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    Quote Originally Posted by pekem View Post
    Told you
    You certainly did, and thank you for the advice, I needed the prod. Car goes back for the work on Friday.

    At the weekend, I magic sponged the leather, front and rear to give it a really good clean, was advised it would be better to clean it prior to any repairs. The sponges revealed a considerable amount of dirt and grime, whilst also removing any masking or shine products, to stip the leather back to its natural matt state. I then replenished the seats with some Autoglym leather encriching balm, I'm not sure how well rated this stuff is, but it was on offer and the seats have come up very nicely. I'm confident with a bit of time and detailing work that I can get the interior looking nearly new.

    The cosmetic repairs will be done by a place called Touch and Go in Wakefield, I'm hoping they will really do a top job on the drivers seat, including fixing the wear / tear / cig burns, but even more so on the coin trap plastic part of the doorcard which is a real eyesore. I'm going to ask them to take their time, I'd like both areas to come out like the damage was never there to begin with, even if it means me waiting in town all day.
    Last edited by Fraz; 27-03-17 at 21:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    I magic sponged the leather
    Please tell me more...what is this process? I have the ivory leather and it is rather dirty in a couple of places, especially the drivers seat. I would be keen to know what I can do.

    One other bit of advice I'd offer and that is if the trimmers are taking off the drivers door card to get the coin tray sorted, ask them to look at the metal rods inside the door. I have a dreadful rattle from where the insulation has worn away. It is a well know fault on the XF, but very simple to fix once door card is off - more detail here: http://www.xfforum.co.uk/threads/182...ight=door+card

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    Quote Originally Posted by supahoops View Post
    Please tell me more...what is this process? I have the ivory leather and it is rather dirty in a couple of places, especially the drivers seat. I would be keen to know what I can do.

    One other bit of advice I'd offer and that is if the trimmers are taking off the drivers door card to get the coin tray sorted, ask them to look at the metal rods inside the door. I have a dreadful rattle from where the insulation has worn away. It is a well know fault on the XF, but very simple to fix once door card is off - more detail here: http://www.xfforum.co.uk/threads/182...ight=door+card
    It's really easy.

    You buy what are called 'magic sponges' also known as magic erasers, they are made from a material that is very gentally abrasive and lifts dirt from deep within the leather, these are branded for general household cleaning, so you'll more then likely find then in home cleaning sections of supermarkets, or to be specific in the aisles where you'd buy cleaning products and dish cloth's. Don't worry they are soft and you can't damage anything, it's feel like a normal sponge you'd wash your car with. They sell them pretty much everywhere, but I got mine in 'The Range' £1 for a box of 4, I purchased two boxes and was enough to do that whole car with some left over. About 1 or 2 sponges per front seat, maybe 2 or 3 for the rear, when the sponge starts to break up then just get another, cheap as chips. Ebay has loads of them, I believe there are differing qualities, but my £1 box did the job fine.

    You then just run a bucket full of water and sock the sponge (I also added fairy liquid as this was recommended by the detailer I spoke with). Then use just rub the seats all over, squeezing out the dirt when the sponge gets dirty and then applying more clean water from the bucket, repeat as many times as you feel necessary, or until no more dirt is being lifted. Once this is done and the seat is dry and will have a matt like finish as any products, oils or cleaners will have been cleaned away, leaving it in it's natural state. You then just re-nourish the leather, using some leather enriching balm, the stuff that nourishes and feeds leather, not to be confushed with leather cleaner. I just used a microfibre cloth and massaged it into the seat. This will buff the leather up again to a more glossy finish and will have your seat looking like new.

    There are loads of video guides on Youtube, so if you a visual guide, just do a quick search for 'magic sponge car seat.' and you'll get the idea. I was advised of this method from Sprayteq, who are a professional vehicle detalier, body shop and specialise in interior refurbishment, they advised me it's very popular among detailers. It also avoids any chemical cleaners.
    Last edited by Fraz; 29-03-17 at 21:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    It's really easy.

    You buy what are called 'magic sponges' also known as magic erasers, they are made from a material that is very gentally abrasive and lifts dirt from deep within the leather, these are branded for general household cleaning, so you'll more then likely find then in home cleaning sections of supermarkets, or to be specific in the aisles where you'd buy cleaning products and dish cloth's. Don't worry they are soft and you can't damage anything, it's feel like a normal sponge you'd wash your car with. They sell them pretty much everywhere, but I got mine in 'The Range' £1 for a box of 4, I purchased two boxes and was enough to do that whole car with some left over. About 1 or 2 sponges per front seat, maybe 2 or 3 for the rear, when the sponge starts to break up then just get another, cheap as chips. Ebay has loads of them, I believe there are differing qualities, but my £1 box did the job fine.

    You then just run a bucket full of water and sock the sponge (I also added fairy liquid as this was recommended by the detailer I spoke with). Then use just rub the seats all over, squeezing out the dirt when the sponge gets dirty and then applying more clean water from the bucket, repeat as many times as you feel necessary, or until no more dirt is being lifted. Once this is done and the seat is dry and will have a matt like finish as any products, oils or cleaners will have been cleaned away, leaving it in it's natural state. You then just re-nourish the leather, using some leather enriching balm, the stuff that nourishes and feeds leather, not to be confushed with leather cleaner. I just used a microfibre cloth and massaged it into the seat. This will buff the leather up again to a more glossy finish and will have your seat looking like new.

    There are loads of video guides on Youtube, so if you a visual guide, just do a quick search for 'magic sponge car seat.' and you'll get the idea. I was advised of this method from Sprayteq, who are a professional vehicle detalier, body shop and specialise in interior refurbishment, they advised me it's very popular among detailers. It also avoids any chemical cleaners.

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    Thanks, most appreciated

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    How are you finding the car now Fraz, after having it for a month or two?

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    just a quick input from me, i added a Bluetooth adapter to my XF as dissapointed no USB input. it works a treat and the stick on control allows me to change track with out looking at the phone. link attached

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kinivo-BTC4.../dp/B009NLTW60

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    Quote Originally Posted by David1972 View Post
    How are you finding the car now Fraz, after having it for a month or two?
    Hi David, sorry for the very delayed response, I haven't logged in for a while. I can honestly say, I'm really happy, it's everthing I ever wished for and more. Having dealt with the minor issues after purchase, I've now just been enjoying the drive!! I love the power delivery, the responsive steering and then there's the ride, it's the most comfortable car I've owned (even more so then my E65 7 Series which I also loved). I've now done a few 200+ mile drives on routes that usually leave me feeling shattered but in the Jag and I arrive feeling fresh as a daisy. I have to say, the car puts a smile on my face and I look forward to every trip. The engine tickover is solid, it doesn't miss a beat, the sound and the feel I get is great. No doubt the diy service, hasn't hurt it. I'm happy with it in pretty much every way, and do find myself admiring the car on the drive way, or parked up in a scenic spot, I love the look of the car, front and rear.

    The two minor niggles I have at the moment are :- sometimes the fuel indicator hasn't been resetting or increasing when I put diesel into the car, it seems to do this at random, the electronic bar goes up, but the actual number of miles doesn't increase, it's a bit confusing when this happens as I'm not sure how much fuel I have left. I've managed to reset it and it then goes back to normal, but it's now happened a couple of times, so it's a small concern. The second niggle is the drivers seat belt doesn't always spring back to the pillar when exiting the car, so I've trapped the seat belt in the door once or twice. I'm now more weary of it, but when your in a rush, it's easy to forget to check it!! Could just be the tension, as it winds back as snails pace, but not sure how to adjust.

    Overall I'm really pleased with the car, if it stays reliable and gives me 5+ years of pleasurable motoring, then I'm a happy man. By that time, we'll probably all be pushed towards electric!!

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    No problem; great news to hear you are really pleased!

    I've got 2011-on XF's up to £15k set as a saved search on auto trader now and am enjoying seeing prices for the facelift model slowly soften.

    The longer I can control my urges, the better car I'll get


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