Ron just came by to show me his seats. The leather looks great! Couple of nits that I can see if the brown, on the two tone, doesn't match too well but I think that was noted in the thread. Not sure. The headrests were also two toned although the stock is one color. Just a note.
The guys that installed it did a mostly ok job. A few little issues that Ron will get taken care of. Not anything leather related.
The back panel, with the net, is not included nor is there material for it. So make sure you get that covered with matching vinyl or else it'll stick out like an old sore thumb.
So, has anyone had these on for a while and can speak as to how well they have held up over time? Thanks!
Did you apply a leather conditioner after installing? I wonder if the oils in a decent leather conditioner would help to keep it from getting marked up so easily. Im definitely not an expert, but just a thought.Hey Mark,
So I’ve had them on for a while now, and I do like them. I have a few issues with them, but that is due to the shop that installed them, and not the leather itself. I only really have minimal complaints about the leather.
1. It’s not the same finish as the original leather. I’m only 23 so I haven’t been driving the car since it was new, but it has been my dad’s since it was new. I don’t remember the leather ever being the same as the new leather.
- The new leather feels almost porous compared to the old leather. The old leather really feels waxy, and if you have it I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Like a night polish close to vinyl.
- Also to go along with that, I also feel like the leather is thinner. I don’t know if it actually is, or it’s my imagination, but I just feel like it is.
2. My second complaint is that the leather gets marked up pretty easily. I went hiking and camping and got plenty of dirty with the old leather and never really marked up the seats too much. With the new leather, I feel like every time I look over at the passenger seat there are marks on it.
Did you apply a leather conditioner after installing? I wonder if the oils in a decent leather conditioner would help to keep it from getting marked up so easily. Im definitely not an expert, but just a thought.