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I have a 2006 9-5 with the "sport package" (aka: Aero 2007 and on) with the ventilated parchment "sport" seats. Not sure what's so sporty about the leather, but I like the color and it feels great. Just today I noticed a faint blue hue on the outside bottom bolsters on the two front seats. I've found that some 9-3 owners have had the same problem as well: here, here and here.

Apparently it's caused from (wet?) blue jeans bleeding or rubbing off onto the leather, and apparently it's impossible to remove. My question is whether any of you have experienced the same issue and if you've been able to remove it. It's not a big deal, but I don't want blue seats and I don't want it to get any worse. Any ideas on the true cause, and what I can do about it? Will I have to take my pants off before I get into the car? ;)

PS: The reason I noticed it is because I just bought some armor-all leather wipes and used them on the seats...didn't do anything of course for the discoloration.
 

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My two previous Volvos, one with cream, the other with calcite white leather both did this. I personally wouldn't touch anything Armor-All made, but hey, that's me. I like Zymöl leather products. They work great to remove the stains out of light colored leather, don't stink like Lexol does, and it wipes off easy and leaves a really nice matte, natural like new feel.
 

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That's interesting. I always liked the look of lighter leather, but this would make me reconsider future decisions. I think I'll get some nice leather cleaner like you recommended and see what I can do. If nothing else, I imagine that having some sort of conditioner over the leather would protect it from further discoloration.
 

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So I just went and looked this up on Google and it seems that this happens to just about every car in the world with light leather. And here I was thinking Saab's an anomaly. Also, everyone's just as confused as how to get it out, but a few dealerships and owners said that they use some kinda of label or adhesive remover to get it off then follow up with leather conditioner so the seats don't get screwed up.
 

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saab86 - i think you're right there, this is a common problem on most/all car leathers, certainly not unique to Saab. Only a couple of weeks ago i came across a post (on another forum somewhere) in which the owner of a BMW X5 was moaning about the staining from jeans on his nice light-coloured (+ expensive) upholstery - and his car was just six weeks old....!!:eek:

i get the impression that the more leather is prepared to look good when new, the more its appearance suffers in normal, everyday use. Leather on much older cars from years back often seems to have 'worn' better.......different manufacturing techniques perhaps (?)

my own 2001 9-5 has sand/beige upholstery which is still in good condition, but that's largely down to two factors 1) i clean the seats regularly and 2) i now use a thin pillowcase (ie cover only, NOT the pillow!) on the seat base if driving in jeans !

i know you guys are over in the US but there's a specialist product from a UK company which might help, have a look here
http://www.lttsolutions.net/jean-and-dye-transfer-removal-kit.asp

and note the advice given ref method of treatment and possibility of permanent damage
 
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