Oily / Waxy Pull Up Leather

“A leather bearing an oil / wax finish that by design lightens in colour when stretched”

Pros: Cons:
  • Very Natural
  • Lived in Look
  • Quite difficult to maintain
  • Can become distressed easily
  • Can attract dust if very tacky
  • Potential oil and colour transfer problems

IDENTIFYING OIL/WAXY PULL UP LEATHER

Pigmented Leather
 The Magnifying Glass Test

Under a magnifying glass oily / waxy pull-up leather looks very cracked and dried out. The hair follicles are slightly visible and are generally a darker colour where they have absorbed the oil or wax. A lighter colour will also show through the grain.


The Absorption Test:

If you drip a small amount of leather cleaner or water onto the surface of an oily / waxy pull up leather it will absorb it instantly – within a matter of seconds. The leather will slightly darken and then return to normal quite quickly.

NOTE: If the leather absorbs the water quickly, it means that it will also absorbs stains easily & quickly. It is crucial to maintain this leather with regular applications of the leather protection cream. If your leather has faded you will need the leather re-colouring balm to restore the colour.


The Touch Test:

An oily / waxy pull up feels very natural, with a slightly wax feel to it. It scratches extremely easy and changes to a lighter shade when stretched.


Oily Waxy Pull Up Leather
This image is of an oil/wax pull up taken to show the style of this type of leather.

The Visual Test:

The colour of an oily / waxy pull up is very patchy. You will be able to clearly identify a dark colour with lots of lighter colour showing through the cracks and grain pattern, the lighter colour will also show where the leather has been stretched. The leather also looks very dried out, and also faded. If your leather has faded or scratched you will need the leather re-colouring balm to restore the colour.


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