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Thread: 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Rain Damaged Leather Seats!

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    Default 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Rain Damaged Leather Seats!

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, leather seats; windows left open during rainstorm.
    Did not realize until next day when they dried.
    Were in very good condition before but now seating areas feel and look hard, rough and dry.
    Tried Lexol , poor results.
    See enclosed picture.
    Do you think that I can repair this damage?


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    >>> Do you think that I can repair this damage?

    In two levels, first the leather structure below layers shrinks that feels hard.
    Second, the above surface finishes ripples or delaminated and with further friction rubs removed.

    Besides the leather is dry that manifest in coarse breaks of creases and wrinkles and to rejuvenate the leather structure for structures suppleness Hydrator-3.3 > Fatliquor-5.0 > Hydrtor-3.3 system is used.

    Potential further finishes damages while treating the below surface is refinished by
    Adhesor-73 > Micro-54 > MicroTop-54M system.

    Restoration cleaning to remove surface soiling contamination is done with Degreaser-2.2 > Rinse-3.0 > Acidifier-3.0 system.

    Protection-B+ is for reduce surface rubs and reduces creases for a buttery-feel sliding in and out of car seat.

    Products mentioned are found in this Kit Ap7.cl.

    You may have some questions that we can go over.

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    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.


    Roger Koh
    Leather Care Consultant / Practitioner / Instructor
    Roger@LeatherDoctor.com

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