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Help! I have a 2007 M6 Convertible Neiman Marcus Edition and have detailing questions. Pictures are at the end of the post.

1. Leather
From the pictures you can see that the leather has black around the seams. Not sure what this is from or normal. Was there when
I purchased the car. Has anyone had similar issues? What is the best way to clean?

2. Tonneau Cover
The tonneau cover has lost blackness and there is an imprint of the roof. How to remove the imprint and get the cover black again?

3. Rear Headrests
Are they removable for cleaning?

All feedback and advice appreciated. Thank you.

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1. Leather
From the pictures you can see that the leather has black around the seams. Not sure what this is from or normal. Was there when I purchased the car. Has anyone had similar issues? What is the best way to clean?

Semi - Aniline top-grain premium leather is mostly used in prestige European automobiles; Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lotus, Lexus and Rolls Royce, US Cadillac and high-end German automobiles such as Mercedes-Benz, Daimler AG and BMW. This is the market sector both Leatherequi and Connolly were originally formulated

Leather is usually pigmented to give it durability and hide its natural blemishes. Pigmented leathers are easy to maintain and have maximum resistance to wear, soiling, and fading from light. You don't really think cows have tan/grey/or red hides did you? Pigmented leather, like most materials used for auto upholstery has micro-pores that allow transpiration (the passage of water vapour through a membrane or pore.) they are not sealed per se. But due to their molecular size it cannot absorb wax, most liquids, and oils because of the protective properties of the finish. Since the leather hide is coated in a synthetic finish, when treating the leather, you are actually only treating the finish coating.

The oils secreted from your skin may cause the hides pigmentation to lose its colour prematurely, taking away the effect of a premium leather interior. Removing these oils is paramount to leather care, but limiting the amount of bare skin you expose to your seats and interior is a great way to prevent discoloration.

It has a random shade colours and grain pattern; lightly scratch the surface to see if it reveals a lighter colour, water drops will darken its colour (temporarily).


Cleaning / Care
This leather brush is soft enough that it won't damage the surface of the leather but strong enough to remove the embedded dirt/oil. Micro fibre towel’s ‘grab’ the surface and you can potentially remove the pigmentation. A cotton cloth may be ok but the brush really allows you to get into the cracks and stitching without damage. The Swissvax Leather Brush is what I've been using with great success.

Leather Soft Cleaner – (A-Aniline / Non-Coated) (P-Protected / Coated) Leather Soft Cleaner is a mild, water-based cleaner that will not affect the Leather’s original properties or finish. It is designed to remove most soiling as well as water-based stains; Leather Soft Cleaner is solvent free and works without removing the finish or harming the Leather. Always thoroughly rinse upholstery cleaners and ensure that they are allowed to dry before adding protection or use.

2. Tonneau Cover
The tonneau cover has lost blackness and there is an imprint of the roof. How to remove the imprint and get the cover black again?

Faded fabric - caused by ultra violet radiation (UVR) photo degradation or acidic attack; use Renovo Soft Top Reviver (Convertible top care by Renovo International) a paint-on product that restores faded colour

See also - Looking for convertible top care tips - SmokinVette.com Forums





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