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Leather care on older neglected Ferrari

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  1. jim rosenthal

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    Are all 308s equipped with lacquered Connolly leather? I do have the Leatherique products somewhere in the garage. I remember buying them years ago. Probably still good.
     
  2. cmt6891

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    YES among other models of the same era
     
  3. Meister

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    the 348 spider I just bought had some really hard and dry leather (black). I literally went through 3/4 of a 32 OZ bottle of Leatherique on the car over a 5 day period. Applying and reapplying the rejuvenator and letting it sit in the 85 degree fla sun. The softness improved, but I was honestly expecting better results especially after 5 days and basically ideal conditions. I'll keep working on it but the whole premise of a water based product permeating and softening a sprayed on lacquer finish doesn't make a lot of sense.
     
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  4. Meister

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    Its like the notion of using pledge on wood furniture thinking one is conditioning the wood. If the furniture is sealed with a lacquer or and oil based polyurethane finish nothing including pledge gets through seal coat to reach the actual wood.
     
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  5. flash32

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    How does one know if your seats/model have lacquer on it

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  6. Hotzos

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  8. johnk...

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    It's ashame these car get beat up so much. The leather lasts fine if you know how to get in and out of the car. Advantage of being an original owner I guess. I've treated mine maybe 2 or 3 time in 35 years with Lexol or what ever the stuff was. PeP Boys special.

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  9. nerofer

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    Leatherique worked fine on the leather of my '89 GTB, but it took more time that I was led to believe it would for it to start having the desired effect; I would say, about five years, applying it three times a year, before one day I said to myself: "Now this is staring to look how I would like it to look"; when I had the car appraised in 1985 (for insurance purposes) the expert - a previous Ferrari specialist - was surprised at how good the leather looked and asked me how it was done and with what. He mentioned the "exceptional aspect of the leather" in the appraisal report.

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