lol. And good point about how bad ideas spread.
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I meant to direct that at OP not you, oops. But you're not an idiot either lol. And good point about how bad ideas spread.
That's especially true when you use strong cleaners. Each time you use them, they damage or remove a bit of the surface. Then, one day, you'll use the same cleaner with horrible results.

It has happened to all of us. Now, you just have to figure out a way to fix it
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Old 04-11-2017, 01:05 PM   #11
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Yes, you're right when a product works great the first time you don't realize that it can damage the leather a little bit. Then the next time it's used the leather gets worse. Learned my lesson. At least the damage isn't too bad.
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:17 PM   #12
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Yes, you're right when a product works great the first time you don't realize that it can damage the leather a little bit. Then the next time it's used the leather gets worse. Learned my lesson. At least the damage isn't too bad.
Leatherique can fix it - or a decent automotive upholstery shop can fix that in no time.
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:02 PM   #13
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Called Leatherique and they said the only way they can do Subaru is if I send them a sample for them to match. Custom color would cost $69.

Then called Seat Doctors and spoke with owner Andy. He was very helpful and can match from the VIN # Cost $24. I'll probably order from him.
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Old 04-11-2017, 10:30 PM   #14
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Called Leatherique and they said the only way they can do Subaru is if I send them a sample for them to match. Custom color would cost $69.

Then called Seat Doctors and spoke with owner Andy. He was very helpful and can match from the VIN # Cost $24. I'll probably order from him.
Can you then send us before and after pictures? That would probably help others.
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