The leather prep is used to remove the manufactured finish from leather. It also removes any solvent soluble waxes, oils & silicones, which unless removed could cause adhesion problems when colouring at later stages.
An essential part of any recolouring or restoration process, it is incredibly effective at stripping away all layers of finish when used in conjunction with an abrasive pad or cloth.
Leather Prep is suitable for use on furniture, car interiors, clothes, footwear, handbags and accessories.
An incredibly powerful remover, it is designed for use on:
Two Tone, Mottled & Antique Finished Leather
|You can see that in this example of leather that has been prepped, that the prep hasn't removed much colour, but it has greatly cleaned the leather and also removed the creases and cracks. This is because the majority of the damage on the leather is in the painted layer, and so when we prep the leather, we reduce the painted layer and so soften and smooth the leather.|
An old car seat showing heavy cracking. The majority of the cracks though, are in the Colour & Finish not the leather itself.
Step 1. Apply the Prep using a cloth or abrasive padThe main use of the Leather Prep is to remove old, worn and hardened coatings on leather. These are the original Colours and Finishes applied to the leather in the tannery, that over the years harden and become unsightly.
Often, when leather is cracked, it isn’t actually the leather that has cracked, but the coatings sitting on the leather.
Step 2. Once prepped the leather can be sanded & repaired
Using the Leather Prep and an Abrasive Pad to remove the manufactured coating, will remove much, if not all of the cracking, making the leather look much better & feel a great deal softer.
The leather can now be sanded smooth and any damage to the leather can be repaired.
The finished result. After repairs were made, a new coating of colour and finish was applied giving the leather a natural look, and silky soft feel.
|Removing the old coatings make for a much better end result, not only in terms of appearance, but also for touch & comfort when used.The alternative method to repair an old seat like this would be to fill the cracks and apply even more colour and finish on top. This will result in a plastic like finish, and the leather would be even harder! Not softer.|
If the leather is old, and you want to remove the manufactured finish (as indicated in the above photos), then the best way to prep the leather is with an Abrasive Pad. Wet the leather with the Prep and rub with the pad, the Prep will start to emulsify the old coating and the pad will loosen it. Wet a cloth with the prep and/or spray some prep onto the leather and wipe over with the cloth. This will remove any excess colour/finish still on the leather.
If the leather isn’t badly damaged it doesn’t require such drastic action. The leather can be simply wiped down with a cloth dampened in prep.
In both cases though, you should expect to see colour transferred onto the cloth, indicating the Prep is working.
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