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Old 09-27-2014, 11:04 PM
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Need help picking an interior detailer

Lately I have been noticing my leather seats and door panels/dashboard have been looking really faded and dull and doesn't seem to have that deep rick black color like my in laws fx35 so I'm looking for a product that will give me that. I tried a bunch of over the counter products that don't cut it for me.
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:54 PM
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I'm assuming you don't want shiny like Johnny's car wash look right? Just natural and new?

If you want a literal all in one product that will clean and dress your leather seats/interior plastics, door cards etc (good for all surfaces), try Optimum Protectant Plus (it's labeled Leather Protectant but they are changing it, works great on all surfaces)

http://www.detailersdomain.com/Optim...lus_p_177.html

Leaves a natural, black look. Not shiny, but matte. I like it because it works great on the seats and you really can "dress" your whole interior with it, its a viscous liquid so I would either spray it on an applicator and work into the surface, or just spray on an MF towel and work it in (that's what I do).

For maintenance wipedowns on the interior (i.e. not dressing the interior) I usually use whatever Detail Spray I'm using for exterior work as well, or 1Z Cockpit.

http://www.detailersdomain.com/1Z-ei...mium_p_70.html
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:05 PM
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Right now I have a regular bottle of armor all, turtle wax ice interior cleaner and protectant, and mothers VLR. I don't mind the shine of armor all. turtle wax(TW) cleans better than than VLR and both of them have a somewhat matte finish. I'm gonna keep the TW for spot cleaning like if my little one decides to throw her bottle at her sister and I get spots of milk or juice somewhere and I use Meguiar's Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner Gel for my seats so now I'm just looking for something for the dash and door panels. Right now I'm looking at blackfire interior protectant
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:47 AM
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Since I see you use the store brands why not just get Meg's Quik Interior Detailer?
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:22 AM
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I want to use something better than store brands but I'm starting to get tired of buying products that don't work for me and taking a loss. I'm gonna take a look at quick interior detailer
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:30 AM
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based on this YouTube video I'd rather meg's natural shine or even supreme shine but I would have to see them in person

Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer vs Natural Shine vs Supreme Shine - YouTube
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:41 AM
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Its hard for me to recommend products for you since I hate a shiny look. Quick Interior Detailer leaves a natural looking finish, clean and static free.

The only product I use which has a hint of a matte satin finish is the Optimum Protectant Plus I linked, its really a great product. Its a light cleaner as well so you can clean and dress all interior surfaces in one step, I highly recommend it. I do not endorse or like armor all.
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Old 09-30-2014, 02:43 PM
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I think I'm getting shine and darkness mixed up. I took a screen shot of the YouTube video I posted. Quick detailer is on the left, natural shine in the middle, and supreme shine on the right. To me, I can barely tell quick detailer was used if I had nothing to compare it to. I'm looking for that darkness of the panels but now I'm assuming that the darkness is coming from the shine in the product. The TW and the VLR I used gives me the look of quick detailer and armor all give me less of a shine than natural shine.
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Old 09-30-2014, 03:09 PM
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Yes the darkness comes from the additive in the product. Seeing "darkness" in the panels does not mean that they are dry and not protected, although many people equate that.

The Quick Interior Detailer leaves a zero shine surface as shown on the left in your picture but it has UV inhibitors and does protect even though there is no gloss.

The Optimum Protectant Plus I linked above has a similar finish to the natural shine in the middle, maybe a hair less.
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