Repair >> Leather Re-Coloring
There is no reason to leave that discolored leather jacket at
home if you are willing to spend a modest amount for a simple,
leather repair kit. A variety of quality kits which include easy
directions can keep you from spending more on re-coloring than
you did on the leather item itself.
Always Test First
Although it sometimes takes a few attempts, even the most unusual
shades of leather can be matched with the right kit. Directions
in an easy-to-use kit should include a color chart which will
help you mix the shade to match your leather item, and clear explanations
of how much color is included in each bottle.
Color is not the only thing to look for in a good repair kit.
The area to be repaired, if not the entire piece, should be properly
prepped with a professional cleaner made for the kind of leather
you own. The kit should note whether it can be used for non-protected
or non-treated leather, like aniline, or if it is strictly for
previously protected leather.
A problem with color often means there is a stain or rip issue
as well. Check to see if the kit includes all of the compound,
sub-patch material, applicators, cleaners and conditioners that
you are going to need to make a complete and professional-looking
Special extras which may be nice to have in a kit are sprays
which reduce the appearance of brush marks after re-coloring,
or ones which produce various, grainy textures.
Mixing The Colors
Finding or mixing the right color can often be the most challenging
aspect of doing leather re-coloring at home. Sometimes it takes
a few tries to get it right, so see if there is a convenient,
less visible part of the item which you can test out first.
Often a kit can be personalized. All of the items that you need
are in the kit, along with an exact, premixed color. Some shades
are being manufactured to match specific clothing, furniture or
automobile interiors. If the color of your leather interior is
unmatchable in the default selections, then try furniture or even
Some people prefer re-coloring kits which include a spectrum
of colors, so they can test the combinations to find the perfect
Liquid leather repair kits are another option. They produce the
same result as traditional kits, but typically use a heating tool
to bind the leather-like paper to the damaged area. There are
also no-heat liquid kits.
These kits tend to be a little less expensive than the standard
re-coloring kits. A benefit to using the liquid leather is that
it takes less time to finish the job. You spend less time waiting
for coats to dry than you would with the standard leather repair
kits. Again, an area should be tested first, especially if there
is antique or delicate leather involved.
Whether a liquid leather or traditional leather repair kit is
used, the most important thing is that it includes everything
that you will need, and in the right amounts. Part of what is
needed for successful leather repair, is concise directions.
Directions for each bottle, tool, patch, cloth, color and applicator
should be included. There should be a color chart which describes
how much to mix of each color. Spending a bit more on a simple-to-use
repair kit will ensure that you can reproduce and match the texture
and color of your leather as much as possible.
Having too much product to do your re-coloring is better than
not having enough, so make sure that your $15 to $60 investment
supplies you with enough get your re-coloring project done, and
perhaps one in the future as well.
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