Originally Posted by macgyver
First time I've heard that lexol is crap. Everyone I have spoken to and the reviews I've read all highly recommend it. BMW recommends it and includes a bottle when you buy a new BMW, Toyota also recommends lexol and sells it at my local dealership.
I will agree that the gold class stuff is junk and does leave a greasy residue. I have used it before and didn't like it very much.
You must be using too much and/or not following the directions. I have never had a greasy issue with lexol and the shiny look goes away within a few minutes after wiping off any residual. The shiny look also depends on the leather. Some leathers are naturally shinier than others.
I spray a little bit on a terry cloth, rub it in to the seats. Then once I'm done I flip the towel over to a clean side and wipe all the seats down again to remove any residual that didn't get worked in.
I'm only about halfway through a bottle of Lexol conditioner I bought 2 years ago and I condition the seats in my double cab about once a month to every other month.
Dealerships may recommend treatments - but they are not always right. I just bought my new 2012 Tacoma and the paint had more swirl marks than a peppermint.
Leather should NOT be shiny. Pleather/Vinyl - yes. I dont care what type of leather it is, shinyness is clogged pours which is dryness which = cracking.
I detail on the side, Ive tried numerous leather cleaners. I'm very tedious to following the directions. I want the best results for my customers.
Its not always the initial results of lexol, its the latter results. My friend has a 09 challenger and upon initial use, his leather looked wonderful. 1 month down the road=shiny plastic like leather. The durability is just not to my par.
I cant say Ive tried it on all leather types, but i did not have successful results with BMW leather, Dodge leather, nor Toyota.
To each is their own, and its just my opinion upon my uses as followed by directions. If it works for you, great! I hate it lol. Leatherique kit is 60$, comes with a cleaner, brush, wash mitts, and conditioner. It has worked outstanding on every vehicle I have used it on since. I heat the seats, work the cleaner in. Cover the seats with plastic wrap, let them sit for a few hours. Clean the seats with the brush and microfiber rag. Apply the conditioner. And buff with water. Works amazing.