Leather care and restoration with Leatherique leather care available from Permanent Painted Coatings .
Pour some prepping agent into small container. Using 400 grit, lightly wet sand the leather (with Prepping Agent) to smooth out any cracks and hang nails in the surface Remove as much of the old leather dye as you can without creating suede.
- Wipe the surface with soft rags or paper towels to remove as much of the faded or oxidised old leather dye as possible
- Do not attempt to re-dye over damaged dye
- Be sure all old dye is broken down, and all previous treatments such as silicone, wax or oil products are removed
- Then re-sand with 600 grit
It is helpful to obtain a good finish, to remove the top surface of the old lacquer base leather dye to allow the new leather dye to bite, this also assures that any wax, silicone petroleum or mineral oils, are removed. If doing a colour change, remove as much of the old dye as possible, without damaging the leather or creating suede
To repair cracks:
If you are filling cracks with Leatherique leather care from Permanent Painted Coatings, this is the time to do that step.
- Apply Leatherique Crack Filler only into the cracks, not near the grain. Try mixing a little dye to the Crack Filler to match the colouring
- Allow drying time of 20 minutes and refilling as necessary. You may need to do this a few times to bring the crack up to level with the leather surface
- Sand any excess Crack filler off, leaving a flat surface
To repair holes:
For holes in the leather, a mechanical repair will be necessary.
- Insert a patch larger than the hole, (a piece of canvas or leather fuzzy sides together), carefully into the hole
- With a toothpick, spread a small amount of craft or leather glue into the hole and press to adhere
- Fill remaining scars with layers of Leather crack filler
- Re-sand Leather as necessary with 600 grit for a smooth flawless finish
Prepping the surface continued:
- Allow the project to sit overnight or about 6 hours to allow the prepping agent and crack filler to dry
- Proper leather prepping is the key to a successful Leather restoration project
Basic leather care—leather conditioning / cleaning to make it feel like new you will need
a. Leatherique Restoration Rejuvenator Oil
b. Prestine Clean
c. Clean terry towels
- Apply Leatherique Leather Rejuvenator Oil liberally to all Leather and vinyl surfaces with a brush, spray bottle or soft sponge
- Massage the leather with your hands to work the nutrients in. Don’t miss this step as reconditioning and proper leather care is what will make your upholstery feel glove soft again
- If it is a vehicle, leave it in the sun with the windows closed for a day. Alternatively cover the seats with plastic garbage bags in the garage overnight. You want the leather to sweat. Do not leave office or home furniture in the sun. This process may need to be repeated a few times until the leather is supple, depending on how dry the leather is. The surface may become tacky or have a slight haze
- This is the dirt and grit coming out of the pores
- Apply Prestine Clean with a soft cloth, sponge or terry towel
- Rinse the cloth in warm water, wring dry and wipe again
- After all dirt has been removed buff with a clean dry towel
- Wait 48 hours before proceeding to next step to allow the Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil to fully penetrate
Prepping your leather surface
(Prior to Dying)
You will need
1. Prepping Agent,
2. Fine grit sand paper, 400 to 600, you may also need some 1500 grit for finishing.
3. A clean, empty bowl or container
4. Paper towels.
Total restoration from cleaning, to restoring to re dying:
- If the dye is too thick, to avoid a heavy build up of colour, stir in small quantity of water to reach workable consistency. Your colour has been matched to your swatch using the long lasting high quality pigments available.
- Temperatures ideally should be 20c to 25c degrees, low humidity, with no rain. Pour all the Leatherique dye into a suitable container, so it can be stirred and mixed properly with a wide paint stirrer (Tupperware type with a lid). Some pigments are heavier than others and settle.
- It is normal that the colour may appear more vibrant (and wet colour is brighter than dry) than the faded hue you have become accustomed to.
- Do not apply too thickly or you will get a plastic look finish
- Begin with the seams, piping and edges and allow them to dry (Usually by the time you are done, they are dry)
- Then proceed with broader areas. Apply several very thin coats, brushing in all directions rather than back and forth
- Do not stop in the middle of a panel, painting to the end of each panel will reward with a professional job
- Allow each piece to dry thoroughly
- Apply second coat as necessar
- If doing a colour change, another coat will be necessary
- Clean brushes and all equipment immediately with soap and water
- If you have dry brush marks (sand them off) or as a good final coat try a Wipe Coat
1. Use a good quality paper towel
2. Dip it in water and wring dry.
3. Make it into a powder puff with no edges
4. Dip it in the dye and wipe it on with a quick motion like putting on a wax keeping applying coats as each one dries until you have the desired finish.
3a leather re-dyes with a spray gun:
You will need
- Leatherique Leather Dye
- Thin the Leatherique Leather Dye between 10—25 %
- With water, or to your equipment specifications
- Set your equipment for a fine, almost dry mist coat
- Spray 2—3 fine, dry mist coats to cover
- Clean your equipment with soap and hot water
You will need
1. Leatherique Dye
2. Top quality synthetic, acrylic type brushes, small for cracks and piping and wider brushes for l a t e r areas.
3. A dirt free environment, preferably indoors. Please read all directions before beginning your leather care or leather restoration project. Do not hesitate to call or email if you have any further questions about leather care. Rubber gloves & eye protection are recommended. Rinse with soap and water in case of contact with Skin. Do not ingest. Leatherique Leather Restoration Dye is a revolutionary, complex polymer coating. It is highly acclaimed and gives good results when used according to directions.
- Allow the project to remain untouched for 48 hours, as dye will be fragile
- Then with a very soft lint free cloth, you may buff the Leather surface to a natural luster and remove excess pigment
- You have any brush strokes or imperfections, they can be buffed out with fine 1500 grit dry sandpaper.
- You can also apply a thin film of carnuba wax for a rich luster
- Wipe gently with a soft cloth and Prestine Clean to help extend the life and beauty of your leather