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  1. #1
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    Feb 2012

    Default Leather Chair with "Dye Transfer Stain"

    Hi Roger

    Here is the photo of the chair.
    Can you please let me know if the stain can be removed.


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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    This leather is identified as “Pigmented”.

    Stain is “Dye Transfer” for the common blue jean.

    If the topcoat is not worn off and water testing pools on its surface, it will most like be 100% removed safely by a “reverse-transfer” technique with Prep-7.7 using Towel-5 and thereafter clean off with Clean-3.8 > Rinse-3.0.

    Any topcoat damages thereafter again tested for water pooling on its surface may be renewed with a fresh application of MicroTop-54 luster of Gloss, Satin or Matte to match.

    Protector-B/B+ helps reduce future dye-transfer problem and prolong the wear of the topcoat.

    When a leather is without Protector-B/B+ or has its MicroTop-54 wears out, the stain will penetrates further deep into the finishes that will makes the dye-transfer stain removal more difficult.

    System products recommended are found in this Kit-P3

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    Leather Doctor® Kit-P3, pigmented leather, care kit is an innovative leather-safe (pH 3 - 5) system developed for keeping leather at their highest level of appearance besides maintaining their structural chemistry integrity and enhancing their suppleness. Pigmented finishes develop micro crazing as it ages and heat dries out the fatliquor (fat and oil) from these weak point and stitching holes. The diminishing of the fatliquor empties the leather that results in creases and wrinkles. Stiffness to the leather is another sign of fatliquor diminishing that collapse the inter-fibrillary spaces making the fiber becomes stick together and when flexed during used will lead to cracks. Periodic use of Hydrator-3.3 to hydrate the stick together fibers prior to fatliquor replenishing with Fatliquor-5.0 will keep the leather supple and strong. Thus, reduce the premature ageing of the leather against stiffness and cracking. The surface wear of the leather is greatly reduced when friction noise is kept low. The noise reduction is accomplished with rub-resistant Protector-B+ that imparts a natural buttery-feel. Periodic cleaning and rinsing with Clean-3.8 follows by Rinse-3.0 to the body contact area helps reduce greasy soiling build-up. Removing of unwanted stains such as ink or the common new blue jeans is accomplished with Prep-7.7. Note that the mentioned product suffix number denotes its pH value in this leather-safe holistic care system.

    Blue Jean Dye Transfer Removal Instruction:

    Most of blue jean dye transfer leather surface have gone through some heavy friction rubs that may have weaken the topcoat in the process and topcoat refinishing is recommended to seal the colorcoat, otherwise is vulnerable to friction rubs and heavy cleaning.

    1- Apply, spread and agitate with horsehair brush.

    2- Allow 10 to 30mins dwell-time and towel extract until it shows clean.

    3- Reapply to remaining stain and let dwell up to 72 hours with in between inspection.

    4- In extreme case, the stain is cover with Prep-7.7 saturated paper towel without airspace to absorb continuous suspended stains.

    5- Cling wrapper is use to control evaporation and secure the saturated paper towel in place.

    6- Application to perforated panels is saturating the paper towel prior to placing on the stain to avoid squeezing the product into the holes.

    7- Sticky residue is remove with Clean-3.8 follows with Rinse-3.0 to a healthy squeaky-feel.

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    Leather Doctor® MicroTop-54 is available in four levels of luster - matte, gloss and satin for pigmented upholstery leathers. A dull or extra matte is created for the auto desired luster level. These lusters are intermixable to produce the in-betweens to match. These are waterbased soft polyurethane topcoats that are lightfast and non-yellowing. They have excellent flow and leveling properties, re-coatable and form a flexible tough film. Satin, matte and dull will require good stirring and filtering prior to application. Luster is available in Matte, Gloss and Satin for home furnishing and Dull for auto seats


    Apply after primary color coating or secondary color coating, otherwise degrease with:

    a) Degreaser-2.2 follows by Rinse-3.0 or

    b) Prep clean with Prep-4.4 follows with Clean-3.8 then Rinse-3.0.


    1 Apply by padding, brushing or fine airbrushing for professional result a panel at a time for an even coverage, avoiding streaks, drips and spits.
    2 Let dry or speed dry in between coating and continue with subsequent 2 to 3 coatings.
    Non-stick, Rub-resistant Protections:
    Use buttery-feel leather scented Protector-B+ or scentless Protector-B for gloss or matte luster.

    Please check for further clarification, so that desired products used could be combine to a sequence for the desired result.

    Roger Koh
    Leather Care System Formulator
    Consultant / Practitioner / Instructor

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