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    No lanolin in leather cleaner / conditioner?

    Why does Meguiars not use lanolin in its leather products? I've read lanolin is beneficial.

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    Re: No lanolin in leather cleaner / conditioner?

    Probably because putting anything on automotive leather is a waste of money. Automotive leather is "finished" leather, meaning it is sealed with a vinyl like coating....nothing penetrates it, nothing, not even lanolin. Why do you think automotive leather conditions are recommended for leather AND vinyl seats? A product with lanolin would be excellent for leather which is able to absorb it, such as unfinished leather, as in horse tack (saddles, etc) If you like the smell of a product, go ahead and put it on your "leather" seats. It will do no harm, except lighten your wallet. No matter what, if you a vehicle more than a few years, the the "vinyl" coating will probably crack, or wear, even with the so called leather conditioners.

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    Re: No lanolin in leather cleaner / conditioner?

    We specifically avoid the use of lanolin due to the frequency of allergic reactions to it.
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    Re: No lanolin in leather cleaner / conditioner?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    Probably because putting anything on automotive leather is a waste of money. Automotive leather is "finished" leather, meaning it is sealed with a vinyl like coating....nothing penetrates it, nothing, not even lanolin.
    Not that I completely disagree but this would be a reason for a company not to sell _any_ leather conditioners. Meguiars clearly does.

    While it is true that almost all leather is coating, that coating does wear and even cracks (before the leather does). Personally, I also think that some degree of conditioner gets through the coating... but very little. IMHO, good leather "conditoiner" should keep the coating pliable. I'm not ruling out that a good vinyl protectant would not do this.

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