Leather Restoration
January 5, 2012
Basic Leather Repair
January 11, 2012

Applying Leather Colourants & Finishing

If you have applied any form of fillerClick the link to see what types of fillers we supply. to holes or cracks on the leather you will need to change the colourAdd change colour details here to these first before applying any colourant’s. To do this, match your leather colourApplying Leather Colourants & Finishing Guide first then for small areas use a paint brush and apply to the fillers this way. For much larger areas apply using a sponge. This can then be dried with a hair dryer.

By doing this you are making the fillers blend better with the colour of the leather and this means less colour will be needed to complete your job fully. We do manufacture special coloured fillerWe manufacturer a wide range of products which is an even better way of repairing holes and cracks and gives better result than just colouring the white filler as above.

BEFORE APPLYING COLOURANT YOU MUST FILTER THE COLOUR FIRST OF ALL

If you are simply recolouring an area of leather, start off by sponging on a coat of colour. If you are changing the colour of leather (follow our guide “ How To Change The Colour Of Leather” first), you will need to sponge on two or three coats to begin with before applying final coats by spray application.

Once you have dried off the sponge coats, using some 1200 grit sandpaper gently sand the leather to remove any specs of dirt that may have got in to the colourant or stuck to the leather.

You can then spray the colour on using an airbrushAn airbrush is a small, air-operated tool that sprays various media including ink and dye, but most often paint by a process of nebulization. Spray on thin coats ensuring you have applied enough to colour the leather correctly. You will need to apply several coats of colour by airbrushing, drying between each coat and leaving to stand for 10 minutes once dry. When you are happy with the colour you can lightly sand this with 1200 grit sandpaper to smooth out any imperfections you may have in the final coloured finish.

Before proceeding to the final steps of applying the clear coat sealers, get your tack clothwhat is a tack cloth and gently move this over the surface to remove any dust particles to enable a perfect end result to be obtained.

Before spraying on your final coat of clear finish, feel the leather and if it feels rough, you can sand over the areas with 1200 grit sandpaper again before applying you final coat.

The next stage is to spray on the finish coats. You will need to apply between two to five coats of clear finishclear finish description to the colour to seal this in, making it extremely strong and very durable.

The finish takes around three to four days to fully set and cure to a very durable finish, that in most cases is stronger than the leather original finish. But the item can be used after 24 hours safely.

If you need to use the item after carrying out the work, use it gently.

After 24 hours have passed you can wipe the leather down with a damp cloth to remove any fine particles of roughness or dust that may settled in the very final coat, once this is done you can then apply several coats of Leather Protection Cream for very soft supple feeling leather finish and to help protect your leather for the future from wear and tear and UV raysexplain UV details here.

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