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Here is the problem... The seats are 100% aniline leather. This means that they are unprotected, which is good and bad.. Its good because the leather conditioners actually absorb into the leather unlike modern leather interiors in cars, which are coated in plastic. This keeps them looking good for years, but at the price of nasty feeling/hot in the summer sticky seats....
So with that being said the bad is that you have to be careful on which conditioners you use. Some will actually degrade the leather and make them STUPID oily and stain clothes etc.. TRUST ME ON THIS. Go to amazon and buy the Leather Honey conditioner. Its the best Ive tried and it gets the leather so damn soft its crazy..
Also, the best way to clean these is use SMOKIN' hot water. What I do is get some old t shirts, wet them and put them in the microwave. Heat em up and take them out in 45 seconds. Then take them out to your car FAST ( get a dry towel and wrap the hot ones, you'll burn yourself ) and then lay the hot shirts over the dirty areas until the shirts cool.This will pull the dirt and oils out. You may have to lightly and sLOWLY rub the bad areas. Dont do too much as it will make it look furry/fuzzy ( think of the fibers coming loose from the leather ) You may have to do this several times. Wait until the seats are dry prior to conditioning ( about 2-3 hrs )
Here are some tips I found over the months while using the Honey. Designate about 1-2 hours to this. You need to wait on a hot day too. Heat will help open the leather and allow the Leather Honey to soak in better. When you apply the Honey use your hands, either with gloves or bare. They say its 100% safe etc, so I go naked. What I do is put some in my hands and rub it all over so there are no dry spots, then I dip my finger in the bottle or pour a little bit out. Then go to town rubbing back and forth slowly using pressure creating heat, this will turn your seat DARK damn near black, but relax... Its the Honey soaking in, TRUST ME here!
Then rinse and repeat. YOu will be able to tell where the seats are dry as they will turn black. If they dont turn, still keep rubbing and it will absorb what it wants.
What I do is do it early AM, let it bake in the sun all day and then get a MF towel and buff the seats the next day. Again, this is usually a weekend project that I dedicate no truck use on.
The seats will be tacky feeling as it only absorbs X amount of Honey per application, hence you buffing the residue off. So with that said, I would do it again in a week and you should be good for around 8-12mths from my experience.