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    Default Restoration Hardware Couch Leather Care!

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with me regarding leather care, very appreciated! I’ve been going crazy trying to find a Here’s some pics of the couch as it is today...

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    Refinishing it would require a holistic system . . .

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    Leather Doctor®, aniline wax pull-up leather dye refinishing kit is designed for dyestuff and topcoat refinishing after degreasing in a holistic approach. Most severely penetrated, prolonged and neglected stains from the bare head and hands that show a darkening effect with a sticky feel have its topcoat and dyestuff probably deteriorated by the oil, grease and sweat. When the stain feels sticky, it is a sign of leather denaturing and reverting to rawhide from breaking of bonds with the tanning agent. When sign of color is transfer to a white towel, it indicates that the dyestuff has also break bonds with the protein fiber. When leather is stiff or show signs of whitish residue migrating, it shows that the fatliquor is breaking bonds as well with the protein fiber. The main component of the leather protein fiber is amphoteric while the other constituents are not; shifting of the pH mainly caused from sweat to alkalinity affects the pH imbalance. To revert from denaturing into rawhide prior to topcoat refinishing, contaminated alkaline soiling is removed with Degreaser-2.2, a waterbased (pH 2.2) multifunctional degreaser that emulsifies greasy contamination besides controlling dye bleeding and charging the protein fiber ionic positive for strengthening the attraction between the ionic negative tanning agent, dyestuff and fatliquor. Deflocculated and suspended soiling is towel extracted, thereafter rinse and pH balanced with Acidifier-2.0 to prevent the leather from reverting to rawhide. When leather feels sticky or slimy it is a sign of leather denaturing, a squeaky feel when wet is a sign of healthy leather. Hydrator-3.3 relaxes stiff leathers and removes surface tension free from surface blotchiness prior to fat and oil replenishing. Fat and oil is replenished with Fatliquor-5.0 to rejuvenate the leather for the desired suppleness when dry. Wax Effect-8.6 rejuvenates the structural wax pull-up effect and coagulates a cloudy waxy coating on the surface to be heat activated into the characteristic glossy sheen. Protector-D+ enhances a non-stick draggy-feel to shield against sticky soiling, besides healing and concealing lightening scuff and abrasion marks. Note that the mentioned product suffix number denotes its pH value in this holistic leather-safe aniline wax pull-up leathers topcoat and dyestuff refinishing system.


    Stripping Existing Topcoat:
    1. Cover and tape off frames and trims.
    2. Mist sprays Stripper-2.3, Eraser-4 scrub and towel extract to the entire section for an even appearance.

    1. Shake Degreaser-2.2 to gel prior to use.
    2. Transfer to Eraser-4, agitate to saturate the stain, feather out to the entire section and let dwell 10 to 30 minutes.
    3. Towel extracts suspended soiling before it dries until it shows clean.
    4. Spray Acidifier-2.0, towel extract until it shows clean to a healthy squeak.

    1. Spray Hydrator-3.3 saturating the stain area and feather out for an even appearance.
    2. Covering the stain with tissue paper without airspace allows wick up soiling particulates to be trapped by the paper instead of remaining on the leather surface as it dries.
    3. Check for satisfaction when dry with Eraser-4 of wick up soiling prior to dyestuff refinishing.

    Dry Prep:
    1. Erase wick-up residue with Eraser-4.

    1. Apply Aniline-21 with airbrushing to produce professional result by controlling even dispersion over the surface.
    2. Light mist spray is preferred and let dry in between coats to observed color build up effect.

    Fat and Oil Replenishing:
    1. Spray Fatliquor-5.0 and redistribute with foam brush until saturation.
    2. Repeat application each time water contents evaporate until fully saturated.
    3. Drive remaining surface remnants free of milky fat and oil until it turns clear with Hydrator-3.3.
    4. Allow natural drying for extra softness.

    Wax Effect Rejuvenating:
    1. Shake well, spray Wax Effect-8.6, spread evenly with brush or towel and leave natural dry until wax crystal forms on the surface to be heat activated with heat blower or hair dryer to a glossy sheen.

    Adhesion Promotion:
    1. Brush applies Adhesor-73 to promote adhesion of the topcoat over the wax.

    Topcoat Refinishing:
    1. Shake the product well and apply by airbrushing for professional result.
    2. Use lint free paper towel to even out drips and streaks.
    3. Speed dries between coats with help of hair dryer.
    4. 2000-grit sanding may applies to improve touch and appearance.

    When tackiness is experience after drying a 10% Crosslinker-25 is recommended to be added into the AnilineTop-21G for reapplication.

    Rub-Resistant Protection:
    1. Mist sprays Protector-D+ redistribute with a paper towel and ready for use when dry.

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