This thread pops up every month....and every month:For "treatment" when I do full details, I use Aerospace 303 Protectant. I have used Lexol and it seems okay, but don't think it's actually doing anything. The water and 303 are my go-to.
I found this article very informative:
I wouldn't recommend that. That is what 303 Aerospace does. It is a UV protectant. Apply it every 3 months (leather seats, dash, hard trim, door panels, etc). Every 6 months is probably enough if you keep it garaged.Keep it out of the sun. UV light causes the leather to get brittle, which in turn exacerbates cracking every time you flex it getting in and out of the car. This might sound VERY odd but I've heard of people applying non-greasy 50 SPF suntan lotion, especially in the summer. It moisturizes and protects! If it doesn't hurt your skin it probably won't hurt the leatherette in our cars.
Me neither, have you seen what mosquito spray can do to plastic interior parts? It seems safe on human skins but eats into plastic over time.I wouldn't recommend that. That is what 303 Aerospace does. It is a UV protectant. Apply it every 3 months (leather seats, dash, hard trim, door panels, etc). Every 6 months is probably enough if you keep it garaged.
Yes, most interior protectants have some sort of "SPF" these days. 303, Blackfire Interior Protectant, etc. Many of the leather conditioners also have UV protection...the CG leather conditioner I mention above has SPF 30. 303 is SPF 40. BF IP doesn't seem to indicate the SPF, but is very versatile (check Todd Helme's thread on it at Autopiaforums.com).WDMaccord- You make a fair statement. I did not know 303 Aerospace contains UV block. Perhaps that is where those who use suntan lotion got their idea. I still suspect non-oily suntan lotion will not hurt leatherette, but if something like 303 contains UV protection and is specifically designed for leather there is no reason to use suntan lotion.
Aviography - I appreciate your comment too. However, I am not one who believes the strong chemicals in mosquito spray are safe for the skin. I would never place mosquito spray and suntan lotion in the same “safe” category.
I personally don't like all-in-one products for this and conditioners are typically not needed on today's coated seats. But if the product you are talking about has UV protection, it is all you need and there is no need to put 303 on top.Question. So can I use lexol clean and conditioner first on the leather seats then 303? Or is that overkill and not needed.