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    Default Change color of shearling coat

    Coat is as med, 21" from arm hole. How much dye do I need? What is the price? Does the prep kit include dye? Are there clear instructions included with the restorer kit and leather dyes? What is estimated price of this project?


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    Feb 2007
    Greater Vancouver, Canada.


    >>> Coat is as med, 21" from armhole. How much dye do I need?

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    I believe you are referring to this picture you email me.

    Will not be able give you an exact answer amount necessary, it will depends on how absorbent it is and the intensity you wish to have.

    May range from 1 or 2 times 250ml.

    Besides absorbent rate, intensity or saturation it also depends on application technique, airbrushing will normally used less as distribution of dyestuff over the surface is easily controlled than brushing.

    Suggest you try a small isolated areas like perhaps the pockets from there you will know how much will required for the rest of the jacket
    What is the price?

    Use this Suede Problem Solving Guide as reference.
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    Depending on soiling or stain level (refer to the guide), see this link for Kit price:

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    Leather Doctor Kit – Suede Dye Refinishing Kit

    Leather Doctor® Kit is designed for dye refinishing suede leathers 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 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 dye 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 caused from sweat to alkalinity affects the pH imbalance. To revert from denaturing into rawhide prior to dye 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. Protector-S+ enhances a non-stick silky-feel to shield against sticky soiling. Note that the mentioned product suffix number denotes its pH value in this holistic leather-safe suede dye refinishing system. For fine suede, treat it as nubuck (Kit using nubuck Brush-2 / Eraser-4 instead.

    >>> Does the prep kit include dye?

    Yes, it comes with 60ml dyestuff and dye fix besides others.

    >>> Are there clear instructions included with the restorer kit and leather dyes?

    Specific instruction will be from my help here.

    >>> What is estimated price of this project?

    See price here:

    You will need refills as well, see individual prices as well:

    Roger Koh
    Leather Care Consultant
    Last edited by Roger Koh; 11-02-2013 at 01:41 PM.

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