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Is the leather coated with vinyl or is it straight leather. Not sure was protectant to use.
 

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No. I'm 99% confident it's a coated leather. Most are these days.

Put a drop of water on a seat. If it soaks in it is not coated. If it beads it is coated.
 

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I cleaned and added my own leather coating... now when I spray the seats with a leather conditioner, nothing takes to the leather. Saves me on applying conditioner!
 

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I probably won't start worrying about the leather condition till much much later in ownership; I may apply once a month or so, but beyond that I'm not worried. My Jeep has leather seats and are "cracking" but 100% not ripped or anything else. 18 years old and still going
 

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I've heard leather conditioner is no good for vinyl coated seats. Actually I just want something to make a little slicker...too hard to get in a out and the seats are super grippy. Wondering if 303 is ok to use.
 
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I've heard leather conditioner is no good for vinyl coated seats. Actually I just want something to make a little slicker...too hard to get in a out and the seats are super grippy. Wondering if 303 is ok to use.
You are correct, leather conditioner does not work on coated leather. You'll want to protect with a water based rubber/vinyl protection. Like 303.
 

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Do we know what the seats are? I just purchased some leather cleaner and conditioner as during the summer we get a lot of sunscreen on the leather seats. This is the first car with leather seats I have had and I want to make sure I keep them from cracking.
 

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I just poured water on the seats and nothing soaked in. I think the best bet is the wipe down with warm wet micro fiber cloth and then apply 303 every couple months. This 303 has worked wonders on my vinyl bass boat seats....if not protected they fade and wear out quickly baking in the sun. With 303 it's adds a layer of UV protection. I bought the gallon jug as the individual bottles are crazy pricey. Also good for headlights to prevent hazing.
 

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You are correct, leather conditioner does not work on coated leather. You'll want to protect with a water based rubber/vinyl protection. Like 303.
Most automotive leather seats in modern cars are indeed coated. However, the manufacturers of leather conditioners certainly know this and design products specifically for coated automotive leather.

This is a quote from Michael Stoops, Senior Global Product & Training Specialist of Meguiar's Inc. when asked about their automotive leather conditioner specifically on coated leather:

"The term "conditioner" can really be substituted with "moisturizer" as that's the primary function of such products. The coating used on automotive leather is semi-permeable and can dry out if neglected. Cleaning is really important as dirt becomes embedded in the very fine pores and fissures in the coating and as you slide in and out of the car this actually amplifies the severity of contact with the surface, speeding up the wear on the coating which will reveal the colored leather underneath. That surface is very delicate and will degrade further really fast. A moisturizer will not only help prevent the whole leather/colorant/coating from drying out, it will act almost as a lubricant that helps slow down the effects of ingress and egress.".

I find this to be true. I use Lexol leather products myself. After cleaning and coating the Ascent seats with Lexol leather cleaner and conditioner, which are formulated for both coated and uncoated automotive leather, the results were dramatic. The leather looked much richer and felt more supple, no longer dry and brittle. I really like the improved look and feel of it, and hopefully it's providing some protection.

Try one of these leather conditioners yourself, perhaps first on the third-row seats, to see if you like it. I'm skeptical about every such product I use, but I believe these products do have merit. I also like 303 Aerospace protectant as well, although I use it mostly for vinyl. It can be used on coated leather, but never on uncoated leather. I use a very light coat of it after using leather conditioner to provide some extra UV protection.

Just go easy with any of these conditioning products, you don't want too much build up which can attract and hold dirt. After several applications over time, remove any buildup with a quality leather cleaner.

Your choice here is to do nothing or to try to protect the leather seats with some product. We've all seen what leather seats can look like over time when not cared for, cracked and falling apart. I think the products designed for auto leather seats can help delay or prevent this if used appropriately.
 
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