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Interior wear: Is this unusual for under 25k miles?

I noticed this weekend that where my elbow rests on the door panel, the trim has totally lost the gloss it had. I've done a brief cleaning of the spot and it made no difference. In fact there is a noticeable friction difference when wiping it with a microfiber. I'll get some vinyl and plastic dressing to try cleaning again.


The other thing I noticed was the seam piping on my driver seat is breaking down already.


I work in an office and wear polo shirts and khakis every day. So being dirty from an outside job environment shouldn't be the reason for the accelerated wear.

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Could be the sweat or oil that skin has on it that 'ate' the finish.
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Could be the sweat or oil that skin has on it that 'ate' the finish.
That's annoying. Why would you put such a delicate finish there? I like in Phoenix and today is already 106F and climbing. Sweat is a fact of life here.
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Plastic should be easy to clean and 'revitalize' with 303 protestant or another one of your choice.
Leather.. not so much, it did look like there was abrasive damage to it thou. I know you prolly didn't have any choice while going with EX trim.
Personally I learned not to go with leather interior as it doesn't age well and is quite unpleasant in hot or cold weather.
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I have about 41,000 miles and my seat shows some wear but not that bad.

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Same thing happened on my Accord. The sweat and oil from the skin breaks down the coating on the fabric on the door sill. I am aware of this and I try not to put my elbow on the same spot for too long a period. I also put leather protection on it every week to try and slow down the wear. As far as the seat goes, 25k seems to be to soon for the seat to wear like that, even though over time that wear is normal.
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The leather used in modern cars is nowhere near the quality and durability it once had. It is also permanently sealed and finished in a way that conditioners do virtually nothing at all. Everyone will like to tell you how great their product is for leather, but think about it, the outer surface is coated and sealed permanently. How is a conditioning product going to penetrate through an impervious barrier? Only once the finish is worn through, and the appearance has degraded does a product ever have the possibility of penetrating.

This is coming from someone who worked cleaning, conditioning and repairing genuine leather in high end cars built back in the 60s 70s and 80s in my younger days. Just look at the thickness, and finish on older leathers vs what has been in cars now since the late 1990's. No comparison, so much thinner, and smoother. There is no character, it's all uniform, and vastly lower quality.
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