Shoddy Products Taint the Leather Restoration Industry
It is frustrating and confusing for consumers to find the right leather furniture restoration process for a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project. Unfortunately the market place is loaded with products that simply fail, giving the entire industry a black-eye. The truth is a “one-size-fits-all” solution may occasionally work but can not possibly be universally effective.
At a professional level, no two leather furniture restoration projects are identical. The products and processes applied vary based on how the leather was originally tanned, the type of leather and finally the specific issues associated with the piece.
The average consumer has no clue about these basics. Is it vegetable tanned or chromium tanned? Is the piece finished (pigment coated) or unfinished (aniline dyed only) leather? Is it bi-cast, Nubuck, split-hide or top-grain? Now add variables like mottled coloring affect, body oil accumulation, cat claw damage, fading, type of color coating, epidermal damage, pH damage, age of the leather, level of moisture loss, degree and type of staining, etc. The permutations are enormous. To be successful, the project must be approached based on the answers to these questions. visit:-https://walterychina.com/what-is-pu-leather/
For example, the priming agents used should be chemically engineered specifically for the target piece. The primer applied to an aniline dyed leather must be different than that applied to a pigment coated leather. If not, the wrong primer could seriously stiffen a soft supple leather, essentially converting it into plastic. That’s not good.
Another example is the color match. Correctly matching an existing color is an art form that is only mastered through experience. This is especially true when the original color has a mottled or color variation affect. Expecting a consumer to mix colors and arrive at the correct hue (color), value (lightness to darkness) and chroma (clarity) is asking far too much.
This is why a successful DIY leather restoration project requires a customized solution. The people assembling a leather restoration kit for a consumer should have direct hands-on knowledge of the process and a deep understanding of the restoration system’s chemistry.
A sample of the existing leather and pictures of the project should be required so the technician can “know” the leather and “see” the issues. They can then do the hard part for the consumer – prepare a customized solution. The consumer’s job is then simply a matter of application. To that end, sharing “know-how” via DVD or internet based video and well written instructions enhances the probability of success. This is the essence of a successful DIY program for leather restoration.