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Thread: Volkswagen Jetta GTI leather seats – water damages leather shrunk and finishes shriveled!

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    Default Volkswagen Jetta GTI leather seats – water damages leather shrunk and finishes shriveled!

    I found a message board where you helped a woman with her Jetta's leather seats,
    and my GTI had the same thing happen.
    I was wondering if you could price the repair kit you recommended for me.
    The first four are the driver’s side and the last four are the passenger side.
    Let me know if you need them higher resolution or anything else.
    Thank you!

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    We have to remember that this is finished leather with two strata or layers, the leather crust layer below and the finishes layer that is on top of the crust; the below has shrunk and the above shriveled. We have to work on the below leather crust layers in order to reverse the shrinkage. When leather shrunk the fibers becomes stick together as the fatliquor dries up from heat. While keeping the leather crust hydrated and plumps for working back, the more delicate finishes layers will not be able to take the stress and as will easily fall apart. Finishes will then be reapplied with custom color matching with Adhesor-73 > Micro-54 > MicroTop-54D > Protector-B+ system thereafter.
    The leather crust is work with Hydrator-3.3 to relax the stick together leather fibrils and work back to original dimension while introducing Fatliquor-5.0 at the same time to keep the fiber separate when dry.


    >>> I was wondering if you could price the repair kit you recommended for me.

    A complete product system is found in the Kit Ap7.cl color matching services is also available.


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    Leather Doctor Kit Ap7.cl – Auto Pigmented (perforated) Leather Color Refinishing Kit
    Leather Doctor® Kit Ap7.cl, auto pigmented (perforated) leather color refinishing kit is design for abrasion damages especially from friction rubs while getting in and out of seat. Most of these repairs may range from missing finishes to abrading damages into the leather structure. Some expose areas may be contaminated with foreign soiling that includes conditioners, protectors, body oil, grease and sweat or alkaline overexposure with all-purpose cleaners. A comprehensive repair for a long-term lasting solution will require a holistic approach to deal with both the exposed structure and surface finishes. The practical and functional softness and strength of the leather depends on the health of the structure with average thickness between 0.9 to 1.2mm from stiffness and cracking. The aesthetic aspect of the leather finishes averages 0.02mm (or 20 micron) in thickness for practical compressing and flexing from cracking. A preview of a leather-safe restoration system begins by stripping with Stripper-2.3 and rinsing with Rinse-3.0. Degreasing with Degreaser-2.2 follows with Acidifier-2.0. The suffix numbers of these four products denotes it pH value for recharging the protein fiber ionic positive besides the act of decontamination. The leather integrity is revitalized once the ionic attraction between the positive protein fiber and its negative leather constituents like the tanning agent and fatliquor (fat, oil and water) is activated. Leather rejuvenating system for softness and strength is accomplished with Hydrator-3.3 follows with Fatliquor-5.0. Structural weakness from overstretching is re-strengthened with Impregnator-26, while surface uneven absorption is sealed with Adhesor-73. These repair and auxiliary products where necessary reduces the need for color over-coating thus increase its flexibility and stretchability from premature cracking. Protector-B+ imparts a non-stick rub-resistant surface with a buttery feel, reduces noises that translate into less friction wear. As the leather surface is well lubricated it reduces compression when comes to heavy body contact thus reduces compressed creases and wrinkles. This kit comes with reduced weight option to save on shipping thus the 250ml concentrate ratio such as Acidifier-2.0, Rinse-3.0, Hydrator-3.3 and Fatliquor-5.0 has to be cut or filled up with distilled water prior to use. Custom color services: http://www.leatherdoctor.com/servlet...ing/Categories


    An example of working out shrunk leathers:

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    #2. Hydrating with Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 leather rejuvenating system.
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    #3. Stretching back to dimension.
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    #4. Refinishing.
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    Roger Koh
    Leather Care Consultant
    www.LeatherDoctor.com

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