JL Leather trimmed seat option - what exactly are you buying?

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LOL so funny. On my 392 I had no choice but to get leather and I hate it. Cold in winter, sweaty in summer, lose the matte finish quickly and looks cheap. Planning to get some kind of cloth seat covers and keep the original 392 leather underneath.
You just need to find the right leather conditioner.

I use this product; it leaves a low-shine sheen.
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The rule of thumb is: the cheaper the product, the shinier the look.





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You just need to find the right leather conditioner.

I use this product; it leaves a low-shine sheen.
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The rule of thumb is: the cheaper the product, the shinier the look.
Still, I would imagine that the sections of the seat (in the leather-trimmed) version would not absorb the product, and the result would be a greasy film. I still can't find any information about the leather-trimmed seat option to know which part is leather and which is plastic/vinyl. So frustrating. Seems like there should be a law! :)
 

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Still, I would imagine that the sections of the seat (in the leather-trimmed) version would not absorb the product, and the result would be a greasy film. I still can't find any information about the leather-trimmed seat option to know which part is leather and which is plastic/vinyl. So frustrating. Seems like there should be a law! :)
I think it is all by design. Automakers don’t want to publicly admit that they are cost-cutting with vinyl when they charge us thousands of dollars for “leather.”

Again, you will find that higher-end care products handle leather —and vinyl— rather well.
 

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My 2018 Sahara leather option mostly vinyl, my 2015 Cherokee Trailhawk leather option mostly leather (perforated)?

Go figure, must be a "Jeep Thing"!!! ;)

Go Jeep!!!
 

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Still, I would imagine that the sections of the seat (in the leather-trimmed) version would not absorb the product, and the result would be a greasy film. I still can't find any information about the leather-trimmed seat option to know which part is leather and which is plastic/vinyl. So frustrating. Seems like there should be a law! :)
Get you a magnifying glass and look at the Seats. Leather trimmed seats are leatherette material more often than not.

My Sahara leather trimmed seats look like the right side. Perfect markings.

Real leather will have inconsistently spaced pores while leatherette will have perfectly spaced to repeating pores.

Leather trimmed means the seating surface and the seat back are leather (and possible the bolsters), all other sections are vinyl.

They all may say Leather trimmed but its really leatherette unless you get REAL leather. Just take a good look.



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Leather used for vehicle seats in general are treated, colored, sealed and quite thin compared to leather used for a couch or exotic vehicle, they:

1. Crack over time (5 to 8 years).
2. Are non absorbing, "conditioning" treatment products do nothing more than a good old damp cloth.
3. Are not robust to harsh treatment and deteriorates.

Having leather seats is more of a status symbol to stroke over inflated ego's.

The vinyl used for vehicle seats are much more robust and durable compared to leather (Lasts 10 to 20 years). The vinyl material used for the seats is not too different to that of your dash. Vinyl reacts well to treatment products as these products mitigate UV (Sunlight) from "drying out" the vinyl.

Cloth seats stains, is difficult to clean, wear fast, absorbs dust, smaller particles, water and mud. They require frequent cleaning with a strong vacuum cleaner and upholstery treatment such as scotch guard.

I'll take vinyl any day.
 

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Definitely go with the Katskin/Mopar option. Real leather, badass looking and feels great. If top off or down in off-roading, then get covers.
 

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I've had them on my last two Rubicons.

I can't imagine that they are anything but real leather; certainly not the highest quality, but nevertheless, real. When Jeep refers to them as "Leather-Trimmed" they mean that not all of the seat (most notably the back and lowers) is leather. Puffery is one thing, but Jeep would not be able to get away with an out-and-out lie in their product descriptions. [and...their Legal Dept wouldn't let them try]
 

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Leather used for vehicle seats in general are treated, colored, sealed and quite thin compared to leather used for a couch or exotic vehicle, they:

1. Crack over time (5 to 8 years).
2. Are non absorbing, "conditioning" treatment products do nothing more than a good old damp cloth.
3. Are not robust to harsh treatment and deteriorates.

Having leather seats is more of a status symbol to stroke over inflated ego's.

The vinyl used for vehicle seats are much more robust and durable compared to leather (Lasts 10 to 20 years). The vinyl material used for the seats is not too different to that of your dash. Vinyl reacts well to treatment products as these products mitigate UV (Sunlight) from "drying out" the vinyl.

Cloth seats stains, is difficult to clean, wear fast, absorbs dust, smaller particles, water and mud. They require frequent cleaning with a strong vacuum cleaner and upholstery treatment such as scotch guard.

I'll take vinyl any day.
Basically true with one stupid sentence put in. Some high level vehicle trims come with quality leather and some people actually park in garages in which case the leather will last indefinitely with minimal care.
 

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I'm just waiting for the Soylent Green leather package that comes out in 2023.
 

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