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Seat Wear & Discoloration

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by smsprague, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. smsprague

    smsprague Member

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    After 6 months and 7K miles, I am a little disappointed with the seat wear and discoloration on my tan leather seats. Tesla service center said this was common and is color transferred from clothing. Tried Lexol and Griots cleaner - both helped. Since this is my daily driver and trip car thinking about ordering Wet Okole seat covers so it does not get worse.

    Anyway be careful if you have tan seats. Never had any issues with over cars leather. Never had tan though only gray in my Acura.


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  2. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Active Member

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    It's possible that the clothes you wear now with your Model S were not the same clothes with your other vehicles. Since the discoloration appears limited to the back seat support, it would appear to be a shirt/blouse or jacket. I have a very expensive Italian leather sofa that also is discolored due a cheap pair of blue jeans.
     
  3. smsprague

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    Who knows - but good point - could have happened
     
  4. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    My car with tan seats has almost two years and 39,000 miles of use. So far, no excessive wear nor any color transfer from clothing whatsoever. I do wear blue jeans frequently.
     
  5. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    This is common with lighter color leathers. A pro detailer can probably remove any remaining dye that you can't get off yourself.
     
  6. smsprague

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    mknox - good you know - I only wear jeans occasionally - all my jeans are Lucky Brand
     
  7. smsprague

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    Pro detailer is good idea
     
  8. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I have the same problem. I think it comes from my belt. I only have discoloration at my beltline. But I also had the same problem with my 2007 Acura RDX, which mysteriously went away after a while. Grey interior.

    I have had no success at removing it from my MS. I even had the interior OptiCoated upon delivery. So any hints would be great! I've only had her for 3 months. So it is something I need to figure out.
     
  9. Glitch

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    have seen this with different brands, Volvo, Porsche, Audi, VW all with light leather have with a few months the darker spots on it. This is the reason I just have chosen a black interior as that avoids those issues.
     
  10. EVSteve

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    Agreed that this is usually caused by black belts and other dark colored animal leather products. The dyes transfer especially if driving for long periods where the material is warmed by your body heat. Seat heaters amplify this.
     
  11. smsprague

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    Good news using Griots cleaner and a magic eraser the stains are pretty much gone - so no more belts on the car
     

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