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#1 OFFLINE   Grey Flexer

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:56 AM

The owners manual states that the leather seats have a special coating on them to make it easier to clean them. In the past I have always used a cleaner followed by a conditioner, like Eagle One or Mothers. Are these products safe to use on these seats or does this mean that you can only use the Ford leather care products?

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#2 OFFLINE   flexibility

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 02:26 PM

The owners manual states that the leather seats have a special coating on them to make it easier to clean them. In the past I have always used a cleaner followed by a conditioner, like Eagle One or Mothers. Are these products safe to use on these seats or does this mean that you can only use the Ford leather care products?

Thanks,
Jeff

Pg 327 of owners manual:

LEATHER SEATS (IF EQUIPPED)
Your leather seating surfaces have a clear, protective coating over the
leather.
• To clean, use a soft cloth with Motorcraft Deluxe Leather and Vinyl
Cleaner (ZC-11-A). In Canada, use Motorcraft Vinyl Cleaner (CXC-93).
Dry the area with a soft cloth.
• To help maintain its resiliency and color, use the Motorcraft Deluxe
Leather Care Kit (ZC-11-D), available from your authorized dealer. In
Canada, use Motorcraft Vinyl Cleaner (CXC-93) or an equivalent
high–quality leather care product.
• Do not use household cleaning products, alcohol solutions, solvents or
cleaners intended for rubber, vinyl and plastics, or oil/petroleum-based
leather conditioners. These products may cause premature wearing of
the clear, protective coating.
Note: In some instances, color or dye transfer can occur when wet
clothing comes in contact with leather upholstery. If this occurs, the
leather should be cleaned immediately to avoid permanent staining.


The leather seats are coated in vinyl. A leather conditioner can cause that to de-laminate the coating.

#3 OFFLINE   rmc523

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:16 PM

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Thanks,
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Pg 327 of owners manual:

<blockquote>LEATHER SEATS (IF EQUIPPED)
Your leather seating surfaces have a clear, protective coating over the
leather.
• To clean, use a soft cloth with Motorcraft Deluxe Leather and Vinyl
Cleaner (ZC-11-A). In Canada, use Motorcraft Vinyl Cleaner (CXC-93).
Dry the area with a soft cloth.
• To help maintain its resiliency and color, use the Motorcraft Deluxe
Leather Care Kit (ZC-11-D), available from your authorized dealer. In
Canada, use Motorcraft Vinyl Cleaner (CXC-93) or an equivalent
high–quality leather care product.
• Do not use household cleaning products, alcohol solutions, solvents or
cleaners intended for rubber, vinyl and plastics, or oil/petroleum-based
leather conditioners. These products may cause premature wearing of
the clear, protective coating.
Note: In some instances, color or dye transfer can occur when wet
clothing comes in contact with leather upholstery. If this occurs, the
leather should be cleaned immediately to avoid permanent staining.</blockquote>

The leather seats are coated in vinyl. A leather conditioner can cause that to de-laminate the coating.


And if you didn't know, I believe MotorCraft is a Ford brand, which is why they recommend it.

#4 OFFLINE   Grey

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 05:10 AM

And if you didn't know, I believe MotorCraft is a Ford brand, which is why they recommend it.

Yep - Motorcraft is the brand name for the parts Ford sells to dealerships and to independent Jobbers and warehouse distributors, Product lines that are readily available in the aftermarket generally get the Motorcraft brand (batteries, electrical and A/C parts, filters, chemicals and oil,etc.)

The Motorcraft chemical and oil products are specifically designed to be compatable with Ford vehicles. Many of the parts store products are universal in design and may not be appropriate for Ford applications. That is why it is best to follow the owner's manuals recommendations. The service engineers that approve the Motorcraft chemicals generally tell you the things that have been designed specifically for your vehicle and the things to avoid so you don't make a bad mistake.

#5 OFFLINE   flexibility

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 05:38 AM

And if you didn't know, I believe MotorCraft is a Ford brand, which is why they recommend it.

The point was that the manual states you should use a vinyl cleaner on the leather seats. Don't use a petroleum based product on the leather seats. The leather seats have a vinyl coating and if you use a traditional leather product that has oils you'll ruin the seats.

#6 OFFLINE   itguy09

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 06:10 PM

The point was that the manual states you should use a vinyl cleaner on the leather seats. Don't use a petroleum based product on the leather seats. The leather seats have a vinyl coating and if you use a traditional leather product that has oils you'll ruin the seats.


That's not what it says:

Do not use household cleaning products, alcohol solutions, solvents or cleaners intended for rubber, vinyl and plastics, or oil/petroleum-based leather conditioners. These products may cause premature wearing of the clear, protective coating.


So don't use products for vinyl or plastics. Also don't use an oil or petroleum based "leather" cleaner (that's standard advice for leather care).

I'd say either use the Ford stuff or a high quality leather care product like Lexol. Something that has lanolin which is not petroleum based.

Here's a good article on caring for leather:
http://www.detailuni...er-article.html

#7 OFFLINE   Flex able

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 09:19 AM

I am using Armor All Leather Care Gel. The product information indicates it is safe for use on vinyl.


Product Description:

Cleans, Conditions, and Protects For That Lasting, Luxurious Look


Fine leather requires special attention and care, especially when it's subjected to the intense sun, heat and humidity in your car. Our rich, luxurious Leather Care Gel pampers and conditions fine leathers to protect and preserve their rich, supple, natural appearance. Our most advanced leather formula ever with three ways to care for your leather at once:


Cleansing Agents reach into the grain of the leather to remove dirt & soil
Conditioners enhance leather's rich, natural beauty & restore its supple feel
Powerful Blocking Agents help protect against spills, stains, cracking, fading, discoloration & premature aging



Tips & Tricks: Spots and scuff marks can sometimes be removed with a pencil eraser, especially on lighter leather.
For great Tips & Tricks on taking care of your car, visit the Armor All® Owner Center: www.aa-ownercenter.com

Where to Use:
Leather Seats
Leather Paneling
Leather Dash



Attention: Test first on a small, inconspicuous area. Not for use on suede, buckskin, unfinished leather or fabric. Will not harm vinyl or rubber. Not for use where slipperiness may be hazardous.

#8 OFFLINE   ACDII

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 02:18 PM

Nothing wrong with using Motorcraft products. The filters are very good quality, the sparkplugs have always been high quality, I don't see why the other products wouldn't be as well. I would much rather use a Motorcraft filter over a Fram filter any day!






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