FAQ: How To Repair, Recolor Leather.

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* Can I repair Tears, Burns, Holes?
* Can I change the color of my leather?
* Should I restore the original or choose a different color?
* How much paint or dye do I need?
* What is the difference between Surecoat, Classic Coat, Color Coat, and Colorline Dye?
* How to identify Analine, Protected, Nubuck using Water Test and Scratch Test.
* What is Protected, Analine, Nubuck Leather?
* How do I remove mold?
* How do I clean urine?
* How do I clean oily, greasy stains?
* How do I remove water stains on leather?
* How do I keep my leather from fading?

What is the problem of your Leather?

Can I repair burns, tears, or holes?
YES. Most rips, holes and burns in leather can be repaired. If you have a good color match, the repairs are almost invisible. We do not recommend color touch up one spot unless you have an exact color match. It's easier to recolor the entire panel/seat/section then trying to recreate the exact color match. Recolor from seam to seam, edge to edge.
* Click HERE for Step-by-Step Holes in Leather Repair Instructions
* Click HERE for Step-by-Step Scuff, Scrapes Repairs Instructions.

Can I change the color of my leather?
For Protected leathers you can change the color to any color you wish. The process is simple. The final result could be amazing. You just need to be patient and follow the instructions.

On analine leather you can change the color and leather to Protected/Pigmented type (as protected leather is easier to clean and resist stains much better than analine). If you want to tint analine leather. It's recommended that you tint a darker color within the same family. For example: Light brown to Medium Brown. Click here for Leather ReColor, Before & After Pictures

*Should I restore original color or choose a different color?
Changing the color of leather requires more work and materials than restoring the original color. If the color change is drastic, such as from White to Blue, there are few potential problems. It's harder to get in between crevices to make these corners look perfect. Changing to a different family color requires more color coats to cover completely the old original finish. More coats may mean stiffer feel. This may allow for greater chances of cracking and peeling of the new color coat if everything has not been done properly. The solutions would be periodic touch up to cover these blemishes.

It is impossible for any restoration dye or color coat to soak completely through the leather. All types of leather color coats and dyes, after it has been originally dyed in the tannery, will only coat the surface. This means future scratches and wear may eventually reveal the original color. So if you choose to restore with a color that is closely matched to the original color, future wear & tear would be much less noticable. Click here for Leather ReColor, Before & After Pictures

* How much paint do I need? It varies depend on how many coats you apply. If you are enhancing the current color with a similar color, it would take less paint than changing to a completely different color, like: from blue to black.

As a general guide, for SureCoat, it takes apprx 8oz to cover arm chair. 16 oz (pint) to cover a loveseat.

* What is the difference between SureCoat, ClassicCoat, ColorCoat and TINT?
* SureCoat is for Leather & Vinyl. Broadest selection of premixed color. Color can be Custom. If you need to match your Custom Match. This is it, $25 lab matchin fee will apply. Can be brushed or sprayed. Crosslinker can be added to toughfen leather finish and make surface more resistant to harsh chemical cleaning.
* ClassicCoat is for Leather & Vinyl. Colors are premixed. It is basically Surecoat in aerosol can for spraying only. Simple, easy to use, great flow. Spraying yields a smoother finish than brushing method.
* ColorCoat is for Plastic & Vinyl (NOT leather). Colors are premixed. Come in aerosol can for spraying only. Simple, easy to use.
* DYE or TINT is used when you have analine leather and want to preserve the velvet, soft feel. Since it is a tint, the color is semi-transparent and your backbround characteristics still shows thru. Dye is good option if you want to renew or darken your faded analine. If your leather is worn out and stained, convert it to Pigment (Surecoat) maybe a better alternative.

For all products above: after the first coat, your color may look unven, blotchy. DON'T WORRY. On average, after the 3rd coat, it would look smooth and even. For a flawless look, use spraygun for a restoration project and airbrush for a repair job.

* How to identify Analine,Protected, Nubuck?
* Click HERE to learn more about how to identify Analine, Pigmented Leather
* PROTECTED:Lightly scratch the surface, if no scratch marks and the color remains the same, then this is a protected leather. Wet your finger and rub lightly, the leather does NOT turns darker. Water remains on the surface.
* ANALINE: Lightly scratch the surface, if it scratches to a lighter color, it could be analine. This is not the only test to do because some nubucks will do this also.Wet your finger and lightly rub it into the leather to see if it darkens. It should darken lightly, but dry invisibly.
* NUBUCKThe surface should have a texture similar to velvet. You move your hand across the surface and, if it leaves shading traces similar to the effect when you vacuum a carpet in one direction and then in another, it is nubuck. Wet your finger and rub it lightly on the surface. The surface will darken and also will dry to a slightly darker shade.

What is Protected, Analine and Nubuck Leather?
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HERE to learn how to identify Analine, Pigmented Leather
PROTECTED(P): Top grain leather that is dyed for color and then receives pigment to ensure color consistency. It gets its name from the layer of coloured pigment that is applied to the surface of the leathern Without pigment a protected leather is not color consistent. The pigment also ensures fade resistance and helps the leather wear over time. Most surface has some sheen look. Because of its stain resistance quality, this is the most popular choice for furniture & auto car seat.

ANALINE (A): Made from the best quality hides, Analine is Expensive. It is Top grain leather that dyed for color without any pigments applied. Since it does not have the Protecive Coat, Analine is hidely absorbent and stained easily. It is hard to clean since the stains absorb deep into the fiber. These hides will exhibit some natural characteristics such as healed scars, scratches, neck and belly wrinkles. Expect color variation from the swatch to the actual leather, due to the fact leather is a natural product and will absorb dye differently within the hide and from hide to hide. Analine is known for its smooth, inviting feel. This leather will develop a rich patina over time, absorb stains easilty, and will fade with prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Nubuck Leather (N): Top grain leather that has been aniline dyed for color and then polished to create a nap. Since Nubuk leathers have NO pigment applied these hides will surely exhibit color variation from hide to hide. Some natural markings are visible throughout these hides. Nubuck absorbs stains easily and prolonged exposure to sunlight will cause these leathers to fade quickly.

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* How do I remove mold?
You can kill mold on leather by using Leather Master Mold Killer Care Kit which contains a germcide, fungicide and bactercide. The Mold Cleaner is conveniently packaged in a kit with all the products needed to remove the mold and clean the leather. Do NOT confuse Mold with Spew.

How do I keep my leather from fading?
Keep it away from UVs! Unprotected leathers (analine) will fade drastically under sunlight. The leather can be revived using an Aniline Dye followed by Leather Conditioner or Protection Cream.

* How do I clean Urine?
Remove the cushion and remove the stuffing. Absorb all the urine you can then wash the area. Do not soak it. Anytime when cleaning leather you must do the entire cushion, seam to seam, edge to edge to avoid water rings when it dries. In some cases cat urine damages the leather permanently. You need to clean the urine, sometimes recoloring the infested area is needed.

* How do I clean oily stains?
Spray on Leather Degreaser. Wait for a few hours. Yes, at least one hour. Vacuum or brush the powder off. Repeat until the stain is gone. This method rarely takes out any color but does take out the oil. Patience and persistence are the keys to success. Clean the entire areas after removing the oils.

Larger stains from head and hand oil require patience, persistence, extraction and most likely refinishing is required.

* How do I take out water stains?
You have a stain because the water drop has dried in the middle of a piece of leather. It has a clear point of demarcation to the rest of the leather. Reduce that point of demarcation by wetting the entire area out to a seam or edge. Starting at the spot, use a wet sponge to dampen the leather and move the sponge to the edges of the cushion. Allowing the moisture to become less and less as you get further from the spot. Do not scrub, just wipe. You do not want to soak the leather just get it damp enough at the stain to release the stain and wet the rest of the leather so that the entire cushion can dry uniformly across the cushion rather than in that one spot.

Water will dry leather’s natural “oils” so it is best to condition the leather after getting rid of the stain.

How often should I care for my leather? All leather types should be cleaned with a neutral, water-based cleaner and properly protected every 6 months or 1 year,depend on your traffic usage.

* Leather is extremely strong. Its resistance to tearing is legendary. Leather lasts 4, 5 times longer than textile products and aging gives it added dignity.
* Leather is NOT flammable.
* Leather does NOT cause allergies. So it's perfect for people who are allergic to dust.
* Leather remains at room temperature until it comes in contact with your body, then adjusts to your body temperature.

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