In Reply to: A Classic Alternative posted by Lou on February 09, 2000 at 18:57:13:
My brother-in-law bought a S3 XJ6 in 1985, used the dealer-recommended Connolly stuff I presume you're talking about, and the seats were horribly cracked and coming apart in 4 years (granted IMO and his it was caused by substandard leather and doesn't mean all Connolly products are bad). I bought the car from him at a very favorable price given its low miles and had it reupholstered by a regional leather upholsterer of very fine reputation who is trusted with the interior restoration of many classic cars. I kept the car 9 years using ONLY Lexol products on the hides which were in *perfect* condition when I sold it. This leather upholsterer with ~40 years experience said that the more expensive products have similar base ingredients (likely bought from Dupont!) so you're just getting Lexol at an even more inflated price if you pay for them. I am convinced there is nothing better, what your horse prefers notwithstanding :-)
: My opinion Lexol is a second-class product with a first class advertising budget. My choice, as is Rolls-Royce and Jaguar, is Connolly Hide Food. Additionally, as a horseman, I know their is a populous of saddle shops throughout Texas. Visit oneand see what products we real leather keepers use.