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Full-grain leather is the best quality you can buy. It is pure
leather without alterations or corrections to its natural pattern.
Hides chosen for full-grain leather are superior quality and
selected to ensure the finished product has no imperfections.
To produce full-grain leather they only remove the hair. Markings
and texture are original and never altered. Full-grain leather
is soft and supple, and carries the unique characteristics of
the animal itself.
The difference between full-grain leather and other forms is
that the full-grain is top quality. The markings and texture of
the hide is what will be seen in the end product. For this reason,
no alterations are made to the full-grain leather.
Other leather is often referred to as “top-grain”,
which should not be confused with “full-grain” as
they are completely different. Top-grain leather is not genuine
leather, meaning that the true grain has been sanded and imitation
grain added into the “leather”.
When full-grain leather is processed further, it becomes what
is known as “nap” or “nabuck.” With no
protective coat added, wear and tear can happen quickly.
Regarding repellant, the decision is somewhat divided. Some professionals
feel that full-grain leather should be kept in its natural state
while others feel the right type of repellant can further enhance
the sheen and help the leather last even longer.
If you have full-grain leather, an occasional treatment for soil-resistance
and water repellant can keep your leather beautiful.
BASF is a good treatment in that it is light and does not contain any type of organic halogen compounds or organic solvents
If you are unsure of what to use on your particular piece of leather, check with the manufacturer for their recommendations.
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